Techstars Startup Weekend SF - Blockchain for Good

    Friday, October 25 - 27, 2019

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Techstars Startup Weekend SF - Blockchain for Good

Friday, October 25 - 27, 2019

Friday, October 25 - 27, 2019
Event starts at 6:30 pm

Holberton School
972 Mission St
San Francisco, CA 94103

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Blockchain for Good

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:

  • 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.
  • Access to Paystand's blockchain platform
  • 30 minutes office hours session from Polyient Labs
  • 7 meals covered
Watch the video below to see what you can expect, and if you’re feeling inspired, click on the “Buy Ticket” button now!

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1st Place -
Founder Institute
3 hours of coaching for Polyient Labs Incubator
6 months subscription to Blockset by BRD
6 months of direct access to BRD's C-suite and product leadership
Secret prize from Ripple

2nd Place -
90 minutes of coaching for Polyient Labs incubator

3rd Place - 
90 minutes of coaching for Polyient Labs incubator

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Friday October 25th

6:30 pm
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
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 26th

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 27th

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!

Event Judges

Cecily Mak
Venture Partner

Tech/media/blockchain/wellbeing startup counselor, operator & evangelist with special focus on strategic growth, ramping potency of mission and execution while empowering and advancing talent. Inspired by challenge, the power of change, and technology for a greater good.

Wade Bitaraf
Founder, Energy and Sustainability

Wade is the founder and director of Plug and Play Energy & Sustainability, building the largest global corporate innovation center and most active early stage investor in the energy sector. He works closely with entrepreneurs, corporate executives, and investors with a focus on the energy industry value chain. Previously, Wade led Business Development efforts in renewable energy companies and online communication platform startup in Silicon Valley. Wade holds a master degree in Chemical Engineering and a master degree in Petroleum and Natural Gas engineering. His passion is at the intersection of technology and business.

Maria Shen

Maria Shen is an investor @ElectricCapital focusing on crypto companies & protocols. Previously, she was Founder/CTO a supply chain company; PM Microsoft working on search; MEng, Cornell Tech; A.B., Harvard

Caterina Rindi
Blockchain Educator, Consultant, Public Speaker

Caterina has been involved in the P2P, blockchain, and open-source ecosystem since late 2013, educating and introducing non-technical audiences to cryptocurrencies and the underlying blockchain protocol.
She works with startups and fintech companies, as well as non-profits and clients in industries ranging from collaborative economies, consumer products, governance, and healthcare.
She is an international consultant and multilingual speaker, traveling frequently between Europe and the United States.
Past speaking events and conferences include TEDxGhent, SXSW, Institute for the Future, University of Tokyo, Health 2.0, Inside Bitcoins, OuiShare Fest, and Stanford University.

Coaches and Mentors

Nick Casares
Director of Product at Polyient Labs

I help companies uncover new opportunities in product strategy and design. With a decade of experience in digital design for B2C and B2B I can help product teams win.

I'm a strong strategic thinker with equal parts creativity and technologist. Over the course of my career, I've helped teams with:

- Understanding the market opportunity for digital products and services
- Working with executive teams to ensure product design goals align with business outcomes
- Guiding the product design strategy from ideation through go to market
- Collaborating with teams to foster great processes and effective work habits

I'm an analytical person that maintains calm under pressure. My colleagues would say that I'm one of the most organized people they've ever met.

Rakesh Patwari
Lead UX Designer

Rakesh Patwari is a passionately curious digital product designer, currently a lead designer Salesforce and teaches design at UC Berkeley Ext.

Born to teacher parents in a small town near Hyderabad, South India, Rakesh was on track to be an engineer. However, things changed when he was introduced to Photoshop. It was love at first sight, learning one tool led to the other and soon enough his curiosity coupled with grit made him an autodidact designer and he metamorphosed from a ‘programmer with design chops’ to a ‘Designer who understands tech.’.

In his 18 years long career he worked at product companies, start-ups and consulting organizations alike across diverse and challenging technical problem spaces where he designed and shipped flagship products. Apple, Linkedin, Juniper Networks and Survey Monkey are some of the companies he worked with or consulted for.

