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What is Startup Weekend?

Startup Weekend is a no talk, all action 54-hour event that helps you launch your startup over the weekend. It is held over a weekend where developers, designers, marketers, product managers and startup enthusiasts come together to share ideas, form teams, build products, and launch startups!


What’s so special about the Creative Edition?

Creative edition is first of its kind event in India. The idea is to bring together creative community from tech, business & design background who will build some of the most creative ideas. We are also expecting a huge participation of designers, who can play a key role in building creative solutions.

If you are the kind of person who is always on the lookout for creative solutions to interesting problems, then this event is for you.

That’s not it! We will be giving away a CREATIVE TOOLKIT during the event that can help you find disruptive ways to solve your idea. Learn & implement on the go!


What happens during the event?

All Startup Weekend events follow the same basic model: anyone is welcome to pitch their startup idea and receive feedback from their peers.

FRIDAY EVENING: Attendees pitch their startup ideas. Teams organically form around the top ideas (as determined by popular vote)

SATURDAY & SUNDAY: This is when teams build, build & build. It’s a frenzy of business model creation, coding, designing, and market validation to build a minimum viable product.

SUNDAY EVENING: The weekend culminates with presentations in front of entrepreneurial leaders with another opportunity for critical feedback.


Why should you attend?

Platform to launch and test your startup
Test your innovative/disruptive startup idea, something that has never been done before, with a bunch of innovative people.

Build your network
Get to meet and work with people from different background, designer, technicals and business people.

Launch a business
Over 36% of Startup Weekends are still going strong after 3 months. Roughly 80% of participants plan on continuing working with their team or startup after the weekend.

Get face time with thought leaders
Get one-on-one time with the local tech and startup leaders who participate in Startup Weekends as coaches and judges.

Join a global community
Startup Weekend is a global grassroots movement of active and empowered entrepreneurs. It is the largest community of passionate entrepreneurs with over 1800 past events in 120 countries around the world in 2014.

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Whether entrepreneurs found companies, find a cofounder, 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!

Schedule

Friday

Jun 20
  • Registration Starts
  • Welcome and Speakers
  • Pitches Start
  • Dinner + Attendees vote for the top ideas
  • Teams start forming and discussing
  • Venue closes

Saturday

Jun 21
  • Venue opens, breakfast & coffee
  • Teams set up workspace and start working on the idea
  • Lunch
  • One-on-one sessions with coaches
  • Mid-weekend check-in and status reports
  • Coffee break
  • Dinner
  • Venue closes

Sunday

Jun 22
  • Venue opens, breakfast & coffee
  • Lunch
  • One-on-one sessions with coaches
  • Check-in and status reports
  • Coffee break
  • FINAL PRESENTATIONS
  • Judging & awards
  • Networking Dinner
Venue Sponsors
Speakers

Sunit Singh

Design Head, Cleartrip   |   LinkedIn

As the Design Head at Cleartrip, Sunit is responsible for the user experience of products across Cleartrip. He's been instrumental in setting the tone for Cleartrip Mobile & led the recent redesign. Sunit graduated from J. J. School of Art to be a painter, followed by a post grad in Communication Design from the Industrial Design Centre, IIT Bombay. While he has built & mentored design teams through his career, his background in fine art keeps him thoroughly hands-on. Previously, he's led design at burrp! and Paper Plane.

Read his blog : http://blog.cleartrip.com/author/sunit/

Silver Sponsors
Judges

Niranjan S.

Co-founder & CTO of Haggle Inc, Partner of venture fund - Latticeworks   |   LinkedIn

Hoping to realise a dream of making Bangalore the next entrepreneurial hub of the world, Niranjan's team have started a creative community called BeaglesLoft (http://www.beaglesloft.com/). Prior to all of this Niranjan worked at a startup which got bought over by BMC software and consulted for Boston Consulting Group. He holds a master's degree from the School of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University and spends his free time obsessing over Beethoven's piano sonatas.

https://www.gethaggle.com/
http://www.latticeworkfund.com

Chandra

Entrepreneur in Residence (EiR), GSF Global   |   LinkedIn

Chandra, having a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from UVCE (Bangalore University), started his 20+ year career working on IBM mainframes and his experience has spanned mid-range computers (Unix) and now onto End-point devices. His first entrepreneurial taste came when he teamed up to set up an ODC for a US-based product company. The partnership then moved onto setting up S7 Software Solutions, a software migration focused Services Company. S7 was acquired by Blue Coat systems, a California based company. His most recent venture – i7 Networks, is a product-based startup concentrating on network security. Currently, having moved out of i7, he has been teaching himself about analytics and Machine Learning and getting ready for the next entrepreneurial journey.

Kiran Jonnalagadda

Founder at HasGeek   |   LinkedIn

Kiran Jonnalagadda is a programmer and accidental entrepreneur, helping people in technology collaborate, learn from each other and have fun. Kiran co-founded HasGeek, a meeting ground for geeks.

Prayank Swaroop

Senior associate at Accel Partners   |   LinkedIn

Prayank invests in early stage and growth technology startups, as a senior associate at Accel Partners. He invests in consumer internet, mobile apps and ad-tech companies. He is involved in 10+ investments at Accel like BookMyShow, TaxiForSure, MySmartPrice and Power2SME. He has previously worked in engineering, product and sales roles at Adobe and Standard Chartered Bank. He is an alumnus of IIT Delhi & holds an MBA from ISB.

