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Advertising.com / AOL Advertising (Ivory Building)
1020 Hull Street
Baltimore, MD 21230

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 400 past events in 100 countries around the world in 2011.

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 would like to experience what some have called the most important weekend of their lives, register now.

Schedule

Friday

Sep 28
  • Registration Starts (at Ad.com)
  • Dinner & Networking (provided meal)
  • Welcome & Speaker
  • 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

Sep 29
  • Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee (At Ad.com, provided meal)
  • Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend
  • Lunch (provided meal)
  • Call for needs & skills
  • Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!
  • Dinner (provided meal)
  • Mid weekend check-in, status reports, call for help
  • Finished for the day. You may stay and work until 11pm.

Sunday

Sep 30
  • Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee (At Ad.com, provided meal)
  • Call for help (this is self motivated, so don’t be shy)
  • Lunch (provided meal)
  • Coaches arrive… ASK QUESTIONS
  • Gut check. Start prepping for presentations
  • Light Bites (provided meal)
  • FINAL PRESENTATIONS (at Ad.com)
  • Judging & awards
  • Wrapup
  • Go home, hopefully with a new company!
Judges

Vince Talbert

VP at PayPal   |  

Vince Talbert has 20 years of marketing, Internet and credit card experience. Currently, he is the VP of Merchant Marketing at PayPal, an eBay company. He joined eBay through the acquisition of Bill Me Later, Inc. where he was the VP of Marketing. Bill Me Later was acquired by eBay for $1 billion. As a founding member and member of the executive team, Mr. Talbert was a key participant in the fund raising activities of the company which raised over $300 million in private equity. He earned his MBA from The Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia and his BS in Economics and Finance from Towson University.

Mike Subelsky

Co-founder at AdStaq   |  

Mike Subelsky is a programmer and web entrepreneur based in Baltimore. He co-founded AdStaq.com, OtherInbox.com (acquired by Return Path in 2011), Ignite Baltimore, the Baltimore Hackathon, and the Baltimore Improv Group. He also served as a U.S. Navy cryptologic officer for seven years in a variety of domestic and overseas assignments.

Ben Kutil

Web and Graphic Designer, MICA Faculty   |  

Ben Kutil is a graphic and interactive designer Making Things with ♥ from Baltimore. Originally from Wisconsin, he graduated from MICA in 2000 with a BFA in Graphic Design, concentrations in Video and Book Arts and interned with David Ashton and Pentagram. Ben is the founder of Make Things Studio™. Mr. Kutil teaches his courses with a focus on interactive design and the business side of design. He also makes really good pizza, loves cast iron, and can do the “brrr” dance routine from “Bring It On” from memory.

Chris Tonjes

Baltimore City CIO/CTO   |  

Chris Tonjes is the Chief Information Officer for The City of Baltimore. He is an IT Executive specializing in organization and project triage, transformation, and modernization. Full spectrum of infrastructure, software development, staff supervision, and vendor/partner management experience. Current emphasis on data integration and SOA projects, in an open source environment.

Casey Corcoran

VP at General Dynamics   |   LinkedIn

Casey is Vice President, Commercial Health Solutions at General Dynamics Information Technology, Health Solutions (formerly ViPS). As an IT Executive with a wide range of experiences in both IT leadership / technology and business strategy, his goal is to work within organizations to support and shape their strategic direction using both proven and innovative information systems concepts and implementations.

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Coaches

Ada Goericke

Senior Financial Analyst at McCormick   |  

Ada serves as a Senior Financial Analyst at McCormick. She is a highly motivated and driven Finance Professional, with a passion for improving profitability. She takes pleasure in creating financial models and presentations that lead to fast informed decisions, and believes that strong relationships and communication are the foundation for a successful business.

Elizabeth Terrell

Strategic Communications Consultant at Booz Allen Hamilton   |  

By day, a strategic communications consultant at Booz Allen Hamilton, providing smart and crucial counsel to government entities in the fields of stakeholder engagement and technology deployment. Outside of work, Elizabeth provides pro bono ideation and facilitation services to startups and participate in intellectual capital building events like Startup Weekend, TechCocktail, TEDxMidAtlantic, UXCamp DC, and The 140 Conference.