His experience, love for design, and his passionate curiosity motivate him to tackle complex challenges and enables him to be effective both at strategic and tactical levels.

Lynn Hoang

Lynn Hoang is an initiator/founder of BlockchainShapers, a community hub for blockchain/crypto builders to discover, connect and collaborate. Previously, Lynn was COO at Remitano, the largest P2P crypto exchange in Vietnam/Malaysia/Nigeria, and Project Director at Infinity Blockchain Labs, one of the largest R&D blockchain labs in South East Asia. 

Lynn holds a B.S. degree in Finance/Accounting from San Francisco State University,  M.B. A from Golden Gate University. Lynn is also a self-taught programmer, film producer, writer, speaker, mentor, and community builder. Lynn has been working with Seedstars, Techstars, Product School, DevNetwork, Y-Combinator Startup School, Vietnam Innovation Network, and is an active member of cryptocurrency certification consortium.

Ian Lim
Product Design Student

I’m currently a student at Stanford University with an intended major of Product Design. In my past, I’ve worked on a blockchain project in healthcare to seamlessly transfer Electronic Health Records between hospitals and other stakeholders in healthcare which launched out of a Startup Weekend. My other work includes being the former president of a nonprofit organization and building a very early stage wearable device for early stroke detection which was a finalist for the TV show “Shark Tank.” In the last two years, I’ve worked for a startup accelerator, specifically with the medtech division, and one of Minnesota’s largest venture capital seed funds. I primarily work with startups on the following: design thinking, strategy, growth, getting to product-market fit, and emerging technology implementation. I’ve participated in five Startup Weekends in the last few years, of which I’ve won two and placed in four total. I’ve also organized one and co-facilitated one Startup Weekend.

Philip Balliet
Head of Design

As a Product Strategist and Designer, Phil is a serial entrepreneur with multiple start-ups, exits, and has helped raise more than $75 Million. He has led design at several mission-driven Seed, Series A, and B companies, predominately in the fin-tech and ed-tech space. He advises several startups throughout the Bay Area, and in his spare time enjoys philosophy and the great outdoors.

Hsin-Ju Chuang
Director of Community & Growth at Tezos (TQ), Ex-Head of Growth at Stellar (XLM), Thunder, and Solana. Mentor 500 Startups.

Director of Community & Growth at Tezos (TQ), Ex-Head of Growth at Stellar (XLM), Thunder, and Solana. Mentor 500 Startups. Lead growth at 4 layer-1 protocols.

Cory Roberson

"Serving the Investment community to make a social impact" Currently, Cory is principal of FIN Compliance ( is a consortium of services including: RIA Consults-Roberson Consults Group, a compliance consulting firm, RIA Review, a compliance-management software tool, B-D Review, a compliance management tool, and FIN Lancer, a Business/Client Management tool (coming in 2019), FIN Ventures business consulting and strategy, and FIN Missions, our volunteer based entity. Blog: Over a span of 15 years, Cory volunteered with three church ministries in the bay area and Los Angeles. As a part of FIN Missions, Cory holds business support group sessions and, in the past, volunteered for mission-related programs in California, as well as abroad S. Korea, China, S. Africa, Thailand, Peru and India. Cory, as a part of his missions-driven arm is on a quest to support bringing 500 ideas to fruition. He has held vision workshops for student groups in support of his book, “From Student to Entrepreneur: Making the Transition to Business.” He is a design strategist with a passion creating a space for innovation, ministry, creativity, and business.

Haden Kirkpatrick
Founder and CEO

Sr. Executive in the Fintech, Insurtech, Mobile, Tech, and Teleco Categories

Eden Kfir
Co-Founder and Chief Product Officer

Built and launched a microcredit company in Sub-Saharan Africa and Southeast Asia to increase financial inclusion for the unbanked using alternative credit risk analysis. She has prior investment experience with start-ups and emerging technologies at Acumen Fund and Citi.

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