2014 Kirkland Startup Weekend Makers Edition

    Friday, November 14 - 16, 2014

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  2. Schedule
  3. Judges
  4. Coaches and Mentors
  5. Sponsors
  6. Organizing Team
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2014 Kirkland Startup Weekend Makers Edition

Friday, November 14 - 16, 2014

Friday, November 14 - 16, 2014
Event starts at 6:30 pm

Google Kirkland
747 6th St S
Kirkland, WA 98033

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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 Edition

As 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:

1. Robotics

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 8

What 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

After attending Bootcamp you are probably wondering what to bring with you. You'll need more than a laptop to make physical objects, so here's A LIST OF THINGS we will have on site, some recommendations on software you need to upload before the event, places to get extra tools, etc., and kits we will have for your use.

Kick Off Friday, November 14

The 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.

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Setup for Success Before/After Startup Weekend


Friday November 14th

6:30 pm
Arrive at the first venue, Google Kirkland, 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 November 15th

8:00 am
Arrive at Lake Washington Institute of Technology, simple breakfast & coffee

9:00 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

9:30 pm
Finished for the day.

Sunday November 16th

8:00 am
Arrive at Lake Washington Institute of Technology, 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

3:00 pm
Migrate back to Google Kirkland
Final hours of work time should be focused on perfecting your presentation, tech-check for final presentations also takes place

4:00 pm
At Google Kirkland

5:00 pm
Final Presentations
Google Kirkland

7:30 pm
Judging & Awards
At Google Kirkland

8:30 pm

9:00 pm
Go Home Time!

Event Judges

Beth Kolko
CSO & User Advocate at Shift Labs

Beth is an internationally recognized expert in technology design for emerging regions who brings leadership and experience across the Shift Labs domains.

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.


Mark Powell
Executive Director, Bluetooth

Mark Powell is a wireless industry veteran and entrepreneur with more than 25 years experience in leadership positions at some of the industry's largest and most innovative mobile technology providers. Prior to joining the SIG in August 2012, he served as vice president of the client software business unit at Kineto Wireless, a company he co-founded in 2001 with the vision of using unlicensed spectrum to deliver cellular services.

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.

Tyler Carper
Engineering Leader, Investor, Advisor

Tyler has spent the last 16 years contributing to seattle based companies through engineering leadership, mentoring and angel investment.  A builder at heart, Tyler’s primary focus has been on the ideation and creation of complete hardware, software, and services ecosystems. Tyler has grown engineering teams for Microsoft Xbox, Xbox Live, and Xbox 360. He has run organizations at HTC, shipping the some of the first Android smartphones, as well as managed global engineering for the largest community based Android project, CyanogenMod.  Currently, Tyler is actively advising and investing in multiple early stage startups while he planning his next engineering challenge.

Dan Shapiro
CEO, Primary Turtle Wrangler, Robot Turtles, LLC

Dan Shapiro is the CEO and primary turtle wrangler at Robot Turtles, LLC, a company created when he accidentally launched the bestselling boardgame in Kickstarter history.

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.


Lauren Joseph
Director, Buiness Development at The Grommet

Lauren is the Director of Business Development for The Grommet, a media-rich launch platform for innovative, early-stage products.

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.


Rich Lerz
CEO, Nytec Inc.

Richard Lerz is the CEO of Nytec, an end-to-end product design and development company specializing in consumer electronics.

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

Koji Intlekofer
Chief Technology Shifter (CTS) at Shift Labs

Koji has a Masters of Mechanical Engineering from Georgia Tech. His educational background includes robotics and sustainable design and manufacturing.

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.


Jim Haugen
Founder, Seattle Patent Group

Jim Haugen is an attorney and founder of Seattle Patent Group, LLC, a patent and intellectual property practice based in Redmond. He brings a unique perspective, being both a software developer/architect and attorney.

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.

Jonathan Copley
Founder, CFOCare Inc.

For 35+ years Jonathan Copley has been helping entrepreneurs fulfill their dreams.

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 Stoklas
Customer Experience Management Expert, Microsoft

Alex has extensive experience in consumer marketing and customer relationship management for high-tech and services companies around the globe.  Prior to joining Microsoft in 2013, where he currently helps implement marketing in customer service, he spent over 10 years working for T-Mobile subsidiaries in Europe and the USA. He successfully led teams there focused on the development and implementation of strategies to grow customer base value. His responsibilities included lead gen., customer retention, cross-and up-selling, segmentation and direct marketing to name a few. Alex started his professional career at a wireless start-up, running local marketing and sales campaigns to drive subscriber acquisition. His experience with subscription-based business models (wireless, cloud) taught him about the importance of life-cycle management and made him an advocate that 'customer retention starts at acquisition.'
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 Crunkilton
Senior Mechanical Engineer, Astronics

Jeff has spent over 15 years in product development and new product introduction in highly regulated environments. He is highly experienced in ushering new and unique products from research and development through design and into production.

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.

Rex St. John
Internet of Things Evangelist, Intel Mashery

Rex graduated from UMASS, Amherst in 2006 with a BA in Marketing.

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.


Vincent Gao
Technical Program Manager, Bluetooth SIG

Vincent is a Technical Program Manager at 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.


Jon Conelias
VP, Finance & Operations, The Grommet

Jon has extensive experience in start-ups, capital raising, operations and finance.  Currently he is the VP of Finance and Operations of The Grommet where he leads all finance, accounting and operations functions.  The Grommet is a product launch platform that discovers unique and innovative products and helps them succeed by launching them on The Grommet platform.   

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.


Maria Dykstra
Founder, TreDigital

Maria Dykstra is an author, speaker, technology entrepreneur and digital media strategist with over 16 years of successes in the industry. Maria’s career includes working with Fortune 100 companies, managing product and marketing strategy covering $2 Billion in annual revenue across 36 markets worldwide, as well as serving as an advisor to the technology startups.  Her vision and digital strategy recommendations have been recognized throughout her industry and earned her a number of awards.

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. 

Diane Najm
Founder at PhotoPad/ The Founder Institute/Olive Crest

A Serial Entrepreneur CEO & Founder Of PhotoPad for Business. A leader and passionate about the start-up community, Serves as Former  Director, Seattle Founder Institute, Mentor, Coach and organizer to Start up Weekend, Expert Panelist and speaker on Entrepreneurship,Invited to the White House Digital Tech summit and served on Delegation for Vancouver First Startup Week and panelist for Bridging the Gap between Seattle and Vancouver , as well as, seeks ways to help entrepreneurs  connect with one another and provides resources to assure success.   Thought leader and advocate for Women Entrepreneurs and empower them to pursue their startups serving as advisers to start-ups ,Board of Directors  to  Women In Wireless and Women in Tech.Passionate to give back to the community in the philanthropy sector, serving on the Board of Trustee for a non-profit  Olive Crest

Julio Terra
Community Manager, Kickstarter

Julio Terra is a Community Manager for the Design and Technology categories at Kickstarter.

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.


Jonathan Shapiro
Managing Partner, PIxelFab, LLC

Jonathan is a recidivist entrepreneur. His background lies primarily in systems software and hardware co-design.

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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Organizing Team

Techstars Startup Weekend Seattle is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
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  • John
  • Umesh
  • Steph
  • Bruce
  • C. Blaise
  • Alan
  • Erik
  • Kathy
  • Samantha
    St. John
  • Terry
  • Vince


John Sechrest
Founder, Seattle Angel Conference, Global Facilitator Startup Weekends

John Sechrest is Founder of the Seattle Angel Conference, Co-Organizer of the Lean Startup Seattle & Global Facilitator for Startup Weekend.

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.

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