Startup Weekend Oakland - Latinx Tech Edition

    Friday, October 21 - 23, 2016

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Startup Weekend Oakland - Latinx Tech Edition

Friday, October 21 - 23, 2016

Friday, October 21 - 23, 2016
Event starts at 6:30 pm

Kapor Center for Social Impact
2148 Broadway St
Oakland, CA 94611

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The Latinx community is a trillion dollar opportunity waiting to be untapped -till now! Welcome to Startup Weekend Oakland Latinx Tech

The complex intersectionalities of the Latinx (La-teen-ex) population in the U.S. coupled with their increasing technology consumption make this ethnic group one of the most misunderstood, yet powerful communities of our time.  By 2060, over a quarter of the entire U.S. population will be Latinx - that’s about 119MM people - representing over a trillion dollars of economic power.

As of 2013, Latinx Millennials and Gen-Z comprised 58% of the Latinx population. These groups are proving to be a game-changing consumer segment across markets because of the way they are influencing their communities across race, culture, politics, gender identity and language -- case in point, the term Latinx.

Imagine what could happen if we gathered 100 entrepreneurially-minded Latinxs and allies over 54 hours to identify and design technology solutions to problems disproportionately facing the U.S. Latinx community? What if we facilitated mentorship by some of the most talented technologists, business innovators, and prominent investors?

And, what if this social experiment was hosted in Oakland, one of the most diverse, activist, and innovative communities in the nation?

This is why we are re-launching Startup Weekend Oakland and organizing the first ever Latinx Tech Edition. Are you up for the challenge? We are and we look forward to having you join us October 21-23 as the East Bay and San Francisco Bay Area tech ecosystems come together. 

Need based scholarships available - Please use SW15 for $15 ticket for all 3 days! We are subsidizing the cost for a limited time - Register by 10/9!   Questions - email us at

Stay tuned for special guests to be announced! This Startup Weekend Oakland edition is sponsored by Kapor Capital and Kapor Center for Social Impact

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Friday October 21st

6:30 pm
Arrive at the venue and get checked in

7:00 pm
Dinner & Networking
Eat food, share ideas, practice pitches, get to know fellow participants

7:20 pm
Welcome & Speakers
Review agenda for the weekend and introduce speakers, coaches, and community leaders

7:30 pm
Pitches Start
Optionally line up to give your pitch

9:00 pm
Attendees vote for the top pitches

9:15 pm
Form Teams
Teams start forming and discussing ideas

10:00 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 October 22nd

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

9:30 am
Begin Work
Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend

12:00 pm

1:00 pm
After-lunch check-in, status reports, call for help

2:00 pm
Coach Meetings
Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!

6:30 pm

7:30 pm
After-dinner check-in, status reports, call for help

10:00 pm
Finished for the day. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow

Sunday October 23rd

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

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

12:00 pm

12:30 pm
Coach Meetings
Coaches arrive… ASK QUESTIONS

3:00 pm
Presentation Prep & Tech Check
Final hours of worktime should be focused on perfecting your presentation, tech-check for final presentations also takes place

4:00 pm

5:00 pm
Final Presentations

7:30 pm
Judging & Awards

8:30 pm

9:00 pm
Go Home!

Event Judges

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.

Monique Woodward
Venture Partner, 500 Startups

Monique is a Venture Partner at 500 Startups investing in black and Latino entrepreneurs. She is the co-founder of Black Founders — a national community of entrepreneurs whose mission is to increase the number of successful black entrepreneurs in tech. Previously, she was one of the first Innovation Fellows for the City of San Francisco and has helped cities use technology to innovate workforce and other civic services. She has more than 15 years of entrepreneur and operating experience in consumer, e-commerce, and civic tech. She likes art, fashion, and fly things.

Laura Gomez
Founder & CEO, Atipica

Laura I. Gómez is the CEO and founder of Atipica, a talent discover engine that uses human and artificial intelligence helping companies understand the lifetime of their recruiting data. She has worked in Silicon Valley in companies like Jawbone, Google (YouTube), SearchRev (acquired by AKQA) and Twitter.She joined Twitter in 2009, where she was the Latina and among the founding members of the international team member. She started solely responsible for the expansion of Twitter en español then moved on to lead international product and localization of Twitter into nearly 50 languages.Prior to leaving Twitter, Laura reported directly to the VP of International and Growth Product and managed a diverse team of product managers, project managers, language specialists, and support agents responsible for the majority of international initiatives such support, content, communications, market development and marketing.Laura was key in the implementation of unique community localization agile management of Twitter products: web, monetization, marketing microsites, product marketing materials, native clients, mobile web and SMSLaura has appeared in dozens of publications as Harper's Bazaar Spain, GQ México, Gente México, La Nación, El Mercurio, Chile, El Universal México, El País in Spain and the book "Lost in Translation."Laura was recognized by the Department of State and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for her involvement in the TechWomen Program.

