Startup Weekend (Social) Impact

    Friday, June 12 - 14, 2015

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Startup Weekend (Social) Impact

Friday, June 12 - 14, 2015

Friday, June 12 - 14, 2015
Event starts at 6:30 pm

Washington Post
419 7th Street NW
Washington, DC 20004

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Make an Impact in 54 Hours

**This event is now scheduled for June 12th - 14th, 2015 at IMPACT Hub**

Have a great idea that will change the world for the better? Startup Weekend DC Social Impact Edition is the place to launch it!
Startup Weekend DC Social Impact Edition is where you can pitch your idea, form a team, validate your concept, build your product, and present your work to a panel of esteemed judges - all in just 54 hours!

Any idea that helps the world become a better place is welcome. Your concept can include those that help people form better habits (e.g., HelloWallet or activity trackers), assist people in using natural resources more efficiently (e.g., OPOWER), have a related social mission (e.g., SoapBox Soaps or Toms Shoes), or support social entrepreneurship (e.g., Kiva).
The Washington, D.C. area is home to hundreds of influential international development, non-profit, and socially-conscious organizations that are making a positive impact on global problems like poverty and climate change. Startup Weekend DC Social Impact Edition will bring together entrepreneurial minds like you to tap into this thriving ecosystem to address some of the world’s most pressing social problems and make a positive difference in local and global communities.

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!


Friday June 12th

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 June 13th

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 June 14th

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

Nasir Qadree
Head of Education, Village Capital

Village Capital democratizes entrepreneurship. Village Capital serves as a impact investment firm that finds, trains, and invests in entrepreneurs solving global problems.  Nasir is responsible for helping cohorts scale their businesses, connect with mentors and advisers, and gain exposure to investors. Nasir began his career as an Analyst at Goldman Sachs, and later worked as an Associate to State Street Corporation. After his experience in the financial services industry, Nasir served as an Education Pioneer Fellow at the Connecticut State Department of Education, focusing on improving digital learning and infrastructure, as well as creating new strategies to empower teachers and school leaders to improve persistently low-performing schools. Apart from his role at Village Capital, Nasir has also committed to running 51 full marathons in each US state, including DC, in an effort to raise scholarship funding for first generation college students. Nasir holds a Bachelors of Science from Hampton University.

Mark Newberg
Director, Impact Strategies at Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice, LLP

Mark Newberg is Director of Impact Strategies for Womble Carlyle, where he is helping launch an Impact Economy practice and develop an integrated Impact Team that is dedicated to supporting the growth of businesses and entrepreneurs in the Impact Economy.  Mark provides consulting services to help Impact-focused companies design and implement their Impact-related objectives.Mark also serves as the Managing Director of Impact Investment Strategies for 5 Stone Green Capital. At 5 Stone, he has designed and led firm-wide “layered impact” strategies, incorporating impact principles into each project, in ways that support the core business while producing tangible external benefits.Additionally, Mark serves as President of T2 Venture Creation and helps produce the annual Global Innovation Summit in Silicon ValleyMark was previously a Senior Policy Advisor at the US Small Business Administration, where he led impact investing policy efforts and helped lead the Startup America: Reducing Barriers series as part of his high-growth entrepreneurship and innovation portfolio. Prior to his time at SBA, he was a post-Katrina Advisor to the New Orleans City Council, focusing on big picture policy issues in the recovery. Currently based in Washington, DC, he is a frequent speaker on issues of impact and has written occasional opinion pieces for various outlets. Mark holds a BA from Tulane University, a JD from Tulane Law School, and was a Visiting Student at Harvard Law School.

Kate Ahern
Vice President, Social Innovation, The Case Foundation

Kate Ahern is Vice President, Social Innovation at the Case Foundation, where she oversees a portfolio of grants and activities that invest in people and ideas that can change the world. Kate leads the Foundation’s impact investing initiatives, which aim to bring the talent and resources of the private sector into the business of solving social problems. Previously at Case, Kate led pro bono campaign A Billion + Change, the largest corporate commitment of skills-based volunteer service in the United 
States. She also led engagement with Partners for a New Beginning, a public-private partnership dedicated to building engagement in the Muslim world, and Change By Us, an online platform that lets people get offline to work together to better their communities. 

