Startup Weekend Social Impact DC

    Friday, April 22 - 24, 2016

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  6. Organizing Team
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Startup Weekend Social Impact DC

Friday, April 22 - 24, 2016

Friday, April 22 - 24, 2016
Event starts at 6:30 pm

iStrategyLabs DC
641 S St NW
Fl 1
Washington DC, DC 20001

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Make an Impact in 54 Hours

 Welcome to Startup Weekend DC Social Impact Edition!
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 April 22nd

6:30 pm
Arrive at the venue and get checked in

6:45 pm
Dinner & Networking
Eat food, share ideas, practice pitches, get to know fellow participants

7:00 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 April 23rd

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
Mentor Meetings
Mentors help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!

6:00 pm
Partners Introduction
Introducing our wonderful partners and sponsors for this weekend!

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 April 24th

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 & Pitch Practice
Coaches arrive. Pitch Practice & Feedback. 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

5:00 pm
Final Presentations

6:30 pm

7:30 pm
Judging & Awards

8:30 pm

9:00 pm
Go Home!

Event Judges

Scott Case
CTO at Upside and Founding CTO at Priceline

Timothy “Scott” Case is a technologist, entrepreneur and inventor and was founding CTO of, the "Name Your Own Price" Internet service. At the Walker Digital Invention Laboratory, he helped build a portfolio of intellectual property, and is a named inventor on dozens of U.S. patents including the underlying portfolio for In November 2015, Scott rejoined Jay Walker to turn the way we buy business travel upside down at Upside ( with plans to launch in Spring 2016. 

In March 2011, Scott became founding CEO of the Startup America Partnership (TechStars) focused on building strong startup communities throughout the United States. In 2013, he co-founded Main Street Genome (acquired by Dining Alliance) to leverage data to make small businesses everywhere work smarter through data science and software technology tools. In 2006, Scott joined the Malaria No More team ( to inspire individuals and institutions to end deaths caused by malaria. He also serves as the Chairman of Network for Good (, a national nonprofit that has distributed more than $1.4 billion to 100,000 nonprofits. 

Jack Bienko
Director for Entrepreneurship Education at the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)

John “Jack” Bienko is the (A) Director for Entrepreneurship Education at the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) headquarters in Washington, DC. SBA facilitates billions of dollars in financing and contracts each year while overseeing a broad entrepreneurial support system and assisting communities recover from disasters. Mr. Bienko’s team builds customized education solutions that include SCORE’s network of 11,000 business mentors, the flagship SBA Emerging Leaders executive training series in 50 cities, an award-winning digital learning portal logging 300,000 registrations annually, the national Encore Entrepreneurship campaign, and cutting-edge partnerships with global brands and civic innovators.

David Conley
Founder of

Dave Conley is founder of, helping people become entrepreneurs and start successful startups.  Dave started his career at AOL, building the consumer internet for millions of people all over the world. His numerous accomplishments include the Netscape browser, an award-winning internet connected appliance, and AOL 3.0, 4.0, 5.0, and 6.0. Later he led development for the US Patent and Trademark office.  In the last three years, he's started, coached, invested, and worked in a dozen startups in social media business analytics, men's grooming products, non-profit fundraising, financial literacy apps for kids, social entrepreneurship, and more. 

Jen Dalton
Founder, CEO of BrandMirror

Jen Dalton has 15 years’ experience in brand strategy. In 2012, she launched BrandMirror, becoming a certified master personal brand strategist. In 2016, Jen published The Intentional Entrepreneur, a bestselling book that shares her process for building your personal brand as an entrepreneur. She has spoken to and coached thousands of individuals and entrepreneurs about how to stand out. She is an international speaker, working with the Navy, GE, IBM, Capital One, 1776, and more. 

Masha Sharma
CTO/Cofounder at InteractiveShares

Masha Sharma is a co-founder and CTO at InteractiveShares, an innovative commercial real estate lending platform. InteractiveShares is a direct lender, as well as an online lending exchange that connects real estate investors with multiple lenders, banks, and credit partners who compete for business. Prior to starting InteractiveShares, Masha founded CitrusWorks where she consulted for multiple startups building machine learning algorithms and products in social media analytics, health, and video space.  She also was a co-founder of an international mobile wallet marketing platform, TotalPass.  Masha developed her product and technical skills while building search algorithms for PBS Video, scheduling system at BBC America, streaming media player at SIRIUS Satellite Radio and directing engineering at Millennial Media. Masha volunteers for Shirlington Civic Association, and is a mentor in the Arlington Young Entrepreneurs Academy.

Coaches and Mentors

Amitabh Saxena
Managing Director at Digital Disruptions

Amitabh is the Managing Director of Digital Disruptions, an advisory services and training firm at the intersection of product innovation, digital technologies, and social impact sector.  He has over 12 years experience in electronic payments and product innovation, most recently as Vice-President for MasterCard’s Emerging Products team, where he led its mobile money product for Latin America.  Previously, he started and led the Alternative Channels practice area for ACCION International, a microfinance network, and did stints at the GSMA’s Mobile Money team in London, and for Jamii Bora Bank in Nairobi, Kenya. He started his career as a Product Manager in the Product Innovation Center at Capital One.  Amitabh serves as Adjunct Faculty at the University of Maryland, where he teaches Design Thinking and an MBA-level course on New Product Development  He is fluent in English, French, and Spanish and holds an MBA from INSEAD (France/Singapore) and a Bachelor’s of Mechanical Engineering from McGill University from his native Montreal, Canada.   

