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If you've ever felt the urge to build something, listen up. This weekend, a very special edition of Startup Weekend is hitting the Northwest. The Makerhaus is hosting a 'Maker' style event this coming weekend (June 28- 30).

What is a Maker event? Glad you asked! Maker events are focused on building physical products during the weekend...awesome right? And better yet, it's made possible because by access to state-of-the-art tools and expertise provided by Makerhaus . The 10,000 square foot facility offers micro-controllers, laser cutting equipment, 3D printers, metal working areas, woodworking tools, and more, making the possibilities of what can be created during the weekend just about endless.

If that wasn't exciting enough, Coca Cola will be helping out with the event as well, bringing in industrial design experts to help teams succeed. With other sponsors like Madrona Venture Group, 1OAK Technologies, PCH International, BlackEdge Capital, Impinj, adafruit, Hack Things, We Think It Matters, and, the access to experts and chance at startup success (and a whole lot of learning and experience), is off the charts!
Come pitch, join a team, iron out your business model, and build away!

Startup Weekend , a non-profit based in Seattle, WA, is a global network of passionate leaders and entrepreneurs on a mission to inspire, educate, and empower individuals, teams and communities. Come share ideas, form teams, and launch startups.

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Jun 28
  • Registration Starts
  • Dinner & Networking
  • Welcome presentation
  • Initial pitches start
  • Attendees vote for the top ideas
  • Teams start forming and discussing ideas
  • Formalize teams and begin work.
  • Venue closes


Jun 29
  • Venue opens, simple breakfast & coffee served
  • Lunch & speakers
  • Call for needs & skills
  • Dinner
  • Mid weekend check-in & status reports
  • Venue closes


Jun 30
  • Venue opens, simple breakfast & coffee served
  • Lunch
  • Tech check for presentations
  • Dinner
  • Judging & awards
  • Wrapup
  • Go home!

Suzan DelBene

U.S. Representative, U.S. House of Representatives   |   LinkedIn

Congresswoman Suzan DelBene represents Washington’s 1st Congressional District. She was first sworn into Congress on November 13, 2012. As an experienced and successful technology entrepreneur and business leader with over 20 years experience in the private sector, DelBene understands the critical role that innovative companies play in creating opportunities for citizens and the foundation for economic growth for communities.

Suzan earned a bachelor’s degree in biology from Reed College and spent some time in the biotech industry before earning an MBA from the University of Washington and embarking on a successful career as a technology leader and innovator. In more than two decades as an executive and entrepreneur, she helped to start as its vice president of marketing and store development, served as CEO and president of Nimble Technology, a business software company based on technology developed at the University of Washington, and spent 12 years at Microsoft, most recently as corporate vice president of the company’s mobile communications business. In 2010, Suzan was appointed by Governor Gregoire to be the Director of the Washington State Department of Revenue.

Suzan also serves as a volunteer to support several YWCA programs and is a senior advisor to Global Partnerships, a non-profit focused on supporting microfinance programs to serve people living in poverty in Latin America.

Premiere & Platinum Sponsors

Carie Davis

Global Innovation Director, The Coca-Cola Company   |   LinkedIn

Carie is responsible for innovation and entrepreneurship as part of the global innovation team at The Coca-Cola Company. An industrial designer by trade, Carie has earned numerous design awards and patents during her time at Coke, curated museum exhibitions to educate people about design and its economic impact, and moved to Indonesia for a while to see how design could contribute there, too. When she’s not experimenting with new ways to unleash external and internal entrepreneurs through startup ecosystems, partnerships like UP Global, Startup Weekend at Coca-Cola events or internal co-working programs, she particularly likes discovering new problems worth solving.

Joe Heitzeberg

Entrepreneur   |   LinkedIn

Joe is one if the founders of Hack Things (, dedicated to helping software people make hardware. Prior to Hack Things he was founder and CEO of MediaPiston (acquired by oDesk) and founder and CEO of Snapvine (acquired by WhitePages).

Joe is currently in the middle of a KickStarter campaign for a product he co-created called Poppy ( Poppy is a device that allows anyone to record and view 3D video from their mobile phone.

Scott Jacobson

Managing Director, Madrona Venture Group   |   LinkedIn

Scott is a Managing Director at Madrona Venture Group. He currently serves on the boards of Haiku Deck, Indochino, LUMO BodyTech, RewardLoop, and Yieldex, and is a board observer for AdReady, Animoto, BuddyTV, Decide, Mercent, Optify, Redfin, Sewichi, and ShopIgniter. Scott also served on the board of Jambool prior to its acquisition by Google in 2010.

