Startup Weekend Washington - Friday, March 10 - 12, 2017

    Friday, March 10 - 12, 2017

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  2. Schedule
  3. Judges
  4. Coaches and Mentors
  5. Sponsors
  6. Organizing Team
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Startup Weekend Washington - Friday, March 10 - 12, 2017

Friday, March 10 - 12, 2017

Friday, March 10 - 12, 2017
Event starts at 6:30 pm

WeWork Crystal City
2221 South Clark St
Arlington, VA 22202

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Don't miss your chance to learn how to take an idea from concept to creation! Purchase your tickets now!

Startup Weekend is your chance to learn how to take any idea from concept to creation within a matter of days!  Whether you are looking to...

  • get introduced to the world of startups and entrepreneurship,
  • learn the process for going from concept to creation,
  • meet experienced, talented, and passionate entrepreneurs in DC,
  • join or build an all-star team,
  • or take your own idea from concept to creation
Startup Weekend is your destination for the weekend of March 10 - 12th!  

It doesn't matter what you do or where you come from, Startup Weekend is designed as an inclusive event and program that brings all sorts of people together including...

  • aspiring & experienced entrepreneurs,
  • developers and other tech-related professionals,
  • designers of all types,
  • non-technical talent (i.e. business, sales, finance, legal, etc.)
  • students from universities and even high schools,
  • professionals looking to switch careers,
  • passionate visionaries
What's the twist?  

The winners of Startup Weekend will be featured to help them gain more exposure and build momentum for their startup.

All attendees will also be provided with high-quality resources and content exclusive to this event.

All this in addition to prizes of course!

So join us for a very special weekend!  

For the $99 ticket you get:

  • Access to the full weekend-long event
  • Opportunity to pitch your idea on Friday night @ Pitch Fire
  • Mentoring by all-stars from the tech startup community
  • Tasty meals all weekend
  • Exclusive sponsor products and snacks :)
  • Collaboration with awesome professionals from throughout DC
  • Membership in the Startup Weekend Community (>200K alumni)
  • A process for taking any idea from concept to creation in a matter of days
  • And over 100 new awesome Facebook friends!
Come out for our Happy Hour! Meet the team on Feb. 7 at Buffalo Billiards (Across from Dupont Metro North), from 5 - 7 pm. We will be happy to answer any questions you may have! RSVP for the Happy Hour here:

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Friday March 10th

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 March 11th

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 March 12th

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

Glen Hellman
Founder, Driven Forward

DC's own Mr. Cranky, Glen Hellman is the founder of Driven Forward, an organization that helps companies with leadership development, team building, and strategic planning. Glen has more than thirty-four years of high tech sales, marketing, and executive management experience including years as a hired-gun turn-around CEO working for private equity investors. He’s founded companies, joined early teams, and directed organizations to multiple IPOs, mergers, and acquisitions. For the past ten years, Glen has been coaching leaders. A former Vistage Executive Coaching Rookie of the Year, Glen was named by Tech Cocktail as the #1 Angel investor in 2012. Known as DC's Mr. Cranky, Glen is a leadership and tech blogger who pulls no punches and speaks truth to power.

Samier Mansur
Co-Founder, LiveSafe

Samier is a Co-Founder of LiveSafe. LiveSafe is the world’s leading mobile safety communications platform and enables users to do something when they see something. Used by major corporations and educational institutions to help keep employees and students safe, the LiveSafe platform focuses on providing actionable crowdsourced intelligence gathering for security officials.

Maureen Murat
Founder & CEO, Crowdie Advisors

Maureen L. Murat is Founder & CEO of Crowdie Advisors, LLC, a business consulting firm that provides technical assistance to entrepreneurs and small businesses. She has 15 years of legal experience in different areas of law, and channels that same passion when it comes to educating the community, especially women, about how to make their dreams come true by becoming entrepreneurs. Maureen started her own business to help local and foreign entrepreneurs form business entities, transact business and obtain financing to grow their businesses, including equity crowdfunding.

Melanie Spring
Chief Inspiration Officer & Approachable Badass, Sisarina

Anyone with the title Chief Inspiration Officer on their business card has figured out their own personal brand. When you meet Melanie Spring, you'll know immediately she was put on earth to bring her big energy to getting you outside of your comfort zone and firmly into your purpose.   She is the Boss Lady at Sisarina, a brand strategy agency in Washington DC, and once she drove 7000 miles in 3 weeks to find out why great brands work. She speaks internationally about rocking your business and rocking your life. 

Dominique Taylor
Managing Director, Talent & Culture, 1776

Dominique is the Managing Director, Talent & Culture, at 1776. 1776 is a global incubator and seed fund helping startups transform industries that impact millions of lives every day—education, energy & sustainability, health, transportation and cities. 

Coaches and Mentors

Jeff Baskin
Executive Vice President, Global Sales and Marketing, Radius Networks

Jeff Baskin is currently the Executive Vice President, Global Sales and Marketing at Radius Networks an early stage start-up here in Washington, DC focusing on proximity based beacon technology. Jeff has over 20 years of experience with startup, turnaround, and public companies. In 1999, Jeff was one of the founding employees of InPhonic, Inc which went from 8 people in a room in Georgetown to a $1B IPO in 2004.  Incredible experience of seeing a company start from scratch, reaching the pinnacle and then the trials and tribulations of transitioning from start-up to public company.  He then went to EverFi another DC start up to help launch their brand-new Adult learning unit and is now on his third start-up with Radius Networks who is the process coming out of stealth mode. Jeff earned his degree from the University of Delaware and the Alfred Lerner College of Business and Economics and also studied at the London School of Economics. He currently resides in Arlington, VA with his wife and 3 daughters. 

