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Ever wondered what it takes to be an entrepreneur?

The professional and personal challenges, the high and lows, the failures and the success?

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 over 1800 past events in 120 countries around the world in 2014.

The non-profit organization is headquartered in Seattle, Washington but Startup Weekend organizers and facilitators can be found in over 200 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 (as determined by popular vote) 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 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!

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Schedule

Friday

Apr 11
  • Registration Starts
  • Dinner & Networking
  • Welcome & Speakers
  • Pitches Start
  • Attendees vote for the top ideas
  • Teams start forming and discussing ideas
  • 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

Apr 12
  • Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee
  • Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend
  • Lunch
  • Call for needs & skills
  • Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!
  • Dinner
  • Mid weekend check-in, status reports, call for help
  • Finished for the day. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow

Sunday

Apr 13
  • Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee
  • Call for help (this is self motivated, so don’t be shy)
  • Lunch
  • Coaches arrive… ASK QUESTIONS
  • Gut check. Start prepping for presentations
  • Dinner
  • FINAL PRESENTATIONS
  • Judging & awards
  • Wrapup
  • Go home!
Platinum Sponsors
Speakers

Dinesh Chand

Engagement Lead at Swaniti Initiative   |   LinkedIn

Dinesh Chand is working as an engagement lead with Swaniti Initiative – a nonpartisan organization working with elected officials on the issues of development. He is an engineer and post completion of his MBA from XLRI Jamshedpur, worked with Ernst & Young LLP in the consulting domain for almost three years. His passion for public policy made him shift from corporate role to working with a startup in space of governance – He intends to use his education and consulting background to make a positive contribution to the society and to gather perspectives about policy making by working at the grass root level. He is a marathon runner and also loves to read.

Raman Jit Singh Chima

Senior Policy Analyst, Google

Raman Jit Singh Chima is a senior policy analyst with Google, based in Delhi. He currently helps lead Google’s public policy and government affairs work in India, having joined the company at the start of 2010. He holds a Bachelors in Arts and Law (Honours) from the National Law School of India University, Bangalore, where he was Chief Editor for Volume 5 of the Indian Journal of Law and Technology. He has studied Internet regulation as an independent research fellow with the Sarai programme of the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies, and contributed to Freedom House’s 2009 Freedom on the Internet report."

Silver Sponsors
Judges

Arvind Gupta

Innovation Evangelist, Information & Technology Head @BJP

Arvind Gupta is an Indian Institute of Technology-BHU graduate and has got a doctorate in technology management. With this team, the BJP launched its first web site in 1999, when Internet penetration in the country was still in its nascent stages and dial-up Internet access was used.

Rama Vedashree

VP - eGovernance at NASSCOM   |   LinkedIn

Rama Vedashree is Vice President, NASSCOM leading all initiatives in Domestic IT, IT Services. She has a rich and varied 25 Years of Customer facing experience in the Industry with long stints in NIIT Technologies, Microsoft and General Electric.
She is a Gold Medallist from University of Hyderabad and has also done an Executive Education programme at Harvard, and a short programme in High Performance Computing at Cornell University.
She is very passionate about eGovernance domain and Citizen Services ICT Projects. She represents NASSCOM in several committees of Government and also the Financial Inclusion Advisory Committee of Reserve Bank of India.
In her spare time she loves to participate in Long Walks, including Half Marathon.

Dr G Prasanna Kumar

IAS Ex Financial Commissioner Haryana Government

Dr. Kumar is an ex Indian Administrative Service officer from 1975 batch. He holds post graduate degrees in Chemistry (Kerala University) and Economics (Punjab University) and Ph.D. in Economics from Mahatma Gandhi University, Kerala. His postings in Haryana also include Director, Panchayats, Director, Town & Country Planning – cum- Chief Administrator, Haryana Urban Development Authority, Managing Director, Haryana Dairy Development Coop. Federation, Director General, Haryana Institute of Public Administration, Gurgaon, Chairman, Haryana School Education Board Special Secretary, Home and Member Secretary, Haryana Bureau of Public Enterprises. At the centre, he worked as Executive Director (Vigilance), Kochi Refineries Ltd., Director General, Anti Adulteration Cell, Ministry of Petroleum & Natural Gas and Joint Secretary, Social Justice & Empowerment.

He is also the author of the book ‘Petroleum Pricing in India’ (2000).

Aditya Dev Sood

CEO, Center for Knowledge Societies   |  

Aditya Dev Sood is Founder and CEO of the Center for Knowledge Societies (CKS), an innovation consulting firm that provides design services of a kind that Indian industry never thought it would even need — User Research, User Experience Design, Design Strategy and Innovation Management. Through his consulting work, and also through his writings and his public presentations, Aditya offers a compelling vision of the central role of design and innovation for emerging economies such as India. The focus on his firm has remained on lower income and rural groups, and through contractual consulting engagements it has sought always to bring about market successes as well as the greater societal good. Dr. Sood is a Fulbright scholar with two doctorates from the University of Chicago and a wide range of disciplinary competencies, gained through a long and diverse education, including Architecture, Art History, Critical Theory, Comparative Literature, Sanskrit Philology, Philosophy of Language, Cultural Anthropology, Social Theory and Political Economy.