Prior to joining Madrona, Scott worked at, where he held senior product and business management positions in the Amazon Kindle and Amazon Marketplace groups. Before that, he was a Senior Consultant in Accenture’s strategy consulting practice, where he worked with clients in enterprise software, retail, and energy sectors.

Scott received his bachelor’s degree in Applied Mathematics and Economics from Northwestern University and his MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business, where he was an Arjay Miller Scholar.

Dan Shapiro

CEO, Google Comparison Inc.   |   LinkedIn

Dan Shapiro is the CEO of Google Comparison Inc, a Google subsidiary that operates comparison shopping products. Shapiro landed at Google when they bought his most recent company, Sparkbuy Inc, where he was founder and CEO.

Previously, Shapiro was founder and CEO of Ontela, a pioneering mobile imaging company, where he was named CEO of the Year by MobileBeat. Ontela merged with Photobucket in December of 2009 where Shapiro holds a seat on the Board of Directors. Prior to founding Ontela, Shapiro managed development of the RealArcade service at RealNetworks, arriving by way of the acquisition of Wildseed, where he managed software development for the Identity Cellular Phone. He started his career at Microsoft working on Windows 98, Windows 2000, and Windows XP.

Shapiro's articles have been published in the Washington Post, Wireless Week, and the Seattle PI, and he is a frequent speaker at conferences and events. He serves on the board of the nonprofit WTIA. He is a mentor for the Founder's Institute, 500 Startups, and Techstars.

Dan's Blog:

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Alex Diener

Creative Director, Pensar Development   |   LinkedIn

Alex wakes at the crack of dawn, without the aid of coffee, and creates behavior-driven products and interactions as the Creative Director of Pensar Development. He has experience designing for clients that range from Fortune 500 companies to bootstrapping startups. Sonosite Ultrasound, Gunnar Optics, Fluke, Cardinal Health, Illumagear and Cardiac Science have all benefited from his keen design eye and attention to detail. He graduated from Western Washington University Industrial Design and attended Danmarks Designskole in Copenhagen.

Marc Barros

Entrepreneur   |   LinkedIn

Marc Barros is a co-founder and former CEO of Contour, a hands-free camera company that makes action video easy to capture and share.

Shortly after graduating from the University of Washington, Marc co-founded Contour in 2004 and led the organization from a garage to a multi-million dollar company with hundreds of thousands of customers around the world. Marc’s skill at growing Contour into a market leader, with award winning products that are thoughtfully designed and easy to use, was born out of his passion to make action video simple for anyone.

Contour products are currently sold in over 40 countries through action sports retailers and national chains such as Best Buy and Apple.

You can find Marc's blog at

Aymerik Renard

Vice President, Accelerator, of PCH International   |   LinkedIn

Aymerik Renard is Vice President, Accelerator, of PCH International. Located in Silicon Valley, Aymerik joined PCH in 2011 and is responsible for PCH’s start-up scaling activities such as PCH's engagements with Lark, Meta Watch, littleBits, JeNU, and Lively. He has over 19 years of business development and venture capital experience related to information technology hardware, software, and services. Prior to PCH, Aymerik was Managing Director, Venture Capital, for France Telecom-Orange, investing in North America and Europe across multiple funds with an aggregate of over $600 million under management. Portfolio companies of Aymerik’s have gone public on the NASDAQ, NYSE, and Neuer Markt exchanges, and have been acquired by Yahoo, Microsoft, Cisco, Sun Microsystems, Keynote, and IBM, among other public companies. Aymerik’s computing industry career began while he was in college, serving as a Campus Representative for Apple Computer. Aymerik holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Information & Decision Systems, as well as in Policy & Management, from Carnegie Mellon University.

H.B. Siegel

CTO, (   |   LinkedIn

H.B. Siegel is currently CTO for, an company. IMDb is the world’s most popular and authoritative source for movie, TV and celebrity content. H.B. started his career as an early Pixar employee as a graphic software developer and manager for next generation RenderMan. After that he joined Wavefront as Director of Animation & Rendering in Santa Barbara, which generated the foundational technologies for Maya, and was eventually acquired by SGI. After Wavefront served as Director of Rendering for SGI producing software for high-speed graphics for a wide variety of domains. He then joined Lucasfilm as Chief Technology Officer for ILM and Skywalker Sound working on dozens of films incorporating visual and special effects. Just prior to IMDb, H.B. moved to Seattle from Marin to start Amazon's digital initiatives launching Amazon's SearchInside, digital library, streamable video, and download music experiences. He has 34 patents issued.