Prior to the Case Foundation, Kate was Director of Business Development at Pyxera Global, where she managed international development, pro bono supply chain, and corporate responsibility programs for Fortune 500 companies and US government agencies in emerging markets worldwide. She is currently on the board of Philanthropy for Active Civic Engagement, a Council on Foundations affinity group. Kate has a master’s degree from American University’s School of International Service, where she is also a Practitioner Affiliate.

Jennifer Garson
Tech-to-Market Analyst, Strategic Programs, Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy

Jennifer Garson manages a multi-million dollar portfolio of commercialization-focused activities on the Tech-to-Market Team in Strategic Programs for the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy at the U.S. Department of Energy. 

Ameilia Friedman

Amelia is the founder and executive director of the Student Language Exchange, an education nonprofit she founded while in college to equip students with the cultural and linguistic skills they need to collaboratively engage with often-overlooked communities around the world. Upon graduating in 2014, she began to work on SLE full-time. The organization has now operated programs in 32 languages (e.g. Bengali, Haitian Creole, Vietnamese) at Brown, Brandeis, Columbia, Tufts, Williams and Vassar.  An active global education advocate, Amelia has written about language learning for the Atlantic, Forbes, the Huffington Post and USA Today. Amelia has also served on the selection committee for the C.V. Starr Social Innovation fellowship, a mentor for social entrepreneurs still in college, and the DC chapter lead for the Vinetta Project (an initiative to support female tech entrepreneurs). She is a current Halcyon fellow, living and working in Washington, D.C.

Coaches and Mentors

Frank Taylor
Founder, CEO

Frank is the Founder and CEO of Restin, the only national provider of robotic massage chairs for rent and lease. Restin helps brands like Bank of America, Hyundai, IBM, Sprint, Under Armour, and Wells Fargo improve event marketing initiatives by delivering a captive audience, increased talk time, and valuable new customer relationships. 

To support local businesses and start-ups, Frank helped build Fosterly, a community organization that has connected thousands of entrepreneurs through an online platform and dozens of events. Frank is currently the Director of Collaborate - The Innovator's Conference, produced by Fosterly. He has also mentored hundreds of entrepreneurs through Lean Startup Machine workshops, teaching principles of customer development and rapid iteration.

Ben Getson
Presidential Innovation Fellow - IRS

Ben's specialties include product management and design, software design. 
The Presidential Innovation Fellows is a White House program that pairs talented, diverse technologists and innovators with top civil-servants and change-makers working at the highest levels of the federal government. The Fellows collaborate with each other and federal agency partners on high-profile initiatives aimed at saving lives, saving taxpayer money, fueling job creation, and building the culture of entrepreneurship and innovation within government.

Bosco So
Presidential Innovation Fellow - DoE

Bosco So is a Presidential Innovation Fellow working on Data Innovation initiatives at the Department of Energy. Bosco is a software engineer with extensive experience in application development and a passion for building communities and connecting people. Bosco has designed & implemented numerous web and desktop products in a variety of languages and systems. At Indiegogo, he has been instrumental in building out both the technology stack and the engineering team. He is also a proponent of rapid mobile development technologies. Prior to Indiegogo, he designed & deployed API services and mobile & console clients. Bosco organizes the San Francisco Ruby Meetup, which has grown from 37 to over 6000 members during the past 8 years. Bosco holds a Computer Science degree from MIT. After graduating, he joined the Peace Corps and taught high school in Liberia, West Africa, and later returned to the region as a Geekcorps volunteer. He now lives in San Francisco. In his spare time, Bosco is either attending hackathons, teaching Ruby, or riding his bicycle.

