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Feb 21
  • 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


Feb 22
  • 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


Feb 23
  • Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee
  • Lunch
  • Dry runs.
  • Tech check. Start prepping for presentations
  • Dinner
  • Wrapup
  • Go home!
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Erik Martin

General Manager of Reddit   |  

Erik Martin is the General Manager of the wildly popular website, Reddit. Erik has been at Reddit for many years where he has helped shape it to become the 'front page of the Internet'.


Franck Nouyrigat

Startup Weekend Co-Founder   |  

Franck is the co-founder of Startup Weekend and board member of UP Global Originally from France where he studied Computer Science and Business (HEC). Franck's favorite song is "Eye of the Tiger". He is currently on his next book about corporate innovation temporary titled "Get Fired!"

Sam Smith

Operations Manager at First Round Capital

Samantha Smith is an Operations Manager at First Round Capital. Previously, Sam was an Investment Team Member of the NYC Dorm Room Fund and prior to that led Global Development for the Kairos Society. Sam is a Startup Leadership Fellow and recent graduate of NYU's Gallatin School of Individualized Study where she studied government and human nature. Sam's work experience includes time at, KIND Healthy Snacks, and the office of Senator Kirsten Gillibrand. She opened her first company in 2005 - a retail fashion boutique.

Alexander Pease

Investor at Union Square Ventures   |  

Alexander joined the investment team at Union Square Ventures in early 2012. He graduated from Princeton with a degree in physics but spent his summers as a developer. As a hackNY fellow he worked for Vostu and Today’s Kicks. Previously, he worked on NETRA at the MIT Media Labs. Alexander loves hacking on side projects (such as and blogs at

Diego Saez-Gil

Founder of WeHostels (Acquired by StudentUniverse)   |   LinkedIn

Diego is the founder of WeHostels, the leading mobile booking app for budget accommodations, acquired by StudentUniverse, the largest students and youth travel agency.
WeHostels was started at StartupWeekend NYC on May of 2011. It later raised $1.2M in venture capital and grew to more than 200,000 active users before being acquired in 2013.
Diego is an Endeavor Entrepreneur and has been featured in Forbes, NYTimes and Entrepreneur Magazine.

Vanessa Pestritto

Program Director of New York Angels

Vanessa Pestritto is Program Director of New York Angels, the Most Active Angel Group in the US. She sources for and manages the deal flow pipeline through investment and oversees the membership investor experience. Prior to New York Angels, she worked in technology management consulting in product development. She mentors at the NYU Berkley Center Venture Competition and blogs at


Jake McGraw

Director of Technical Operations at Refinery29   |   LinkedIn

Interested in web application development since banging out my first website for a friends band on Angelfire way back in the day, maybe 1998? I attended Binghamton University, received a B.S. in Computer Science and have been working for NYC based startups ever since. I am currently Director of Technical Operations at Refinery29.

Meng He

Design Director at Mitro   |   LinkedIn

- Love talking user experience, viral & engagement loops, getting to product/market fit, user testing, and corgis.
- Worked in security, payments, dating, photo sharing, social media, ad buying, dating, data visualization, food & beverage, and travel.
- My name rhymes with tongue.
- I murder trees and harvest their post-its.

Grant Surratt

Front-end Developer at Toolbox9   |   LinkedIn

Reformed musician, now passionate about building front-ends for startups and web-apps. Big fan of pinball, philosophy, clever CSS, and animated GIFs.

Pablo Schklowsky

Tech Lead at JWPlayer   |   LinkedIn

Pablo Schklowsky is a software engineer with over 10 years of experience building scalable front- and back-end web technologies. Pablo serves as the lead technical architect for JW Player, the world's most popular Flash and HTML5 video player. Over the past several years, Pablo has led the effort to migrate the player from a Flash-only architecture to a hybrid HTML5 and Flash solution, which leverages browser technologies to deliver high performance as well as ease of use.

Anthony Zhang

Product Designer at Huge   |   LinkedIn

I currently work at Huge inc, a digital agency in Brooklyn. While there, I've worked on projects with clients such as Isis, Comcast, AARP, TED and Loblaws. I'm originally from NJ and graduated from Carnegie Mellon University with a Masters in Human-Computer Interaction. I really enjoy puns and breakfast foods.

Liz Bacelar

CEO at Decoded Fashion   |   LinkedIn

Liz Bacelar created Decoded Fashion the leading events series connecting Tech founders and decision-makers in Fashion, Beauty and Retail. Today, Decoded Fashion events reach over 7,000 executives, entrepreneurs and investors through summits, expos, pitch competitions, hackathons, newsletters, mentorship sessions and networking events, based on 12 different countries. She is an experienced communications specialist, and an Emmy-nominated network TV producer.

Gregory Mueller

Designer and Creative Director at Pickie   |   LinkedIn

Gregory is a New York-based designer and graduate of the Masters in Human-Computer Interaction program at Carnegie Mellon University. Gregory’s career spans design firms, Yahoo, several NYC startups, the National Robotics Engineering Consortium and, notably, Boston Market. Gregory has designed top rated iTunes apps, a logo that people have tattooed on their bodies, and more interfaces and rotisserie chicken sandwiches than anyone can remember.

