Youth Startup Weekend Phoenix

    Friday, February 24 - 26, 2017


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  4. Judges
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Youth Startup Weekend Phoenix

Friday, February 24 - 26, 2017



Friday, February 24 - 26, 2017
Event starts at 6:00 pm

CO+HOOTS coworking space
221 E. Indianola Ave
Phoenix, AZ 85016

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Build something BIG!

Middle and High School students who have a problem they need solved, want to learn more about start-up culture, love coding or design or just bringing an awesome team together - this is YOUR EVENT. 
Building on the nationally recognized StartUp Weekend model and pivoting it for students, the CO+HOOTS Foundation has brought together entrepreneurs and experts, volunteers and community leaders to offer students a glimpse into what it takes to build a company and a product from scratch.Our last event in August brought 50 together students with brilliant ideas, determination and the desire to learn. We had dozens of volunteers and mentors on site working with the teams to help take their ideas through the process of business development and preparing them to pitch to a team of judges. 
The first Youth Startup Weekend was way too much fun to leave it as a one- time thing... so it's back! For 3 days at the end of February in the beautiful CO+HOOTS coworking space, we will brainstorm, create and pitch our most genius ideas. At the end of our time together, all the teams will have the opportunity to present their pitch to industry professionals, get feedback and support, and leave the knowledge that you created something great!




EVENT SCHEDULE

Friday February 24th


6:00 pm
Registration/ dinner!
Get checked in, get your name tag and eat some great food sponsored by Macayo's! Yum!


6:15 pm
Welcome, let's begin!
Review agenda for the weekend and introduce speakers, coaches, and community leaders. We'll brief you on the format of Youth Startup Weekend, what to expect and why we are excited!


6:20 pm
Icebreaker
We get it, icebreakers are usually awful! We promise it will be fun and we won't even make you remember anyone's name ;)


6:30 pm
Speaker: "How to Pitch"
Darrell Kidd will teach us the basic methodology of pitching, how to make an impact with our pitch, and why we shouldn't be nervous!


6:40 pm
Break Out: Brainstorm
We'll utilize this time to brainstorm ideas, write down key notes and anything else you might need! Also, probably grab round 2 of dinner WOO.


7:00 pm
Fast Pitches begin!!!
Everyone has 60 seconds to pitch, here we goooooo!!!


8:00 pm
Voting
Attendees vote for the top pitches


8:15 pm
Form Teams
Teams start forming and discussing ideas


9:00 pm
Go Home!
We like you a lot, but you need to sleep in your own bed each night! THIS IS NOT AN OVERNIGHT EVENT! Our Facilitator has a cat that needs to be fed.

Saturday February 25th


9:00 am
Morning checkin/ breakfast
Breakfast + SCRUM Tutotial + Working Lean with Matt Giacomazzo


9:40 am
WORK!
It's time to work now, go crazy!


11:30 am
Roundtable Breakouts
Half of the fun of this is event is being able to chat with amazing industry experts. Whether you're interested in design, development, marketing or leadership, come ready to take notes and be inspired!


12:00 pm
Lunch + Speaker
Hot Dogs from Dos Manos and David Saxton speaking


1:00 pm
Councilman Daniel Valenzuela


4:00 pm
TIME TO GO HOME
Parents, please make sure to be at the venue by this time. Staff are required to stay on site with students until they are picked up

Sunday February 26th


9:00 am
Checkin/ Breakfast
Breakfast burritos + Todd Vanduzer speaking


9:40 am
Time to work!
Keep on keepin' on, we believe in you! Also, mentors and volunteers will still be on site to help you where needed.


12:00 pm
Lunch
Pizza + Olenka Cullinan


1:30 pm
Presentation Coaching
We'll have mentors in a quiet room where your team can do a couple test- runs for time, content and some honest feedback from non- judges.


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. All presentations will be loaded to Confluence, where a volunteer will help make the transitions seamless.


4:00 pm
Guests Arrive
Invite your friends, parents, grandparents, teachers and the whole lot. This is your chance to show how hard you've been working this whole weekend and pitch your business. We will have snacks and drinks.


4:10 pm
Welcome + Keynote
Gabe Williams from Uber!


4:25 pm
PRESENTATIONS BEGIN!
It's go time!


5:30 pm
Judging Deliberation
Judges go away in a room and discuss who the winner of Youth Startup Weekend February 2017 will be!


5:40 pm
Awards!


6:00 pm
GO HOME!!!



Speakers


Olenka Cullinan



David Saxton
CEO



Darrell Kidd



Matthew Giacomazzo
Developer/Designer

I am a multimedia artist, composer/musician, and developer who thrives where creativity and technology collide. With over 15 years of experience in various multimedia mediums, I have worked and specialized in design implementation for web often bridging design to front-end development. Embedded within the Phoenix Startup community I am a volunteer with #YESPHX and have mentored and presented at various CodeDay and Startup Weekend events. I work at Coplex, a startup accelerator, where we help entrepreneurial subject matter experts find product/market fit with experiments and MVP software builds.


