Startup Weekend Pittsburgh Women

    Friday, March 18 - 20, 2016


  1. Overview
  2. Schedule
  3. Speakers
  4. Judges
  5. Coaches and Mentors
  6. Sponsors
  7. Organizing Team
  8. Blog
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Startup Weekend Pittsburgh Women

Friday, March 18 - 20, 2016



Friday, March 18 - 20, 2016
Event starts at 6:30 pm

AlphaLab and AlphaLab Gear (two connected spaces in the same building)
6024 Broad St
Pittsburgh, PA 15206

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Sign up today, startup in March.

The Pittsburgh startup community is waiting for you,
to build on your ideas and create something new.

There are like-minded people we’d like you to meet.
They want to start companies and they’re quick on their feet.

If you want to get out of the nine-to-five,
Startup Weekend Pittsburgh Women will make you feel more alive.

Join us on March 18-20 in AlphaLab spaces,
with coaches, judges, sponsors, and food from women-owned places.

Get ready for an event out of the norm,
and register today on the Eventbrite form!


What is Startup Weekend Pittsburgh Women’s Edition?


Startup Weekend Pittsburgh Women’s Edition (SWPWE) is encouraging more women to participate in a 54-hour sprint to create a startup. The team of organizers noticed a gap in female participation at previous Startup Weekend Pittsburgh events, and so we decided to organize a Women’s Edition to showcase the ideas, talent, and drive of women entrepreneurs in Pittsburgh.

If you’re wondering if participants have to work on ideas or companies specific to women or women’s issues, they do not! Participants can work on any idea. The Women’s Edition is simply to encourage more female participation.

From the organizers to the judges to the coaches to the food(!), female entrepreneurs will be highlighted throughout the weekend. We will make every effort to give the participants the best opportunities to start companies, form teams, and continue to be an essential part of the Pittsburgh startup community.


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EVENT SCHEDULE

Friday March 18th


6:30 pm
Registration
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
Voting
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 March 19th


9:00 am
Breakfast
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee


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


12:00 pm
Lunch


1:00 pm
Check-In
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
Dinner


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


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

Sunday March 20th


9:00 am
Breakfast
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee


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


12:00 pm
Lunch


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
Dinner


5:00 pm
Final Presentations


7:30 pm
Judging & Awards


8:30 pm
Wrap-Up


9:00 pm
Go Home!



Speakers


Ilana Diamond
Managing Director of AlphaLab Gear

Ilana Diamond is the Managing Director of AlphaLab Gear, Innovation Works’ hardware start-up accelerator which provides physical product startups with investment, mentorship and connections. She helps entrepreneurs make rapid progress through the early stages of product and customer development by leveraging her experience and network, gained from over twenty years of leading and growing companies, from early stage to exit. 

Prior to joining AlphaLab Gear, Ilana was CEO of Sima Products, an international consumer electronics accessory company that develops, manufactures and distributes products under the Sima, First Alert, Cherokee  and MGM Studio brands. Ilana also founded and managed a commercial alerting startup, raised outside capital and spun the company off into a separate entity. Ilana holds a BA in Biological Sciences and Economics from Northwestern University, and an MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management.


Event Judges


Hahna Alexander
Co-Founder and CTO of SolePower

As a child, Hahna was inspired by the technology in science fiction books, shows, and comics. She became an engineer because she wanted to make such technology a reality. For her, developing an energy harvesting shoe insert meant creating a device that could be found in an Isaac Asimov book. She also has a lifelong dream of going to space, which grew bigger while designing robots at NASA. As the CTO of SolePower, she leads product design.


Nicki Zevola Benvenuti
Founder and CEO of FutureDerm

Nicki Zevola Benvenuti is the founder and CEO of FutureDerm and FutureDerm Media. FutureDerm.com is one of the world's leading skin care blogs that includes its own line of award-winning skin care. FutureDerm.com currently receives over 10,000 hits each day and has been named the #1 beauty blog by SHAPE magazine. Nicki has participated in campaigns with prestige brands such as Redken, Olay, Ken Paves, Rodan + Fields, NIA 24, NEOVA, and many others. FutureDerm Media offers expert blog and content marketing services to a number of clients in a variety of fields.


Vicki Crowley
Designer, Landesberg Design

Vicki Crowley has a design career that spans 20 years and was launched with a degree from Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Design and an internship with renowned information designer and founder of the TED Conferences, Richard Saul Wurman.

Vicki began her professional career in brand identity and packaging working at North Castle Communications in Stamford, CT and Landor Associates in New York City. In 2000 she moved to Pittsburgh and joined Landesberg Design, a firm that specializes in communications for higher education, philanthropy, community building institutions, and arts and cultural organizations.

In 2015 Vicki served as an instructor for the Summer Precollege Program at Carnegie Mellon University and led a three-week intensive introduction to the history, media, and methods of Communication Design.

She is a Board Trustee of Shady Lane School, serves on the Advisory Board of the Stuckeman School at Penn State University, and is a past president of AIGA’s Pittsburgh chapter.