Marc Carr
Founder, Social Solutions; DC+Acumen Board Chair

Marc’s passion for social justice and entrepreneurship has led him to work on civil rights campaigns in the deep south, and organize community forums in the U.S. and West Africa on issues related to social enterprise and community development. Marc’s professional experience includes heading the sales division of a major international corporation in Ghana, West Africa and consulting for the United Nations Foundation.  
Marc is the founder of Social Solutions, an organization devoted to crowd sourcing tech solutions to solve intractable social problems. Social Solutions produces a monthly event series entitled the Social Innovation Lab.  The Social Innovation Lab brings together a community of creative individuals, from a variety of backgrounds with the purpose of designing tech-focused solutions to social challenges.  The Social Innovation Lab is held the last Sunday of each month. 

Jeremy Sookhoo
Venture Consultant at Calvert Special Equities

Jeremy Sookhoo identifies and recommends high-impact investment opportunities to the Calvert Special Equities Board. Jeremy’s passion for social entrepreneurship started when he was an associate at the Sorenson Global Impact Investing Center. He brought this energy to Village Capital’s Tech4Impact accelerator program at IIM-Ahmedabad, India, where Jeremy was a consultant for a dozen enterprises, many of which have become successful pioneers in addressing India’s most pressing social challenges such as healthcare, education, and sanitation.Before working in the impact investing sector, Jeremy helped ThinkNear, a hyperlocal advertising startup, deliver its first sales contracts before it became TechStars’ largest exit. He also worked for Capital One, where he used big data analytics and targeted marketing to accelerate its growth. Jeremy is from Modesto, California, and graduated with an Accounting degree from Brigham Young University, where he ran the anti-human trafficking program on campus.

Seema Patel
Division Chief, Collective Acceleration at The Global Development Lab, USAID

Seema Patel is the Division Chief for Collective Acceleration at the Global Development Lab at the U.S. Agency for International Development. 

She leads a team that invests in open innovation and systems innovation approaches to foster collaboration across global innovation networks and accelerate the adoption of solutions to complex development challenges. 

Kevin Barrow
Tech Entrepreneur

Kevin is a social entrepreneur with 6 years of early stage startup experience. Presently, he is the Founder and CEO of Techstars backed MARK Labs. MARK Labs is a data analytics startup that employs AI and blockchain technology to provide an unprecedented level of transparency to the nonprofit sector.
Kevin’s professional experience before entering the startup universe was in law, banking, and management consulting in companies as diverse as GE, ABN AMRO, and Booz Allen Hamilton. He studied at both Oxford and Durham, where he earned his MBA and Honours Law Degree respectively.

Stephanie Johnson
SunShot Science and Technology Policy Fellow

Dr. Stephanie Johnson is a Science and Technology Policy Fellow at the Department of Energy’s Solar Energy Technologies Office. In her current role, Stephanie works with the SunShot Photovoltaics team and the Balance-of-Systems team to develop technical and soft cost programs to support the deployment of solar energy. Through her work with the SunShot Catalyst Prize program, Stephanie is primarily focusing on innovative methods for accelerating the incubation of solar energy start-ups and the transition of software innovations into commercialized products. Prior to joining SunShot, Stephanie worked for Croda, Inc. investigating the applications, development, and scalable production of nanomaterials. Stephanie also serves as a Visiting Scholar for the LeBlanc Lab in the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department at The George Washington University, investigating how the material properties of nano-scale materials can be maintained in large scale, cost effective manufacturing methods.

Thierry Uwilingiyimana

Thierry believes that education should encourage and inspire students to discover their strengths and passions and find their calling. Thierry is an entrepreneur, an engineer, a software developer, and a lifelong learner. Thierry is a co-founder of ClassTracks, foreign language vocabulary and grammar learning application that allows teachers to offload the more rote learning to smart and efficient technology and spend more class time practicing communication. He met his co-founders at last year's DC StartupWeekend, and they recently took their company through 4.0 Schools, an accelerator for education entrepreneurs in New Orleans.  
He has degrees from Stanford University and Acton School of Business. 

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