Deepak Pakhare

Lead Designer at Linkedin, Bangalore   |   LinkedIn

Deepak has spent close to 15 years as a UX professional with large organizations like Yahoo, Amazon as well as startups like HolidayIQ.com covering design for web and mobile in various domains like telecommunications, health-care, education, enterprise, equity management, travel, ecommerce and advertising in India and Singapore. He has a Masters in Interaction Design from Interaction-Ivrea, Italy and a BFA from Sir J. J. Institute of Applied Art, Mumbai. He does one of three things in his spare time – either heads south on long rides on his RE Bullet, cooks seafood with his wife or chips away at his graphic-novel-in-the-making. Someday wants to brew his own beer!
Portfolio: http://acrossthinlines.in

Prize Sponsors
Coaches

Peeyush Rai

Co-founder and CTO, Canvera.com   |   LinkedIn

Peeyush heads the technology and design services delivery. Over the past 20 years, Peeyush has been involved in building various products and technologies that have helped solve real problems in consumer internet, mobile and enterprise space. Prior to Canvera, Peeyush worked at various enterprise software companies based in the U.S. and also helped build the India R&D centers for a few of them.
Peeyush is passionate about technology, gadgets, photography, sports, startups, entrepreneurship etc. He is an avid runner and has run a few full marathons.

Amit Das

User Experience Lead at FusionCharts   |   LinkedIn

Amit Das is heads design at FusionCharts along with its sister products — RazorFlow and Collabion. He believes in data driven design, usability problem solving. He also swears by mobile design patterns, data experience and data visualization.

See his work: http://www.behance.net/amitdas

Vivek Prakash

CTO & Co-founder, HackerEarth   |   LinkedIn

Vivek leads technology and product development at HackerEarth. Just 23, he graduated in 2013 from IIT Roorkee and started HackerEarth from dorm-room. He likes building developer tools and is passionate about solving the problem of recruitment through technology. He is a curious traveler, and loves mountains.
View his profile: http://hck.re/vivekprakash
Read his blog: http://prakashvivek.blogspot.in/

Raghu Mohan

Product Manager, HackerEarth   |   LinkedIn

Raghu is a product manager at HackerEarth. Prior to this, he was an editor with YourStory.in, where he was an tech editor, where he's written about close to 500 Indian startups. When he's not helping tech companies find great developers, he loves a good guitar jam session, a soulful cooking session and an even more soulful eating session!

Prasanna Krishnamoorthy

CTO in Residence at Microsoft Ventures Accelerator   |   LinkedIn

Prasanna has worn multiple hats at big & small companies. Although he comes from a technical background, he has had experience of product management, marketing, pre-sales & business development. He has also been the co-founder of Wignite, a tech company working in the enterprise and education markets. He is still a geek at heart and knows about computers, networking, technology markets, the difficulties of starting up.

Sharan Grandigae

Founder & Chief, Interaction Design at Redd   |   LinkedIn

Sharan fell in love with software by learning to program when he was eight. He eventually built a technology start-up right out of college that built custom developed software for clients in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and California. He kept it going for nine years before joining Adobe where he got to improve his skills working on larger projects. He left Adobe after having worked on a range of products including Dreamweaver, Fireworks, Flash Professional and Flash Builder. Sharan is an avid writer, an electronics buff and an amateur carpenter in his spare time.

See his work: https://www.behance.net/sharan
Read his blog : http://redd.in/blog

Amrit Sanjeev

Staff Engineer at Digital Insight   |  

Amrit Sanjeev is the lead organizer of Blrdroid GDG, based in Bangalore. He is also the first Google Developer Expert for Android from India and an Intel Influencer for Android platform . He currently works at Digital Insight as a Staff engineer for the Mobile team. He previously worked as an architect at IBM and was part of enterprise mobility and mobile platform group.

Mangalam Nandakumar

Lead Consultant at ThoughtWorks   |   LinkedIn

Mangalam Nandakumar has been with ThoughtWorks for over 5 years, with and overall experience of 13 years in the IT industry. She has worked as a Business Analyst for over 9 years. She has played multiple roles in her career - starting as a developer, moving on to project management, a trainer and an Agile coach. In her current role as a product strategist, she has been instrumental in creating a product solution targeted at the local Indian businesses, using lean startup methodology. In her primary role as a business analyst, she has partnered with clients in helping them define their product vision, strategy and roadmap.

Facilitation, creative thinking and building strong interpersonal relationships in teams are her strengths. She has also spoken at various conferences, and has also been an active promoter of a forum in ThoughtWorks, aimed at encouraging women to speak to conferences.

She is also a self-taught artist and has been sketching / painting for many years. She has held exhibitions of her paintings and was also running an art school (purple art school) for children and adults.

Pallav Barah

Lean Service Design   |   LinkedIn

Pallav Barah is currently working with ThoughtWorks Inc. as a Business Solution Strategist with over 10 years of past work experience in business and technology engagements. He partners with both, Global and Indian businesses in launching customer-centric products using emerging techniques like lean startup methodology, service design, customer development, jobs-to-done etc., Recently he and his team successfully went from idea to (paid) product using the aforementioned techniques in 30 days. In the past he has been a mentor in TIE, Target accelerator program, Lean Startup Circle amongst others.

Senthil K

Co-Founder & Chief Operating Officer of Turing Research Labs & Frilp.com   |   LinkedIn

Senthil is a fellow of Stanford University Rajeev Motwani Young Entrepreneur program which is hosted by Rajeev Motwani's family of google, and he is also a Young Leaders World Summit fellow. He was instrumental in taking his company to the top 25 hot starups in the world as rated by Global Entreprenurship week & CNBC.

His first startup which he is very proud to be a part of is Kuruksheta which has become a premier international technology fest in the country now. He is an alumnus of College of Engineering Guindy, Anna University. Before frilp, He started off an early member of education technology company - Globalscholar and was involved in building its core platform from the scratch.

Contributing Partners
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Ashwini Sukhdeve
Arghya Ghosh Dastidar
A. Dhyani
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