Startup Weekend DC: Civic Impact Edition

    Friday, August 4 - 6, 2017

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  3. Judges
  4. Coaches and Mentors
  5. Sponsors
  6. Organizing Team
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Startup Weekend DC: Civic Impact Edition

Friday, August 4 - 6, 2017

Friday, August 4 - 6, 2017
Event starts at 6:30 pm

Eastern Foundry
1100 Wilson Blvd
10th Floor
Arlington, Virginia 22209

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Ideas for the people - by the people

Startup Weekend DC: Civic Impact Edition is where you can come pitch your idea, form a team, validate your concept, build your product, and present your work to a panel of esteemed judges- all within 54 hours. 

Any idea that helps the community become a better place is welcome. Your concept can include those that help transform government (ex. FiscalNote), drive civic engagement(ex. Phone2Action), advance public safety (ex. LiveSafe), foster information security (ex. Qadium) or tackle social problems (Edovo).  To sum it up, we’re looking for ideas for the people, by the people.  

DC has a concentration of non-profits and other mission-oriented organizations, with one non-profit for every 86 residents.  DC’s proximity to the federal government makes it a natural home to organizations striving to influence policy and change the world. This concentration of thought leaders and government resources is unparalleled.  Startup Weekend DC Civic Edition will bring together entrepreneurial minds like you to tap into this thriving ecosystem to address the most pressing problems in our communities and make a positive difference.  

About Startup Weekend:

Startup Weekend is a global grassroots movement of active and empowered entrepreneurs who are learning the basics of founding startups and launching successful ventures. It is the largest community of passionate entrepreneurs, with events in over 100 countries and 600 cities around the world. From Mongolia to South Africa to London to Brazil, people around the globe are coming together for weekend long workshops to pitch ideas, form teams, and start companies.

All Startup Weekend events follow the same basic model: anyone is welcome to pitch their startup idea and receive feedback from their peers. Teams organically form around the top ideas and then it’s a 54 hour frenzy of business model creation, coding, designing, and market validation. The weekends culminate with presentations in front of local entrepreneurial leaders with another opportunity for critical feedback.

Whether entrepreneurs found companies, find a co-founder, meet someone new, or learn a skill far outside their usual 9-to-5, everyone is guaranteed to leave the event better prepared to navigate the chaotic but fun world of startups. If you want to put yourself in the shoes of an entrepreneur, register now for the best weekend of your life!

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Friday August 4th

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 August 5th

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 August 6th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

11:00 am
Pitch Practice Sign-up
Sign-up for a time slot to practice your pitch in front of our pitch coaches!

12:00 pm
Lunch (District Taco)

12:30 pm
Pitch Practice Start
Practice your pitch in front of our coaches and mentors.

2:30 pm
Pitch Practice Ends

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
Tech Check Ends/ Round Tables Go Away

5:00 pm
Final Presentations

7:30 pm
Final Pitches End

7:45 pm
Dinner (Barley Mac)

8:00 pm
Winners Announced!

8:30 pm
Wrap-Up/Happy Hour Announced/Depart

Event Judges

Ebony Pope
Senior Manager, US Ventures at Village Capital

Ebony is the Senior Manager of US Ventures at Village Capital. In her previous role at the firm, she managed the Education: US 2016 venture development program. She graduated with her MBA from the University of Michigan's Ross School of Business in 2015, focusing on strategy and entrepreneurship. While at Ross, she traveled to Tanzania, where she developed and taught a business curriculum for agriculture technology entrepreneurs as an Enterprise Consultant for Land O'Lakes. Additionally, she was Education Circle Director for the Social Venture Fund. Prior to Ross, Ebony worked at New Urban Learning, a charter education management company focused on preparing Detroit students to successfully graduate from four-year colleges and universities. A non-profit organization operated like a start-up, New Urban Learning allowed her to oversee a range of responsibilities including hiring, governance, marketing, student recruitment, and external relations. Before her work in education, she lived in the Bay Area, where she was an Account Strategist for Online Sales at Google. Ebony holds a B.B.A in Finance from Howard University.

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

Kate Glantz
City Marketing Lead at Lyft

Kate Glantz is a mission-driven community builder and entrepreneur living and dreaming at the intersection of technology and social good.

