Startup Weekend Washington

    Friday, September 16 - 18, 2016

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Startup Weekend Washington

Friday, September 16 - 18, 2016

Friday, September 16 - 18, 2016
Event starts at 6:30 pm

Impact Hub DC
419 7th St NW,
3rd Floor
Washington, DC

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Bring your startup idea to life in 54 hours!

Welcome to Startup Weekend DC!

Whether you're a developer, designer, maker, marketer, non-technical, overall adventurous with a startup idea that you want to pursue or if you just want to work with a team to build something awesome, join us at Startup Weekend on September 16-18 at Impact Hub DC.

Startup Weekend DC is where you can pitch your idea, form a team, validate your concept, build your product, present your work to a panel of esteemed judges and win some prizes to get your project started - all in just 54 hours!

Come put your hacking skills to the test, you might find a co-founder, meet someone new, or learn an entirely new skill. Join us for a weekend of fun, good food, great company and a valuable learning experience in navigating the crazy startup world!

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Friday September 16th

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

8:00 pm
Pitches, Voting, & Team Formation
Optionally line up to give your pitch

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 September 17th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

9:30 am
Welcome & Kick-Off
Weekend mission, valuable resources, and advice on making this a successful weekend!

10:00 am
Ready, Set, Go!
Identify and clearly state your problem.

11:00 am
Mentor Sessions
Mentors are available for several hours to answer questions on specific topics and help guide you. (Available by appt. between 11-3pm)

12:30 pm
Working Lunch
Get your lunch and keep working!

6:30 pm
Dinner & Check-In
Time to refuel and check-in with everyone!

10:00 pm
Finished for the day. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow

Sunday September 18th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

12:00 pm
Working Lunch
Get your lunch and keep working!

1:30 pm
Pitch Rehearsals
Pitch practice sessions where you can get feedback before demo-night.

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

4:30 pm
Final Presentations
Game time!

7:00 pm
Dinner and Mingling
Judges will deliberate while you enjoy some dinner.

8:30 pm
Winners Announced!
While it isn't about winning, it's nice to know who made it farthest and most successfully through the process.

9:00 pm
Wrap-Up and Farewell
Goodbye hugs and group selfies!

9:30 pm
Closing Time
You don't have to go home but you can't stay here!

Event Judges

Blake Hall
Co-Founder and CEO,

Blake Hall, an Army Ranger, is the Founder and CEO of, a digital identity network that empowers individuals to prove their identity and group affiliations while controlling how their information is shared online. Blake led a battalion reconnaissance platoon in Iraq for fifteen months during 2006 – 2007. He was awarded the Bronze Star with Valor for leading his men during a firefight against insurgents in an action senior commanders credited with saving twenty American lives.

Ellen Patterson
Chief Revenue & Partnership Officer, EverFi

With nearly two decades of experience in childhood education and all things digital, Ellen serves as a key liaison between EverFi and its strategic partners. A veteran of Silicon Valley and AOL, Ellen spent half her professional career collaborating with partners like Amazon, Google, HP, Zynga and Stitcher, incubating consumer products as they took their online form - photos, video, greeting cards, shopping, payment platforms, app stores - shaping how we use them today. Yet her proudest collaboration is with her husband, raising their three young daughters. Always navigating with a steady hand, Ellen was employee #30 at a Bay Area startup that grew to 850 and closed $200M in venture funding in less than 18 months. She survived the Time Warner / AOL merger as well as a tornado at headquarters (no relation). Ellen remains a fierce Georgetown Hoya and is rumored to bleed Hoya Blue. After graduation, she started her career as a second grade teacher near the Gulf Coast serving under-resourced communities as part of Notre Dame‘s ACE program. She went on to earn a Masters in Counseling Psychology from Boston College and counseled hundreds of elementary school children and tweens. In her seldom existent spare time, she’s online sharing photos, creating nostalgic playlists, learning new dance moves from her kids, cooking, and traveling cross country with friends and family.

Zvi Band
CEO, Contactually

Zvi is the founder and CEO of Contactually, a venture-backed CRM for relationship-
based businesses. An accomplished technologist and software leader, he previously led Workstreamer as CTO from its initial product development to acquisition.

Prior to Contactually, Zvi ran a software consultancy firm, working for clients such as Ford, NYSE and Volkswagen. He serves as a mentor to two DC-based incubators—1776 and Acceleprise. He also founded ProudlyMadeinDC to promote DC entrepreneurship.

