2014 Kirkland Startup Weekend Makers Edition
Friday, November 14 - 16, 2014
Friday, November 14 - 16, 2014
Event starts at 6:30 pm
747 6th St S
MAKE A USABLE PRODUCT OVER THE COURSE OF THREE DAYS
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Make Something Up
Kirkland StartUp Weekend is back for the third time, but this year will be very different. The last two startup weekends focused on creating an online or web-based business. Lots of great ideas came out of this intense and totally immersive project. Some of the start up businesses took flight and opened up for business after the event.
This year’s project is called Kirkland StartUp Weekend Makers Edition.
What Is Makers EditionAs it implies, you will have to make a useable product over the course of three days. Everyone’s got an idea percolating in the back of their minds. Maybe you are a Mary Anderson who invented the windshield wiper, or Stephanie Kwolek who invented Kevlar saving the lives of thousands of police officers and soldiers. We know we have some Thomas Edison’s out there as well. This is an event to bring your product to life.
Although all ideas are welcome, we are providing tool kits and machinery for ideas built around:
2. Sensors and wearable tech
3. Techno or functional art
4. Practical non-electronics (purely physical gadgets – iPhone cases, etc.) This is from one of our organizers - "Please someone, design me a bag with compartments to carry my tablet, smartphone and credit cards/ID in one slim case I can carry over my shoulder."
5. Aeronautics (aerospace, drones, space related).
We are not expecting finished products but it will be important to clearly demonstrate what your product can do.
Boot Camp November 8What an awesome turn out we had at Kirkland Startup Bootcamp. Can't wait to see you all again on November 14 at Google Kirkland for the kick off to what is expected to be an amazing weekend.
What to Bring to Kirkland Startup Weekend Makers Edition
Kick Off Friday, November 14The Kirkland Startup Weekend Makers Edition will kick off November 14 at Google. This is when everyone pitches their idea and teams are formed. The next day, everyone works on their product at Lake Washington Institute of Technology where there will be 3-D printers, laser cutters, CNC, and lots of space to pound, bend or mold your product. We’ll supply the industry experts to guide and coach you - empowering you to turn your MAKER ideas into reality. If you think this is daunting think how easy it was (once the idea was conceived) to make the first Frisbee, Velcro, or Platypus water carrier. Final presentations to the judges will be back at Google on Sunday night.
Who knows? There may be someone in the audience that will back your product and get you on the shelf of stores around the world. Stay tuned.
Still not sure? Don't hesitate to contact the Kirkland Startup Weekend crew or phone 425.822-7066 for more information.
Setup for Success Before/After Startup Weekend
Friday November 14th
Saturday November 15th
Sunday November 16th
She has successfully led large team projects for over 12 years, she has worked with the global innovation community for nearly a decade, she has 20+ years of fieldwork experience that informs product ideation at Shift, and she has worked on multiple disruptive global health technology projects.
At Kineto, Powell played a major role in the initial system design, work for which he is listed as inventor on several of the company's key patents. He was also responsible for establishing Kineto's critical technology alliances and industry standards position, both of which helped establish the company as an industry leader in mobile operator solutions for mobile VoIP, coverage, and offload.
Prior to Kineto, Powell served in executive roles at mobile industry leaders Nokia and later Motorola, where he led the handset division portfolio team launching many innovative products including some of Motorola's first Bluetooth® enabled phones.
A native of Portsmouth, U.K, Mr. Powell started his career in the mobile industry by joining British startup Technophone Ltd. (later acquired by Nokia) after graduating from Highbury College of Technology. At Technophone, he helped develop software and hardware for some of the world's first handheld mobile phones.
Dan spent the last two years leading a Google subsidiary that operates comparison shopping products. Shapiro landed at Google when they bought his previous company, Sparkbuy Inc, where he was founder and CEO. Sparkbuy was a comparison shopping website that offered a happy fun face on top of scary good data.
Before Sparkbuy, Shapiro was founder and CEO of Ontela, a pioneering mobile imaging company, where he was named CEO of the Year by MobileBeat. Ontela was frequently recognized including the Dow Jones Top 10 in Wireless list, the CTIA award for Best Social Networking Application, and Breakthrough Startup of the Year by the WTIA. Ontela is now a part of Photobucket Inc.
