Startup Weekend Hacking Bias

    Friday, October 7 - 9, 2016


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Startup Weekend Hacking Bias

Friday, October 7 - 9, 2016



Friday, October 7 - 9, 2016
Event starts at 6:00 pm

Kapor Center for Social Impact
2148 Broadway Street
Oakland, California 94612

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Tech Solutions to Tech's Diversity Problems!

Do you think diversity in tech is a problem? Do have an idea or want to explore tech solutions to hack bias in the workforce while being mentored and networking with startup experts and VCs?

Compete for a grand prize of:

- A free 12 week bootcamp module valued at $2,700 at Uptima Business Bootcamp to help you launch your business for up to 3 co-founders 
3 months of VC mentorship with Kapor Capital (6 sessions), including Partners, and one with VC legend Mitch Kapor, Kapor Capital Partner and seed-stage investor in Uber, Twilio, Dropcam, Asana, and founding chair of the Mozilla Foundation. 

Join us in Oakland on the weekend of October 7th to turn your diversity ideas into action in 54 hours in an inclusive and diverse atmosphere! For more information on judges, mentors, and a detailed schedule, click here. There are also community scholarships available for $5 for the weekend! 

You’ve seen the tech diversity numbers. You've heard and read about the issue. Don't you want to do something about it? We need innovative tech solutions to fix the workforce's bias problem, particularly within tech companies. Along every step of an employee’s lifecycle, from interview to promotion, biases and barriers can creep in and affect decision-making. Software can help extend opportunities to people of color, females, LGBTQ-identifying popualtions, and other underrepresented minorities. And you can build it!  

Is there a market for these sorts of offerings? Well, the human resources software (or people operations) space is now a $15 billion industry, growing 60% in the last 5 years, with $2.4B in investments flowing into the sector in 2015, and with at least two unicorns (Gusto and Zenefits).  Per CB insights, major investors in the people ops space include Kapor Capital, 500 Startups, Google Ventures, Andreessen Horowitz, and more!

We invite you to explore what’s possible and meet your potential next investor! We're looking for passionate designers, developers, community members, and business/non-profit professionals who want to make a difference and improve diversity in tech companies. Come learn the basics of founding and launching a successful people operations venture, while solving real problems in tech. You can participate just for the experience—serious creative thinking, inspired work, and a lot of fun! 
Format:
  • Anyone is welcome to pitch their startup idea and receive feedback from their peers.
  • Teams form organically around the ideas and those that have the most popular votes or team members carry on past Friday night. Each team must have at least three people.
  • Leading researchers will present recent findings on the leaky pipeline and unconscious bias.
  • What follows is a 54 hour frenzy of business model creation, coding, designing, and market validation.
  • The event culminates with presentations in front of local entrepreneurial leaders which presents another opportunity for critical feedback.
  • Whether entrepreneurs found companies, find a co-founder, meet someone new, or simply learn a new skill that stretches them beyond their usual 9-to-5, everyone is guaranteed to leave the event better prepared to navigate the chaotic but fun world of startups.
About Startup Weekend: Startup Weekend is a global grassroots movement of active community leaders and entrepreneurs who are learning the basics of founding startups and launching successful ventures. Startup Weekend organizers and facilitators can be found in hundreds of cities around the world. From Mongolia to South Africa to Canada to Brazil, people around the globe come together for 54 hour workshops to pitch ideas, form teams, and start companies to change their lives as well as those around them.

About the Research: The Leaky Tech Pipeline framework illuminates how bias and barriers affect each step along the pathway to becoming a software engineer, tech employee, or tech founder. Barriers and biases affect the outcomes at each stage, and result in the cumulative disparities seen in the tech industry. The framework takes into account education, demographic, and industry data and incorporates social science research on bias, inequity, and disparities. The pipeline itself consists of multiple broad stages (e.g., K-12 education, college, career entry, career advancement) and describes disparities in tech as a complex and systemic problem.

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EVENT SCHEDULE

Friday October 7th


6:00 pm
Event Registration & Dinner
Meet other participants, enjoy great Oaxacan food and begin your weekend's journey!


