Startup Weekend Seattle: Data Science

    Friday, May 20 - 22, 2016

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  3. Judges
  4. Coaches and Mentors
  5. Sponsors
  6. Organizing Team
  7. Blog
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Startup Weekend Seattle: Data Science

Friday, May 20 - 22, 2016

Friday, May 20 - 22, 2016
Event starts at 6:30 pm

Galvanize Seattle
111 S Jackson Street
Seattle, WA 98104

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Explore the future through the power of entrepreneurship

Startup Weekend is a 54-hour education event for technical and non-technical entrepreneurs who want to build a business experientially. Startup Weekend Seattle: Data Science Edition will help you take the first steps toward launching a startup that focuses on the rapidly growing world of data science.

Everything including neural nets, machine learning, predictive analytics, natural language processing, artificial intelligence all involves data science, and we want you to spend the weekend building alongside the best and brightest.

By the end of the weekend, you'll learn more about the latest trends and practices in technology and entrepreneurship, and you might even be working on the next big thing!

Startup Weekend begins Friday night with pitches and continues Saturday with brainstorming, business model development, and prototype creation in collaboration with enthusiastic local industry experts and mentors. It culminates Sunday afternoon with demos and presentations in front of the industry's experts. 
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Setup for Success Before/After Startup Weekend


Friday May 20th

6:30 pm
Registration and Networking
Arrive at the venue and get checked in. Eat, drink, and meet the other participants.

7:00 pm
Commence Ceremonies
Guest facilitator starts the show and reviews the event protocol, introduce speakers, coaches, and community leaders

8:00 pm
Pitches Start
Optionally line up to give your pitch

8:45 pm
Attendees vote for the top pitches

9:15 pm
Form Teams and Begin Work
Teams start forming and discussing ideas, assign workspaces

9:30 pm
HARD STOP - Venue Closes
Venue closes, reopens at 8:30am next day

Saturday May 21st

8:30 am
Doors Open, Breakfast Served
Venue opened, simple breakfast & coffee served

9:00 am
Orientation with Facilitator
Review key protocol and best practices with facilitator

9:30 am
Go out and find proof of concept

12:00 pm
Afternoon Check-In
After-lunch check-in, status reports, call for help

12:30 pm
Lunch served after check-in

1:00 pm
Afternoon Coach Meetings
Coaches help teams one-on-one for 30 minutes each.

6:00 pm
Evening Check-In
After-dinner check-in, status reports, call for help, community offers and asks

6:30 pm
Served after every team checks in

10:00 pm
HARD STOP - Venue Closes
Finished for the day. "You don't have to go home, but you can't stay here."

Sunday May 22nd

8:30 am
Doors Open, Breakfast Served
Venue opened, simple breakfast & coffee served

9:00 am
Sunday Orientation
Meet with facilitator to review final day's protocol

9:30 am
Presentation Prep
Writing up decks, scripts, code, designs to present

12:00 pm
No check-in - grab and go

12:00 pm
Tech Check
Meet with AV station to test your product and slide deck.

12:00 pm
Pitch Practice
Final hours of worktime should be focused on perfecting your presentation

2:30 pm
HARD STOP - end of competition
Workspaces must be cleared, everyone migrates to presentation area

3:00 pm
Final Presentations
Closing out the ceremony strong

5:30 pm
Judging & Awards
Judges sequested, final remarks from facilitator

6:00 pm
Go Home!

Event Judges

Daniela Braga
Co-Founder, President, Chief Scientist


Sean Green
Data Research Analyst

City of Seattle

Taylor Kieburtz
Strategy Director, Co-Founder of WINTR

Carole McCluskey
Chief Technology Officer

MOD Pizza

Ryan Orban
Executive VP of Strategy


Coaches and Mentors

Katie Chase
Head of Business Operations


Allen Chen
CEO and Co-Founder


Jeremy Foster
Developer Platform Evangelist


Caitlin Goetze
Cohort Director

9 Mile Labs

Trent Hauck

Data Engineering and Science

Joachim Hill-Grannec


Saranya Karuppusamy
City Director

Women Who Code

Stephanie Kim
Developer Evangelist


Thibaut Labarre
Software Development Manager at Amazon

Engineering Manager with a Darwinian approach to innovation and long time Startup Weekend participant and organizer. Over the past 4 and a half years at Amazon, Thibaut built Heartbeat, a tool that leverage Natural Language Processing to combine millions of data points from disparate sources like product reviews, customer contacts, and social media to provide this information to worldwide product teams. 4k users access the tool every month to meet operational cost reduction goals and drive product improvements. Heartbeat started as his internship project and is now developed by a team of 14 engineers.

Claire Lyles
Co-Founder, Front-End Developer


Sean Ottey
Technical Evangelist


Sandra Persing
Co-Executive Director

Women Who Code

Mehar Pratap Singh
CEO and Co-Founder


Vetri Vellore
CEO and Co-Founder


Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Startup Weekend Seattle: Data Science 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 Seattle is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
Learn how to get involved here

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  • Keirah
  • Rebecca
  • David
  • Lee
  • Marion


Sydney Lai
ICO Advisor at uTrust

Sydney Lai is a digital marketer with an award-winning background in sales and business development. She has worked in banking, at accelerators, venture funds, SaaS, cryptocurrency, virtual reality, and space industries. Sydney grows products and startups users want.

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