Startup Weekend Youth Tampa Bay

    Friday, September 25 - 27, 2015

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  3. Judges
  4. Coaches and Mentors
  5. Sponsors
  6. Organizing Team
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Startup Weekend Youth Tampa Bay

Friday, September 25 - 27, 2015

Friday, September 25 - 27, 2015
Event starts at 5:00 pm

Carollwood Day School
1515 W Bearss Ave
Tampa, FL 33613

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Friday September 25th

5:00 pm
Arrive at the venue and get checked in, dinner will be served to student participants.

5:45 pm
Welcome & Speakers
Review agenda for the weekend and introduce speakers, coaches, and community leaders

7:00 pm
Pitches Start
Optionally line up to give your pitch

7:30 pm
Attendees vote for the top pitches

7:30 pm
End of Day 1
Students go home for the night. Students should be picked up by 7:30pm.

Saturday September 26th

9:00 am
Arrive, breakfast provided for student participants.

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!

3:00 pm
Check-in, status reports, call for help

5:00 pm

5:30 pm
Finished for the day. Students should be picked up by 6:00pm.

Sunday September 27th

9:00 am
Arrive, breakfast provided for student participants.

10:00 am
Work on presentations. Final opportunity to ask questions

12:00 pm

12:00 pm
Tech Check
Teams run through their presentations.

1:00 pm
Final Presentations
Pitches begin promptly at 1:00pm in the Multipurpose Room on the 1st floor.

2:30 pm
Judging and Awards

3:00 pm
Go Home!
That's a wrap!

Event Judges

Marisa Langford
Marketing Manager for GoGoSqueez

Marisa Langford is an hard working entrepreneur and has been since she first held a carnival in her backyard for neighborhood kids at age 9. Most wll-known as Founder of Fit Kids Playground, an online resource for healthy and active families in 2008, she has launched a number of projects that benefit the youth and families of Tampa Bay. She founded the Tampa Bay Kids Market, a project to help young entrepreneurs take their business to an audience that appreciates it as well as Truck Farm Tampa, a mobile garden education unit for children who don't have access to gardens at school. She has since sold these businesses and continues to focus on using her voice to educate families about healthy and active lifestyles through Fit Kids Playground. Marisa is a graduate of the University of South Florida and holds a degree in Mass Communications and Marketing. For the past 4 years, Marisa has brought her creative marketing and expertise to the brand GoGo squeeZ, building and growing the field marketing program as the East Coast Marketing Manager. She enjoys spending her time with her family traveling and writing about her travels, where she is a Family Travel Expert and Florida Content Manager. She volunteers her time with the Girl Scouts of West Central Florida, leading two troops and shaping them into leaders and global citizens. She has 4 children and resides with her family in Tampa, Florida. 

Alex Tingiris
Founder of Concept Glue

Alex is a 14-year-old freelance WordPress developer, freelance designer, and founder of Concept Glue—a program for middle and high school students to learn about entrepreneurship by helping them launch online, small businesses. Besides business, some of Alex's favorite things include cats, coffee, and code. 

Mark Carpenter
Co-founder - FullShore Solutions

Mark has a Master's Degree in Entrepreneurship & Applied Technologies from the University of South Florida, and has spent the last four years as a staff member of the Tampa Bay WaVE, a non-profit that helps tech startups build, launch, and grow breakout ventures in Tampa Bay. While there, he helped manage the WaVE's coworking space and Accelerator program, providing assistance to over 150+ entrepreneurs. He is now one of two Founders of FullShore Solutions, which matches companies with highly qualified remote developers and remote teams.

Steve Tingiris
Founding Board Member at Tampa Bay Wave

Steve is a serial entrepreneur who has started and sold three technology companies over the past 15-years.
Currently, Steve is working on his newest company, Dabble Lab - a startup studio that helps organizations and individuals turn technology ideas into market-ready products and new business ventures.
Steve is also a founding board member of Tampa Bay Wave and is heading up the FirstWave Accelerator - a program that provides entrepreneurship education and helps connect startup founders with people who can help them succeed.

Coaches and Mentors

Todd Broyles

Director of Information Technology @ CarrollwoodDay. Co-Founder @Visitu. Passion for Education Technology, Expertise and Experience in Design, UI/UX and Front-end Development.

Rina Bane

I'm Rina Bane, a recent college graduate with a love for startups, design, edutainment, and 日本文化. One day I'll combine all of those things. My background is in fine arts, but I practice HTML, CSS, and Javascipt as a hobby.

Shravan Kumar Govindaraja Sheshannagupta

Hi I am Shravan Kumar doing my Master's in Engineering Management at USF. I came to United States in Jan 2015. My good friend referred me to this startup event and after reading more about this event, I am looking forward to volunteer this weekend.

Derrick Minutello
Nationwide Title Clearing

Derrick Minutello is Digital Marketing Specialist leveraging his certification as a Google AdWords Professional and his degree in Commercial Arts. In his spare time he enjoys volunteering to the community, studying marketing trends, collecting retro video games and sometimes speaking of himself in the third person.

Michael Lindemuth

Co-Founding mentor for the CoderDojo Tampa Bay chapter. Develop and teach programming concepts curriculum to kids aged 6-12. Collaborate with other Co-Founder & Head of Technology and Development for Pledge Your Bets. Lead architect, developer and data engineer for the cloud-based gaming platform.A language agnostic software engineer at both ends of the spectrum. Capable of designing, implementing, programming, and maintaining mostly Linux-based systems from the embedded to cloud scale. Primarily use Python, C, C++, C#, Matlab, and SQL for development depending on the project. Most projects involve Geographic Information Systems (GIS). Experienced with both Subversion and Git version control systems.

Audrey Adair-Keene
Freelance Communications Professional

Audrey Adair-Keene is a tech and brand junkie, news maker, and big idea thinker with a passion for creating attention-grabbing content and telling compelling stories. As a former broadcast journalist and having worked across several different areas of business – television news and local media, gaming, events, social media, sports marketing, CPGs and QSRs – Audrey is a PR and Media Swiss Army Knife; someone who can get the job done no matter what the task. Some of the brands she's had the opportunity of working with include: Red Bull, Pizza Hut, Wonderful Pistachios, Wargaming and Fiji Water. 

Sam Keene
Regional Marketing Manager, Red Bull

Hardcore gamer. Motocross athlete. Marketing Ninja. The many hats Sam Keene wears may come as a surprise to most, but to him it’s just another day at the office. Sam is the Regional Marketing Manager for Red Bull overseeing marketing programs for the state of Florida. He previously led digital initiatives for Tampa-based agency PPK+, was the Social Media Director for NASCAR and worked on digital marketing activations and events for Red Bull for seven years before returning to the brand in his current position.

Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Startup Weekend Youth Tampa Bay 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 Tampa Bay is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
Learn how to get involved here

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  • Deborah Alvarez
  • Allison
  • Ryan
  • Chelsea
  • Gracie
  • Michael


Ryan Sullivan
Lover of Good Hair, Sharer of Lifestyle Things, Tampa Bay Startup Community Leader, Foodie & Traveler

Driven to create value in the lives of consumers through effective product development, marketing and distribution. Hard-working entrepreneur that successfully developed and launched dozens of products into the market. 

I strive at understanding how a brand impacts and effects users lives. I love to build products that positively impact the people that come in contact with them. Furthermore, the experience a person has with a brand is key to success.

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