Startup Weekend Blue - On Cape Cod

    Friday, April 1 - 3, 2016

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Startup Weekend Blue - On Cape Cod

Friday, April 1 - 3, 2016

Friday, April 1 - 3, 2016
Event starts at 6:00 pm

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
Quisset Campus - Clark Building - 5th Floor
266 Woods Hole Rd
Falmouth, MA 02543

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Startup Weekend Blue - Themed event focused on the Blue Economy in Southeastern Massachusetts

The Blue Economy is a broad descriptor that recognizes the vast role that water, both salt and fresh, plays in our everyday life from economic, sociologic, as well as physical and human geographic perspectives.  It is understanding our relationship with the water resources surrounding us, how we interact, and finding a sustainable and symbiotic course for the future.
Our goal for this event is to bring thinkers and doers together to conceptualize, validate and start new companies targeting the largest opportunities presented by the Blue Economy.
We ran an ideation workshop on the evening of November 5, 2015 and March 9, 2016 to get people thinking about the opportunities and challenges of the Blue Economy.  The result of this interactive brainstorming session is a set of concepts that can be pitched at Startup Weekend Blue. Here are the notes from the session:  We'll have another ideation session just before SW Blue on 3/30 if you'd like to attend and try out ideas.
These Listening/Encouraging sessions leading up to this Startup Weekend Blue event is to get folks thinking and talking about Blue Economy ideas that could turn into pitches for businesses.  

What is the Blue Economy?  Read more here

If you need housing for this event, we're able to leverage the WHOI hotel discounts which can be found here:

If you're interested in dorm style housing, please contact us at

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Friday April 1st

6:00 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 April 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 April 3rd

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

10:00 am
Coaches arrive. Final opportunity to ask questions

1:00 pm

2:00 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
Final Presentations

5:00 pm
Judging & Awards

6:00 pm

6:30 pm
Go Home!

Event Judges

Dolores Hirschmann
Coach-Entrepreneur-Writer-Speaker at Dolores Hirschmann

Dolores is a CLARITY & MASTERMIND COACH. She works with entrepreneurs & professionals to break through obstacles and maximize the impact through their work. Through her work, her clients move from overwhelm and lack of direction to CLARITY, where they design the necessary strategies and action plan to reach the next level of their business and career. Dolores leads Mastermind Groups, Workshops and Speaks Internationally about the behind the scenes of reaching your goals. She focuses on the inner game to win the game of life. Her clients are successful professionals transitioning into the world of entrepreneurship as well as entrepreneurs and thought leaders looking to reach the next level of success. Dolores is a writer and her first novel New Beginnings is available in Amazon. She also contributes regularly to Creativ Magazine as well as Linkedin and other publications. Dolores is the Organizer of TEDxNewBedford and participant in TED conferences. She is a CTI certified and ICF accredited coach and has a business degree from the Universidad de San Andres, Argentina. Originally from Buenos Aires, Dolores speaks fluent Spanish, English and French. Dolores believes in pursuing your dreams and has recently come back from a six month sabbatical with her family in South America. She lives in Dartmouth, MA with her husband and four children.

David Knaack
Director for Technology Transfer at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute

Registered patent agent/R&D professional specializing in the timely transitioning of discovery stage technology to commercialization. Extensive experience in technology evaluation, acquisition and in-licensing. Experience in managing strategic intellectual property portfolio development for 3 startups and 2 established companies, leading to the issuance of over 50 U.S. patents. Attorney of record for 2 issued U.S. patents, and named inventor on 15 U.S. patents. Participation in infringement, patentability and freedom to practice evaluations. PhD molecular biologist with broad cross-functional technical experience in implantable medical devices and tissue engineering. 

Michael Murphy
Director of Water Innovation at Massachusetts Clean Energy Center

Leslie Fishlock
CEO & Founder at Geek Girl Corporation

Leslie Fishlock is the Founder and CEO of Geek Girl, an educational company dedicated to empowering women and educating the community through workshops, seminars, and conferences on all topics tech.

Leslie’s vision for education, evangelism, entrepreneurialism, and empowering women is apparent when you meet her. Leslie prides herself on being “the resource”, and will share everything she knows about bring an entrepreneur, startups, growing your business and tech trends with anyone who asks.