Ron Schmelzer

Founder at Bizelo   |  

Ron is the founder, visionary, and instigator behind Bizelo. Besides being passionate about solving small business problems, Ron is a parallel entrepreneur, having started and sold a number of successful Internet and technology businesses. Ron founded and ran ZapThink, an industry analyst firm focused on Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA), Cloud Computing, Web Services, XML, and Enterprise Architecture, and which was later acquired by Dovel Technologies in July 2011. He also founded and was CTO of ChannelWave, a successful enterprise software company which raised over $60M in VC funding and was subsequently acquired by Click Commerce in 2005.

Mark McTamney

Director of Marketing & User Acquisition at Parking Panda   |  

Mark is responsible for building the Parking Panda brand and making sure we have plenty of parking spaces available. If you need a parking space and can’t find one — blame it on Mark. He graduated from University of North Carolina with a BA in economics in 2005, went on to get a JD/MBA from the University of Baltimore, and worked as an attorney for over 2 years before taking the plunge into full-time entrepreneurship. A self-taught programmer and avid marketer, Mark ran an online funny t-shirt company full-time for over a year before joining the Parking Panda team.

Chris Stone

Partner and Founder at E-Moxie   |  

Chris is a partner and founder at E-Moxie, a web and mobile design and development firm that creates successful and affordable solutions for clients large and small He has been active in web and mobile development, site infrastructure and architecture, and all things Internet related for over 12 years. Chris is also the founder of Baltimore PHP and Baltimore Mobile. Baltimore PHP was founded over 5 years ago and meets once a month and talks about emerging web technologies with PHP as a core technology. It is currently 450 members strong. Baltimore Mobile was founded in November of 2010 and is a baltimore area based group aimed at connecting and fostering local developers, designers, marketers and business owners in the mobile space. Within 1 year, Baltimore Mobile has over 200 active members and is continuing to grow.

Chris Jeffery

CEO at LocalUp   |  

Chris Jeffery is CEO of Localup (http://localup.com/), bringing online food ordering to your hometown. They're currently powering over 30 markets nationwide. Chris is experienced in internet application development, sales, and marketing. He is a graduate of Penn State University.

Joe Natoli

Chief UX Architect at Twofold, Inc   |  

For the previous 10 years he ran Natoli Design Group, a design firm specializing in Interface + Experience Design. Having worked in the field of Design for nearly 20 years, Joe is an UX Evangelist because he believe passionately in the power of activity-based design and engaging user experiences to drive profit and create loyal customers - and in many cases cut operating costs.

Priyam Saraf

Co-Founder at Smartly   |  

Co-founder of Smartly (www.smart-ly.com), a web-based platform that enables a more sustainable and rewarding mentoring experience by providing structure, incentives and accountability for mentor and protege.

Dan Cohen

Chief Operations Officer at Mindgrub   |  

Before joining Mindgrub, he worked as COO/CTO of TigerGPS.com, a market leader in the GPS eCommerce space. Dan holds a BSE from Princeton University in Operations Research and Financial Engineering, and a MS from Georgia Tech in Operations Research.

Adam Zilberbaum

Co-Founder at Parking Panda   |  

Adam is the technical mastermind behind Parking Panda (winner of Baltimore's 1st Startup Weekend) and is responsible for the constant stream of new features and continuous deployments you see rolling out. Prior to Parking Panda, Adam ran his own development shop called Top Spot Technologies and was the lead engineer at GAAP Software where he built enterprise software for Fortune 500 companies. Adam graduated from Towson University with a BS in Computer Information Systems and Business.

Kapil Parakh

Kapil Parakh M.D., MPH, Ph.D.

Director of Heart Failure, Assistant Professor of Medicine, and Assistant Professor of Epidemiology at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center. A cardiologist with expertise in the intersection of health, behavior and technology, creating innovative health systems to revolutionize chronic disease management.

Ashish Jaiman

Director of Startup Strategy at Microsoft   |  

Ashish has more than 16 years of experience designing, developing and selling software. In his role Ashish enables startups, activates them on business, technology, go to market strategy and accelerates the adoption of new (mostly prerelease) technologies and tools.
Ashish is very passionate technologist and a developer by heart who take pride in competing and delivering value on and of Microsoft platform. Ashish is currently focused on helping software startups to understand, learn and adopt Windows 8, Windows Azure, and Windows Phone and offer them programs like BizSpark to build their software business on Microsoft platform. Ashish is very passionate about communities and software startups. Before joining Microsoft Ashish helped to create and successfully exit 2 startups.

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Sarge Salman
Mike Brenner
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