Techstars Global Online Startup Weekend COVID-19 USA West
Friday, April 24 - 26, 2020
Friday, April 24 - 26, 2020
Event starts at 6:00 pm
This series of online Techstars Startup Weekends are run at a country level, focused on developing solutions that directly tackle COVID-19-related challenges. They are 54-hour online events designed to provide superior experiential education for technical and non-technical entrepreneurs - you'll connect with amazing mentors, industry experts, founders, and partners who are ready to help you get started.
About Startup Weekend Unite to Fight COVID-19 USA West:
At this online version of Startup Weekend, geography is no longer a limitation. We are taking the best of the in-person experience and amplifying it with the power and reach of the best digital tools available.
The Unite to Fight COVID19 Startup Weekend is nationwide, and brings together hundreds, even thousands, of participants to work on project ideas and prototypes for three days. This is an unprecedented opportunity for everyone interested in the topic to inspire and be inspired to work together and develop inclusive solutions.
Are you passionate about solving a problem related to COVID19?
Do you have an amazing idea for a solution?
Are you trying to find talented people to work with?
Do you want to launch a startup that will improve the world now or after COVID19?
Join us, make a difference — and experience the thrill of seeing your idea come to life!
To help focus our work for the weekend and address key topics related to the Covid-19 health emergency, we’ve identified several themes. Winners will be selected from each of these:
- Health: Address and scale a range of health initiatives, including preventative/hygiene behaviors (especially for at-risk countries and populations), supporting frontline health workers, scaling telemedicine, contact tracing/containment strategies, treatment and diagnosis development.
- Vulnerable Populations: The set of problems facing the elderly and the immuno-compromised, such as access to meals and groceries, and supporting those who are losing jobs and income.
- Businesses: The set of problems that businesses are facing to stay afloat, collaborate effectively, and move parts of their business online.
- Community: Promoting connection to friends, family, and neighbors to combat social isolation and the digitizing of public services for local governments.
- Education: Alternative learning environments and tools for students, teachers, and entire school systems.
- Entertainment: Alternatives to traditional forms of entertainment that can keep the talent and audiences safe and healthy.
- Other: The above themes are just suggestions. Feel empowered to get creative!
For the first time ever, Techstars staff and our US-based team of passionate startup community leaders has reimagined every aspect of Startup Weekend and converted everything into a remote, online, high-energy experience.
How much does it cost to participate?
Nothing! Tickets to register for the event are completely free but you are able to make a donation to an organization that's tackling the COVID19 crisis (selected by the organizing team). If you wish to make a donation, simply add any amount you wish to donate to the ‘Donation’ ticket option.
How does the “East” and “West” region work?
We recognized that someone is Albany, NY will get off work 3 hours earlier than someone in Portland, OR. So we set up the schedule to help match the schedules more easily. However we are still running one nation-wide event. You can work in teams with anyone you want, from anywhere in the country. But you will see some of the timing will depend on your timezone, and others will be “live” and therefore fixed across all time zones. (Think you want to sign up for the Eastern US? Click here.)
How does a normal Startup Weekend work?
All Startup Weekends have the same 7 key activities:
- Attendee registration
- Kickoff event
- Pitch ideas, vote, and form teams
- Enroll your teams
- Begin working
- Submit for Judging
- Judging and closing event
How will an online Startup Weekend work?
This online Startup Weekend has all 7 features of a regular Startup Weekend, but the timing and techniques are a bit different. So let’s start with the basics in 10 easy steps.
- Register yourself and invite all your friends to do the same (on Eventbrite)
- Pitch ideas for problems and solutions (within Discord)
- Discover projects and vote on your favorites (within Discord)
- Meet attendees and connect with other attendees (within Discord)
- Form a team with other people who share your passion (within Discord)
- Enroll your team and idea so we can assign a facilitator and help your team (using a Google Form)
- Watch the kickoff on Friday night (using YouTube Live)
- Work all weekend on your project (using Discord + video conferencing)
- Submit your project for official judging (using Google Forms)
- Watch the closing event on Sunday night (using YouTube Live and Zoom)
Just like a standard Startup Weekend, we are expecting everyone to make this their focus for the full weekend.That generally means attending the kickoff on Friday night, working with teams, mentors and facilitators through the weekend and attending the closing event on Sunday night. See the event schedule overview on this page.
However, since we aren’t all together in a single location, it’s up to each team to stay focused. You will need to stay actively connected and engaged with each other, your facilitator, the agenda and the process. That also means that if you have family or other obligations, you can work with your team members to help each other out and juggle those commitments.