Darius Baxter
Co-Founder, GOODPartners

I was nine years old when my Father was shot..
Consequently, my brother and I were homeless as my mother struggled to take care of us on her own. Luckily, I was able to get a scholarship to Georgetown due to my talent for football, and my mother instilling the importance of education in me. There, I majored in Women’s and Gender Studies with a concentration in Globalization and Poverty.  I also participated in a number of initiatives geared towards closing the education, equality, and income gap domestically in D.C. Public Schools and abroad with the charities CARE and Childfund International. This led me to work on Capitol Hill for Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC).  I worked with the committee that drafted important gun control legislation, and the language I wrote was placed into the Congressional Record. As a result, I have made it my life's mission to help those from disadvantaged backgrounds, like myself, to get the education they need to accomplish their dreams.

Jessica Bell
Front End Web Developer

Jessica is a front end web developer at the Washington Post. She helps to run DCFemTech and DC Tech Meetup and is an active member of Women Who Code. Jessica is a speaker and organizer focusing her work on general technical literacy and equality in technical workplaces. Jessica regularly teaches at General Assembly, meetups, and local conferences. Jessica love to explore, host fabulous dinner parties, beg her partner for a cat, and post gifs.

Brian Browning
Founder & CEO, StartBlox

Brian is probably one of few MIT grads with a SaaS product… that he didn’t code himself.  He’s a civil engineer who tacked a very diverse 15-year career as a corporate wonk in areas ranging from technology marketability to competitive intelligence and even HR. That broad experience supplied a unique operations library for seeing business challenges in different ways, so he founded Consuleris LLC eight years ago to create equally unique solutions.  Brian’s "general contractor for startups" – project managing B2B vendors for founders – was one such solution that evolved from in-person guidance to a more scalable online process: StartBlox, his second company.

Andy Cutler
Founder, Smaller Cities Unite!

Andy Cutler is an award-winning communicator with 20+ years of experience helping clients tell their story on a hyper-local and international level. He is a leading authority on effective communications on a budget, using social media to build a loyal online fan base organically, student|civic engagement. Prior to Cutler and Company, Andy served in a number of senior positions at Edelman, Feinstein Kean Healthcare (a division of OgilvyPR), Brigham and Women's/Faulkner Hospitals, Harvard Community Health Plan and the United Way.

Dan Light
Early Stage Advisor

Dan Light, founder of Dan Light Consulting, is a Consultant, Mentor, Coach, Speaker, Author and SCORE Mentor focusing on early stage companies. He was on the winning team at the Charlottesville, VA Startup Weekend in March 2014 and a Mentor at Start Peninsula 3.0 in March 2014. His career successes include 4 successful start-ups and an IPO. These included: Foxville Business Development Corporation, a business consulting practice for Defense contractors, Exposures Photography, a stock and freelance photography company, MALCO of Northern Virginia, an automotive and industrial chemical company, and Gatherings, an event planning service. He has contributed to the success of 18 of Washington Technology’s top 100 companies.

Zarmala Mahmood
Real Estate Entrepreneur

Zarmala is a real estate entrepreneur and obsessive antiquarian. She has a political research and venture capital background. She was born in San Francisco, and has lived in Karachi, Los Angeles and now Washington DC. She's been both a mentor and judge for Pakathon, a global hackathon focused on social impact.

Samson Williams
Chief Strategy Officer, CoFunder

Currently Chief Strategy Officer of CoFunder, an Ireland based VC FinTech firm specializing in providing crowdfunded (P2P) financing to startups and small businesses in Northern Ireland, the EU and UK and expanding operations to USA and Africa in 2017

Daniel Wright
Co-Founder, GOODPartners

Daniel is Co-founder and CEO of GOODPartners, a boutique consulting firm that bridges the gap between communities in need and the organizations and individuals seeking to provide resources to them. In addition to GOODPartners, Daniel also runs GOODProjects with his two partners Darius Baxter and Troye Bullock. GOODProjects is a 501c(3) nonprofit committed to providing opportunities for low-income youth that will allow them to live fulfilling lives, free from poverty, violence and disease. Daniel and his two partners began these organizations while they were finishing up their studies at Georgetown University. Upon completing his studies, Daniel received a B.A. in Government with a Double Minor in Economics and Environmental Studies, and a Graduate Certificate in Occupational and Environmental Health in May 2016. Daniel is very passionate about providing opportunities to disadvantaged people, empowering youth and young adults to become entrepreneurs, and environmental sustainability.

Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Startup Weekend Washington - Friday, March 10 - 12, 2017 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.



Organizing Team

Techstars Startup Weekend Washington, D.C. is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
Learn how to get involved here

  • Refayat
  • John
  • Monica
  • Steven
  • Zac


Zac Cohn
Innovation Specialist, 18F

He is currently a federal employee, working for 18F helping the federal government build and buy technology better. Previously, he was the founder at Wonful, which consults for enterprise companies and the State of Washington to teach them about customer development, lean startup, and other pre-Agile methodologies. He’s become a seasoned veteran of early stage product validation and customer development through similar work as a Partner at LIFFFT and while working for Startup Weekend at their headquarters in Seattle. When he’s not changing the world through entrepreneurship, he’s training parkourand doing backflips, traveling the world, and running Amazing Airfare, a notification service for ridiculous deals on airfare.

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