Techstars Global Online Startup Weekend COVID-19 Zambia

    Friday, April 17 - 19, 2020


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Techstars Global Online Startup Weekend COVID-19 Zambia

Friday, April 17 - 19, 2020



Friday, April 17 - 19, 2020
Event starts at 6:30 pm



Lusaka, Zambia

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First Ever Remote Techstars Startup Weekend

Startup Weekends powered by Google for Startups are 54-hour events designed to provide superior experiential education for technical and non-technical entrepreneurs. Beginning with Thursday night pitches and continuing through brainstorming, business plan development, and basic prototype creation, Startup Weekends culminate in Saturday night demos and presentations. Participants create working startups during the event and they collaborate with like-minded individuals outside of their daily networks. All teams hear talks by industry leaders and receive valuable feedback from local entrepreneurs. The weekend is centered around action, innovation, and education. Whether you are looking for feedback on an idea, a co-founder, specific skill sets, or a team to help you execute, Startup Weekends are the perfect environment in which to test your idea and take the first steps towards launching your own startup.
About Techstars Global Startup Weekend COVID-19 Edition: This series of online Techstars Startup Weekends are run at a country level, focused on developing solutions that directly tackle COVID-19-related challenges. They are 54-hour online events designed to provide superior experiential education for technical and non-technical entrepreneurs - you'll connect with amazing mentors, industry experts, founders, and partners who are ready to help you get started. 
Each country will bring together hundreds or even thousands of participants that will work on prototypes for three days. This event is not only about bringing together developers who can work on software-based solutions for the crisis. It’s an opportunity for everyone interested in the topic to inspire and be inspired and to work together on developing inclusive solutions. Here is the website for more details https://covid.startupweekend.org/
Tickets to register your place for the event are completely free but you are able to make a donation, which will go to an organization selected by the organizing team, tackling the COVID-19 crisis. If you wish to make a donation, simply add any amount you wish to donate to the ‘Donation’ ticket option. 

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EVENT SCHEDULE

Friday April 17th


6:30 pm
Registration
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
Voting
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 18th


9:00 am
Breakfast
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee


9:30 am
Begin Work
Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend


12:00 pm
Lunch


1:00 pm
Check-In
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
Dinner


7:30 pm
Check-In
After-dinner check-in, status reports, call for help


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

Sunday April 19th


9:00 am
Breakfast
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee


10:00 am
Check-In
Coaches arrive. Final opportunity to ask questions


12:00 pm
Lunch


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
Dinner


5:00 pm
Final Presentations


7:30 pm
Judging & Awards


8:30 pm
Wrap-Up


9:00 pm
Go Home!



Speakers


Joan Mtaja
Compliance Specialist

Joan is passionate about Youth Development and Innovation and outside her Job she finds pleasure in volunteering in Mentorship programs imparting her knowledge and experience as a Compliance Specialist.


Gabriella Marcelja
CEO, Co-founder, Lecturer & Innovator

CEO of SIRIUS GLOBAL - Academic Diplomacy 4.0, leading INGO based in Rome (Italy) operating in the sector of education, culture, science and innovation. Co-founder of DeepBrainz AI, an end-to-end autonomous AI platform for healthcare diagnostics, forecasting & monitoring, connected & level-4 autonomous driving vehicles, conversational AI. Gabriella is organizing Techstars Startup Weekends and actively working with cleantech clusters for urban environment and academic institutions worldwide. As a lecturer and moderator at international economic & legal forums, Gabriella is often being invited to be a speaker on law and new disruptive technologies, sustainable development and science diplomacy. She is also Startup Grind Director in Croatia where she won with her team the 2019 "Climathon: Cities. Hacking. Solutions. Rijeka" competition on climate change, circular economy and waste management. Previously worked within 3 diplomatic missions and with UN Agencies, as well as covered digital and cybersecurity matters in a multinational management consulting firm.

