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Startup Weekend events all follow the same model anywhere in the world: participants sign up for the weekend and are invited to pitch a business idea on Friday night. Teams organically form around the top ideas (as determined by popular vote) and then it’s a weekend-long frenzy of business model creation, coding, designing, and market validation. The weekends culminate with presentations in front of local entrepreneurial leaders. Whether participants found companies, 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.

Startup Weekend New Orleans is open to designers, developers, marketing strategists, and all types of entrepreneurs. While no business idea is required to attend, any participant who wishes can pitch a original business idea that has no significant work or investment already – ideas with existing partners or code are ineligible. All participants will vote on the ideas and join a team to develop one of the best ideas over the weekend. Everyone has something to contribute to a team – bring your laptop! –  and there are plenty of great resources to help get started with your team’s idea. With these ideas and tools as foundation, teams will work to create business models, design products, and perform market validation, and come back together on Sunday, September 29th to show off their work to a panel of judges! Winners will be chosen, prizes will be awarded, and fun will be had by all!

The schedule, in brief:

  • FRIDAY: Pitch your idea, form a team, and make a plan for the weekend!
  • SATURDAY: Come back to Propeller, collaborate and innovate, meet with coaches, and work, work, work!
  • SUNDAY: Put the finishing touches on your products, prepare your presentations and demos, and get ready to celebrate success!
Schedule

Friday

Sep 27
  • 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

Sep 28
  • 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

Sep 29
  • 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!
Speakers

Michael Morrissey

Senior Director of Engineering, Google   |   LinkedInGoogle+

Michael Morrissey has been with Google for over six years. As an Engineering Director and member of the Android leadership team, he has been a key driver in developing, scaling, and improving the Android platform as it has grown -- as well as ensuring Android is as secure as possible for users. Michael led international teams focused on building highly accurate speech recognition systems and music recognition features, as well as incorporating computer vision features like Face Unlock into Android 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich, among many other projects.

Before coming to Google, he spent time as an engineer and technical lead building a content categorization system for i-drive.com, working on BeOS printing systems at Be, Inc, and developing a large networking and provisioning system at AT&T. Michael also joined the startup Danger, Inc. as employee #5 and worked as the company’s lead engineer helping to design and build the Danger mobile service. Michael went on to work as a Development Manager on mobile and embedded devices at Microsoft, focused on a consumer phone built on top of Windows Mobile. He attended the Stevens Institute of Technology majoring in Mathematics for his undergraduate degree, and pursued graduate work in Mathematics at Louisiana State University.

Michael lives in Atlanta with his family. Outside of work he enjoys building and launching model rockets with his kids, cycling, and playing the guitar.

Judges

Adam Hansen

Cloud Program Manager - Rackspace   |   LinkedIn

Kenneth Purcell

Founder / CEO - iSeatz inc.   |   LinkedIn

Carie Fischer

Make it Right Foundation

Peter Bodenheimer

Partner & Co-Founder - Launch Pad Ignition   |   LinkedIn

Emily Madero

Strategy, Entrepreneurship, and New Venture Management Expert - The Idea Village   |   LinkedIn

Coaches

Eric Arvidson

CFO - TurboSquid, inc.   |   LinkedIn

Jeff Yellin

Spear Point, LLC   |   LinkedIn

Gerard Ramos

Founder - Revelry Labs   |   LinkedIn

Jason Seidman

CEO & Co-Founder - Lanyap Creative   |  

Felipe Massa

Professor of Entrepreneurship - Loyola University New Orleans   |   LinkedIn

Andrea Chen

Executive Director - Propeller

Cory Fabre

VP of Engineering - Turbo Squid   |   LinkedIn

Vassil Roussev

Professor of Computer Science - UNO   |   LinkedIn

Jason Nicosia

Vice President of Sales and Marketing at eMerge   |   LinkedIn

Bradley Kirkland

Angel Investor, Serial Entrepreneur, and Startup Mentor   |   LinkedIn

Adam Hansen

Cloud Program Manager   |   LinkedIn

Jeremy Hunnewell

Co-founder and President - Elstrott, Maurer & Hunnewell LLC   |   LinkedIn

Paul Christmann

Vice President of Technology - iSeatz   |   LinkedIn

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Elliott Adams
Ethan Rosenberg
Rita M. Reed, CPA
Jason Carpentier
Chris Groh
Laure Doré
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