H.B. likes creating and making. He has built, from scratch, two early 3D printers and actively develops a variety of analog and microcontroller projects incorporating lights, audio, motors, etc. Some of these are incorporate in fairly elaborate costume designs or installations.

Jim Young

President and Creative Director, Nice, Inc.   |   LinkedIn

Jim loves making things. Design is his livelihood, passion, and hobby. Jim's entrepreneurial spirit started with his product development consultancy, James / Arthur / Young / Design, where he has worked with a variety of clients over the last 5 years. Prior to striking out on his own, Jim served as Design Manager for Slam Brands, Design Director for SaneWave, and was a Senior Industrial Designer at Walter Dorwin Teague Associates and Mackie Designs. In 2011 Jim launched 2 products on Kickstarter: PadPivot - an iPad stand that raised $200k and eventually landed on the shelves of Best Buy, and CableKeeps - the impetus for forming Nice, Inc., focused on releasing more "delightful and inspiring" designs. Jim is an active runner, swimmer, cyclist, and admitted addict. When not working he's either on an adventure with his family or volunteering his time in the community.

Adam T. Benzion

Product Innovation / Portfolio Manager, 1OAK Technologies   |   LinkedIn

Adam T. Benzion is a Product Innovation/Portfolio Manager at 1OAK Technologies. 1OAK Technologies is an innovative product development company that designs and engineers portable hand-held consumer electronics.

An occasional entrepreneur with a Fortune 100 background, Adam Benzion was fortunate to experience early stage startups and exits, 3 of which he founded, including GreenSimian that was successfully acquired within 18 months of induction.

Beth Kolko

Co-founder and CEO, Shift Labs   |   LinkedIn

Beth Kolko is a co-founder and CEO of Shift Labs, a company working with hackers, makers, and medical professionals to rapidly prototype and manufacture low-cost medical devices for use in low resource environments. The company's market is BRIC and beyond, and they are especially focused on serving the needs of both doctors as well as lightly-trained front line health workers. They build robust, creative solutions that will improve the ability of clinicians to deliver quality care.

Terence Tam

Principal Engineer, OpenBeam USA   |   LinkedIn

Engineering / Design
* 9+ years of Solidworks design (Plastic injection molding, overmolding, insert molding, aluminum extrusions, machine design, sheet metal and finite element analysis).
* Strong command of basic electronics engineering and embedded systems design.

Prototyping / Machine Shop Skills
* Machine shop tools: knee mills, engine lathes, 2.5 / 3 axis CNC milling
* Carpentry: Construction and cabinet making / joinery tools
* Rapid Prototyping: Owned and operated ZCorp Spectrum 510 3D Printer.
* Hands on experience with cast urethanes and working with SLA, SLS, FDM and polyjet parts
* Electronics prototyping, including SMT assembly and programming microprocessors.

John Sechrest

Founder and Project Director, Seattle Angel Conference   |   LinkedIn

John Sechrest is an active advocate for entrepreneurship, helping entrepreneurs to connect with the core aspects of the startup process. He is an active supporter of the Northwest Startup Ecosystem. He coordinates the Lean Startup Seattle group, is the founder of the Seattle Angel Conference (and others angel conferences) and is active in expanding entrepreneurial opportunities. As a global facilitator with Startup Weekend, John has facilitated events in places like Seattle, Corvallis, Portland, Bellingham, Blacksberg, Oslo, Trondheim, Prishtina, and Tirana. This will be his 28th Startup Weekend.

Mariah Gentry

Co-founder, JoeyBra   |   LinkedIn

Mariah is currently co-founder of JoeyBra, a revolutionary product that allows women to place a ID, phone, and key in a discrete pocket that is invisible under nearly any dress. Mariah and team launched JoeyBra through a successful and popular KickStarter campaign. She previously started her own photography business as well as a collective of affordable wedding vendors. She earned her BBA with honors from the Foster School of Business at UW in 2013.

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Bonnie Mattson
Marion Desmazières
Gabe Pelegrin
Joanna Lu
Adam Philipp
Brochington Stilley
Chet Kittleson
Bob Rowe
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