Fletcher Heisler
Founder at Real Python, Acting CTO at Opportunity@Work

Fletcher serves as CTO at Opportunity@Work, a nonprofit building on the White House’s TechHire initiative to rewire the US labor market.  TechHire connects employers seeking IT talent with nontraditional candidates through competency-based hiring by partnering with local governments, employers and training providers. Fletcher also founded and helps run Real Python, a set of online resources that has trained tens of thousands of students in programming and web development.

Rob Baker
Operations Officer at World Bank Group

Rob Baker is a member of the World Bank Group's Innovation Labs, leading on the application of emerging innovations for the developing world. His career as a technologist has revolved around mobile and mapping technology for crisis response, election monitoring, and civic engagement, and open data.  Before joining the Bank he was the COO of Ushahidi, a Presidential Innovation Fellow implementing the US open data policy for USAID, a delegate of the U.S.-Russian Bilateral Presidential Commission, and member of the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap team.

Kushaan Shah
Founder at Social Rise and Consultant at IBM

Kushaan is an IBM Consultant and Founder of Social Rise, a non-profit organization focused on closing the digital divide and empowering marginalized communities to learn social media through workshops and advocacy. He is a StartingBloc Fellow and an advocate for social entrepreneurship, digital equity, and innovation in the social technology space. With a strong interest in digital hacking, he has consulted with Fortune 500 executives, non-profit organizations and early-stage startups on social media strategy and growth. Aside from being a published blogger and TedX Speaker, Kushaan enjoys rooting for his hometown Boston sports teams, watching re-runs of the Office, tweeting unconventional musings at @kushaanshah and a well-made burrito.

Monica Flores
Founder at STEM Daisies and Product Team Lead & Web Developer at Changemakers, Ashoka

Monica S. Flores started coding full-time in 2004 and currently serves as product team lead for, where she works with an agile team to channel corporate philanthropy, grants, and micro-finance into social investment and social enterprise opportunities worldwide. She advises external clients on Drupal development, functional specifications, database architecture, wire-framing, reporting, and online community-building. Her unique skill is translating specific business needs into articulated, elegant, working solutions. She is passionate about women's empowerment, social justice, diversity, entrepreneurship, and technology. Her current focus is to build community, foster connectedness, and use her technology skills to create a better world.

Alice Tang
Investment Analyst at Accion

Alice Tang is an Investment Analyst at Accion, a global nonprofit dedicated to building a financially inclusive world with access to economic opportunity for all, by giving people the financial tools they need to improve their lives.Alice works across Accion’s Gateway Fund and Venture Lab. At the Gateway Fund, which invests in traditional microfinance institutions, Alice conducts financial analysis, execution and monitoring for equity investments in Asia and provides business development support to portfolio companies, with a primary focus on China. Alice also supports Venture Lab, an impact investing initiative at Accion that provides seed capital and support to innovative startups committed to financial inclusion, by sourcing and identifying potential deal opportunities in the Greater China region.

Hyungsoo Kim
CEO/Founder at Eone Timepieces

Hyungsoo is the founder & CEO of Eone. He is a firm believer in the importance of universal design with the goal to co-design innovative products that are accessible and useful to everyone. Eone is the creator of The Bradley Timepiece, an innovative fashion timepiece that everyone, including the blind, can touch to tell time. The Bradley debuted via crowdfunding campaign in 2013 and raised $600k. Since its debut, the innovative timepiece has won numerous design awards, including Design Museum's Designs of the Year Award, iF Design Award, Red Dot Award and German Design Award, and became one of the newest additions at the British Museum in London.Hyungsoo holds an MBA from MIT Sloan School of Management and a BA/MA in Psychology from Wesleyan University.

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.

Annie Hodges
Founding Organizer at The Collective

Annie is a community builder, convener, and event designer who has worked in the impact sector in the US and globally for over 10 years. Her experience spans issues from arts in education, domestic violence prevention, and college prep to entrepreneurship and cross-sector collaboration. 

She is the founder and Chief Organizer of The Collective, a network of experienced entrepreneurs helping organizations solve their problems. She is also founder of Ahavah Community Building, a coaching and facilitation practice designed to support soulful entrepreneurs and nonprofiteers. Currently, she serves as Global Ambassador for Thousand Network, a global charity for a community of 1000+ creative and entrepreneurial changemakers whose community spans over 35 global hubs on 5 continents. 

Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Startup Weekend Social Impact DC 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.
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Systems Engineer

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Cynthia Macias

Cynthia Macias is the Membership Relations Manager at mHUB, Chicago's first innovation incubator for physical product development and manufacturing where she is in charge of building a diverse community of hardware entrepreneurs and innovators. Her passion is supporting entrepreneurial communities by connecting entrepreneurs with the resources they need to launch their ideas and grow their business. Prior to moving Chicago, she was part of the Startup Weekend organizing community in DC for four years, starting with organizing the first Women's Edition event in that community. She was also part of a DC-based startup, Startup Angels, where she developed and implemented programs to educate angel investors to invest in early stage startups across the U.S. and around the world. Cynthia also worked at a boutique consulting firm managing projects across Latin America and West Africa supporting a variety of economic development initiatives. As a Peace Corps volunteer in Mali, she strengthened women-led small businesses. 

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