Startup Weekend Norman

    Friday, April 6 - 8, 2018

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  2. Schedule
  3. Speakers
  4. Judges
  5. Coaches and Mentors
  6. Sponsors
  7. Organizing Team
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Startup Weekend Norman

Friday, April 6 - 8, 2018

Friday, April 6 - 8, 2018
Event starts at 5:30 pm

Tom Love Innovation Hub
201 David L. Boren Blvd
Room 100
Norman, OK 73072

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Calling all innovators and entrepreneurs: Bring your idea to life in one weekend!

Ready to take a chance on that idea you've been turning over in your mind? In 54 hours, you could make it a reality. Startup Weekend OU is returning for the 8th straight year for another fun-filled 3-day blitz of entrepreneurship. 

Pitch your idea on 
Friday night for a new startup and collect a team of excited, talented OU students, community members, aspiring entrepreneurs, and friends. Spend Saturday refining your concept, conducting fast-paced customer discovery and feedback, and, for software developers, getting hands-on programming practice. On Sunday, polish your pitch and compete to win a prize package from our judging panel of local business owners and entrepreneurs.

All it takes is an enthusiasm to learn and you could end up with something special. It all starts by signing up.

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Friday April 6th

5:30 pm
Registration opens
Arrive at venue, check in, and receive name-tag and other materials.

6:00 pm
Opening remarks, introductions, and overview of the Startup Weekend mission and structure.

6:45 pm

7:00 pm
Keynote Address
Elliott Adams, author of The Startup Mixtape shares some wisdom about key dos and don'ts in the startup world.

7:20 pm
Team Building Activity
A way to loosen up and get acquainted with other attendees.

8:00 pm
Optional pitches of ideas (3 min max). All ideas welcome.

8:30 pm
Voting on which pitches will carry through the rest of the weekend to be worked on by teams.

9:00 pm
Team Formation and Team Kickoff Meetings
Formalize teams and take an inventory of skills. Be honest, and direct about what resources and skills are needed for the weekend.

10:00 pm
Dismiss - Day 1

Saturday April 7th

9:00 am

9:15 am
Introduction & Day Roadmap
Overview of day's objectives and activities.

9:30 am
Team Breakouts
First full team sessions

10:00 am
Mentors Arrive
Mentors are knowledge experts in specific areas and can help teams one-on-one. Utilize them!

12:15 pm

1:00 pm
After-lunch check-in, status reports, call for help. Mentors are available for one more hour.

2:30 pm
Customer Discovery
Go off into the field! All teams will be tasked with directly interacting with their target customers.

6:00 pm

6:30 pm
After-dinner check-in, status reports, call for help. Check back in with organizing team and available mentors with new information.

9:00 pm
Dismiss - Day 2

Sunday April 8th

9:00 am

9:15 am
Introduction & Day Roadmap
Overview of day's objectives and activities.

10:00 am
Check-in with mentors
Last chance to consult with mentors or organizing team.

12:15 pm

12:30 pm
Presentation Prep & Tech Check
Final hours of worktime should be focused on perfecting your presentation and performing technical checks.

3:00 pm
Pitch Decks Due
Submit presentation slide decks to organizing team.

3:30 pm
Pitches Begin

4:30 pm
Judging & Awards

5:00 pm
Dismiss - Day 3


Elliott Adams
Author, Entrepreneur and Academic

Elliott Adams has worked in tech, government, and academia. He was the CTO of CD Baby leading up to its acquisition for $22m in 2008 and then served in the State of Louisiana’s Department of Economic Development after Hurricane Katrina, where he focused on legislative and outreach efforts to strengthen the state’s tech and startup ecosystem. Formerly an Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship at Loyola University New Orleans, Adams is now a faculty member at Hult International Business School’s San Francisco campus. He is a proud member of the South by Southwest Interactive advisory board and is currently an author-in-residence at the Nasdaq Entrepreneurial Center in San Francisco, as well as an entrepreneur-in-residence at Techstars.

Event Judges

Carol Curtis
Venture Advisor, i2E, Inc.