Event Judges


Mbololwa Zimba
Head Preffered Banking

Mbololwa Zimba commonly known ad Mbo is Head Preferred Banking under the Retail Banking Department of ZANACO Bank. She recently pioneered the introduction of the Village Banking Product.
Mbo has vast Experience in Retail Banking having joined the Bank in December 1987 as a clerk. After working in 2 Head Office Departments, International Banking and IT, she was transferred to several branches in Lusaka with the last being Acacia Park Branch. She holds  a Bachelor of Science Degree in Financial Services with the University of Manchester and is an Associate of the Chartered Institute of Bankers in the UK. She is married with 3 lovely children, 2 boys and a girl. She is also very passionate about Women. She is currently a Board Member of Indeni Petroleum Refinery Company Limited.



Moto Ng'ambi
Chief Executive Officer

Moto Ng'ambi is the current Chief Executive Officer of the Zambia Chamber of Small and Medium Business Association (ZCSMBA)


Emmah Phiri
Gender Specialist

Emma Phiri is a freelance Gender Consultant, who is also currently working as a Gender Specialist for Zambia Statistics Agency (ZamStats) as well as the Zambia Focal Point Person (National Content Developer) for the 50 Million African Women Speak Project under COMESA. She coordinates the National Gender Based Violence (GBV) and Violence against Children (VAC) data collection, compilation, analysis and GBVIMS Harmonisation process in Zambia. She is also a Focal point Person- Ending Child Marriage under African Union. She has vast experience in both quantitative and qualitative research; and has contributed greatly in both legal and gender sectors which include Moderating and Reporting in various workshops both at national and international levels. Emma has been working with human rights issues especially women and children for more than ten (10) years. She holds a Master of Arts in Gender Studies, a Bachelor’s degree in Law (LLB) and currently pursuing a PhD in Gender looking ‘Child Marriage as a Barrier to Girl’s Education: A developmental Challenge in Zambia’. Emma’s role as a Gender Specialist is to ensure that the Agenda of achieving Gender Equality (SDG #5) and SDG #8 on decent work are attained without leaving anyone behind!


Gabriella Marcelja
CEO, Co-founder, Lecturer & Innovator

CEO of SIRIUS GLOBAL - Academic Diplomacy 4.0, leading INGO based in Rome (Italy) operating in the sector of education, culture, science and innovation. Co-founder of DeepBrainz AI, an end-to-end autonomous AI platform for healthcare diagnostics, forecasting & monitoring, connected & level-4 autonomous driving vehicles, conversational AI. Gabriella is organizing Techstars Startup Weekends and actively working with cleantech clusters for urban environment and academic institutions worldwide. As a lecturer and moderator at international economic & legal forums, Gabriella is often being invited to be a speaker on law and new disruptive technologies, sustainable development and science diplomacy. She is also Startup Grind Director in Croatia where she won with her team the 2019 "Climathon: Cities. Hacking. Solutions. Rijeka" competition on climate change, circular economy and waste management. Previously worked within 3 diplomatic missions and with UN Agencies, as well as covered digital and cybersecurity matters in a multinational management consulting firm.


Milou Van Bruggen
Associate Expert- Digital Sector Development Africa

Milou works at the International Trade Centre in Geneva, a UN organisation, where she focuses on the digital sector development in Sub Saharan Africa. The initiatives she is involved in supports SME’s and tech start-ups in 10 African countries focussed on internationalisation, scaling and coaching. Before joining ITC she has worked for numerous years in the private sector, amongst which one of the largest global media companies as an Account Director and an advertising technology start-up where she was driving the growth of the digital team and account management team. 


Organizing Team

Techstars Startup Weekend Lusaka is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
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  • Emmanuel
    Christian

Facilitators


Emmanuel Christian
CEO

QA Software Engineer- Kubernets, Africa Regional Lead- Indigitous.org, Techstars Community Organiser, Lead & Facilitator. 


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