Startup Weekend Blockchain Edition Seattle

    Friday, May 4 - 6, 2018

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  3. Speakers
  4. Judges
  5. Coaches and Mentors
  6. Sponsors
  7. Organizing Team
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Startup Weekend Blockchain Edition Seattle

Friday, May 4 - 6, 2018

Friday, May 4 - 6, 2018
Event starts at 6:30 pm

Global Innovation Exchange
12280 NE District Way, Bellevue
Bellevue, WA 98005

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Build up your blockchain based project in 54 hours

Blockchain is sweeping the world now!

While everyone around you is talking about leveraging blockchain technology to raise chickens, you realize that blockchain is not merely a technology behind most crypto currencies. Yes, blockchain's potential is beyond finance and payment. It could have a revolutionary impact on almost every fields including education, healthcare, agriculture, etc.

Startup Weekend Blockchain edition in Seattle provides you an opportunity to sit down with top professionals and blockchain enthusiasts for a whole weekend and come up with great blockchain based projects. You could create a prototype of your idea, validate your business idea, and receive feedback from experienced entrepreneurs and blockchain experts,  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.

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Friday May 4th

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 May 5th

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 May 6th

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

1:30 pm
Presentation Prep & Tech Check
Final hours of worktime should be focused on perfecting your presentation, tech-check for final presentations also takes place

3:30 pm
Final Presentations

5:00 pm

5:30 pm
Judging & Awards

7:00 pm

8:00 pm
Go Home!


Norm Judah
CTO,Microsoft Services

Norm Judah serves as Microsoft’s Chief Technology Officer of Digital,
Services and Success (DSS). The Office of the DSS CTO is built on three key platforms: Technical Strategy, Technical Quality and Technical People.
In partnership with other key stakeholders in the company, Norm develops
and drives technical strategies determining what technologies to use, and
how and when to use them, both for the DSS business and for our
customers. Lastly, his organization identifies, develops and differentiates future technical leaders across the
Microsoft field organization to help position them for technical leadership
roles in the company.

Event Judges

Dave Parker
Venture Investor

Dave Parker is a Seattle Community builder, 5X founder and Venture Investor. He’s sold three and closed two of the companies he founded and has been part of nine transactions. He was formerly the SVP of programs for UP Global (Startup Weekend + Startup America) and hosts “6 Month Startup - Ideation to Revenue” as a program in Seattle. 

Lawrence I Lerner
CEO of Pithia, Inc

During his career, Lawrence has worked across industries in multiple roles (executive, lead technologist, public board director) to enable digital transformation, scaling up businesses using edge technologies and processes creating $100Ms in new revenue. Whether it was re-architecting Dun&Bradstreet’s core product (35% growth), delivering the next generation of coupons across 31,000 retailers, growing an outsourcing business by $100M, defining Motorola’s smartphone strategy or helping launch a dozen startups he’s generated wealth for businesses, owners and shareholders.
Lawrence has  worked in the cryptocurrency space since the late 90’s. Today he is the CEO of Pithia, a blockchain fund with $170M in crypto assets and he’s recently raised $10M. Pithia’s first two investments are Identity based blockchain companies.

Ken Everett
Director of Engineering at New Alchemy

Director Of Engineering at New Alchemy. 

Joe Roets
Architect, Founder, CEO at Dragonchain

Joe is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Dragonchain. He has over 20 years of experience in software architecture focusing on security and scalability. He has created and led multiple technology startups since the mid 1990s. He is a visionary and thought leader in blockchain technology having led or contributed to projects in the space since 2010 at companies such as Overstock, Coinbase, Symbiont, & the Walt Disney Company.

Coaches and Mentors

David Zhang
Co-founder at Stably, Inc.

David Zhang is CTO and Co-Founder at Stably, a VC backed startup connecting real world wealth to the new blockchain ecosystem. Prior to starting Stably he worked on recommendations systems as a Software Engineer at Amazon. David's areas of expertise include computer science, blockchain, and financial markets.

Rob Salkowitz
Storyteller and strategist

Rob Salkowitz is a business writer for FORBES, entrepreneur, marketing strategist, faculty member at the University of Washington Communication Leadership program and author of YOUNG WORLD RISING: HOW YOUTH, TECHNOLOGY AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP ARE CHANGING THE WORLD FROM THE BOTTOM UP. He specializes in helping tech-oriented startups develop stories that resonate with customers, investors and business press.

Wei Liu
Founder of Chianvana blockchain consulting

Founder of Chianvana blockchain consulting

Arvind Arasu
Senior Researcher

Arvind Arasu is a senior researcher at Microsoft Research where heworks on database systems and security. His research work hasinfluenced products and services within Microsoft (SQL Server AlwaysEncrypted, Bing data cleaning pipeline) and has resulted inpublications in top database conferences and patents. He holds a PhDin computer science from Stanford University.