Dr. Curtis supports the overall commercialization process, including identification of companies for i2E’s advisory services and navigating them through the high-growth development process. These services include development and review of business strategies, working with clients to develop competitor analysis and identify competitive advantages, assisting in valuation, and preparing investor presentations. Curtis also models financial projections and facilitates access to angel and/or venture capital markets.

John Kerber
CEO, Ice Nebula Software and Co-Founder, Who's on my wiFi

As the Technical Co-Founder at Who's on My WiFi, John is involved with company strategy, company product vision, and finding the right people to help move the company forward. He is working with a great team of people on a game changing product that is being used worldwide. With the information they provide companies, they get to see them grow in ways they didn’t know existed. It doesn’t get much better than that.

Andrew Pollock
Director of Business Development, OU Office of Technology Development

Andrew Pollock joined the Office of Technology Development in March of 2014 as the Director of Business Development.  In this role Andrew’s focus is to transition University IP assets to commercial entities for introduction to the market for the public’s benefit.  Additionally, Andrew manages internal relationships with novel knowledge generators from the Norman and Tulsa Campuses, and collaborates with inventors to convert concepts into marketable IP.

Coaches and Mentors

Matthew Allen
Designer and Owner, Day Creative

Founded by Matthew Allen in 2010 in Norman, Okla., DayCreative is a local creative business consulting and design firm. DayCreative works with small business owners to develop a sustainable qualified leads flow, so that they can grow their business

Matt Woods
Inbound Marketer & Social Media Manager

Matt Woods is an inbound marketer and social media manager at McMahon Marketing in Norman, OK. Matt has coordinated a celebrity endorsement from NFL Quarterback Tim Tebow for a nonprofit, secured media coverage from Forbes and managed the online presence of the world's largest business coaching franchise. Matt’s passion for marketing is rivaled only by his enthusiasm for startups, backpacking, photography and craft coffee.

Sue Ringus
Director at I-CCEW

As Director of the I-CCEW Internship, Sue provides support for I-CCEW in problem solving, visual and verbal communication, professional development, and growth of the internship program.
Previously Sue was an engagement manager with McKinsey and Co., a global management consultancy, serving clients in education, financial services and pharmaceutical/ life sciences on strategic and operational issues.

Jeff Moore
Executive Director at I-CCEW

Prior to joining the University of Oklahoma, Jeff addressed growth and entrepreneurship in a variety of roles and institutions, across a spectrum of industries.
As an Associate Principal with McKinsey & Co., a global management consulting firm, he provided senior leadership counsel to a wide variety of manufacturing, financial, and energy businesses in capital project evaluation and execution, transaction due diligence, and strategic planning.

Daniel Moses
Program Manager

Daniel serves as the Small Business Programs Manager at the Tom Love Innovation Hub. He is working closely with the Executive Director and other members of the leadership to launch the Oklahoma Catalyst Programs: a suite of programs focused on collaboration, training, mentoring, and commercialization in the State of Oklahoma. 

Devon Mobley
Developer & Business Owner

Devon is a developer and business owner with additional emphasis in resourcing, project management, and leadership. He works full-time as an application developer with the Oklahoma Heart Hospital, an innovative healthcare organization that uses workflows, which his team designs and implements using web technology integrated into the Cerner EMR environment. He also co-owns and co-operates Rise Coworking with his wife, Jordan Mobley, with the objective of seeing a long-term strategy for coworking in the state of Oklahoma. He enjoys bringing value through collaborating with others, thinking through challenges, and connecting them with the resources they need.

Aaron Staggs
Account Manager

Aaron is an Account Manager for San Francisco based startup BuildZoom, a platform connecting homeowners with qualified contractors. Before coming to BuildZoom, Aaron discovered his passion for the construction industry working for a home builder in the metro. He has a desire to help businesses grow and thrives to find solutions to difficult problems. Aaron enjoys spending his free time on the golf course, or trying new restaurants with his wife. 

Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Startup Weekend Norman 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 Norman is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
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Susan Moring

Susan is the Norman Program Manager of OU's Center for the Creation of Economic Wealth, overseeing CCEW's internship program, the programming Boot Camp OK Coders, and other big events like TEDxOU.

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