SW Civic Pittsburgh

    Friday, September 18 - 20, 2015


  1. Overview
  2. Schedule
  3. Speakers
  4. Judges
  5. Coaches and Mentors
  6. Sponsors
  7. Organizing Team
  8. Blog
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SW Civic Pittsburgh

Friday, September 18 - 20, 2015



Friday, September 18 - 20, 2015
Event starts at 6:30 pm

RE360 Building in Allentown
829 Industry St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15210

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Join us for Startup Weekend Civic Pittsburgh! Startup Weekend is a global movement of entrepreneurs who learn the basics of founding and launching successful startup ventures. Pittsburgh has hosted almost a dozen of these weekend-long workshops for entrepreneurs to pitch ideas, form teams, and start companies.

Startup Weekend Civic Pittsburgh (SWCivicPGH) is doing it a little differently this time. Instead of developing the next Uber or Snapchat, entrepreneurs at SWCivicPGH will tackle public sector challenges in our neighborhoods, city, and region.

They will solve problems for our communities, use big data from the city to propel our region forward, or address social issues in our neighborhoods to build a more equitable and livable city. The target customers for SWCivicPGH startups could be the city departments, nonprofits, community development corporations, or engaged citizens.

Here's how the weekend goes:
  1. Pitch: Anyone is welcome to pitch either their own startup idea or join a team that's working with big data coming out of the City of Pittsburgh's Open Data Initiative. Teams form around the top ideas tallied from audience vote.
  2. Build: Most of the weekend is spent modeling the proposed business, finding sustainability, coding, designing, and validating.
  3. Present:  Sunday night final products are presented to the community for feedback and support.
Any idea is a good idea for SWCivicPGH. It is a safe and supportive environment to test and debug solutions your passionate about. 
Participants of past SWCivicPGH-like events have created apps that provide nutrition data to address obesity in food deserts or that streamline procurement processes for local governments to make contractors and governments more accountable.

Pittsburgh is now known as a hub for tech innovation. We are excited to harness that innovation and entrepreneurial spirit to benefit all of our neighborhoods.
We hope you will join us.




EVENT SCHEDULE

Friday September 18th


6:30 pm
Registration
Arrive at the venue and get checked in


7:00 pm
Dinner & Networking
Eat food, share ideas, practice pitches, get to know fellow participants


7:20 pm
Welcome & Speakers
Review agenda for the weekend and introduce speakers, coaches, and community leaders


7:30 pm
Pitches Start
Optionally line up to give your pitch


9:00 pm
Voting
Attendees vote for the top pitches


9:15 pm
Form Teams
Teams start forming and discussing ideas


10:00 pm
Begin Work
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 September 19th


9:00 am
Breakfast
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee


9:30 am
Begin Work
Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend


12:00 pm
Lunch


1:00 pm
Check-In
After-lunch check-in, status reports, call for help


2:00 pm
Coach Meetings
Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!


6:30 pm
Dinner


7:30 pm
Check-In
After-dinner check-in, status reports, call for help


10:00 pm
Wrap-Up
Finished for the day. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow

Sunday September 20th


9:00 am
Breakfast
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee


10:00 am
Check-In
Coaches arrive. Final opportunity to ask questions


12:00 pm
Lunch


12:30 pm
Coach Meetings
Coaches arrive… ASK QUESTIONS


3:00 pm
Presentation Prep & Tech Check
Final hours of worktime should be focused on perfecting your presentation, tech-check for final presentations also takes place


4:00 pm
Dinner


6:00 pm
Final Presentations


8:30 pm
Judging & Awards


9:00 pm
Go Home!



Speakers


Laura Meixell
Analytics and Strategy Manager at City of Pittsburgh

Laura is responsible for deploying the Pittsburgh Data Forum a platform for Pittsburghers to tell City government what information you’d like to see and why. We want to make sure that the data we share is useful and interesting to citizens, so please tell us your story!In early 2014, the City of Pittsburgh passed Open Data legislationGoogle Docs setting the City’s default to open and committing to work with the public to develop a portal through which anyone can access data collected and/or maintained by City Government.Please keep in mind that the City Government can share only the data that it collects and maintains through its operations. Please consult the FAQs for a sense of what kind of information the City of Pittsburgh can develop for release.Thanks for participating and please contact us on twitter @PghIP or by email attara.matthews@pittsburghpa.gov.

