Startup Weekend SF - Civic Solutions

    Friday, September 23 - 25, 2016

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  5. Coaches and Mentors
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  7. Organizing Team
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Startup Weekend SF - Civic Solutions

Friday, September 23 - 25, 2016

Friday, September 23 - 25, 2016
Event starts at 6:00 pm

414 Brannan St.
San Francisco, CA 94107

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Join a Community of Innovators to Tackle Civic Issues!

What is Startup Weekend?

Startup Weekend is a global grassroots movement of active and empowered entrepreneurs who are learning the basics of founding startups and launching successful ventures. It is the largest community of passionate entrepreneurs with over 1800 past events in 120 countries around the world in 2014. As of July 2015, Startup Weekend has reached 135 countries, involving over 210,000 entrepreneurs. 

Events are 54-hours long where developers, designers, marketers, product managers, and startup enthusiasts alike come together to share ideas, form teams, build products, and launch a startup!

Startup Weekends are where entrepreneurs and aspiring entrepreneurs can find out if startup ideas are viable.  On average, half of Startup Weekend’s attendees have technical or design backgrounds, the other half have business backgrounds.

We begin with open mic pitches on Friday where attendees bring their best ideas and inspire others to join their team. 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.

What is "Startup Weekend SF - Civic Solutions"?

This may be a presidential election year, but government alone cannot solve all of our civic challenges.  "We, the people" best understand our civic needs and must be involved in creating solutions that will last. This event is designed to give you an opportunity to partner with the public and business sectors to take actionable steps toward real change. Over a weekend, you will form teams to build programs, services or new businesses to address a common civic challenge.

Startup Weekend Details:

There will be 3 distinct events as part of Startup Weekend:

  • Opening Night 
  • The Working Sessions  
  • The Closing Event
If you are participating in the weekend as a Hustler, Hacker, or Designer, your ticket gets you into all 3 events.

Your Ticket gets You:

  • Access to the event
  • Mentorship by the best entrepreneurs from the Techstars network
  • Amazing high-profile speakers and judges
  • Access to the networking
  • Work with awesome professionals
  • Plenty of food fuel to keep you energized for 54 intense hours
  • Free .co website domain
  • Membership @ Startup Weekend Community (200K alumni) #SWMafia
  • 100 new awesome Facebook friends and thousands of tweets

Do I need to come with an idea?

If you have an idea for a startup, then great! We hope you pitch for the weekend. If you don't have an idea, that's quite alright! Come and spend the weekend, listen to the ideas being pitched, and see if something strikes your interest. The weekend is all about learning about the startup ideation process and learning from each other.

Attend and Support!

If you would like to attend the opening and closing nights only, please purchase the event night tickets!  Everyone in attendance Friday night will get a vote on the ideas that continue through the weekend! 

Startup Weekend FAQ's

If you have more questions, check out the Startup Weekend First Timers FAQ

Sponsorship and Press

Interested in partnering with Civic Startup Weekend SF? Sponsorship questions? Press inquiries? Email us at

Check out our sponsorship packages here!

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Email with "Volunteering for Startup Weekend SF - Civic Solutions" in the subject line.

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Friday September 23rd

6:00 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

7:00 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

8:30 pm
Attendees vote for the top pitches

8:45 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 September 24th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

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

12:00 pm

12:30 pm
After-lunch check-in, status reports, call for help

1:00 pm
Coach Meetings
Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!

5:30 pm

6:30 pm
After-dinner check-in, status reports, call for help

8:30 pm
Finished for the day. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow

Sunday September 25th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

9:00 am
Coaches Available Via Phone
Coaches will be available Sunday all day via phone if scheduled before end of day Saturday

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

3:00 pm
Final Presentations

5:30 pm
Judging & Awards

6:30 pm

7:00 pm
After-Party at Local Tap

7:00 pm
Doors Close


Wael Ghonim
Group Product Manager

Wael Ghonim is an internet activist and computer engineer with an interest in social entrepreneurship.

