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Make your idea a reality and learn what it’s like to be in a startup Startup Weekend San Diego is an intense immersion event where developers, designers, and business specialists form teams and take great ideas for new startups from concept to launch in only 54 hours.

$500 prize offered by Qualcomm Labs

This Startup Weekend San Diego is the best one yet. In addition to free domain names, launch pages, Amazon credits, and other goodies provided by our great sponsors, this year we’re happy to have Qualcomm Labs join us as a Platinum Sponsor. They have an impressive geo-fencing SDK they’ll be sharing with teams. There will be $500 prize as well as 1 year free SDK usage (up to $10k value) to the top team to take advantage their ContextBETA SDK.  The 2nd place team receives 6 months free SDK usage (up to $5k value) Their ContextBETA SDK, which you can pre-register at: allows both iOS & Android developers the ability to make their application contextually aware through low-power geo-fencing, interest sensing, and image recognition. Want to learn how to use the SDK?  Join the Tech Track at our pre-startup weekend Bootcamp here. Any pre-event questions can be directed to @rolandal.



Jun 15
  • 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


Jun 16
  • Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee
  • Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend
  • Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!
  • Lunch
  • Call for needs & skills
  • 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


Jun 17
  • 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!
Premiere Sponsor

Howard Lindzon

Co-founder and CEO of StockTwits   |  

Howard Lindzon is co-founder and CEO of StockTwits® – a social network for traders and investors to share real-time ideas and information. StockTwits was recently named “one of the top 10 most innovative companies in web” by FastCompany and one of the “50 best websites” by Time magazine.

Read more about Mr. Lindzon on the StockTwits website.

Gold Sponsors

Cliff Boro

CEO & Co-Founder at KidZui, Inc.

Cliff Boro is the Chairman and CEO of Kidzui, Inc. Kidzui is financed by First Round Capital and Emergence Capital, and is a stealth-mode company dedicated to enriching children's online experiences, and providing parents with peace of mind.

Read more about Cliff at

Chris Corriveau

CTO at StockTwits

Chris Corriveau is a Web Developer in a wide variety of industries. He is a co-founder of Genevate Corporation a Web Development firm creating web aplications and websites in all industries. Our focus is content management, and database projects.

Read more about Chris at his website,

Chris Waldron

Co-Founder at TakeLessons   |   LinkedIn

Chris Waldron is the VP of Product Management and Co-founder of TakeLessons. He is an internet entrepreneur with a focus in e-commerce and physical product sales online.

Read more about Chris at his website,

Al Bhsarah

CEO and Co-Founder of   |   LinkedInGoogle+

Al Bsharah is the CEO and Co-Founder of, which builds developer tools for social communications. He's founded and run an e-commerce company, grown communities to 1 million page views per month, and was the 2nd employee and equity owner at a 24x7 network managed services company that was acquired in 2008. Al started as a tech guy with a BS in Electrical engineering and a heavy development background, but through his career has grown into a business and marketing strategist and leader.

Read more about Al at his LinkedIn profile.

Silver Sponsors

Sean Gilbert

Creative Director / Design at StockTwits

Sean's focus is on product and application design for web and mobile applications. He is the Creative Director of Design at StockTwits.

Read more about Sean at his LinkedIn profile.

John Strott

Senior Designer / UX at StockTwits

John's work is focused around product design for web and mobile applications. He is a Senior Designer in User Experience at StockTwits.

Read more about John at his Linkedin profile.

David Allison

Chief Technology Officer at Nulu

David is a software platform architect with management, design, and development experience in multiple languages, technology platforms, design paradigms, and team sizes.

Read more about David at his LinkedIn profile.

Corey Gwin

Product Manager at SweetLabs, Inc.   |   LinkedIn

Corey is a product manager at SweetLabs, Inc, working on Pokki.

Read more about Corey at his website,

Chris Corriveau

CTO at StockTwits   |   LinkedIn

Chris is the CTO at StockTwits and previously co-founded the web development firm Genevate Corporation.

Read more about Chris at his LinkedIn profile.

Brant Cooper

Principal at Market By Numbers   |   LinkedInGoogle+

Brant Cooper helps startups get started. He is an integral part of the San Diego startup community. Brant runs the San Diego Tech Founders monthly meetup and often serves as a speaker and mentor at various startup events. Brant is currently working on his second book, The Lean Entrepreneur.

Read more about Brant at his LinkedIn profile.

Craig Lauer

Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Vision Maker

25 years building world-class technology teams. Most passionate about markets where user adoption is vital. Craig is currently acting as angel investor and advisor to startups. His most recent investment exit: Rapid Bridge acquired by Qualcomm, Inc. Recent investments include Tocagen, Self Help Network, Ark, Streak, UserFox and Jadaplay.

Read more about Craig at his LinkedIn profile.

Peter Marx

Vice President of Business Development at Qualcomm   |   LinkedIn

Peter Marx is vice president of Business Development and Digital Studio at Qualcomm. In this role Marx handles the commercialization of augmented reality and other emerging technologies on behalf of Qualcomm's Corporate Research and Development Group.

Read more about Peter at the Qualcomm website.