Prior to founding Ontela, Shapiro managed development of the RealArcade service at RealNetworks, enabling thousands of end-users to play classic games such as Monopoly, Scrabble and Rollercoaster Tycoon on their desktops. He arrived at RealNetworks by way of Wildseed, where he managed software development for the Identity Cellular Phone.
Shapiro started his career at Microsoft working on Windows 98, Windows 2000, and Windows XP.
Shapiro's articles have been published in the Washington Post, Wireless Week, and the Seattle PI, and he is a frequent speaker at conferences and events. He serves on the board of the nonprofit Washington Technology Industry Association. He is a mentor for the Founder's Institute, 500 Startups, and Techstars. He has been awarded eleven US patents, and received his B.S. in Engineering from Harvey Mudd College.
The company gives Makers a stage from which to tell their stories, connect with people who believe in supporting innovation through their own consumer purchases, and springboard into brick and mortar retail.
At The Grommet, we believe consumers have the power to dictate the marketplace success through their purchasing behavior and call this exchange Citizen Commerce™. Our current Maker Movement is not only enabling creators, but also empowering consumers and their roles in Citizen Commerce by giving them depth of product choice.
Lauren studied Linguistics and Cognitive Science at Dartmouth College and has a Masters in 20th c. Irish History from Boston College.
Richard’s 20 years as an entrepreneur has helped transform Nytec’s 40 years as a professional services engineering company into one of the fastest growing innovation development companies in the United States, working with clients ranging from startups to Fortune 100.
For decades, Nytec has been focused on the consumer electronics industry, helping to bring to market many common household products in the home today.
As an entrepreneurial technologist, Richard’s career exploded alongside the internet, having founded one of Seattle’s first internet service providers (ISP), Dataform Corporation. In 2006, Richard founded CentralPoint Corporation, a global secure collaboration framework for the medical, education, and federally funded research markets.
In 2010, Richard co-founded Pixsy Corporation, a leading syndication platform for image and video content powering some of the highest traffic destination sites on the web.
Richard is an avid sailor and spends most of his downtime on the water. Richard received his BA from St. Mary’s College of Maryland.
Coaches and Mentors
He was co-founder of viaCycle, a bikeshare technology company, enabling fleet management and access to bicycles similar to ZipCar.
He is also a Y Combinator alum, CleanTech Open participant, and MIT Clean Energy Prize winner.
Koji joined Shift Labs to help bring quality medical care to more people at a lower cost with innovative approaches.
He has more than 30 years of experience in the design, implementation, and development of software ranging from real-time tracking systems for psychology experiments to contact tracking databases for government departments and agencies.
He worked at Microsoft for 14 years in various technical, management, and legal roles.
In 2006, Jim became a Patent Agent at Microsoft and has been a registered practitioner with the United States Patent and Trademark Office since February 2007. He founded Seattle Patent Group, LLC in 2010. Jim has done patent prosecution, advises clients on strategies to protect intellectual property, and performs patent infringement analysis for litigation support.
He is the CEO and Founder of CFOCare Inc., which specializes in Business Consulting and Education for entrepreneurs. He is also Founder of Grow50, a consortium of leading professional firms supporting early-stage businesses.
Jonathan’s expertise includes CEO Coaching, fundraising, strategy, and valuation for early-stage businesses. He is the Chief Energy Officer at the Center of Energizing Leadership where he oversees CFOCare’s Energy Cabinet Incubator program for pre-revenue and early stage entrepreneurs.
In the early nineties Jonathan worked with World Cup 94 Chairman, Alan Rothenberg, to develop the business and marketing plan for Major League Soccer, which now includes the Seattle Sounders.
Jonathan is the former Managing Consulting Partner of both Andersen Business Consulting and Deloitte, having spent 22 years with those Big 4 consulting firms.http://cfocare.com/
Alex grew up in Austria and moved to the USA four years ago. He enjoys living in Seattle and loves to explore the Washington mountains and lakes together with his wife and two kids.
Jeff has performed early stage product development for user studies to determine product scope and he has also performed laboratory experiments to confirm operational feasibility.