Event Judges


Laura Meixell
Analytics and Strategy Manager at City of Pittsburgh

Laura is responsible for deploying the Pittsburgh Data Forum a platform for Pittsburghers to tell City government what information you’d like to see and why. We want to make sure that the data we share is useful and interesting to citizens, so please tell us your story!In early 2014, the City of Pittsburgh passed Open Data legislationGoogle Docs setting the City’s default to open and committing to work with the public to develop a portal through which anyone can access data collected and/or maintained by City Government.Please keep in mind that the City Government can share only the data that it collects and maintains through its operations. Please consult the FAQs for a sense of what kind of information the City of Pittsburgh can develop for release.Thanks for participating and please contact us on twitter @PghIP or by email attara.matthews@pittsburghpa.gov.


Bruce Kraus
Pittsburgh City Council President

Councilman Bruce A. Kraus, born and raised in the South Side, began serving as a member of Pittsburgh City Council upon his swearing in on January 7th, 2008.  Bruce proudly represents Pittsburgh’s 3rd Council District while rounding out his duties as City Council President.  District 3 is comprised of the following neighborhoods: Allentown, Arlington, Arlington Heights, Beltzhoover, Central Oakland, Knoxville, Mt. Oliver, Oakcliffe, South Oakland, South Side Flats, South Side Slopes, and St. Clair.  Bruce was reelected to his seat in 2011 and sworn in for a second term on January 3rd, 2012. In January of 2014, Bruce was elected by his colleagues as the President of Pittsburgh City Council.As a Councilman, Bruce has also sponsored a diverse and comprehensive package of legislation over the years. In response to concerns of his constituents, Councilman Kraus introduced the Responsible Hospitality Institute’s Sociable City Plan, which has worked to develop a comprehensive strategy to improve night life throughout Pittsburgh with an emphasis on public safety and transportation. He has also designed stricter open-container laws and passed the first municipal ban on public urination. Additionally, he sponsored the City’s Social Host Ordinance, tightening measures to prevent underage parties and protect students and residents from unsafe conditions often created by these parties.Councilman Kraus’s personal history and extensive relationship with his constituents have played a key role in influencing a great deal of his work in local government.  As Pittsburgh’s first openly gay elected official, Bruce has been a strong proponent of key civil rights issues including the Allegheny County Human Relations Commission – which serves to combat discrimination in housing, public accommodation, and employment – and the City’s first uniform Domestic Partner Registry. In his years on City Council, Bruce Kraus has supported many projects in collaboration with local government offices, various City departments, and neighborhood groups throughout District 3. Bruce helped to lead the conversion of a once blighted South Side property into the Riverfront Off-Leash Exercise Area, a dog park serving South Pittsburgh residents. He also collaborated with Public Works in reopening the South Side Market House which is the largest senior program center in the City. Bruce assisted in securing funding and support for the $4 million renovation of the Carson Street branch of the Carnegie Library to better serve the surrounding community with state of the art library services.Councilman Kraus is committed to the revival of the historic and traditional beauty of the many neighborhoods in Pittsburgh’s Hilltop Community.  He is actively working towards improvements in recycling and waste management and the elimination of abandoned cars and derelict buildings throughout the district.In service to these communities, Bruce has collaborated with the City and the Port Authority in overseeing the complete reconstruction of East Warrington Avenue through Allentown and Beltzhoover to create a safe and usable street vital to the health and well-being of these neighborhoods.  He has also collaborated with Citiparks and community leaders in bringing a spray park to the Warrington Recreation Center set to open in spring of 2014.Councilman Kraus worked to secure space and open the Carnegie “Pop-Up Library” in Allentown to provide library access to the surrounding residents.  He is currently collaborating in planning and investing in a $2 million renovation to the Knoxville branch of the Carnegie Library to also serve this hilltop community. Never afraid to take a stance on important issues, Bruce has supported the citywide ban on Marcellus Shale drilling and has also cosponsored legislation to require proper reporting of lost and stolen handguns in promotion of safe and responsible gun ownership in the City of Pittsburgh.  He is committed to serving District 3 and all of Pittsburgh by standing up for what he believes is right in ensuring a more safe and clean Pittsburgh for all.Outside of his roles of leading City Council and serving District 3, Bruce sits on the Brashear Association’s Board of Trustees, the Carnegie Library Board of Trustees, the Carnegie Mellon Board of Trustees, the Board of the Children’s Sickle Cell Foundation, the Board of Directors for the Institute for Research, Education & Training in Addictions (IRETA), the Board of Directors for the Oakland Business Improvement District (OBID), the Board of Trustees for the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, and the Advisory Board to Shepard Wellness.Council President Bruce Kraus is dedicated to fighting for the equal rights and well-being of all citizens of Pittsburgh.  A truly community-focused public official, Bruce constantly strives to get to know the personal stories of the residents he represents in order to serve these individuals in all that he does.  He is constantly working towards “a city where all people are invited to our great common table, to share in an equal voice and have every opportunity to participate in the stewardship of their futures.”


