Women 2.0 Startup Weekend (November 19-21, 2010)

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  Women 2.0 and Startup Weekend are partnering on November 19 - 21, 2010 at Hacker Dojo (Mountain View, CA) for Women 2.0 Startup Weekend! We provide the co-working space and brain fuel, and you bring the energy and innovation to build something big over the weekend. Both men and women are invited to get your ticket for Women 2.0 Startup Weekend now! Maybe you have an idea, maybe you don't? Maybe you started a startup before, maybe you haven't? Maybe you are a developer, a designer, a do-er? Bring an idea, or just yourself! Come to join a team and start a project (or company) over the weekend. We will be hacking and building for 54 hours! Startup Weekend is a place to test ideas, contribute to ideas, and meet potential founders. We are bringing together the most innovative, talented, and out-of-the-box entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley.

Check out what happened at last year's Women 2.0 Startup Weekend - we created 19 startups! How it works: Ideas are pitched and teams formed around them on Friday night at 7pm. Over the weekend, companies develop products and/or services. Company pitches are delivered on Sunday at 5pm, and judging begins at 6pm. If this your first Startup Weekend, read this FAQ.

At the end of Women 2.0 Startup Weekend, we will award PRIZES for:PEOPLE's CHOICE AWARD The audience will vote for their favorite team via Twitter. MOST INNOVATIVE AND FUN Judges will select one team for this award. MOST LIKELY TO MAKE A MILLION DOLLARS Judges will select one team for this award. MOST LIKELY TO CHANGE A MILLION LIVES Judges will select one team for "Best Mobile App for Women", based on the mWomen Mobile App Challenge. On Sunday night, Women 2.0 and TEDxBayArea TEDWomen will be awarding one team at Women 2.0 Startup Weekend "Best Mobile App for Women", designed to empower women through mobile technology. We are encouraging the development of mobile apps for women to enter the mWomen Mobile App Challenge announced by Hillary Clinton in October 2010 to improve the lives of women in the developing world by using mobile phones. The team with the best mobile app for women receives FREE passes to TEDxBayArea TEDWomen and are invited to showcase their app at the event.

Women 2.0 Startup Weekend Speakers (Friday, November 19) Kazi Islam (CEO, Grameenphone IT) Kazi is the CEO of Grameenphone IT, a technology company focusing on innovation on mobile and communication. Kazi Islam returned back to Bangladesh after 18 years of living and working abroad. Kazi has extensive experience in industries such as IT, Communication, Media, Energy & Utility, Automotive and Consumer Electronics. His core focus is creating technology based solutions and services for developing countries through partnership with global technology companies to make positive impact on socio-economic conditions. Mariya Genzel (Co-Founder & CTO, SayHired) SayHired (formerly Ultimate Hire) was one of the 19 startups that came out of the 2009 Women 2.0 Startup Weekend. Mariya's background includes building great products at five startups, two dynamic companies, one huge and static company, and multiple non-profit projects. She loves creating processes that help make people's lives easier, and brings her extensive product management and development experience to SayHired. Mariya holds a BA in Computer Science and Mathematics from Goucher College and an MBA from MIT Sloan. Shanna Tellerman (Founder & CEO, Wild Pockets) Shanna is singularly focused on breaking down barriers in the game industry from every angle. After earning her Masters degree in Entertainment Technology from Carnegie Mellon, Shanna was hired by the University to investigate commercialization opportunities for the technology that would eventually become Wild Pockets. Prior to Wild Pockets, Shanna worked for EA on the best-selling game "The Sims 2", and is a frequent speaker at gaming conferences and a thought leader on women in technology.

Women 2.0 Startup Weekend Mentors (Saturday, November 20) Anna Billstrom (iOS Developer) Anna started as a Perl and Java developer back in the Dot Com Era. In the past seven years, she's specialized in CRM Consulting for some of the top Fortune 500 companies. Anna is a core contributor to Ruby on Rails' blog solution Radiant CMS. She has a practical perspective on how to rapidly prototype with agile tools. Her iPhone apps have resulted in awards including "Best New Developer" at iPadDevCamp, and her current project SocialPong won an award at iOSDevCamp. Her line of language learning apps, Bingueau, is in the iTunes store. Bess Ho (Mobile & UI Developer) Bess is an active Publisher & Developer of mobile and web app with a strong background in consumer behavior and data analytics. Her team "Don't Move My Mouse" won three awards at the Girls in Tech Developer Garage. She led another team "Whack A Mouse" to win "Honorable Mention" at iPad Developer Camp, earning a cover story on USA Today. Bess is currently teaching iOS classes this November at Hacker Dojo, advising early stage founders and inspiring kids to learn technology and build apps. Damien Patton (Co-Founder & CEO, Stealth R Us) Damien is a serial entrepreneur who has built his career on making ideas a reality. From professional auto racing to technology, he has achieved success in many areas. Damien recently won two first place awards with completely different mobile applications at StartUp Weekend and Google Campout. His latest start-up venture focuses on social networks and geo-location mobile applications. Damien's ultimate goal is to run his own technology incubator that helps other entrepreneurs achieve their dreams.
Tim Young (Attorney, Fortis General Counsel) Tim practices corporate law with Fortis General Counsel. His practice focuses on providing general counsel services to emerging growth companies, venture and private equity funds, and institutional and angel investors. Tim handles a broad range of corporate matters, including venture and debt financings, mergers and acquisitions, technology licensing and commercial agreements, and corporate governance. Tim holds a JD from Hastings College of the Law, an MA from Cornell University and a BA from the University of Hawaii.

