Startup Weekend Seattle - @ MOZ

    Friday, May 1 - 3, 2015

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Startup Weekend Seattle - @ MOZ

Friday, May 1 - 3, 2015

Friday, May 1 - 3, 2015
Event starts at 6:30 pm

1100 2nd Ave #500
Seattle, WA 98101

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Startup Weekend with Latin Flare (Open to Everyone)

Startup Weekend - Latino Markets will be at Moz on May 1st-3rd 2015. Moz is the best office space in Seattle for Startup Weekend events. Large common areas, breakout rooms, stage with two projectors, and its a beautiful space.

This Event is open to all and is not an exclusive event.

This weekend will give Startup Weekend some Latin flare, while hopefully solving pain points and creating applications that serve the Latino community local or abroad. There are no requirements for the types of apps created and you don't even have to be Latino, just bring a fresh new idea, meet new friends, and build something awesome!


Friday May 1st

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 2nd

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 3rd

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

Richard Tait
Co Founder | CEO | Center Mid at Golazo

Described by GeekWire as “one of the Seattle area’s most accomplished entrepreneurs,” Richard Tait co-founded Golazo and plays as the company’s captain, CEO and “center mid.” Richard drives the ball, and leads the company’s overall operations, while sharing with the world Golazo's vision and mission as the first passion brand for soccer. Representative of Seattle’s entrepreneurial culture and spirit, he has worked at Microsoft and Starbucks, as well as co-founded Cranium, which was later sold to Hasbro, and most recently founded the innovation lab, Boom Boom brands where he cofounded Makerwear which is rolling into 1300 Target stores next year, Moment Lenses one of last years most successful Kickstarter campaigns, and Simple & Crisp which just rolled out nationally with Whole Foods. With Golazo he can't believe he gets to combine his personal passion with a professional pursuit, and the chance to make history. Golazo!

Itzam De Gortari
CEO at TechBA

Itzam De Gortari is a corporate development executive and entrepreneur specializing in international markets, government partnerships, and entrepreneurship/innovation policy. Itzam is passionate about bringing government institutions, academia, the private sector, and entrepreneurs to create environments that catalyze and foster entrepreneurship, innovation, and growth. Over the last 5 years Itzam has built over 3 publicly funded development programs with the Spanish, Mexican, and US Governments aimed at fostering innovation sharing. These programs have delivered $7.00 USD for every $1.00 USD of investment, and have generated over 10 company success stories in the process. Itzam opened the TechBA office in Seattle in 2010 and since then has managed up to 2 Million USD annually to helping 100+ companies from different sectors become global. TechBA is a technology business accelerator that helps a broad range of entrepreneurs, from well established companies with 200 employees to startups.

Leslie Feinzaig
Vice President of Digital at Julep

 Leslie Feinzaig leads a dynamic team that creates engaging digital experiences on Julep’s; website, app, and email communications. Prior to Julep, Leslie led product management and marketing at Big Fish Games, and before that she defined product strategy for Microsoft products including the MSN portal and the Kinect for Windows device.  Leslie’s background is in innovation strategy consulting and consumer goods.  She has a BSc from the London School of Economics and an MBA from Harvard Business School. 

Coaches and Mentors

Kristin Smith
CEO at CodeFellows

Diego Oppenheimer
Co-Founder and CEO, Algorithmia

Diego is a data geek and has worked in different capacities around business intelligence and advanced data analysis. He is the founder of Algorithmia, an Open Marketplace for Algorithms and currently serving as its CEO. Prior to founding Algorithmia he spent over five years at Microsoft where he had the chance to deliver some of the most widely used data analysis software in the world including Excel, SQL Server and Power Pivot. He holds a BSc in Information Systems and a Masters in Business Intelligence and Data Analytics from Carnegie Mellon University.

Luz Bratcher

Luz is the senior designer UP Global where she tends to all things UX. Originally hailing from Phoenix, she fled the blistering heat of the desert for to work with startups in Seattle. On the side, she's probably showing you pictures of her cats.

Alec Matias
CEO & CoFounder at Pawzii

Monica Mendoza
Executive Director @Jolkona

Michael Ibarra
Senior Solutions Consultant @ AIM Consulting

Ona Anicello
UX Research at Microsoft

Kristian Alcaide
Co Founder & Product Manager @ Pingle

Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Startup Weekend Seattle - @ MOZ 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

  • Jonathan
  • Abe
  • David
  • Ario


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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