Nicole Muise-Kielkucki
Business Manager, Social Enterprise at Idea Foundry

Nicole joined Idea Foundry in August 2012, excited to contribute to the organization’s brand new Social Enterprise sector activities. She stepped into a full time role leading those efforts, including InterSector, Idea Foundry’s Social Enterprise Accelerator, in early 2013, bringing to the team extensive management experience, a philosophy of hard work and pragmatism, and a unique perspective rooted in sustainability and community development.

Nicole holds a Masters of Food Studies from the School of Sustainability and the Environment at Chatham University, where she was awarded a scholarship from the Institute of Food Technologists, as well as the Katherine M. Grosscup Scholarship from the Garden Club of America. She did her undergraduate studies at the University of Pittsburgh, where she earned a Bachelor Degree in Political Science and Philosophy, with a focus on Latin American Studies.

Since coming to call Pittsburgh home in 2005, she has worked for several local environmental non-profits in the city, including Tree Pittsburgh and Phipps Conservatory. She is passionate about contributing to the development of resilient and sustainable communities, which includes at the forefront building robust local economies and healthy regional food systems. She currently serves on the board of the Lawrenceville Farmers’ Market Advisory Committee.


Rebecca Young
Project Manager, The Forbes Funds

Rebecca is a project manager for The Forbes Funds. With a background in international development and journalism, she has experience creating sustainable change rooted in local institutions and communities. Since May 2014, Rebecca has helped design and implement a variety of The Forbes Funds’ initiatives including the 2015 Steel City Codefest and UpPrize. Beginning in June 2015, she has taken the lead in The Forbes Funds’ efforts to connect nonprofits with innovative and emerging solutions, and to identify and develop new partnerships, in order to facilitate a growing connection between nonprofits, social entrepreneurs, and investors working together to improve our communities.Rebecca holds a Master of International Development from the University of Pittsburgh’s Graduate School of Public and International Affairs (GSPIA). She also has a bachelor’s degree in international studies and French from the University of Dayton. Rebecca has worked in communications at the local, state, and national level. Originally from the small town of Xenia, Ohio, she has experience working in Europe and North Africa.


Lauri Fink
Senior Program Officer at Hillman Family Foundations

With a strong background in both trust and investment management and nonprofit management (specifically in the volunteer, fundraising and marketing areas), Lauri works to make grants to organizations that are making a difference in their communities. She currently serves as a Senior Program Officer for the Hillman Family Foundation.

Hillman Family Foundations is the administrative and program office for the 18 named Foundations associated with the Hillman family. The foundations have missions to improve the quality of life in Pittsburgh, Southwestern PA and other areas where family members reside through grants to nonprofit organizations that carry out work advancing the goals of the various foundations.


Jason Wolfe
CEO at GiftCards.com

Jason Wolfe is an Entrepreneur. Grew up in Milton Hershey School, an orphanage founded by Hershey, one of America's greatest Entrepreneurs and Jason's role model. Jason was selected Alumnus of the year for Milton Hershey School in 2014. 

Jason created the first coupon site online in 1995. Raised $500k in VC from Jupiter Media (NASDAQ: JUPM) in 1999, and sold MyCoupons to Save.com (then owned by Valassis (NASDAQ: VCI) in 2000. 

Jason then built Direct Response Technologies, Inc (from 2002 to 2006) which provided DirectTrack affiliate tracking technology. Received expansion capital from the State of North Dakota in 2002, and sold Direct Response to Digital River (NASDAQ: DRIV) in 2006. 

Jason has been focused on OmniPrepaid, LLC which owns GiftCards.com and OmniCard.com since 2008 and is currently roughly 100 employees, and the #1 gift card site in the world. 

  • First coupon website in 1995 – CouponsDirect.com (Later become MyCoupons.com)
  • First Gift Card website 1999 – now known as GiftCards.com
  • One of the first affiliate networks and tracking technologies 1997, sold to Digital River 2006.
  • E&Y Entrepreneur of the Year winner 2011.
  • Award winner of Governors ImPAct award in 2013.
  • Finalist of Entrepreneur Magazine’s Entrepreneur of the Year 2014.
  • Smart 50 award winner 2014.
  • Pajama Program Honoree 2015.
  • Pittsburgh Business Times Diamond Award winner 2015.
  • Pittsburgh Business Ethics award winner 2015.
  • Pittsburgh’s CEO of the year Finalist 2014 and 2015.