Coaches and Mentors


Ilana Diamond
Managing Director of AlphaLab Gear

Ilana Diamond is the Managing Director of AlphaLab Gear, Innovation Works’ hardware start-up accelerator which provides physical product startups with investment, mentorship and connections. She helps entrepreneurs make rapid progress through the early stages of product and customer development by leveraging her experience and network, gained from over twenty years of leading and growing companies, from early stage to exit. 

Prior to joining AlphaLab Gear, Ilana was CEO of Sima Products, an international consumer electronics accessory company that develops, manufactures and distributes products under the Sima, First Alert, Cherokee  and MGM Studio brands. Ilana also founded and managed a commercial alerting startup, raised outside capital and spun the company off into a separate entity. Ilana holds a BA in Biological Sciences and Economics from Northwestern University, and an MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management.



Marta Dalton
Director of Ecommerce at Coca-Cola

I love living in the digital realm and my specialty is translating "business to techie" (or vice versa). eCommerce & digital marketing are where I've made my home, and in this industry I've had the opportunity to build stand-alone businesses, launch new platforms, assist startups, and create new business units within Fortune 500 companies. I'm as comfortable talking to developers about the product roadmap as I am setting strategy with the executives, handling the complexities of distribution, or discussing the challenges of web pricing. In my spare time I love working with startups on product strategy and customer acquisition, and I founded the Pittsburgh Tech Meetup in 2010 to provide local startups with a place to network, learn, and grow.


Ketaki Desai
Executive Director, LindenPointe Development Center

Ketaki Desai is the Executive Director of a business incubator in Hermitage, PA – eCenter@LindenPointe. She was one of Pittsburgh’s “40 Under 40” honorees for 2015, and has founded and led several startups in the Pittsburgh region. Her experience ranges from cofounding and leading a data analytics startup in manufacturing called PlantMetrix, to leading an education technology startup, called LeSyn Labs, which was a part of Project Olympus. She was a partner at a Pittsburgh-based healthcare technology startup called BlenderHouse, which received a Phase I SBIR grant from the US Small Business Administration, as well as funding from PSLG and AlphaLab. As an EIR, she has consulted several startups, including Brainstage, a PSLG-based aggregator that spins out biotech companies, and MFC, a service–provider startup in India. 




Nivia Henry
Agile Coach

Over 15 years of experience executing strategy and delivering high quality software.Career path has included product management; program/project execution; people leadership; Agile coaching; and enterprise Agile transformations.
Proud participant and contributor to the technology community; including co-organizing the largest community of Agile practitioners in Pennsylvania (pittagile.com); Track Chair for Pittsburgh TechFest; Track Reviewer for Agile Alliance Agile 2016; speaking at local and regional conferences; and guest blogging.


Vanessa Jameson
Founder, CEO of Covey

Vanessa is currently Founder, CEO of Covey, an app that helps parents find community, meet new friends and learn about local activities. In her previous life as a software engineer, she tackled a wide range of projects ranging from racing robotic vehicles (CMU, General Dynamics) to rendering museum artwork online (Google). Vanessa completed her CS degree from CMU in 2005 and spent time in Baltimore and San Francisco before her love of Pittsburgh brought her back in 2011. She now lives in East Liberty with her husband and young daughter.


Anne Lopez
Founder and CEO, Romeo Delivers

Anne is a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University‘s Fine Arts department and earned an MFA in Painting from Cranbrook Academy of Art. She worked as a Production Designer, Art Director and Creative Director for agencies, production companies and corporate clients before deciding to explore an entrepreneurial existence. Anne is passionate about using her creativity to make people happy. She has translated her passion into developing gifts and greetings that make it easier than ever to show you care in creative and thoughtful ways. She launched Romeo Delivers in June of 2013 and hasn’t looked back.


Smitha Prasadh
Senior Experience Designer, Autodesk

Smitha Prasadh is a web-turned-UX designer, striving to do meaningful and thoughtful work that genuinely helps people from all walks of life. Originally from Atlanta, she fell in love with Pittsburgh after coming here for a Master of Design degree at CMU. She then moved to Boston to work on Autodesk's civil engineering / urban planning software suite, but two years later the "yinz-yang" of Pittsburgh brought her back. After a year at UPMC's Technology Development Center, she spent nearly a year freelancing fulltime before returning to work for Autodesk, this time in Pittsburgh and on their reality capture software suite. She loves pondering ways to bring lessons from intercultural communication and other world-facing disciplines into UX to do richer design work for groups from other cultures, and has presented on this at regional and international conferences. She has mentored design/HCI students at Georgia Tech through their Mentor Jackets program for alumni, and loves advocating for and pitching UX in professional and informal capacities.


Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Startup Weekend Pittsburgh Women team is grateful for the support of local community partners without whom this event would not be possible.
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Organizing Team

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

  • Jackie
    Vesci
  • Brittany
    Martin
  • Anne
    Bemis
  • Cat
    Tsavalas

Facilitators


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Event Staff


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Jeremy Burton
Information Architect/UX Designer

Jeremy is SWPGH#3 competitor and a top-level UX Designer and IA for several notable companies. He can help you with design, content, architecture, and strategy.


Richard Behana



Kenny Chen

Kenny is a board member at Social Venture Partners who has worked with nonprofits, governments and social enterprises across the US and Asia. He is passionate about supporting social innovation, facilitating cross-sector collaboration, and promoting civic science.


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Victoria Lopez



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