Robert Rugani (Attorney, Fortis General Counsel) Robert’s practice focuses on outsourced general counsel services, with an emphasis on equity and debt financings, public and private mergers and acquisitions, sales and divestitures, company formation and representation, venture fund formation and representation, corporate governance and strategic business counseling, commercial agreements, and representation of closely-held businesses, including partnerships, sole proprietorships and limited liability companies. Robert has represented a wide variety of companies ranging from start-ups to Fortune 500 public companies in various industries ranging from technology to real estate.

Women 2.0 Startup Weekend Judges (Sunday, November 21) Cathy Edwards (Co-Founder & CTO, Chomp) Cathy is co-founder and CTO at Chomp, a search engine for mobile apps. Before Chomp, Cathy has done everything from machine learning research to product management to technology strategy -- in companies ranging in size from tiny startups to large telecommunications carriers. But there has been a consistent thread in all her work experience -- involvement in the mobile industry. Cathy holds a B.S. in Pure Maths, Computer Science and Linguistics from the University of Western Australia. David Weekly (Founding Director, Hacker Dojo; Founder, Chairman, & Chief Product Officer, PBworks) David started the company that became PBwiki (now PBworks) in 2003, along the way creating SingleStat.us and IMSmarter. David has been programming since he was five and has coded for MIT, Harvard, Stanford, There.com, atWeb, and Legato. David wrote the first layman’s description of MP3 in early 1997. He holds a B.S. in Computer Science from Stanford, where he was a President Scholar and a finalist in the ACM International Programming Competition. Megan Casey (Co-Founder & Editor-in-Chief, Squidoo) Megan is Co-Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Squidoo, the popular publishing platform she started with Seth Godin and a small talented team in 2005. Prior to Squidoo, she was a business editor at Penguin Group and Editor at Random House. She is widely regarded as an inspiring and effective online strategist, and speaks around the country about building core fanbases and using game dynamics outside of classic games. She spends her free time helping entrepreneurs take their ideas and make them happen. Sarah Allen (Co-Founder & CTO, Mightyverse; Director, Blazing Cloud) Sarah is is co-founder and CTO of Mightyverse, a mobile language startup. Earlier in her career, Sarah co-founded CoSA, which was acquired by Adobe to eventually create After Effects. She then joined Macromedia to build Shockwave and later Flash video. She has extensive mobile development experience, led engineering teams, and currently runs a consulting shop called Blazing Cloud that teaches classes in Rails, JavaScript, HTML, and more. In her spare time, she works to diversify the Ruby on Rails community with a focus on outreach to women. Shannon McClenagh (Senior Executive, Early Stage Companies) Shannon has over 15 years of experience in finance and operations with branded consumer product and technology companies. Most recently as CFO and President, Shannon helped build Jimmyjane into a leading international lifestyle brand with over 7 iconic design awards and a broad IP portfolio of design and utility patents. Prior to joining Jimmyjane, Shannon was an interim executive and consultant for high-growth branded consumer companies as well as for angel and institutional investors. Victoria Ransom (Founder & CEO, Wildfire Interactive) Victoria has been an entrepreneur since her early 20s and developed three companies operating today. As founder & CEO of Wildfire Interactive, Victoria has led the company to profitability in one year and built a client list that includes Facebook, Pepsi, Unilever, Sony, AT&T and Ogilvy. Wildfire is a two-time winner of the fbFund; investors include Facebook, Accel Partners and Founder's Fund. Victoria holds a B.A. from Macalester College where she graduated Suma Cum Laude, and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School. Schedule for Friday, November 19 6:30pm - Registration starts 7:00pm - Dinner & Networking 7:20pm - Welcome & Speakers 7:30pm - Pitches Start 9:00pm - Attendees vote for the top ideas 9:15pm - Teams start forming and discussing ideas 10:00pm - 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.

Schedule for Saturday, November 20 9:00am - Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee 9:30am - Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend 12:00pm - Lunch 1:00pm - Call for needs & skills 2:00pm - Mentors help teams one-on-one. They are here to help! 6:30pm - Dinner 7:30pm - Mid weekend check-in, status reports, call for help 10:00pm - Finished for the day. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow.

Schedule for Sunday, November 21 9:00am - Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee 10:00am - Call for help (this is self motivated, so don't be shy) 12:00pm - Lunch 12:30pm - Mentors arrive... ASK QUESTIONS 3:00pm - Gut check. Start prepping for presentations 4:00pm - Dinner 5:00pm - FINAL PRESENTATIONS 7:30pm - Judging & awards 8:30pm - Wrapup 9:00pm - Go home!

 

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