6:30 pm
Welcome & Speakers
Including Julian Bryan (welcome), Brian Dixon (Kapor Capital), Dr. Rudy Mendoza (Hidden bias research) & KEYNOTE: Erica Joy Baker


7:30 pm
Work begins!
Including Weekend Roadmap, Pitches & Team formation


10:00 pm
Closing activities


11:00 pm
Day ends

Saturday October 8th


9:00 am
Working breakfast


10:15 am
Coaching session #1
Coaches help you with your product, strategy, and idea


12:00 pm
Lunch
Lunch is served to participants


1:45 pm
Coaching session #2
Coaches help you with your product, strategy, and idea


6:00 pm
Dinner
Dinner is served to participants


9:00 pm
Event Ends for the Night
Kapor Center closes, participants can continue working elsewhere

Sunday October 9th


9:00 am
Working breakfast
Simple breakfast & coffee


10:20 am
Coach Session #1
Coaches help you develop your pitch and presentation


12:00 pm
Lunch
Lunch is served to participants


3:45 pm
Dinner
Dinner is served to participants


4:00 pm
Presentation Prep
Run-through of presentations


4:45 pm
Participants Enter Back to Auditorium
Waiting to Begin Pitching


5:00 pm
Final Presentations


8:00 pm
Judging & Awards
One grand winner is chosen!


8:30 pm
Wrap-Up
Last words, and send-off


9:00 pm
Go Home!
You're done!



Speakers


Erica Baker
Senior Engineer, Slack Technologies

Erica is a Senior Engineer at Slack Technologies and advocate for diversity and inclusion in tech, and expanding access to tech education. Erica's career in tech began fifteen years ago doing domain administration for the University of Alaska Statewide System, before becoming a Googler in 2006. Erica's role grew and shifted within Google, growing from Support Technician to Site Reliability Engineer. She joined Slack in 2015, where she focuses on Build and Release Engineering. Erica is on the Advisory Boards for Atipica and Hack the Hood, and is a Tech Mentor for Black Girls Code. Erica is a founding member of Project Include, was the 2015 Level Playing Field Institute Lux Award winner, a nominee for the 2016 Crunchies Include Diversity Award, and was included in WIRED Magazine's 2016 Next List. Erica is currently based in Oakland, California.


Brian Dixon
Partner, Kapor Capital

Brian Dixon focuses on identifying and evaluating early-stage investments along with helping portfolio companies grow effectively. Brian joined Kapor Capital in 2011 after spending two summers as an MBA intern, and was promoted to partner in November 2015. He is committed to making sure entrepreneurs of all backgrounds have access to advice and capital in order to make their business succeed.

Event Judges


Dr. Freada Kapor Klein
Founder, LPFI & Partner, Kapor Capital

Freada Kapor Klein  is an entrepreneur, activist and pioneer in the field of organizational culture and diversity.
As a Founding Partner at Kapor Capital, Freada invests in seed stage tech startups that create positive social impact by closing gaps of access, opportunity or outcome for low income communities and communities of color.  Often, the founders are drawing on their lived experience to create a business that solves real needs.
Freada is an Advisory Trustee of the U.C. Berkeley Foundation and is a founding team member at Project Include, a community of women in Silicon Valley working to provide practical, effective diversity and inclusion recommendations for tech companies. She is also the author of Giving Notice, which details the human and financial cost of hidden bias in the workplace.


Aubrey Blanche
Global Head of Diversity & Inclusion at Atlassian

Aubrey Blanche is the Global Head of Diversity & Inclusion at Atlassian. There, she works with teams across the business to enhance access to technical education, recruiting, retention, and career mobility for underrepresented minorities. She relies on social science research and methodologies to understand the psychological and structural barriers to achieving full representation and inclusion. This research allows her to design effective interventions and programs that create equal opportunities for all Atlassian employees. She works with partners across the tech industry to define new standards for company transparency, reporting, and investment in diversity & inclusion. She believes that leading with empathy is the key to driving meaningful, sustainable change and creating highly effective teams.


Daniel Ayele
Investor, Greylock Partners

Daniel joined Greylock Partners as an investor in 2016. Prior to Greylock, Daniel worked as Senior Product Manager at LinkedIn where he launched the LinkedIn Job Search app on both iOS and Android platforms. Under Daniel’s leadership, the team grew monthly engagement over 30x to millions of active users and the App reached #1 on U.S. App Store Top Charts in the Business Category.Previously, Daniel was at Bright.com (which was acquired by LinkedIn in 2014) where he managed the Job Seeker product. He and his team launched the Bright Score multi-apply feature which increased monthly search engagement by 10%. He was also a Product Manager at Inflection where he worked on Archives.com, which was later acquired by Ancestry.com in 2012.Daniel holds a BA in Economics from Yale University and is originally from Bellevue, WA.


Coaches and Mentors


Brook Bisrat
Senior Fellow, Learn Capital

Brook Bisrat is a Senior Fellow at Learn Capital. Prior to Learn Capital, Brook worked as a Macro and Commodities Derivatives Assistant at Infinium Capital Management. During his time there he helped found the Macro Team and taught traders technical analysis. He also spent time as a Macro Futures Trader and Global Derivatives Technical Analyst at Yellowstone Capital Management and Raven Traders. While there he established Macro Groups for both organizations, and worked closely with multiple portfolio managers. Most recently he worked in Operations at Oscar Health Insurance and Kindrid.