He has also performed final product design including detailed drawing packages and performed verification testing to confirm the product meets design intents. He then works with manufacturing to transition the product to the production environment.
He is currently a senior mechanical engineer at Astronics AES in Kirkland.
After several years of managing large-scale online advertising campaigns for downloadable software utilities, he decided that building things was a lot more fun than selling them. He quit marketing and spent 9 months in a coffee shop teaching himself to program.
His first software projects were games which led into contracts including Flex 3 and Flex 4 dashboards for RIA web and desktop applications. From there he got into native Android and iOS development, building a series of large enterprise iPhone, iPad and native Android apps for customers like Verizon, TRANE, Microsoft, IAC and others.
He continues to develop on a variety of technologies, most recently hardware devices like Intel Edison and Galileo.
After 4+ years in software development, he accepted the role of Internet of Things Evangelist at Intel Mashery in Seattle, where he travels to dozens of hackathons and developer events per year discussing the benefits of Intel technologies and APIs as well as speaking at conferences and events.
He lives in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood and organizes a handful of Meetups (he says probably less frequently than he ought to). Bacon, cats and craft beer also belong in here somewhere.
Technical Program Manager, Bluetooth SIG
In this role, he works with developers worldwide on adopting the latest Bluetooth technologies and moving the Bluetooth standard forward.
He’s also works closely with several Bluetooth workgroups, focusing on the next generation of Bluetooth.
Vincent has over 20 years of professional software development experience on embedded, handset and Web platforms. He’s passionate about connecting physical digital worlds and helping developers create amazing solutions, and also an evangelist around Designing for Manufacturability using industry-proven methods.
Prior to The Grommet he helped start iDevices LLC, an app-enablement and internet of things company. Jon was involved in the product development of various product lines. He also established distribution channels with big box retailers, assisted in project management and led all fundraising activities in addition to managing all the finance and accounting activities.
Jon started his professional career at Shields and Company, a boutique investment bank focused on middle-market financial advisory work which included mergers, acquisitions and valuations.
Current Jon lives in Boston with his wife and son. He is an avid skier and outdoor enthusiast.
After leaving Microsoft in 2012, Maria co-founded TreDigital, a boutique digital agency that helps early stage companies grow and scale user base through the power of technology and non-traditional marketing techniques.
Maria supports the Seattle Tech ecosystem as a Board Member of the Seattle Chapter of Women in Wireless. She also serves as a Director of the Founder Institute Seattle, a 15-week accelerator program featuring over 70 local CEO/Founder mentors in tech and worldwide locations in 44 cities.
Before joining Kickstarter Julio worked as a producer of interactive installations at the LAB at Rockwell Group, and explored self-quantification devices at NYU's Interactive Telecommunications Program.
Managing Partner, PIxelFab, LLC
As a co-founder of HaL Computer Systems, Jonathan was involved in the creation of the SPARC64 V microprocessors and the earliest compilers targeting the 64-bit SPARC architecture.
As CEO of the Xanadu Operating Company, Jonathan managed the company's transition from Autodesk subsidiary to independent entity, assembling a management team that could manage the company's transition challenges, and initiating a key license deal for XOC technology.
As principal and founder of The EROS Group, Jonathan delivered the EROS operating system into a number of critical and high security embedded applications. Other products include multiple debuggers, including what became the SGI VIEW debugging and performance analysis tool suite.
Jonathan spent eight years on the Computer Science faculty at Johns Hopkins University, where (among other things) he sat on the oversight group for the University's Office of Technology Transfer
Dr. Shapiro holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Pennsylvania.
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As an entrepreneurial collaborator, he focuses on entrepreneurial and innovation efforts as a way to develop new projects and companies. His efforts are focused building the tools , skills and processes that enable people to make a positive impact on the world.
All of the changes we are seeing in the world will find lasting and sustainable solutions by entrepreneurs and innovators creating new pathways to solving complex issues. By connecting resources, people and projects together and building feedback mechanisms into the conversation, he makes significant impacts on the groups that he works with.
He is currently working on the Seattle Angel Conference - http://www.seattleangelconference.com and the Lean Startup Seattle - http://www.leanstartupseattle.com and of course regularly volunteers to facilitate Startup weekends such as Kirkland Maker's Edition 2014.