Startup Weekend Mobile/Wearables Seattle

    Friday, July 25 - 27, 2014

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Startup Weekend Mobile/Wearables Seattle

Friday, July 25 - 27, 2014

Friday, July 25 - 27, 2014
Event starts at 6:30 pm

1100 2nd Ave
Seattle, WA 98101

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Ever wondered what it takes to be an entrepreneur? 

The professional and personal challenges, the high and lows, the failures and the successes? Startup Weekend is a global grassroots movement of active and empowered entrepreneurs who are learning the basics of founding startups and launching successful ventures. It is the largest community of passionate entrepreneurs, with events in over 100 countries and 580 cities around the world. 

The non-profit organization is headquartered in Seattle, Washington but Startup Weekend Organizers and Facilitators can be found on every corner of the globe. From Mongolia to South Africa to London to Brazil, people around the globe are coming together for weekend long workshops to pitch ideas, form teams, and start companies.

Whether entrepreneurs found companies, find a cofounder, meet someone new, or learn a skill far outside their usual 9-to-5, everyone is guaranteed to leave the event better prepared to navigate the chaotic but fun world of startups. If you want to put yourself in the shoes of an entrepreneur, register now for the best weekend of your life!

All Startup Weekend events follow the same basic model: anyone is welcome to pitch their startup idea and receive feedback from their peers. Teams organically form around the top ideas (as determined by popular vote) and then it’s a 54 hour frenzy of business model creation, coding, designing, and market validation. The weekends culminate with presentations in front of local entrepreneurial leaders with another opportunity for critical feedback.

Mobile and Wearable Technologies at the Forefront of Entrepreneurship

Wearable technology is a new and exciting field that is full of innovation. We want to provide a focused environment and bring the Seattle entrepreneurial community’s attention to these new possibilities. With tools and mentors geared towards further developing these areas, this event is meant for anyone interested in mobile and/or wearable technologies.  

Sponsors like Jigsaw Renaissance are helping make the event incredible by bringing their "Hardware Library", full of awesome hardware like Arduino Unos & Duemilanoves, shields, Bluetooth devices, Raspberry Pis, and more!  They're also helping out with the essentials, such as wires, resistors, LEDs, soldering kits, etc.  We want you to succeed, and so we're doing what we can to help set you up to achieve that success!  A big thanks goes to our sponsors like Jigsaw Renaissance, who help make that possible!

Come share your ideas and help build the next big innovation!

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Friday July 25th

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 July 26th

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 July 27th

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

3:00 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!

Event Judges

Ryan Halper
COO, Co Founder of Gratafy

David Conrad
Studio Director at Design Commission

Armed with over 15 years experience in designing user experiences, David Conrad is a founding partner at Design Commission. As Studio Director, David's role is to engage new clients and facilitate successful projects. He's a visionary when it comes to connecting business, design and technology with a natural ability to identify potential and solve problems. In his free time, David organizes CreativeMornings in Seattle and teaches mobile UX design at the University of Washington.

Marcelo Calbucci
Co-founder & CTO at EveryMove

Adam Benzion
Co-founder of

Adam is founder of, a network for hardware startups; the moderator for the The Hardware Startup group on LinkedIn; a Microsoft alumni; and an entrepreneur who sold his hardware startup in 2012.

Kevin Croy
Partner at 9MileLabs

Kevin is a co-founder and partner at 9Mile Labs, Seattle's B2B-focused tech startup accelerator. As of August 1st, 9Mile will have invested in 28 startups since it’s inception a few short years ago. Prior to starting 9Mile Labs and focusing on helping other entrepreneurs, Kevin co-founded five startups himself and successfully exited twice. He began his career as a technologist, but found his true passion is the business side of startups. He earned an MBA from the University of Washington and enjoys helping entrepreneurs innovate their products and business models, prepare funding strategies, and operate their businesses.

Coaches and Mentors

Brian Erke
CEO, Co Founder of Gratafy

Joel Emans
Attorney at Hughes Media Law Group

Shirley Roberson
Senior Associate at Hughes Media Law Group

Sanjay Puri
Co-Founder, Partner at 9MileLabs/VP, Product Marketing/Hewlett-Packard/Microsoft Corporation

Co-Founder & Partner at 9MileLabs.
Sanjay Puri is a Marketing and Business Executive with extensive experience in enabling sales organizations to sell enterprise software solutions. With 18+ years of high-tech experience includes product development, product management and product marketing in Fortune 500 technology companies, mid-size software organizations and startups.

Brent Wittke
Co-founder of Connected Consignment

Martin Ramirez
Co-Founder and CEO of Angles Media Work

Mike Arcuri
Product and Engineering Leadership

Nick Hughes
Founder, advisor, writer and weekday warrior

Eric Ogden
Business Developer

Bobby Sands
Regional Consulting Head, Thomson Reuters

Lisa Schmalhurst
Project Manager at Stratos

Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Startup Weekend Mobile/Wearables Seattle team is grateful for the support of local community partners without whom this event would not be possible.
Learn how to become a sponsor here.

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Organizing Team

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

  • Skyler
  • Josh
  • Drew
  • Brian
  • Jonathan
  • David
  • Jay


Hakon Verespej
Growth Hacker at Madrona

Hakon is part of the team at Madrona Venture Group, a Seattle-based venture capital firm, where he works with portfolio companies to accelerate their growth. He’s participated in and organized dozens of hackathons. Prior to Madrona, Hakon was a software engineer at Microsoft and at a software startup.

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