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We don’t have to tell you that the world is going mobile. This exclusively-sponsored Startup Weekend is a place for startups that want to develop and deploy a mobile, plus web experience for their customers. With StrongLoop and OpenShift you’ll have the tools you need to launch your next big idea.

Join Startup Weekend, OpenShift and Strongloop for a 54-hour whirlwind of pitching, business model creation, coding, designing and market validation. The weekend culminates with presentations in front of a panel of judges and an opportunity to win great prizes.

All Startup Weekend events follow the same basic model: anyone is welcome to pitch their startup idea and teams organically form around the top ideas. All ideas, applications and platforms are welcome – remember that the sky is the limit!

The event will be kicked off with a workshop by StrongLoop and OpenShift by Red Hat at 5:30 PM about mobile development with Node.js as well as hosting and deployment through Openshift – the following topics will be covered:

  • How to jumpstart your coding with free access to Mobile and Node.js development and monitoring tools from StrongLoop
  • Free hosting and easy deployment of your project on Red Hat’s OpenShift platform-as-a-service
  • Pre-game coaching and mentoring from Mobile, Web and Node.js technical experts
  • A special welcome box of goodies from the sponsors for attending the workshop

As always, there are also prizes for the winning team – this is what to expect:

  • A free 1 year subscription to StrongLoop Suite, including LoopBack, StrongNode and StrongOps (formally NodeFly)
  • An afternoon with Shasta Ventures
  •  A free one-year subscription to the OpenShift by Red Hat Silver Plan
  • A one-year subscription to Harvard Business Review

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Sep 27
  • Registration Starts
  • Workshop with Strongloop & Openshift
  • 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


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


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
  • Judging & awards
  • Wrapup
  • Go home!

Alex Wilhelm

Writer at Techcrunch   |  

Alex Writes

Rebecca Kaden

Principal, Maveron

Born and raised in New York City, Rebecca began working at Maveron in 2011 while earning her MBA at Stanford’s Graduate School of Business. Prior to attending GSB, Rebecca was a journalist, writing for publications such as Conde Nast Traveler, The Economist, and Narrative, an online literary platform dedicated to bringing great literature into the digital age, where she was Special Projects Editor, focusing on driving revenue and scaling the user base as well as flexing her editorial muscle.
At Maveron, Rebecca focuses on finding and partnering with great entrepreneurs that are building big, lasting consumer brands. She is fascinated by how the offline and online worlds are colliding in the consumer category. Her investing interests range from ecommerce and marketplaces to connected devices and mobile apps to the intersection of content and commerce. Rebecca earned her AB with honors in English and American Literature and Language at Harvard in 2008. Her passions include Russian literature (especially Vladimir Nabokov), tennis, traveling, and skiing. She lives in San Francisco.

Karthik Manimozhi

Chief Revenue Officer at 1-Page   |   LinkedIn

Karthik Manimozhi serves as Chief Revenue Officer for 1-Page responsible for World-Wide Sales, Marketing and Business Development. 1-Page is a disruptive
Cloud platform that revolutionizes communication through accelerated Talent and Idea management leading to next generation Strategic Alignment for organizations.

Previously, Karthik served SAP for 13 years in various Sales and Business Development leadership roles across Europe, Middle-East and North America. Karthik was Head of Channel Development for North America responsible for Channel strategy, Partner Recruitment
and Indirect Revenues. Karthik worked for CITIBANK Global Operations in India as a Strategy Consultant prior to SAP.

Wayne Sutton

Founder at   |  

Wayne is a designer and digital media thought leader who regularly speaks about harnessing the power of social media to foster creativity, empower communities, and build brands. Wayne delivers value to individuals, organizations, and brands by integrating product and market knowledge to continually improve marketing, sales, product development, and user experience.


Isaac Roth

Venture Advisor at Shasta Ventures   |   LinkedIn

Isaac is a Venture Advisor at Shasta Ventures, formally Red Hat and Makara. Isaac will assist startups with the business aspects of their ideas and projects.

Matt Schmulen

Developer Advocate at StrongLoop   |   LinkedIn

Matt is a developer Advocate at StrongLoop, formally Appcelerator and independent mobile application developer

Andy Grimm

Support Engineer at OpenShift

Andy Grimm is a Support Engineer for OpenShift Online at Red Hat. Prior to joining Red Hat, he most recently worked at start-ups Eucalyptus and rPath, where his roles ranged from customer support and community development to writing software installers and maintaining an entire Linux distribution. He also has been a Linux system administrator off and on since 1998. While he's most comfortable developing in Python, Andy has made contributions to software projects in C, Perl, Groovy, Java, Ruby, and various other languages.

Ryan Jarvinen

Open Platform Evangelist at OpenShift

Ryan Jarvinen is an Open Platform Evangelist working with Red Hat's OpenShift team. He lives in Oakland, California and is passionate about open source, open standards, open government, and digital rights. He also spends time working with OpenOakland (a local Code for America Brigade), and SudoRoom (a neighborhood hackerspace). You can reach him as 'ryanj' on twitter, github, and IRC.

Scott Yacko

Co-founder and COO at Levers   |  

Scott is a co-founder and COO of Levers ( and a partner at the digital marketing firm Vuurr ( A mechanical engineer by background, Yacko has worked with GE, United Technologies and Honeywell. He now spends the majority of his time on day trading, growth hacking and predictive analytics.

Stephen Belanger

Node.js developer at StrongLoop   |   LinkedIn

Stephen Belanger is a Node.js developer at StrongLoop, working on receiving and processing all the data that goes into populating the dashboard. He previously worked at a Y Combinator startup making realtime collaboration software for enterprise, and later dabbled in mobile games

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