In 2011, he became an international figure and energized pro-democracy demonstrations in Egypt after his emotional interview. Following 11 days of secret incarceration by Egyptian police—during which he was interrogated regarding his work as one of two administrators of the Facebook page, "We are all Khaled Saeed", which helped spark the revolution. Time magazine included him in its "Time 100" list of 100 most influential people of 2011, and the World Economic Forum selected him as one of the Young Global Leaders in 2012. 

Wael is the author of "Revolution 2.0: The power of people is greater than the people in power". In 2012, he founded Tahrir Academy, a technology focused NGO that aims at fostering education in Egypt. He is currently a co-founder at Parlio.

Event Judges

Julie Menter
Principal at New Media Ventures

Julie Menter is a Principal at New Media Ventures, a national network of early stage investors supporting startups that create progressive political change.

Throughout her career, Julie has searched for opportunities to make a positive impact on the world around her. As a strategy consultant, first with the Boston Consulting Group and then with Blu Skye Sustainability Consulting, she has worked with large companies and non-profit organizations to redefine what good business means.

Julie is also a co-founder of the GreenerMind Summit: a 3-day retreat for change makers in the San Francisco Bay Area.

She is originally from France where she received her MBA.

Jorge Calderon
Founder and CEO, Eddily

Rachel Loui
Founder & CEO @ Innolab Companies

Rachel is an entrepreneur, investor, author, and speaker. Her expertise areas are in healthcare, business strategy, startup and enterprise innovation, and emerging markets. She was previously Chief Strategy Officer and Head of Business Operations for China, Taiwan, and Hong Kong at the world's largest privately held pharmaceutical company. Prior to that, she was a Vice President and then Business Unit lead for two of the world's top 4 largest advertising agency conglomerates, launching and scaling consumer and healthcare products. She started her career in management consulting. 

Rachel is currently launching her second company, focused on disrupting the currently inefficient healthcare system. She speaks about innovation and storytelling across the US, Asia, and Europe. She is currently promoting her book on working and living in China as an American expatriate, and is an investor. 

Coaches and Mentors

Dave Meader
Founder, The Lean Volunteer

Starting in 2014, Dave traveled around the world for a whole year, doing pro bono business consulting for small nonprofits and social enterprises as he went. Dave is now writing a practical how to book for business professionals who want to do something similar: travel and make a positive impact on disadvantaged communities in foreign countries. Dave also runs a service, the Lean Volunteer, that helps business professionals set up and manage their own Lean Volunteer projects in exotic lands.  Previously, Dave was head of Meader Consulting, helping organizational leaders make sense of rapidly changing marketing technologies.  Dave also was Director, Socially Responsible Business at Mills College in Oakland, CA, and Board Member, Silicon Valley Social Venture Fund (SV2).

Yassi Moghaddam
Executive Director, Intl. Society of Service Innovation Professionals

Yass is a service and business innovation leader with deep experience in marketing and business development of high-tech products and services. Her career has spanned senior level roles in Fortune 100 companies as well as early stage to pre-IPO startups, creating value at the intersection of human-centered design and data analytics.

Currently, Yassi works with Fortune 100 companies, top universities, and government foundations to catalyze industry-academia collaboration resulting in cutting edge research and value-added services that leverage advances in big data analytics, Internet of Things, cognitive computing, social, mobile, and cloud computing to help businesses grow and make our world a better place. 

Christopher Rubin
Creative Consultant, Chris Rubin Creativ

Chris is a seasoned, award-winning creative problem solver, proficient from brief to delivery.  He works to solve real-world business challenges by conceiving, distilling and refining targeted creative solutions.  Placing a relentless focus on the end user, he marries thoughtful, pixel-perfect visual design with well-crafted verbal design... connecting and resonating with the audience as a multi-sensory experience. 
Past clients include Intel, Google, Microsoft, Walt Disney Company.

