Portland Startup Weekend Latino - Latinx in Tech Edition

    Friday, October 5 - 7, 2018

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  2. Schedule
  3. Speakers
  4. Judges
  5. Coaches and Mentors
  6. Sponsors
  7. Organizing Team
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Portland Startup Weekend Latino - Latinx in Tech Edition

Friday, October 5 - 7, 2018

Friday, October 5 - 7, 2018
Event starts at 5:30 pm

PSU Business Accelerator
2828 SW Corbett Av
Portland, OR 97201

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Join us for the 2nd national Techstars Startup Weekend Latinx in Tech!

Do you have an idea you'd like to pursue or a problem you'd like to solve but don't know where to start or who to start with?

Techstars Startup Weekend is the place to look for a team, create a prototype of your idea, validate your business idea, and receive feedback from experienced entrepreneurs, all in one weekend.

What do you need to bring?

Lots of energy! You'll pitch your own idea or listen to others, then vote on the most interesting ideas and form teams with diverse skill sets. You can come with friends, but you’ll get the full experience if you participate in separate teams. Remember, it’s all about the team.

Your idea should be something you have not previously worked on. The idea you pitch and the problem you set out to solve can span social, educational, financial, environmental, or other issues. Over the course of the weekend you'll be challenged to create a prototype of your MVP, or minimum viable product, that fits the needs of your target customer. You'll get feedback, iterate, and likely pivot your approach entirely! Important: You cannot have worked previously on your idea.

Techstars Startup Weekend is a full weekend long experience. Your ticket includes:
  • 7 full (and delicious) meals over the course of the weekend
  • Benefits and discounts from our global partners
  • One-on-one time with amazing mentors
  • A new network of developers, designers, and entrepreneurs eager, like you, to change the world.
  • All the internet and coffee you can consume.

Watch the video below to see what you can expect, and if you’re feeling inspired click on the “Buy Ticket” button now!

Still have questions, feel free to reach us at “portlandlatinx@startupweekend.org”.

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Friday October 5th

5:30 pm
Arrive at the venue and get checked in

6:00 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

8:00 pm
Attendees vote for the top pitches

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

9:00 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 6th

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 7th

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!


Noramay Cadena
Co-Founder; Make In LA Hardware Accelerator

Cadena is a cofounder and Managing Director of Make in LA, the first hardware focused accelerator in the Greater Los Angeles area.Previously, Cadena spent over 10 years working across multiple large complex hardware products at The Boeing Company - from airplanes to satellites to space transport. She held P&L accountability, led large cross-functional teams, and led affordability and lean initiatives in various regions across the country.

Cadena holds an MBA, a Master’s in Engineering Systems and a Bachelor’s in Mechanical Engineering – all from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). In 2013, Cadena co-founded the Latinas in STEM Foundation to inspire and empower Latinas to pursue and thrive in STEM fields. She is actively involved in the community through STEM outreach, Latina mentorship, professional development and volunteer work. She also serves as mentor to students applying as undergraduate students to MIT.
Cadena is a national speaker and has participated in the World Summit on Innovation & Entrepreneurship, TEDx Boyle Heights, multiple keynotes and conferences. In 2014 she was named one of the top 20 Latinos in Technology by CNET and in 2008, she was highlighted as the Most Promising Engineer by Great Minds in STEM.Cadena currently resides in the Los Angeles area with her daughter. 

Event Judges

Katherine Krajnak
Senior Industry Liaison - Innovation & Entrepreneurship

Katherine is a Senior Industry Liaison at the Prosper Portland, the development agency for Portland, Oregon. Her current focus involves projects and initiatives to bolster Portland’s high-growth entrepreneurs across industry and throughout the city, including management of the city’s annual startup competition and incubator, Startup PDX Challenge and launch of the city’s first Inclusive Startup Fund.  A core focus of her work is building partnerships, connections and programs to make Portland’s startup and technology community more inclusive for startups led by 
women and people of color. Follow her at StartupCityPDX.

Katherine has a Masters of Urban and Regional Planning from Portland State University and has worked in the field of economic development for over a decade.

Marcelino Alvarez
Founder & CEO at Uncorked Studios

Nyah Zarate
CEO, Co-Founder - Continuous Solutions

Dr. Zarate is the CEO and Program Manager at Continuous Solutions labs, she has over a decade of leadership experience in R&D and engineering. She was a senior R&D engineer at Intel, Abbott and Purdue University where she led a group of researchers in project development, lab organization, equipment allocation and funding.Nyah is an expert in organizational processes, modeling, simulation, experimentation, and hardware in the areas of control and system level integration. She is the Principal Investigator on a number of projects under SBIR/STTR awards in Phases I, II and III. Chief among these projects are the development of a electric propulsion designs for UUV and VTOL applications, as well as the commercialization of a high performance motor controller for electric vehicles.

Coaches and Mentors

Cristian Fuentes
Sr. Engineering Manager

Sr. Engineering Manager at Jama Software, Portlander Chileno Loves tech, bike racing, travel and learning.

miguel Higgins Moy
Prototype Labs Asisstant Uncorked Studios

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Miguel Higgins-Moy is a rare type of experimenter.His interest in learning how to solve problems from a young age has led him to be a valuable member of the Uncorked team today. In the midst of spending his time here with us, he is currently at PSU earning his electrical engineering degree. In 8th grade he joined First Robotics, an organization that gives K-12 students access to mentor-based programs to build science, engineering and technology skills. He has been both a student and mentor in the program for the last eight years. Most recently, he held an internship at AutoDesk where he built and fixed 3D printers and worked with various computer-aided design programs.Miguel’s goal is to experiment with different processes to improve the workflow for future projects—he is always preparing the hardware lab for what could come next. At Uncorked, he works alongside Josh, our director of prototype labs, to make things. This ranges from creating our in-house seltzer water to building physical prototypes for clients.

Ignacio Castillejos
Software engineer

Ignacio is a Senior Applications Engineer at Nike with a deep understanding on scalable platforms and a great supporter of PDX Startup community 

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