And attends and supports Orchard Hill Church of Wexford, PA. And supports the Light of Life homeless shelter. Has been on 3 mission trips to Haiti. Has a son, Morris James Wolfe, and lives in Sewickley, PA.


Coaches and Mentors


Ron Gaydos



Kit Mueller



Christopher Whitlatch



Nicole Muise-Kielkucki
Business Manager, Social Enterprise at Idea Foundry

Nicole joined Idea Foundry in August 2012, excited to contribute to the organization’s brand new Social Enterprise sector activities. She stepped into a full time role leading those efforts, including InterSector, Idea Foundry’s Social Enterprise Accelerator, in early 2013, bringing to the team extensive management experience, a philosophy of hard work and pragmatism, and a unique perspective rooted in sustainability and community development.

Nicole holds a Masters of Food Studies from the School of Sustainability and the Environment at Chatham University, where she was awarded a scholarship from the Institute of Food Technologists, as well as the Katherine M. Grosscup Scholarship from the Garden Club of America. She did her undergraduate studies at the University of Pittsburgh, where she earned a Bachelor Degree in Political Science and Philosophy, with a focus on Latin American Studies.

Since coming to call Pittsburgh home in 2005, she has worked for several local environmental non-profits in the city, including Tree Pittsburgh and Phipps Conservatory. She is passionate about contributing to the development of resilient and sustainable communities, which includes at the forefront building robust local economies and healthy regional food systems. She currently serves on the board of the Lawrenceville Farmers’ Market Advisory Committee.


Cynthia Closkey
Digital Strategist at Shift Collaborative

Cynthia Closkey is a partner and digital strategist at Shift Collaborative. She began her career working at high-tech companies, and has undergraduate and graduate degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the Sloan School of Management at MIT. In her work she brings together skills in website development, communication, marketing strategy, and user experience design. She’s a partner and board member of Social Venture Partners Pittsburgh, and she has been honored as an influential Woman in Media by the Women and Girls Foundation of Southwest Pennsylvania.


Presley Gillespie



Alan Martello

Alan Martello is a life long Pittsburgh native with an Engineering PhD and MBA. He started and ran a software and hardware company for over 20 years before a successful exit to a public company. Today he keeps busy coaching entrepreneurs, mentoring businesses and helping non-profits achieve sustainability. He evaluates companies and pitches for investors and gives feedback to startups seeking funding or just trying to stay afloat. Monday mornings at 8AM you’ll find him starting off his week at two local meetups: Unstuck Pittsburgh followed by his own Entrepreneur’s Roundtable.


Eric Singer



Anupama Jain



Aaron Sukenik



Tad Hale

Currently Tad is President of Reuse Retail LLC, a Pittsburgh based technology startup serving the reuse and surplus recovery sectors.  Tad is active in the local startup community.  In addition to mentoring and supporting entrepreneurs, he is helping several nonprofit organizations develop earned income streams.  Prior to moving to Pittsburgh Tad founded, led and successfully exited several technology companies including Hydrus Software and Active Technologies Group.  Tad serves on the advisory boards of several startups in Pittsburgh and Columbus, Ohio. 


Zack Block



Mike Sorg



Michael Levenson



Mark Heckman



Richard Behana



Don Morrison
Chairman of Deal Flow, Blue Tree Allied Angel Group

As the Chairman of Deal Flow for BlueTree, Don collaborates with BlueTree’s committees to identify quality deal flow, invite new investors and partners to the group, manage our meetings and help our portfolio companies to grow and reach their full potential.  Outside of his work with BlueTree, Don is actively involved in mentoring and coaching numerous start-up and early-stage companies in the region through Alpha Lab, Alpha Lab Gear, The Thrill Mill and the eCenter at Linden Pointe.

Don is a serial entrepreneur and visionary leader who has consistently leveraged technology to improve the customer experience and top and bottom-line results, in multi-channel consumer product companies. He has been involved in the growth and development of several businesses, including American Eagle Outfitters, from 1 to 165 stores (as President/CEO), Sundance Catalog Company (as Executive Director), and Bear Creek Corporation (as Senior VP of Sales and Marketing). His business experience includes Retail, Restaurant, Franchising, Manufacturing, Catalog and E-commerce.  Don has been involved in numerous business turnarounds, divestitures and acquisitions and presently serves on the Board of Directors for Waffy’s, The eCenter at Linden Pointe and the Green Building Alliance and Women-Drivers.Com.


Bill Genneret



Laura Kelly



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Michael Norton

Michael vagabonds around the US and Canada exploring entrepreneurial communities and facilitating Startup Weekend events. He works as a freelance business development and crowdfunding consultant, technical project manager, and social media guru. Michael is a photographer, audio engineer, and writer.


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