Milos Ribic
Founder, FoodChoice

Milos' specialty is helping amazing companies grow fast through access to capital, information, and deals.  His current venture, FoodChoice, is a Web and mobile platform that helps healthcare providers lower patient readmissions by managing patients’ eating behavior around specific medical conditions.  Previously, Milos has been a Principal at Black Stone IP and successfully advised family investment offices in impact investing strategies.

Javid Jamae
CEO and Founder, Brass Tacks Ventures

Javid is the CEO and founder of Brass Tacks Ventures, a startup studio based in San Francisco. Javid is a seasoned startup founder, software developer, and community leader. He has previously founded and worked for several startups, and currently advises a number of startups around the world.

Javid has led engineering, growth / experimentation, and customer development efforts at various startups. He is well-versed in Lean/Agile processes and has built online and offline communities in Houston and San Francisco.

Not many people can truly bridge the gap between the business and technology worlds, but his deep knowledge and experience working with business and technology teams enables him to work effectively on both sides. 

Jeff Saperstein
Owner, Group CVC

Jeff Saperstein is a career transition coach, author, university teacher, consultant, and enabler in how technology can be used to create growth in regional economic development, success for organizations, and personal career planning.

My passion is to help mid-late career business/professionals/educators who feel stuck and want to make conscious career choices to launch a business, improve work engagement and satisfaction, connect purpose to life-stage, or even just to prepare for an important job interview.

You will find new, better ways to think/feel about yourself and your career. Having made my own conscious career and life transitions, I empathetically strive to understand your situation, who you really are, and what can help get you moving in the right direction that you will choose. 

My process is to engage in active listening, ask probing questions, recommend resources so you can make more informed choices, and develop and action plan both focused and flexible to your needs and capability.

I am a curious and focused listener for insights that can enhance opportunities and address hindrances; together we discover new ideas and alternate, better approaches and solutions. 

I am a domain expert in how organizations and careers are evolving and how individuals can now navigate their careers in a rapidly transforming workplace through self-examination, smart research, and professional networks to extend possibilities. 

I am an author and teacher devoting my work so others may use principles, approaches and tools for intelligent, emergent solutions. My passion to engage with people and dialog in trusted partnership has been my greatest strength.

Remy DeCausemaker
Open Source Community Manager at Hillary for America

10 years of community relations, campaign development, and outreach experience of all flavors; From Electoral to Electronic. 

Past Duties:
Field Operations, Training, Coaching and Staff Development, Issue Advocacy, Platform Development, Community Outreach, Site Supervision, Public Relations, and Customer/Membership Service. From the Grassroots to the Grasstops to the Top-down.

If it expands the Public Domain, serves the Public Interest, or provides a Public Good, let me know what you need.

Specialties: Opensourcery

Tim Wong
Data Visualization Architect at Visa

Tim is an expert at visualizing information. Currently, he is part of the data visualization team at Visa, the global leader in payments. At Visa, he works with teams from across the company to help them see and understand their data.

In 2011, he launched Tweetee, an online t-shirt business. With a unique focus on Twitter users, the brand’s viral nature had grown in popularity, and the product line was expanded to include Twitter-inspired business cards. 

Outside of his entrepreneurial endeavors, he also volunteers his technical expertise to the National Association of Asian American professionals (NAAAP), whose mission is to help Asians develop their leadership abilities. He had served as the Boston chapter's VP of Technology for 5 years, before re-locating to California, where he was an officer of the NAAAP San Francisco chapter for 2 years. Most recently, he has been part of a growing team that launched the first NAAAP chapter in the Silicon Valley area.

Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Startup Weekend SF - Civic Solutions team is grateful for the support of local community partners without whom this event would not be possible.
Learn how to become a sponsor here.



Organizing Team

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

  • John
  • Lisa
    Diaz Nash
  • Navjot
  • Terry
  • Jorge


Gerson Ribeiro
Empreendedor Tático

Gerson Ribeiro é engenheiro eletrônico formado pela UFPE, empresário e hipnoterapeuta. Nos últimos anos ministrou treinamentos presencialmente para empresários em 15 estados do Brasil e em varias cidades nos Estados Unidos, Europa e Reino Unido.

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