What if I can’t launch a startup right now?
That’s fine! We want to help you unlock your entrepreneurial spirit to solve important problems related to COVID19. Your project could become a fundable startup business, a community passion project or an open-source solution. What matters is the focus on creating value for the world, learning the tools of entrepreneurship, making connections and having fun!
Are You Ready to Jump In?
Head over to Eventbrite at the "Buy Tickets" button to the left and register to attend. We will get you all the details in your welcome email.
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Coaches and Mentors
He is interviewed in the book: 50 Interviews: Entrepreneurs.
Vice President of Thinkful
Post PhD transitioned into the role of an entrepreneur, delivering high-performance FEA and topology optimization software as a service. Avid follower of LEAN start-up, low-cost experiments and customer validation.
More recently, he leads a pre-sales, solution consulting team focused on strategic account planning, demonstrations for business users to technical team to C-level executives, and generally acting as a trusted advisor to leading Retailers including Nike, Amazon, Nordstrom and many others specifically in content management, personalization and digital experiences.
Digital Banking, Marketing & Sales expert. Based in Silicon Valley, I help companies to accelerate digital transformation and P&L growth, boosting customer experiences, brands and digital sales at Oracle. Previously I led digital transformation for a global bank, BBVA. Founder of BBVA Open Innovation, global fintech ecosystem. Also Co-founder of Caltops, an education startup
Prior to JumpCloud, Robert served as Senior Vice President of Marketing for Kapost, a content marketing platform for the enterprise. He was also Vice President of Marketing for SendGrid, an email API for developers. Robert also worked for Netflix (2002 IPO) and PeoplePC (2000 IPO, purchased by Earthlink in 2002). Robert began his career at Ogilvy and Mather and DDB Worldwide advertising working with brands such as American Airlines, GTE (now Verizon), Embassy Suites Hotels and Level 3 Communications.
Prior to joining Atlassian I held senior management positions at Facebook, Microsoft and Accenture.
I love breaking new ground for companies and solving complex problems, and I use technology in every part of my life. I know how to build teams and clear the path for teams to do great things. I am a calm, service-oriented leader and get tremendous satisfaction from creating high performing teams.
I’m an avid reader, scuba diver, and love camping and hiking.
Sara studied evidenced-based executive and leadership coaching at Fielding Graduate University and is an active member of the International Coaching Federation.
Sara grew up in a family of entrepreneurs, and has been a key member of 4 startups and therefore understands the hard work it takes to reach one’s goals.
He holds 50 Limca Book Records and 4 World Records for being The Fastest Human Calculator. Founder and CEO of 3 companies, he has been invited by various global institutions to share “how to amplify human brain’s efficiency”.
Co-founder and COO of Citruslabs (formerly MindMate)
Cesar is a valuable advisor and mentor for startups looking to further develop their business plan, merchandise or services go-to-market strategies, and insights into potential strategic partnerships. He also works with VC’s to provide advisement on potential portfolio companies before they invest.
Her most recent venture, Do Good Artist, is pioneering social change through multi-sector collaborations between the arts and other industries. Do Good Artist’s virtual reality experience on human trafficking has received national recognition and is currently being piloted by the Winston Salem Police Department.
Iris serves on the Board of the Hispanic League, Reynolda House, the Arts Council, and is the Board Co-chair of the REACH Women’s Network.
Carl Silverberg started his career as an investment banker and subsequently spent over thirty years in domestic and international politics. He has worked in almost every state in the U.S., and consulted with presidents and presidential campaigns in Central America, South America, and Africa. The strategic political skills and messaging has enabled him to understand how to focus on what matters to individuals and audiences.
Jedd is currently a sales leader on the Stack Overflow Enterprise team and is responsible for partnerships with global organizations. He has been active as a start-up advisor and mentor since 2017 and primary areas of expertise include: sales strategy, account development, customer success, and negotiations.
Along with this, Jedd has a M.B.A. from Thunderbird: School of Global Management and a B.A. from UC Davis.
She was recognized as the Los Angeles Business Journal’s Rising Star of 2019 for her track record leading high-growth strategies at Strategica Partners, and received Special Congressional Recognition from Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi.
As a Forbes Contributor, she publishes research about the societal implications of advancements in the tech sector, and led the Digital Technologies Initiative at the UCLA Luskin Center for Innovation, launching its Women in Tech initiative.
She is an alumna of UCLA and the UCLA Anderson School of Management.
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