At Lyft, Kate is the City Marketing Lead. She runs all local marketing efforts in the Washington, D.C. metro area.

In addition to her work at Lyft, Kate is the co-founder and CEO of, a donation platform for celebrating life's biggest moments. Prior to, Kate led global health communications campaigns for the State Department and Centers for Disease Control and served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Tanzania and Senegal.

Kate was named 2016 Entrepreneur of the Year by the D.C. Innovation Awards, a New Power Woman of D.C. Tech by Trending 40, and Top 25 in Tech by Washington Life Magazine. She is a proud graduate of the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor and resides in Washington, D.C.

Yonald Chery
CTO, DataTribe

Yonald Chery has over 25 years experience as a high-tech entrepreneur, innovator, senior executive, inventor, investor, & mentor in both the private-sector and government. Chery is the Chief Technology Officer of DataTribe, a new start-up studio located in Fulton, Maryland investing in elite talent and teamsfocused on delivering game-changing solutions to cyber-security, “big data”, and analytics challenges. He returns to the private-sector, after spending 7 years working for the U.S. Department of Defense, most recently serving as a Senior Executive Technical Director driving solutions at the complex intersection of government, innovation, technology, and national security.  Chery’s career as an entrepreneur started while he was a doctoral candidate in Electrical Engineering at MIT. Inspired by teaching 6.111 Introductory Digital System Laboratory, he co-founded Virtual Ink (Mimio) and his team won 1st runner-up in the MIT $100k Entrepreneurship Competition in 1997. He has been a recurring guest-lecturer for MIT’s Nuts & Bolts of New Ventures sharing his experiences with the MIT community since 2001. Over the years he has advised hundreds of other entrepreneurs and startup ventures in the Boston and Washington DC start-up community.  Chery currently holds 10 patents in the United States, 4 patents in the United Kingdom. He has a Bachelor in Electrical Engineering (S.B. EE) and a Masters in Electrical Engineering & Computer Science (S.M. EECS), both from MIT.  His ambition is to complete his transition from being a serial entrepreneur to parallel entrepreneur.

Michael Hoffman
Director of Marketing, Tandem National Security Innovations

Proven leader with experience in marketing, media and the military. Leverages his work as a defense reporter and editor with his time as an Air Force officer to develop and execute marketing engagement strategies. Utilizes his business training and media background to manage and curate a national network of more than 3,500 entrepreneurs and small businesses.

Coaches and Mentors

Amelia Friedman
Co-Founder and COO, Hatch

Amelia is co-founder and COO at Hatch, a Y Combinator Fellowship company making it possible for anyone to build their own apps without coding. Amelia has been recognized as a Washingtonian Tech Titan, a Top 40 Entrepreneur Under 40 and a Power Woman of DC Tech. Prior to Hatch, Amelia founded the Student Language Exchange, an education nonprofit she grew to operate in 7 cities and for which she was awarded a Halcyon Fellowship. Amelia also serves as a mentor for the C.V. Starr Social Innovation fellowship, as a board member for the Vinetta Project, and on the advisory board for SXSW’s LAUNCHedu. She writes regularly for outlets including the Atlantic, Forbes, and USA Today, and has spoken on her work at SXSW, the U.S. Capitol, and numerous academic conferences. Amelia graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Brown University in 2014.

Jonathan Aberman
Managing Director, Amplifier Advisors

30+ years experience as an expert in the intersection of innovation, entrepreneurship and policies. Providing this expertise to clients as an innovation consultant and change manager (Amplifier Advisors), Board of Directors member achieving multiple business exits, CEO of community focused organizations (TandemNSI and FounderCorps), venture capitalist (Amplifier Ventures) and media commentator (What's Working in Washington and Washington Post). Jonathan is also adept at the structuring and implementation of highly complex business transactions due to his first chair experience as a venture capitalist, lawyer, trader and investment banker. His management experience is derived from his founding, or co-founding of many businesses, being leader of multiple business organizations and manager of functional business units of national partnerships. His expertise and influence has allowed him to emerge as one of the best known and influential voices for innovation and entrepreneurship in the Greater Washington region.

Shahier Rahman
Partnerships Specialist, General Assembly and Founder, Miranda

Shahier Rahman is the Co-Founder of legal tech start-up Miranda (SW Winners!) and Partnerships Specialist for GA DC. He previously managed business development for DC Incubator 1776. A recent transplant from Florida, Shahier is a connector in the DC Tech community. You can occasionally catch him doing bad stand up comedy around town.