Shumo Chu
PHD student

Shumo Chu is a final year PhD student at Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science, University of Washington. He works on distributed database systems and formal verification tools for big data systems. In the past, he has worked on Spanner, Google’s globally-distributed databases, and Myria, a distributed analytical database as a service. He also developed Cosette, the first tool to check the semantic equivalences of SQL queries. His work has been published in top tier data management, data mining and programming languages conferences such as PLDI, SIGMOD, KDD, and has won the SIGMOD best demonstration award, KDD ,best paper honorable mention.

Dan Webb
Software Pioneer

a software pioneer and on the Program Planning Committee of Blockchain Seattle 2018 focusing on the Developer Workshops. He was the Co-founder of Open Systems, Inc. that developed the first application software for the first business desktop microcomputer (CADO) in 1976. 

Arash Oliaei
Security Audit Business Manager at New Alchemy

Security Audit Business Manager at New Alchemy

Mario Campos
Strategic Advisor

I’m driven to introduce new products that change the world by solving pain points in highly differentiated ways. I primarily work in strategy, marketing, and business development for new technology products.

Tommy Cooksey
Blockchain and Cryptography Trainer @ DragonChain

Tommy is a master level technology and IT Trainer with over 20 years of training experience. He's taught from traditional to modern technologies such as Microsoft OS and Networking, Cisco, ERP, and Cloud systems. Tommy is a PeopleSoft administrator, developer, trainer, and an Oracle Cloud expert.  

Suchit Ligade
Senior Product Manager - Technical

Suchit is a Senior Product Manager at Amazon, working on the Amazon Silk Browser for Fire TV, Tablets and Echo Show. Prior to Silk, Suchit worked in the Kindle mobile app platform, enabling readers to enjoy ebooks better than print books. He is also a co-founder of the InSITE Fellowship non-profit chapter in Seattle. Suchit started his career in hardware engineering in the Internet of Things space, developing sensors and firmware to smartly communicate with each other. While working at startups, he began enjoying product management and operations role, and eventually focused on startup product management. He holds an MBA in entrepreneurship from the Georgetown University and has consulted for several startups on the east coast.

Chris Sinkey
Sr. Principle Program Manager at Bittrex

Chris is a Sr. Principle Program Manager at Bittrex working across a number of initiatives to help drive Bittrex’s core mission (advance the blockchain industry by fostering innovation, incubating new and emerging technology, and driving transformative change). Prior to joining Bittrex, Chris spent 3 years at DocuSign in Strategy and Product Marketing. Chris hold an MBA from London Business School and an Electrical Engineering degree from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Chris’s experience spans strategy, marketing, product and business development for tech firms such as Amazon, Google, Accenture and others.

Jonel Cordero
Director of Marketing at Dragonchain

Jonel has assisted businesses and startups in digital marketing, including representation of Nielsen Ratings and Vonage. He is an entrepreneur, with success as an online boutique fashion reseller, and as a partner and Managing Director for a local marketing agency.

Hank Stoever
Engineer at Block Stack

Hank recently joined Blockstack’s engineering team, where he works on developer tools to make building decentralized applications as easy as possible. Prior to joining Blockstack, he built Numa, a decentralized social network built on Ethereum and IPFS. He’s also worked for a variety of startups, including Startup Weekend. 

Alex Ortiz
Technology evangelist in the blockchain industry

Alex Ortiz is a technology evangelist in the blockchain industry. As Chief Blockchain Evangelist at lifeID, Alex builds ecosystem partnerships and helps educate the world about the future of blockchain-based self-sovereign identity technologies. His background in neuroscience, education, software sales, and blockchain informs his hopeful view that people, knowledge, science, and technology can come together to solve the important problems of our time. His interests include self-sovereign identity management, permissionless and permissioned blockchains, and the social and business impact of distributed ledger technologies.

Chris Boscolo
CEO and Founder at

CEO at

Rui Maximo
CTO at

CTO at

Joshua Shane
CMO at

CMO at

Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Startup Weekend Blockchain Edition Seattle 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.
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  • Qianqian
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Jonathan Gagliardoni
Cofounder of SHOP

Jonathan is a Cofounder of SHOP, a retail blockchain protocol supporting the value exchanges between Shoppers and Brands.

Jonathan is a proven retail and eCommerce tech innovator and educator who has been Head of Product Management and Product Development for software and physical goods throughout his career in early stage and enterprise retail companies. Jonathan facilitates strategy around the execution of the value exchanges between Brands, Shoppers, and Developers through building the SHOP community and engaging with the broader retail and blockchain communities.

Jonathan has deep roots with the University of Washington, holding a degree in Business Entrepreneurship and works with students in the UW MBA and Electrical Engineering Programs. Jonathan is also an instructor at the University of Washington for Software Product Management and leading efforts to develop a Blockchain course for the University.

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