Gregory is a seven-year resident of the Lower East Side, addicted to mochas, his Specialized and customer feedback.

Edlin Choi

CEO of Eat Tribal   |   LinkedIn

Edlin is the founder of Eat Tribal, a service delivering healthy, chef-made meals. All meals are Paleo-friendly, meaning they're free of gluten, soy, grain and dairy. He started the company in 7 days.

Meagan L Palatino

Product Manager   |   LinkedIn

With a background in chemical engineering from McGill University, I have dabbled in Supply Chain Management, Healthcare Consulting, and more recently Product Management in the NYC start-up tech scene. Before joining Knewton (EdTech), I spent 3.5 years at JW Player, as product manager for their online video platform. In my spare time, I like to write about New York, play Capoeira, book and sip whiskey.

Chris Kennedy

Designer   |   LinkedIn

Kennedy is an entrepreneur, professional hacker, UX strategist, & mobile UI designer with a passion for startups. He was named one of the Most Poachable Players in Tech and is very active in the New York tech community. He is currently working at Google as an Interaction Designer.

Nik Abraham

Director of Business Development at Codecademy   |   LinkedIn

Nik currently does Business Development for Codecademy, the easiest way to learn how to code. Previously, he worked on technology strategy projects for Fortune 100 firms at Boston Consulting Group. He got two scoops of graduate school with a JD/MBA from the University of Chicago, and during graduate school founded a YCombinator backed edtech company. He likes cocktails with chartreuse, and traveling on miles.

Philippa (Pippa) Biddle

Chief Community Officer and Director of Talent at BrightCo   |   LinkedIn

Pippa is the Chief Community Officer and Director of Talent at BrightCo. Prior to joining BrightCo, Pippa worked as the Director of Community for Bridge the Gap TV, a socially-conscious television and documentary production company. Pippa is a Youth NGO Representative to the UN for the Jane Goodall Institute, and helps to organize the Campamento Esperanza y Alegria, a summer camp for HIV-positive children in the Dominican Republic. Pippa attended Barnard College.

Nikhil Sethi

CEO and Co-Founder of Adaptly

Nikhil Sethi is the Co-founder and CEO of Adaptly, a platform that is changing the way brands increase engagement on social networks by helping them harness the unique value of each social network. Prior to Adaptly, Sethi co-founded Blurtt, which allows users to make, upload and send real postcards to friends around the world. Sethi has previously worked at HBO as well as True Ventures in San Francisco. Nikhil has been honored by Forbes and included on their “30 Under 30: The Brightest Minds Rocking The Marketing World” list as well as AdAge’s “40 Under 40” which honors the innovative, young marketing leaders who have made their mark in the client, agency and media worlds. Sethi is a graduate of Northwestern University, where he studied electrical engineering. Sethi is the youngest advisory board member of the NUvention Web, the web entrepreneurship program at his alma mater Northwestern University. Originally from the Bay Area, Sethi currently lives in New York.

Mitchell Patterson

Managing Director Emerging Business   |   LinkedIn

Mitchell manages the Syracuse Technology Garden Incubator. He manages an IP commercialization fund. He is also the founder of Syracuse Startup Labs Accelerator and Hack Upstate.

Josh Rosenheck

Co-Founder & UI/UX Designer at Marco Polo   |   LinkedIn

Josh Rosenheck is a 23 years old entrepreneur based in New York City. He is currently Co-Founder & UI/UX Designer at Marco Polo, a mobile app for privately sending your location to friends. Marco Polo is backed by great angel investors including Facebook Co-Founder Eduardo Saverin and Tim Draper.

Prior to Marco Polo, Josh launched responsible drinking app, Shots iGot. The app provides accurate drink measurements based on the height and contour of cups and bottles by virtually filling them up.

Ryan Caloras

Software Engineer at Gilt   |   LinkedIn

Full time jump shooter, entrepreneur, and hacker. I like to start things, and build stuff. I'm a musician at heart and will talk about music for hours. I'm currently working on personalization at

Andrea Bianchi


Andrea works to enhance the local innovation ecosystem in Central Upstate New York through her work with CenterState CEO, a regional economic development organization based in Syracuse, NY. She is also program manager for the NUAIR Alliance, a nonprofit consortium focused on the development of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS-aka drones) for commercial purposes. The NUAIR Alliance operates UAS test ranges in New York and Massachusetts and is working to establish the Northeast U.S. as a center for the research, development and commercialization of UAS technology.

A Syracuse native and Binghamton University alum, Andrea is interested in enhancing the startup and entrepreneurial community in Upstate New York. She is an organizer for Startup Weekend Syracuse and Co-Managing Director for the Central New York Chapter of Girls in Tech, a global organization focused the education and empowerment of women in technology and entrepreneurship.

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