Coaches and Mentors

Rocio Reyes-Morales
Business Development Brand + Technology, IDEO

B Byrne
CEO, Clef

Jomayra Herrera
Investment Analyst, Emerson Collective

Jomayra Herrera works on the venture investing team at Emerson Collective, a social change organization dedicated to removing barriers to opportunity for everyone. Jomayra specializes in the organization’s education technology, HR, and workforce investments. She spends most of her time identifying promising companies, driving the diligence process, and helping the team develop a point of view on particular parts of the market. Before joining Emerson Collective, she worked at an ed tech startup focused on transforming professional development opportunities for teachers. Jomayra was a 2018 Forbes 30 under 30 winner in education. She received her M.A. in Education Leadership and B.A. in Political Science from Stanford University.

Frank Rodriguez
Product Manager, Google

Nancy Torres
Data Analyst, Uber

Dan Elitzer
Blockchain and Digital Identity Lead, IDEO COLAB

Casandra Espinoza
Co-founder, Homeroom

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.

AJ Huaranca
Quality Engineer | WorkMarket, an ADP company

AJ has been working with technology teams and organizations for over six years, with a background spanning product, engineering, user acquisition, and professional services. Passionate about equality and advocating for the more underserved minorities in tech, he is currently both an engineer and the Community Tech lead for diversity & inclusion at WorkMarket an ADP company, a leading cloud-based workforce management solution. Backed by leading venture firms such as Union Square Ventures, Spark Capital and Foundry Group, as well as Accenture Ventures

Anne Diaz
Experience Researcher, Airbnb

Gregory Bennett
Investment Analyst, Vilcap Investments

Aly Weir
Senior Designer, Wealthfront

Amit Chatterjee
Enterpreneur in Residence, Engineering Capital

Ashley Johnson
Chief Financial Officer, Wealthfront

Joe Gerber
Managing Director, IDEO CoLab

Joe is a Managing Director of the IDEO CoLab, a research and design network that brings together like-minded organizations to understand and shape how emerging technologies will affect our world. 

Oscar Menjivar
CEO & Founder, Urban TxT

Mario de la Vega
Head of Product & Experience, Variable Labs

Mario de la Vega is the Co-Founder and Head of Product and Experience at Variable Labs, a company that creates immersive tools to foster empathy, educate, and change behavior. Variable Labs' clients include Google, the United Nations, and the XPRIZE Foundation.

Mario has been an innovator in the digital space for the past ten years where he as taken a data driven and creative approach to successfully lead teams which experiment, deconstruct, and build content for a variety of platforms and distribution points. He has worked with large brands such as MSN, Yahoo, and Starbucks, and recently ran programming and development for Discovery Communications’ original digital content arm. While at Discovery, Mario was also a member of the team responsible for shaping and creating the company's Virtual Reality offerings, creating VR content focused on science, education, and world exploration.

Mario came to digital programming from independent film. His first feature, Robbing Peter, received four IFP/Independent Spirit Award nominations, including nominations for the John Cassavetes Award (for best feature under $500,000) and Best First Screenplay. His script, The Undeniable Charm of Sloppy Unruh, won the screenplay section of the Tribeca All Access program. In 2004, de la Vega was named in Filmmaker magazine as one of the 25 Faces to Watch in Independent Film.

Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Startup Weekend Oakland - Latinx Tech Edition 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

  • Carolina Huaranca
  • Antoinette
  • Tiffany
  • Lili
  • Roxanne
  • Janessa
  • Ashleigh
  • Maria
  • Silvia
    Li Sam
  • Phillip
  • Hector
  • Chris


Mack Kolarich
Cofounder, Startup Angels

Mack is the Cofounder and VP of Product at Startup Angels. Their core product is an online marketplace where people can find and invest in venture capital funds. They also produce a variety of investor educational content and produce angel workshops in cities around the world. Mack is also a cofounder of SceneSquid, a SaaS marketing tool for the events industry.

Previously, he was a partner at Startup Jackpot, an active organizer of Startup Weekends out of Washington, DC, and a corporate innovation consultant.

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