Contributing Sponsors
Mentors

Satyajit Sarna

Litigator at Supreme Court

Litigator at New Delhi, practicing at the Supreme Court of India, High Court of Delhi, district courts and various tribunals and commissions. He's the author of 'The Angel's Share' published by Harper Collins.

Shirsendu 'Troy' Karmakar

Engineer at SlideShare   |   LinkedIn

Shirsendu "Troy" Karmakar is an Engineer at SlideShare, LinkedIn. Loves startups and especially Startup Weekend as his startup QREOH was born out there. Know Ruby, RoR, JavaScript, HTML, CSS and other bits needed to build on the web.

Sahil Kumar

Tech Consultant   |   LinkedIn

Sahil is a startup enthusiast and believes in the concept of creating simple yet scalable solutions to the most obvious, yet subtle, problems. He is proficient with developing scalable web solutions as well as implementing highly intuitive web interfaces. These skills paired with an innate understanding of the dynamics of Internet businesses help define my view of the world - one with a lot of minor quirks and their solutions just waiting to be implemented.

Nishant Jain

CEO, Design For Use   |   LinkedIn

Nishant is the co-founder and CEO of Design For Use, a user experience design agency based in Austin, USA and Gurgaon, India. He has now been practicing different facets of UX for over 16 years. He holds a Bachelor’s degree from the Delhi College of Engineering (Delhi, India) and a Master’s in Human Computer Interaction from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, USA.

Nikhil Saigal

Director, Home Safe India   |   LinkedIn

Home Safe is Delhi’s first Premier Chauffeur Service established with the intention of making the process of travelling in ones own vehicle hassle free and completely safe, along with working towards making Delhi’s road safer.

Home Safe is currently offering its services in Delhi and NCR, offering our clients a safe, dependable and comfortable alternative to driving when they would rather not. Delhi-ites are now free from worrying about inconveniences like parking, traffic jams, police checks & other perils of commuting at night.

Sumandro Chattapadhyay

A researcher interested in history and politics of informatics in India, media and technology studies, and political economy.

Associated with The Sarai Programme at CSDS, and the ODDC project at HasGeek Media LLP.

Also associated with GeoHackers, DataMeet, and often with the Centre for Internet and Society.

Create visualisations and maps, facilitate workshops, speak at events, and write papers and blog posts.

Curious about computational capital and networks of knowledge (and data) production, FLOSS and 'free/open' movements, Bernard Stiegler, and Slavoj Zizek.

Prukalpa Sankar

Business Lead, Social Cops

Prukalpa is the co-founder of Social Cops (www.socialcops.org) - where they using mobile phones and technology to turn citizens into human sensors, to create a layer of social data to aid data driven decisions in civic issues, public health, education. She also writes a column on Inc42 and YouthKiAwaaz. She has previously worked in Goldman Sachs and Exxon Mobil. She studied Engineering and Entrepreneurship at the Nanyang Technological University, Singapore and is currently based out of New Delhi, India.

Vikas Plakkot

Vikas leads Partnerships at Social Cops (www.socialcops.org) - where they use mobile phones and technology to turn citizens into human sensors and create a layer of social data to aid data driven decisions in civic issues, public health, education. Originally an Engineer, Vikas took to teaching under-privileged children as a Fellow with Teach For India in a government School in Pune for two years. During this period, Vikas also co-founded 'Just For Kicks' where they use Football as a means of developing life skills among children from the bottom of pyramid. Vikas also serves an adviser to Huracan Foundation and is a Global Youth Ambassador to UN's Education First Initiative. When he is not working, you might catch him watching a sport or hogging meat.

Navajeet Chatterji

Founder, Khoobh   |  

Designer, Entrepreneur. Currently: Founder Khoobh Group of Companies. Where he builds interesting companies with friends (lazyeight.in, khojo.org, etc)

Prior, helped start various startups (seat14a.com (500S), sportschimp.com, etc). Executive Creative Director at Blaqch (NYC based creative agency), Investment Banker at GCA Savvian (NYC) - vertical: Digital Media

Abhinandan Singh

CEO, Entrance Zone

Interested in the intangibles of the world, Abhinandan is passionate about building strategies, organizations & impact. He learned the ropes of running an enterprise at the age of 20 while leading the student community of over 2000 as the President of Student's Union, Boso-Pilani, 2004-05.alumni of Birla school pilani and studied architecture at Rajasthan technical university kota.

He is a regular speaker at a number of conferences and mentors many non-profits and online entrepreneurs in India and currently serves on the advisory boards of multiple start-ups across online sectors.

Google certified trainer for 2009 played a key role in numerous enterprise deployment and training's in India. his expertise and ability to deliver technical and non-technical training's during on-site and virtual sessions specially in google education apps,now running Google enterprises company www.entrancezone.com.

He participated as Facilitator of Jagriti yatra 2013

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