Kyle Miller
UX Designer, Capital One

Creative visionary since birth, the ability to see potential where others can’t is his superpower. Working with a group only enhances his abilities, creative catalyst for progressive and effective ideas.

Steven Ressler
President and Founder of GovLoop

Steve is passionate about improving public service at a large scale.  He is a proven government innovator and founder of, the largest online community of public servants, reaching over 250,000 members.  He is also the CMO of Granicus, the largest SaaS digital communication and meeting efficiency platform for government. 

Carl Gieringer
Principal Software Engineer at Revmetrix

Carl is a software engineer, team organizer, and entrepreneur specializing in multi-paradigm web application development, distributed computing architecture, and agile methodologies. 

Matt Evans
Lead Security Engineer, Amazon Web Services

Cyber Threat Intelligence Engineer with 12+ years’ experience in cyber engineering blending technical and management expertise. National Guard captain operates as a counterintelligence officer actively pursuing foreign intelligence threats in both technical and human operations. Creates tools in various programming languages (Python, C++, PHP), performs techniques across multiple spectrums, writes analytical products, and passes investigative leads to the rest of the IC (NSA, CIA, FBI) and FVEY-allied equivalents. GIAC Certified Incident Handler and Distinguished Graduate from United States Air Force Intermediate Network Warfare Training.

Author & Tech Evangelist, Microsoft

Christine Jung
President at Blue Compass

Ms. Jung has worked in the IT industry for almost fifteen years as a strategy consultant and systems engineer. She has experience with federal government and commercial clients in various advisory and technical roles.

Specialties: Ms. Jung is certified as a Project Management Professional (PMP) and specializes in IT Strategy, Enterprise Architecture, IT Portfolio Analysis, Technology Insertion, Systems Engineering, Business Process Analysis, Requirements Analysis, and Project Management. Ms. Jung earned a Master of Science in Information and Telecommunication Systems from Johns Hopkins University and received her Bachelor of Science in Information Systems and Minor in Business Administration from Carnegie Mellon.

Carey Anne Nadeau
Founder and CEO, Open Data Nation

Carey Anne Nadeau worked for nearly a decade as a data scientist and analyst at the Brookings Institution and Urban Institute before founding Open Data Nation as a graduate student at MIT. At Open Data Nation, she brings expertise in open data and data science to bear on the most pressing urban issues.In 2016, Carey Anne was named Washington Life Magazine's 25 Innovators and Disruptors, DCInno's 50 on Fire, and served as a District of Columbia Ambassador for creative technologists. 

Carey Anne earned a Masters in City Planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Public Policy from The George Washington University.  

Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Startup Weekend DC: Civic Impact Edition 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 Washington, D.C. is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
Learn how to get involved here

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Jen Riedel
Program Manager, Techstars Boston

Jen is the Program Manager for the Techstars Boston accelerator. Previously, a Regional Manager at Techstars, overseeing and supporting community leaders as they bring Startup Weekend, Week, and Digest to cities across the Eastern U.S. and Canada. 

Prior to Techstars, Jen was the Director of Operations for Trestles, a service design consulting firm. She was integral to the acquisition process of Unified Imaging, a four-person health tech startup, where she served as Director of Operations. She has been at the forefront of building communities for the last 5 years including Global Shapers, Global Service Jam, LWD-Raleigh, Baller Dinner, Starting Bloc, Hive GLP, Creative Mornings RDU, and more. Jen is from North Carolina, and attended her first Startup Weekend at UNC in 2013. She has an appetite for creating experiences worth having, contributing positively to the circular economy, giving back to the communities that have given so much to her, singing, and has the goal to visit 30 countries before turning 30! 

Steven Rodriguez
Managing Director, SUEGO

Steven is a worldwide startup community strategist, helping to build diverse communities of innovators, entrepreneurs and startups with more than 12,000 entrepreneurial leaders across 170 countries. He is a local Washington D.C. entrepreneur and lives and breathes this ecosystem with a passion. Through his connection to Project 500, Steven has the opportunity to serve as a resource for the region's minority community and to give back what has been so freely given to him.

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