Olivier Kamanda
White House Presidential Innovation Fellow

Olivier Kamanda is a civic-tech evangelist and White House Presidential Innovation Fellow. He is also the founder of Ideal Impact, a social venture that measures the emotional impact of news by giving readers an opportunity to volunteer, donate, advocate and support causes in real time. Prior to launching Ideal Impact, Olivier served as a speechwriter and senior advisor to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Olivier has also worked as General Counsel to EQCO, a fintech startup; as a Product Manager at Fission Strategy; as an investment funds attorney at White & Case LLP; and the founder and Executive Editor of Foreign Policy Digest, an online magazine aimed at engaging young Americans in international affairs. 

He is a long-standing volunteer and sous-chef at Miriam’s Kitchen, a homeless services organization based in DC. Olivier was named one of D.C.’s “Most Influential Leaders Under 40” by Washington Life Magazine in 2015.

Olivier earned his bachelors degree in Operations Research and Financial Engineering from Princeton University and his law degree from the University of Pennsylvania Law School.

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. 

Coaches and Mentors

Amy Wilson
CoFounder, Just Startup

Amy J. Wilson is a user-centered product manager working at the intersection of communications and technology to solve complex challenges. She delivers innovative solutions that are valuable, usable, fit within a designated market and aligned to accomplishing client’s missions. Tackling problems with a left- (usability/analytic) and right- (design/creative) brain mentality, she has 12 years’ experience building holistic solutions that produce impact with multiple government agencies, private companies, and nonprofit clients. Her blend of communications and technology skills enables her to communicate effectively and empathize with clients, stakeholders, and end users, while also being able to design compelling user interfaces.

Keaton Gray
Associate at GE Ventures

Keaton works early, growth, and late-stage equity investments in advanced technologies for GE Ventures. At GE they combine capital, technical and commercial expertise, infrastructure, and access to GE's global network of business units, partners and customers, world-class training, and resources to help companies grow and scale.

Skills: Biz dev., finance, digital media, strategy.

Callum Booker
Associate at NextGen Ventures

Skills: Financial Analysis and Biz Dev

Mack Kolarich
Cofounder, Startup Angels

Mack is the Cofounder and VP of Product at Startup Angels. Their core product is an online marketplace where people can find and invest in venture capital funds. They also produce a variety of investor educational content and produce angel workshops in cities around the world. Mack is also a cofounder of SceneSquid, a SaaS marketing tool for the events industry.

Previously, he was a partner at Startup Jackpot, an active organizer of Startup Weekends out of Washington, DC, and a corporate innovation consultant.

Marty Ringlein
CEO/Co-Founder nvite

The best experience I've ever had is being a part of a great team.

I help design, build, and grow creative teams, products and companies. I've worked with some of the world's best talent, biggest brands and most amazing customers; what we've done together over the past decade is nothing short of magic.

Skills: User experience, web development/design, marketing, advertising, front-end, interaction design, visual communication.

Jennifer Stowe

Amer Moss
Analyst at Maryland Venture Fund

Skills: Finance, investment, web design, marketing

Phil Jung
Associate at Maryland Venture Fund

Phil works as an Investment Associate at the Maryland Venture Fund, an early-stage, evergreen venture capital firm dedicated to growing the next generation of exceptional businesses in Maryland. With $110M in assets under management, the Maryland Venture Fund partners with entrepreneurs to build high-growth technology companies that last. Prior to joining the Maryland Venture Fund, Phil worked for Foundation Capital, a venture capital fund based in Menlo Park, California, and TDF Ventures, an early-stage fund based in Chevy Chase, Maryland.  Phil began his career at KPMG’s Risk Consulting practice in the Silicon Valley where he specialized in software asset management and contract compliance services. He also co-founded the Jeremy Lin Foundation, a Palo Alto based non-profit whose mission is to serve at-risk youth through education and leadership development in underserved communities. Phil received an MBA from Georgetown University and a BA from UC Berkeley.

Mike Isman
VP, Booz Allen Hamilton

Skills: IT, business strategy, organizational design, government contracting, 

Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Startup Weekend Washington 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

  • Cynthia
  • Lindsey
  • John
  • Steven
  • Brandon


Roger Osorio
Entrepreneurship Program Leader @ IBM

Entrepreneurship program leader at IBM by day, math coach by night, and Startup Weekend global facilitator by weekend.  I deliver a powerful cocktail made up of education, psychology, neuroscience, leadership, and entrepreneurship.  I facilitate events to maximize the experience and learning for all participants.

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