Terje Norderhaug

Founder of in•Progress   |   LinkedIn

Terje has been an entrepreneur since 1995 and specializes in helping startups get off the ground.

Read more about Terje at his LinkedIn profile.

Juliet Oberding

Founder at PredictablyWell   |   LinkedInGoogle+

Juliet is an entrepreneur & attorney with experience in advising companies on business and intellectual property issues. She focuses on working with creative, tech, and social entrepreneurs. She fills an active role as a seed and start-up stage advisor for tech and web-based businesses.

Read more about Juliet at her LinkedIn profile.

Ryan Kuder

Startup Marketer   |   LinkedIn

Ryan started his first business in the fourth grade and has been an entrepreneur ever since. Most recently, he served as the VP Marketing for Bizzy. He has also held marketing leadership positions at Biz360 and Koombea, run international marketing for Yahoo Mail, and was a product manager at eBay. He was a co-founder of Neighborsville and Hi, I'm.

Connect with @ryankuder on Twitter.

Alex Bates

CTO at Mtelligence Corporation   |   LinkedIn

Alex is an entrepreneur with a proven track record entering new markets and architecting large scale software platforms. He has hands-on experience launching products from market research and envisioning to development and formal launch. Alex has an extensive background in cloud computing, machine learning, and big data visualization.

Read more about Alex at his LinkedIn profile.

Matthew Wickstrand

Founder - CEO at   |   LinkedIn

Matt is the founder and CEO of, a website that helps set job applicants apart by giving them an additional medium with which to share information about themselves with their potential employer. He is passionate about technology and exploring the infinite potential that new technology can create. His specialties include Product Development, creativity, branding, marketing, and business.

Read more about Matt at his LinkedIn profile.

Etienne de Bruin

CTO, Monk Development, Inc.   |   LinkedIn

Etienne designed and implemented Ekklesia 360 Content Management System from the ground up as a SaaS product. He also lead the design and development team that created the Cobblestone Community Network. Etienne is a Software Developer grounded in UNIX kernel programming and design principals turned Web Developer and Systems Architect.

Read more about Etienne at his LinkedIn profile.

Lisa C. Clark

Founder/CEO Textiles for Thinkers and STEM Games   |   LinkedIn

Lisa Clark is a strategic marketer, visual/product designer, venture marketing advisor and T100 retail channel architect. Clark directs sales to customers on five continents, all design, digital marketing and media placements/PR, and was a member of CONNECT’s Springboard program. She recently founded STEM Games, LLC and is developing edutainment games/apps for iOS and Android.

Read more about Lisa at her LinkedIn profile.

Jack J. Florio

Partner at Eckel and Partners   |   LinkedIn

Jack is currently a Partner with Eckel and Partners, a global healthcare consulting organization focused on strategy development, business development and transaction support for pharmaceutical, biotech and med-tech companies. He is also an active investor and on the Board of Directors of San Diego Tech Coast Angels, the largest angel investors network in the US.

Read more about Jack at his LinkedIn.

Malcolm Bohm

President & CEO at LiquidGrids

Malcolm Bohm is a recognized expert in Life Sciences. In the industry since 1993, Malcolm served in increasingly senior positions at major pharmaceutical companies including Astra, Pfizer, and Novartis. In 2005 Malcolm established a successful US affiliate for biotech firm, Aspreva Pharmaceuticals. In 2006 he created Trialytics, an industry leading software solution leveraging electronic healthcare data to redefine clinical R&D strategies eventually selling the company to SDI Health Inc. Malcolm was educated in Great Britain and achieved a Bachelor of Science degree in Physiology and a Master of Medical Sciences degree in Renal Physiology and Pharmacology along with advanced training in analytical data modeling.

Ian Marsh

Independent Professional at NimbleBi   |   LinkedIn

Independent Game Developer.


Al Bsharah

CEO and Co-Founder of

Al Bsharah is the CEO and Co-Founder of, which builds developer tools for social communications. He's founded and run an e-commerce company, grown communities to 1 million page views per month, and was the 2nd employee and equity owner at a 24x7 network managed services company that was acquired in 2008. Al started as a tech guy with a BS in Electrical engineering and a heavy development background, but through his career has grown into a business and marketing strategist and leader.

Bryan Hall

Cofounder at Embarke, Inc.   |   LinkedIn

Dynamic, innovative Senior Software Engineer with extensive experience conceiving, designing and developing wireless technology products. Possess the ability to solve extremely difficult technical issues that stymie other developers. Greatest technical strength is low-level development with C++ under Windows Mobile and Windows CE. Gained extensive experience with Bluetooth at both the embedded and desktop levels. Excellent communicator, comfortable interfacing with employees of all levels of an organization. Collected and calm, with the ability to perform well in high-pressure, short-deadline situations. Able to operate in roles ranging from project management to software development. Member of IEEE.

Contributing Sponsors
Julian Bryant
Jennifer Newell
Leslie Fishlock
John Alexander
Wes Qualch
Robert Conrad
Roland Ligtenberg
Scott Roehrick
Brian Levine
Samuel Lyon
Jonathan Lau
Paola Hernandez
Nicholas Mac Connell
Katerina Jackson Suchkova
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