Todd VanDuzer
CEO

Todd is the co-founder and CEO of Student-Tutor, a blogger / writer for popular sites like Huffington Post, motivational speaker for high schools and companies, educational blog writer, avid rock climber who has climbed 2000+ foot cliffs, world traveler who has gone to 35+ countries, and more. He is driven by the need to help teenagers discover their purpose and achieve lofty S.M.A.R.T (specific, measurable, achievable, realistic, and timely) goals, allowing them to follow their dreams.

Event Judges


Zach Ferres
CEO at Coplex

CEO of Coplex. Contributor for@EntMagazine. Nerd. Ultra runner. Krav Maga. Entrepreneur. I get by with a little help from my friends.


Hope Parker

Hope Parker is Associate Director for Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering PreK-14 Engineering Education and Outreach at Arizona State University. One of the key programs she supports is EPICS High which engages middle and high school students in engineering designed-based service learning and social entrepreneurship providing solutions to real world problems. Hope has worked in education for more than 15 years including elementary and post-secondary settings. Hope recently served as Assistant Director of Graduate Business Student Services at the W. P. Carey School of Business where she oversaw the Full-time MBA program. Prior to that, she taught pre-K through sixth grade and also as a high school athletics coach. Hope has a Master of Higher and Post-Secondary Education from Arizona State University and Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education with a minor in Early Childhood Education from Montana State University. She held several positions on the Graduate Business Student Services Association board concluding her tenure as the chair. Hope’s passion is to help children change their lives and impact the world around them through meaningful, real world education.


Kathy Sacks

Kathy Sacks is an experienced executive and founder with a proven path of enabling growth and market leadership from startup to scale in software, media and marketing. Today, she helps founders lead movements through my consultancy, COLEAP. I invest in and advise startups. I am an active board member, as well as writer and thinker on leadership, growth and entrepreneurship. She is  deeply interested in stories and how we craft and tell the ones that move people and markets to action.


Dean Heckler



Coaches and Mentors


Duke Merhavy
President and Chief Marketing Officer



Jesus Garcia



Lizz Levy



Dorothy Huynh



Jeremiah Larson
Owner



Mike Wolfson



Josh Padnick



Nicole Butcher



Ryan J Wall



Darrell Kidd



Michael Ashbaugh
Director of Operations at Coplex



Hope Parker

Hope Parker is Associate Director for Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering PreK-14 Engineering Education and Outreach at Arizona State University. One of the key programs she supports is EPICS High which engages middle and high school students in engineering designed-based service learning and social entrepreneurship providing solutions to real world problems. Hope has worked in education for more than 15 years including elementary and post-secondary settings. Hope recently served as Assistant Director of Graduate Business Student Services at the W. P. Carey School of Business where she oversaw the Full-time MBA program. Prior to that, she taught pre-K through sixth grade and also as a high school athletics coach. Hope has a Master of Higher and Post-Secondary Education from Arizona State University and Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education with a minor in Early Childhood Education from Montana State University. She held several positions on the Graduate Business Student Services Association board concluding her tenure as the chair. Hope’s passion is to help children change their lives and impact the world around them through meaningful, real world education.


Christina Ngo

Christina can help with pitching! 


Olenka Cullinan



Brendan O'Rourke
Senior Technology Education Specialist



Monica Trejo
Youth Entrepreneurship Program Coordinator, Sr.

Monica can help with pitching! 


Jeremy Chevallier
Founder/ Program Specialist



Elizabeth Nelson
Videographer

Elizabeth can help with pitching!


Daniel Zayas



john hamby



Drew Peneton



Daniel Valencia



Gabe Williams



Irina Tsetsura



Amanda Dziuk



Roza Ferdowsmakan



Zachary Schuessler
CTO/Cofounder

I'm an ENFJ personality with deep interest in software, personal development, and cat videos on the Internet.


Organizing Team

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

  • Kay
    Transtrum
  • Maria
    Zorn
  • Jenny
    Poon

Facilitators


Kay Transtrum
Director of Initiatives


Event Staff


Jenny Poon
Founder/Designer

Jenny Poon is a serial entrepreneur and founder of downtown Phoenix’s coworking space, CO+HOOTS that currently houses 50+ entrepreneurs. Her second business is eeko studio, a boutique design agency focused on fresh designs for impactful companies large and small. Her background in design and marketing led her to build a place where she could connect with like-minded folks that believe business growth comes from collaboration between different industries. She has worked over 10 years in team environments and has used her experience to organize a community that breeds inspiration and collaboration for entrepreneurs everywhere. Jenny earned azcentral.com’s top 35 Arizona entrepreneurs under 35 honors in 2009 and 2012; and Business Journal 40 under 40 honors in 2013.


Odeen Domingo



Lauren Blodgett
Community Manager



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