Coaches and Mentors

Nathan Wilson
Director of Software Development

Nathan is an experienced technologist who can help create effective software development processes and plans. He currently leads the MassChallenge ( team developing the platform that manages and connects the global MassChallenge startup community. Previously he has led software development teams at the Marine Biological Laboratory working on the Encyclopedia of Life, DreamWorks Animation developing workflow tools, Digital Domain developing CD ROM titles, and several Silicon Valley startups.

Cliff Robbins
Senior Business Advisor at the Massachusetts Small Business Development Center

I joined the Massachusetts Small Business Development Center Network as a senior business advisor in January 2002. I am a management professional and an educator with functional experience in the fields of leadership, management, marketing, sales, strategic planning, organizational behavior and development. 

I 've taught and Bentley University, UMass, Dartmouth and Salve University. I am currently teaching Entrepreneurship and Management at Massachsetts Maritime Academy.

I am an EDUTAINER: "A dynamic, high energy, motivating speaker. He is informative and entertaining: An educator and a practitioner –a management maven and a marketing guru.” 

Toby Stapleton
Assistant Vice Chancellor and Director - CIE at UMass Dartmouth

Toby is an experienced executive and entrepreneur with extensive experience in international business, marketing, economic development, public relations, organizational management, foreign direct investment and legislative affairs.
Toby is the Board Chair of the Southern New England Entrepreneurs Forum (SNEEF) which dedicates to developing entrepreneurship and innovation activity with programs that combine topical forums with networking opportunities.
Toby received his MBA from Suffolk University and is working toward a PhD from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth.

Mark Lowenstein

Doug Denninger
Intellectual Property Attorney

Douglas Denninger is an Intellectual Property Attorney and Registered Patent Attorney with over 30 years experience in diverse mechanical, electro-mechanical and chemical technologies. He has counseled inventors, entrepreneurs, and managers of companies ranging from start-ups to Fortune 100 companies. He founded his own firm in 2009.
Mr. Denninger graduated with honors from the University of New Hampshire where he pursued a science curriculum. He worked at Harvard University and then graduated from Boston University School of Law where he was a Paul J. Liacos Scholar. After six years in private practice, Mr. Denninger held in-house counsel positions at E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Co, American Cyanamid Company, Praxair, Inc, and Tyco Healthcare/Covidien, including two years in Switzerland as Managing Director of an IP acquisition and licensing entity. He has served as Program Co-Chair and on the Executive Committee for the Cape Cod Technology Council since September 2010 and on the Board of Directors since April 2011, and joined the Board of SNEEF (Southern New England Entrepreneurs Forum) in March 2015.

Eugene Curry

Meghan Hanawalt

Jeff Mobad

Roger Race

Bob Egan

Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Startup Weekend Blue - On Cape Cod 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 SE Massachusetts is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
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Peter Karlson
CEO | NeuEon Inc.

Peter’s day job is being the President/CEO of the technology consultancy NeuEon Inc. that specializes in providing strategic guidance and advice to entrepreneurs and established organizations looking to create and use technology more effectively. Peter is a serial entrepreneur with experience in bootstrapping, strategic investments and angel financing. As a former chief technology officer for two Massachusetts based technology services firms, Harrison & Troxell, Inc. and Inforonics BTS, Peter has gained diverse industry expertise in healthcare, non-profit, manufacturing, pharmaceuticals and publishing. He has been involved with developing Internet technologies since 1991 with the creation of the first Internet browser, the InterNavigator™. Peter has a bachelor of science in computer science from Northeastern University. He speaks regularly at business and technology events, seminars and workshops. In 2009, Peter received of a scholarship from the Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce to attend the Entrepreneurship Development Program at MIT and currently serves as the Entrepreneur in Residence at the Cape Cod Chamber. In addition Peter has successfully completed the Lean LaunchPad for Incubators/Accelerators program by NCIIA. Peter is a past chairman of the board of directors for the Cape Cod Technology Council and remains on the board. He also serves on the board of directors of the Cape and Islands Workforce Investment Board. Peter is currently on the advisory board of the Southern New England Entrepreneurs Forum (SNEEF) and the Charlton College of Business at University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. Peter is also a certified facilitator for Startup Weekend and a former lead organizer for multiple events.

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