Youth Startup Weekend - Oakland

    Friday, May 29 - 31, 2015

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Youth Startup Weekend - Oakland

Friday, May 29 - 31, 2015

Friday, May 29 - 31, 2015
Event starts at 4:00 pm

Castlemont Highschool
8601 MacArthur Blvd
Oakland, CA 94605

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StartUP with Oakland Youth

For the first time ever Oakland will be hosting a Youth Start Up Weekend at Castlemont High School. This is a unique opportunity for Oakland youth to come together to become producers of technology, not just users, to better their communities and design real change. We are looking for youth and mentors to come together for this weekend of collaboration and innovation. 

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Friday May 29th

4:00 pm
Arrive at the venue and get checked in

4:45 pm
Welcome Slides
Review the plan for the weekend

6:00 pm
Eat food, share ideas, practice pitches

6:30 pm
Pitches Start
Collect pitch ideas

7:00 pm
Attendees vote for the top pitches

7:15 pm
Group Teams
Teams start forming and discussing ideas

7:30 pm
Begin Work
Start to formalize teams and take an inventory of skills. Be honest, and direct about what resources and skills are needed for the weekend. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow

Saturday May 30th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

10:00 am
Morning Workshop
Tech & non-tech workshops

12:00 pm
Lunch with Speaker

1:00 pm
Coach Meetings & Team Get Together
After-lunch check-in, status reports, call for help

3:00 pm
Afternoon Workshops
Afternoon Workshops

6:00 pm
With speaker

6:30 pm
After-dinner check-in, status reports, call for help

8:00 pm
Finished for the day.

Sunday May 31st

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

10:00 am
Coaches arrive. Final opportunity to ask questions

11:00 am
Morning Workshop

12:00 pm
Lunch with Speaker

2:00 pm
Presentation Prep & Tech Check
Final hours of worktime should be focused on perfecting your presentation, tech-check for final presentations also takes place

3:00 pm
Final Presentations

4:00 pm
Finished for the day


Omoju Miller
Data Scientist

Omoju Miller is a Data Scientist with over a decade of experience in computational intelligence. While finishing her Ph.D. at UC Berkeley, she co-led the non-profit investment in Computer Science Education for Google. During her time in grad school, apart from conducting her research, she founded TEDxEuclidAve and advised the White House Presidential Innovation Fellows. She is one of the folks to watch, as part of Bloomberg’s Beta Future Founders program.

Event Judges

William Chavarin
Principal, Castlemont High School

Mr. Chavarin is an Oakland native who has been a teacher and administrator in the East Bay since 2001.  Prior to working in education, Chavarin attended CSU Monterrey, where he played varsity basketball. This is Mr. Chavarin's first year as principal at Castlemont.

Mitch Kapor
Partner at Kapor Capital, Co-Chair at Kapor Center for Social Impact

Mitch Kapor is Partner at the Kapor Center and works with startups using information technology platforms to drive disruptive innovation. He is a seed stage investor in Uber, Twilio, Inkling and University Now. His focus is increasingly on driving positive social impact, especially in leveraging IT to close gaps of opportunity and access in education, healthcare and other areas. Mitch founded Lotus Development Corporation and designed Lotus 1-2-3, the “killer application” which made the personal computer ubiquitous in the business world in the 1980s. He is the co-founder of The Electronic Frontier Foundation, which protects freedom and privacy on the Internet and the founding chair of the Mozilla Foundation, creator of the open source web browser Firefox. He is also a founding investor in Linden Lab, maker of the first successful virtual world, Second Life.Currently he serves on the board of Level Playing Field Institute, whose mission is to enhance equal opportunity in education and the workplace. Mitch is also on the Advisory Board of Generation Investment Management, a firm whose vision is to embed sustainability into the mainstream capital markets.

Maira Lopez
Student, UC Berkeley '18

Maira is a 2014 graduate of Castlemont High School and is currently a Peace and Conflict Studies major at the University of California, Berkeley.  During her time at Castlemont High School, Maira won the LPFI Hackathon for her work on SafeBlok, an app that would allow for safe passage for residents in neighborhood like her own.  After her exposure to tech, Maira was a key advocate for bringing computer science classes to Castlemont High School.  In college, she has taken Berkeley's famed The Beauty and Joy of Computing.

Eugene Lemon
Hidden Genius Project

Eugene Lemon is a Castlemont alumni who is the top advocate for computer science education in Oakland.  He currently is with the Hidden Genius Project, a program that mentors black male youth in technology and entrepreneurship.  His past affiliations includes He also serves as the President of the Computer Science Teachers Association - Golden Gate Chapter.

Jess Ausinheiler

Jess is a manager at Monitor Institute, a social change consultancy and think tank, where she advises community and private foundations on field-wide, network, organizational, and program strategy.Most recently, she helped lead a two year initiative titled What's Next for Community Philanthropy - a large-scale innovation and design process to help community philanthropy organizations open up to new models and new possibilities to better serve their communities in the years ahead.More broadly, she is fascinated by the border of organizational strategy and systems dynamics, where the harmonized behavior of individuals and organizations - working across sectors and with better understanding of the complex environment around them - has the potential to accelerate social progress. Jess previously studied youth-based NGO networks operating in the West Bank. She graduated cum laude from Princeton and holds a B.A. in Near Eastern Studies, with additional focus on French & Arabic language. You can reach her on Twitter as @jessausinheiler.- See more at:

Coaches and Mentors

Greg Klein
Director of Blended Learning at Rogers Family Foundation

Greg joined the Rogers Family Foundation in June 2012. He is on the ground, supporting principals, teachers and students at eight Oakland public schools as they make their transitions to blended classrooms. Prior to RFF, Greg helped launch Downtown College Prep's new Alum Rock campus, developing an innovative Learning Lab at the middle school level. While at DCP he managed large groups of students, let the computers do everything that they do well, and focused his attention on teaching. Greg began his career in education reform as a teacher, coach and administrator in the Oakland Unified School District for seven years, including building his own mini-lab in his classroom as a first-year teacher. Self-proclaimed tech geek, Greg is dad to two adorable daughters and lives with wife Mariah in Oakland.

