Startup Weekend Pensacola

    Friday, October 17 - 19, 2014

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Startup Weekend Pensacola

Friday, October 17 - 19, 2014

Friday, October 17 - 19, 2014
Event starts at 6:00 pm

University of West Florida - College of Business
11000 University Pkwy
Bldg 76a
Pensacola, FL 32514

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Join us at the UWF College of Business Oct 17-19, 2014!

Startup Weekend Pensacola is your chance to be a part of the next great idea.

Beginning with open mic pitches on Friday, attendees bring their best ideas and inspire others to join their team. Over Saturday and Sunday teams focus on customer development, validating their ideas, practicing LEAN Startup Methodologies and building a minimal viable product. On Sunday evening teams demo their prototypes and receive valuable feedback from a panel of experts.

Why attend a Startup Weekend?

Startup Weekends are all about learning through the act of creating.  Don’t just listen to theory, build your own strategy and test it as you go.

Actually launch a business
Over 36% of Startup Weekend startups are still going strong after 3 months.  Roughly 80% of participants plan on continuing working with their team or startup after the weekend.

Build your Network
This isn’t just a happy-hour. Startup Weekend attracts your community’s best makers and do-ers. By spending a weekend working to build scalable companies that solve real-world problems, you will build long-lasting relationships and possibly walk away with a job or even an investor.

Get face time with thought leaders
Local tech and startup leaders participate in Startup Weekends as coaches and judges. Get some one-on-one time with the movers and shakers in your community.

Save money & get stuff
Startup Weekends typically cost between $75 and $150 (less for students).  Your ticket covers seven meals, snack, access to exclusive resources from our sponsors, and of course, all the coffee you can drink.

Co-Founder dating
We all know it’s not just about the idea – it’s about the team. Startup Weekend is hands down the best way to find someone you can actually launch a startup with.

Learn a new skill
Step outside of your comfort zone. With a whole weekend dedicated to letting your creative juices flow, Startup Weekends are perfect opportunities to work on a new platform, learn a new programming language, or just try something different.


Friday October 17th

6:00 pm
Arrive at the venue and get checked in

6:30 pm
Dinner & Networking
Eat food, share ideas, practice pitches, get to know fellow participants

7:00 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 18th

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

1:30 pm
Invision Workshop

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 19th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

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

12:00 pm

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

4:00 pm

5:00 pm
Final Presentations

7:30 pm
Judging & Awards

8:30 pm

9:00 pm
Go Home!

Event Judges

Quint Studer
Founder of Studer Group

Quint Studer is a businessman, a visionary, an entrepreneur, a mentor to many, and extremely dedicated to his community. For more than 30 years, he has given his life to designing the building blocks in organizations that will guide them to achieving and sustaining a culture of high performance. Quint Studer is the founder of Studer Group®, a recipient of the 2010 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award. Studer Group is an outcomes firm that implements Evidence-Based LeadershipSM systems and practices to help organizations achieve, sustain, and accelerate in service, quality, finance, people, and growth. For 6 consecutive years – the last 3 being in the top 10 – Studer Group has been named one of the Best Small and Medium Workplaces in the United States by Great Place to Work®

Dean Parker
Chairmain, President & CEO, Callis Communications, Inc.

Dean Parker is a passionate technology entrepreneur, company advisor, and public speaker. Dean is the founder and CEO of Callis Communications, the leading provider of cloud-based Unified Communication as a Service (UCaaS) solutions for Tier 2 markets throughout the Southeast. Callis delivers cloud-based telephony, hosted PBX, data, security, email and collaboration services, all backed by a highly reliable, redundant network.

Vernon Niven
CEO / founder of NeedTagger

Tech entrepreneur, marketing technologist, business builder and growth hacker. Currently helping enterprises and software developers leverage social data to connect with new sales prospects, unhappy customers and new audiences.

Mona Amodeo, Ph.D.
Founder & President, idgroup & Branding from the Core

As founder and president of idgroup, and creator of Branding from the Core®, her intense passion for helping businesses succeed has translated into a personal mission to shape and transform business-as-is to business-as-it-should-be. Recognized as an expert in the areas of organization development, brand identity and change, Mona’s compass consistently points all she meets toward a bearing of success.

Mike Hicks
PRES-CEO at Hixardt Technologies, INC and Owner, Hixardt Technologies, INC

Corporate Executive specializing in enterprise IT solutions and Cloud Managed Services.

Coaches and Mentors

Matthew Maxwell

Matthew began as a full-stack web developer in early 2005 and later specialized in frontend web development.  His specialties include JavaScript and popular CSS preprocessors.  He has placed second place in two consecutive Startup Weekend Pensacola events and coached at a third.  He has a passion for innovation, loves collaborative thinking, and is drawn to the high pressure, fast paced environment of a start up.

Bryan Clark
CEO at Silver Bullet Technology

Although Bryan is often called a genius and renaissance man, he is really just a curious fellow with too much time on his hands.  A few of his interests include: applied physics, rapid software development for mission critical systems, bootstrap funding, gorilla marketing, artificial intelligence, electronic circuit design, rebreather scuba diving, economic development, side-scan sonar mapping, 3D printing, playing poker, and entrepreneurism as a lifestyle choice.

Jared Granger
Creative Services Director / Lead Designer & Art Director

Today, you'll find me crafting and shaping visual brands, whether it be iconic logo marks, business papers, collateral materials, websites or clever advertising campaigns. I'm eager to explore, observe and improve. Overall, I'm very fortunate. I make a living without having to work, because I do what I love.

Patrick Rooney
Patrick G. Rooney, CGMA

Senior Financial and Operations Executive working with start-ups and mid-stage firms in defense, electronics, software development/systems integration, education, manufacturing, multimedia distribution, information security and health-care. Proven track record in building and leading high performance teams.

Charles Armour
Enterprise Architect at AppRiver

Entrepreneur and systems developer with a wide technical and managerial skill set. Successfully launched three companies and filled key roles in the development of several innovative and industry-leading technologies.

Shane Rice
Marketer at Wildbit

I'm the Marketing Director at Wildbit where I work on connecting people to our apps: Beanstalk, Postmark, and Before joining Wildbit I worked as the Services Evangelist at AppRiver. Over the course of 4 years I helped grow traffic from organic search results by over 105% to

John Hosman
FS Advisors & Accountingfly

John is CFO of FS Advisors, a financial services firm, and co-founder of Accountingfly, a local startup building recruiting software for accounting firms.

Marcus Neto
Creative Director at Blue Fish

I've always loved technology. I built my first website back when Geocities was still around (circa 1997). I started Blue Fish Design Studio when we moved to the Gulf Coast in 2004. Since then Blue Fish has done work with both local and international organizations. Blue Fish focuses on implementing websites that are viewable on the various devices availabe using Responsive Web Design. We can design, program, and help market your business' website. Standards-based development and sites that are easy for my clients to manage are important to us. I was also the Product Evangelist for ExpressionEngine, and we are a member of the ExpressionEngine Pro Network.

Briana Snellgrove
CEO, Social Icon

My passion is business relations and I am what most call a, "marketing nerd." To grow in any profession you have to READ, RESEARCH and ASK QUESTIONS. Never stop asking questions.

From non-profits to sales management, I've developed skills in several areas; Marketing, Branding, Advertising Campaigns, Social Media, Public Relations, Event Management, Project Management, Media Production, Journalism, Graphic Design and more. 

Michael Lepinay
Co-founder, Clearstream

Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Startup Weekend Pensacola 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 Pensacola is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
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