Startup Weekend SB: AI | Big Data | Blockchain

    Friday, November 8 - 10, 2019

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Startup Weekend SB: AI | Big Data | Blockchain

Friday, November 8 - 10, 2019

Friday, November 8 - 10, 2019
Event starts at 5:30 pm

351 Paseo Nuevo
Floor 2
Santa Barbara, CA 93101

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Come Innovate Around the Top Tech Verticals in Silicon Beach!

Come by and network with some incredibly smart folks, team up, and be the change you want to see in the world through Startup Weekend AI | Big Data | Blockchain!

"The best way to predict your future is to create it." - Abraham Lincoln

What is Startup Weekend?

Startup Weekend is a three-day startup accelerator event that encourages a fun and engaging environment for startup enthusiasts of all backgrounds. It creates a forum for creators and idealists to gain insight and relevant, real-time experience for growing a business while expanding their resumes, portfolios, and networks. Weekend activities begin with rapid-fire startup pitches, prototype building, mentor feedback from experts in the field, keynote speakers, and conclude with a Shark Tank-style judging session. Prizes are also awarded to the best new startups!

Startup Weekend SB: AI | Big Data | Blockchain Details!

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

  • Opening Night Open Mic Pitch Party where attendees bring their best ideas and inspire others to join their team.
  • The Working Sessions focused on customer development, validating their ideas, practicing LEAN Startup Methodologies, and building minimum viable products
  • The Closing Event where teams demo their prototypes and receive valuable feedback from a panel of investors.

If you are participating in the weekend as a Hustler, Hacker, Designer, or Maker, then your ticket gets you in to all 3 events and locations.  

Startup Weekend FAQ's

If you have more questions, check out the Startup Weekend First Timers FAQ or email us at

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! 

Yes!  There will be an after party on Sunday!  

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Friday November 8th

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

6:30 pm
Welcome & Speakers
Review agenda for the weekend and introduce speakers, coaches, and community leaders

8:00 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 November 9th

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

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

Sunday November 10th

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

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

4:00 pm

5:00 pm
Final Presentations

7:30 pm
Judging & Awards

8:30 pm

9:00 pm
Go Home!

Coaches and Mentors

Tania Mulry
Founder @ Steamwork Center

Tania is a tech entrepreneur, digital marketing and product development consultant, an award-winning mobile app developer honored by Microsoft, AT&T & Computerworld, and is an Adjunct Professor at USC, teaching interactive design for mobile devices. She led mobile payments and information product development initiatives for MasterCard Worldwide, and worked on the core strategy team leading up to their record breaking IPO. She has developed cutting edge digital marketing campaigns for an impressive roster of companies and professional sports teams like AT&T, JCPenney, GameStop, Brinkers (Chili’s), Nintendo, Nokia, RIM, LG, State Farm, Kimberly-Clark (Huggies), Frito-Lay (Doritos),, The United States Air Force, the San Diego Chargers, the Dallas Cowboys, the New York Yankees, the San Francisco Giants, and the San Antonio Spurs. She blogs about leveraging technology to improve your life and business at

Dennis Baker
President of DM Baker Media

An experienced, creative problem solver with global reach. Expertise in media messaging, crisis management, and technology innovation.

Dennis Baker (CEO of DM Baker Media & Polis Assist, Inc) consultant to numerous established corporations, non-profits, and high-profile individuals. A development specialist who raised millions of dollars for non-profits ranging in annual budget size from $100k to $2 billion in areas as diverse as museums, hospitals, universities, and international aid organizations. A PR expert having managed several New York Times bestselling authors and leading many public relations campaigns for advocacy groups, movie projects, and entertainers. Serving on several non-profit boards of directors with a special interest in human rights issues. As Chairman of Hardwired, Inc. (in collaboration with Pope Francis) successfully secured the release of the celebrated Sudanese refuge Mariam Ibraheem in 2014.

Founder & CEO of Polis Assist, Inc (, a mobile app company focused on locating fee free parking in L.A. and soon in NYC & San Francisco.  Polis Assist was voted the #2 mobile app by LAWEEKLY. Polis Assist was a finalist in the prestigious Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong L.A. Innovation Awards and a Finalist in the Leading Cities Accelicity program as one of only 15 chosen to participate from over 550 other start-ups.
A graduate of Westmont College and a Hansard Scholar at the London School of Economics in London, England. Before starting DM Baker-Media Relations, Mr. Baker, worked for the U. S. Senate, the British House of Commons, for FOX Entertainment and in management at a media buying/PR firm. A member of NEXUS Summit, the Anti-Defamation League Glass Leadership group, Google’s Zeitgeist community and serves on the board of EPIC Impact Society.

Greg Monterrosa
Community Manager

My passions lie in two distinct areas: tacos and startups. 

I am the Community Manager and one of the founders of Hub101, a startup incubator and coworking space located in Westlake Village, California with a mission of encouraging businesses to “create, launch, grow.” 

As a Startup Weekend global mentor and organizer, I was able to interact with and learn from the innovative minds behind startups worldwide. 

Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Startup Weekend SB: AI | Big Data | Blockchain team is grateful for the support of local community partners without whom this event would not be possible.
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Organizing Team

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

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