Startup Weekend DC Makers

    Friday, March 27 - 29, 2015

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Startup Weekend DC Makers

Friday, March 27 - 29, 2015

Friday, March 27 - 29, 2015
Event starts at 6:30 pm

2100 Crystal Drive
Crystal City, VA 22203

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I'm excited to announce that we will be co-hosting a Makers event with Startup Weekend DC with TechShop on March 27th - March 29th!  This is a really great opportunity if you have a startup idea that you want to pursue or if you just want to work with a team to build something awesome during the weekend.

At Startup Weekend events, developers, designers, makers, and non-technical people come together to pitch their ideas, form teams, validate their concepts, build products, and launch startups in just 54 hours!

 The event is a startup crash course and runs for three days over a weekend:
Day 1 - Attendees pitch their ideas, vote for their favorites, form teams, and start working

Day 2 - Teams work to validate their concept and design and build products. Mentors provide advice on strategy, user interface and experience, programming, or any other roadblocks the teams face.

Day 3 - Teams refine their products and develop their demos. At the end of the weekend, we will host a Maker Showcase for you to show off your progress to the public and a panel of a panel of judges, who will vote on the winners.

Many teams continue to work together after the event, and some companies launched at SWDC have been accepted to accelerators and received funding.

Electronics Assembly Services provided by Small Batch Assembly
IOT Advisory Services provided by IOT Dev Labs
Electronics Components Kits provided by Thimble.IO (A Startup Weekend Alum)
Complimentary TechShop Memberships/Classes


Friday March 27th

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 28th

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 29th

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
Maker Faire
We will be hosting a Maker Faire for you to show off your progress to the public/judges

7:30 pm
Judging & Awards

8:30 pm

9:00 pm
Go Home!

Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Startup Weekend DC Makers 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

  • Mike
  • Barbara
  • Sam
  • Denis
  • Ian


Michael Norton
Entrepreneur In Residence

Michael has led over 60 Techstars Startup Weekend events throughout the US, Canada, and Australia. He teaches workshops, designs programs, and speaks on a variety of topics related to innovation and entrepreneurship.

Michael has worked professionally in marketing technology startups, with big data, non-profit fundraising, customer support systems design, technical project management, educational program development, event production and decor, iOS app design, video games, user testing, prototyping, and in the coffee industry.

His own past and present business ventures include several SaaS web app platforms, photography, woodworking, printing, audio engineering, video production, musical composition/recording/performance, publishing, art curation, operating an Amazon Pro Merchant storefront, and a funnel cake stand.

Michael guides innovative communities to build and nurture regional entrepreneurial ecosystems. He guides corporations through internal innovation and intrapreneurship. 

He frequently works as a freelance business development consultant, crowdfunding guru, technical project manager, and as a marketer — focused on branding, messaging, storytelling, social media, and email marketing.

Michael loves hiking in Yosemite, bicycling around San Diego, eating authentic Baja California Mexican food, and drinking amazing coffee in Seattle.

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