Elaine Chou
Chief of Staff, Omidyar Network

Elaine supports the partnership in managing and driving strategic projects for Omidyar Network.  She was previously a principal on the investment management team, where she helped to evaluate new investment opportunities and managed the firm’s investment process.


Brian Dixon
Partner, Kapor Capital

Brian Dixon focuses on identifying and evaluating early-stage investments along with helping portfolio companies grow effectively. Brian joined Kapor Capital in 2011 after spending two summers as an MBA intern, and was promoted to partner in November 2015. He is committed to making sure entrepreneurs of all backgrounds have access to advice and capital in order to make their business succeed.


Anthony Heckman
Associate, Kapor Capital

Anthony Heckman focuses on sourcing and evaluating early-stage investments in addition to helping portfolio companies grow intelligently. Anthony joined Kapor Capital in 2015 after spending 5 years on the startup and venture capital teams at Cooley and Fenwick and West. As an emerging growth companies attorney, Anthony advised startups and their investors with respect to operational matters, mergers and acquisitions, entity formation, and venture financings.Anthony holds a J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School and a B.A. from the University of Southern California, where he was selected to the Order of Troy and ran the 800 meters for the Varsity Track and Field Team.Prior to law school, Anthony was an analyst at Lehman Brothers. He is an advisor to The Workers Lab, an active supporter of San Francisco Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities and San Francisco Achievers, and is passionate about partnering with entrepreneurs who are solving real problems.


Christina Li
VC / Impact Investor, Omidyar Network

I am responsible for sourcing, analyzing, and executing early-stage investments in startups with the potential for large-scale social impact (measured in terms of scale, consumer experience, and depth of engagement) as well as market-rate returns.


Ulili Onovakpuri
Principal at Kapor Capital

Uriridiakoghene Onovakpuri returned to the Kapor Capital team in 2016. She is focused on sourcing investment opportunities, conducting diligence and supporting Kapor Capital’s portfolio companies particularly those in the digital health and medical technology industries.

Previously, Uriridiakoghene served as Director of Global Programs at Village Capital, a global accelerator program and venture capital firm which supports healthcare, education, agriculture, energy and FinTech businesses. At Village Capital she worked side by side with entrepreneurs from around the world helping them grow their ideas into marketable businesses.

Uriridiakoghene received her MBA with a concentration in Health Sector Management from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business. She is a native San Franciscan and a proud UC Berkeley Alum.

In her free time, you will likely find Uriridiakoghene watching Bollywood movies or playing with her niece Maya.


John Saddington
Entrepreneur in Residence at UP2398

After 17-years of software development experience I have built and deployed enterprise-grade global applications for Fortune 50s (Dell, JnJ) as well as had critical success as an indie software developer. I love building products that matter.

I have been blogging publicly for 15 years and writing for much longer than that. I have discovered that one of the most powerful ways that we communicate with each other is through storytelling and how the digital landscape has forever changed the way we interpret, understand, express, and share stories.

As an educator (Masters in Education) I have discovered a true passion for teaching and instructing others and the importance of creating everlasting-value for the generations to come. And, as a coach, I love serving others. I love seeing my team and partners eyes light up as principle truths are shared in a safe and trusted environment. There are few greater satisfactions for me than to see others succeed.


Organizing Team

Techstars Startup Weekend Oakland is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
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  • Jorge
    Mendez
  • Allison
    Scott, Ph.D.
  • Vanessa
    Slavich
  • Sumaiya
    Talukdar

Facilitators


Julian Bryant
iOS Developer

For the past six years Julian has been an organizer in San Diego's startup community. He is a passionate community builder leading the first Startup Weekend event in the city and has helped lead a team of volunteers to create 15 other events over the past few years as well as organize for Startup Week and Geek Girl Tech Con. 

Julian Bryant received is law degree from Georgetown and a BA in Japanese, Computer Applications, and Government from the University of Notre Dame. He is currently the senior mobile developer at FreshForm Interactive and advises several startups on mobile development.

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Julian Bryant
iOS Developer

For the past six years Julian has been an organizer in San Diego's startup community. He is a passionate community builder leading the first Startup Weekend event in the city and has helped lead a team of volunteers to create 15 other events over the past few years as well as organize for Startup Week and Geek Girl Tech Con. 

Julian Bryant received is law degree from Georgetown and a BA in Japanese, Computer Applications, and Government from the University of Notre Dame. He is currently the senior mobile developer at FreshForm Interactive and advises several startups on mobile development.


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