Andrew Sutherland
Founder of Quizlet

Andrew Sutherland is the founder of Quizlet, an educational software company that makes language and vocabulary learning tools. Andrew started Quizlet while taking a French class in 10th grade at Albany High School. He then went to Massachusetts Institute of Technology to study computer science. After MIT, Andrew moved to San Francisco to work on Quizlet, where he now leads a team of 25 people working to make great learning software for everyone on the planet. 

Eli Luberoff
CEO, Desmos

Eli Luberoff's two dueling loves are learning and programming. He combined those loves in Desmos, a math technology company used by millions of students and teachers around the world. Before Desmos, Eli founded and sold a tutoring software platform, and studied Math and Physics at Yale, where he graduated Summa Cum Laude with distinction in both majors. He was named one of Bloomberg BusinessWeek's top 25 entrepreneurs under 25 in 2011.

John Krull
Information Technology Officer at Oakland Unified School District

John is currently the Information Technology Officer at Oakland Unified School District. As a cabinet member, he works closely with the Superintendent along with deputy and associate superintendents to set and implement strategies to make all Oakland students college, career, and community ready.

John was previously the Chief Technology Officer at Fremont Unified School District (FUSD), a K-12 public school district with 4500 employees and 33,000 students. Before FUSD, John was the Vice President for Technology at Envision Education, a Bay Area charter management organization and consultancy. 

Previous to his career in education technology management, John worked for almost 10 years in technology management at Microsoft, Virage, and Autonomy. John began his career as an educator holding various teaching and technology leadership positions. 

Gee Kin Chou
Co-Founder of The Boombox Collaboratory & Former CTO @ Oakland Unified School District

Gee Kin Chou is the co-founder of The Boombox Collaboratory, a non-profit that enables Americans to use their personal contacts to help high school students broaden their career horizons. He is also an educational technology consultant who helps both technology companies design and market products and services for education, and school systems to exploit technology to improve student achievement and increase operational efficiency.

He serves on the Advisory Board of several edtech startups, and is a contributing writer for He was formerly the CTO of Oakland Unified School District and has also served as the interim CTO of Pasadena Unified School District. 
Gee Kin has worked in education since 2003 when he co-founded ViKiwi, a consulting firm that applied business best practices to reform education, and has helped more than a dozen large, urban school districts across the US evaluate, purchase and implement technology to improve student achievement and increase organizational efficiency. 

Susan Beltz
Director of Applications Development and Support at Oakland Unified School District

Susan Beltz is the Director of Applications Development and Support at Oakland Unified School District, leading the team responsible for the development, acquisition, operation and maintenance of the district's core business applications. Prior to joining OUSD, Susan spent 15 years at digitial media technology companies delivering video-centric solutions for companies ranging from start-ups to Fortune 50 corporations, including some of the world’s dominant entertainment, professional sports, and retail banking brands. Susan began her career as a founding engineer of the Cinebase digital asset management company, developing enterprise-level products and solutions to enable entertainment companies and government agencies to manage video and other rich media. Susan received her MS in aerospace engineering from the University of Cincinnati and her BS in aerospace engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Tracey Logan
Director of Technology for the Oakland Unified School District

Tracey Logan currently serves as the Director of Technology for the Oakland Unified School District. Ms. Logan has worked in OUSD for nearly 10 years to break down silos and create collaborative, interdepartmental processes and systems of support to understand and meet the needs of schools. As the Director of Technology, she brings diverse roles together to do the behind the scenes infrastructure work that allows teachers to personalize the student learning experience in OUSD classrooms. Most recently she led a districtwide Chromebook deployment and wireless network upgrade. She is deeply committed to bridging the digital divide so that all Oakland youth have the access, opportunity and tools to thrive!

Andrew Sutherland
Founder & CTO of Quizlet

Andrew Sutherland is the founder and CTO of Quizlet, the user-powered learning platform used by more than 40 million students and teachers each month. Andrew founded Quizlet in 2005 while a sophomore at Albany High School in California, originally building a simple website to help himself study French vocabulary. He studied computer science at MIT, which he left after three years to continue working on Quizlet. As CTO, Andrew is in charge of building the technology that powers more than 300 million study sets and allows millions of students to learn more efficiently. In 2012 and 2013, he was featured in Forbes Magazine's 30 under 30 List for Education.

Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Youth Startup Weekend - Oakland team is grateful for the support of local community partners without whom this event would not be possible.
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Organizing Team

Techstars Startup Weekend Oakland is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
Learn how to get involved here

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  • Nina
  • Claire
  • James
  • Ayinde
  • Joey


Joey Aquino
Business Development Manager at

Joey Aquino is currently a Business Development Manager at working specifically on the Amazon Appstore. His main role is working with app developers and startups all around the world to help them get integrated into their platform and scale their business through the Amazon ecosystem. Prior to Amazon he has been involved in the startup space for a few years where he founded 2 non-profits (an incubator for student entrepreneurs and micro-financing program that funded student startups), Business Development Manger @ (acquired by and then was a PM at UP Global running their innovation program. His current SW count is over 60 events in 10 countries and has hung out with one cheetah.

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