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Jun 6
  • 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 7
  • Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee
  • Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend
  • Lunch
  • Call for needs & skills
  • Mentors 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


Jun 8
  • Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee
  • Call for help (this is self motivated, so don’t be shy)
  • Lunch
  • Mentors arrive… ASK QUESTIONS
  • Gut check. Start prepping for presentations
  • Dinner
  • Judging & awards
  • Wrap-up
  • Go home!
Gold Sponsors

Ed Fidgeon Kavanagh

CEO of   |   LinkedIn

Ed is a pitch consultant who helps his clients to deliver winning presentations that replace the usual “death by powerpoint” style of presentation with one that is simple, clear and engaging.

Having come from a business background he approaches presentations from both a business-sense as well as design standpoint, knowing that for a winning pitch both aspects need to be well thought out.

Ed’s clients have presented at prestigious events such as TechCrunch Disrupt and the Dublin Websummit, and gained access to, and won funding from, various prestigious incubator programmes in Ireland and have secured funding from VCs.

Gary Leyden

Director at NDRC LaunchPad   |  

Gary is an early stage technology investor. As Director of NDRC LaunchPad, he specialises in helping new ventures to create value propositions that contribute to building repeatable and scalable business models. He has invested in over 100 startups during the last four years, including Soundwave, Boxever, Fieldaware, Logentries, Newswhip, Bizimply and VideoElephant. As an entrepreneur himself, he founded both Computer Gym And Vrising. With a background in the ICT sector, Gary brings a strong customer focus to the organisations with which he works, aligning technical solutions with customer problems. He is a graduate of Trinity College Dublin and holds an MBA from the Smurfit Graduate School of Business.

Eoin Costello

Tech Founder, Entrepreneur, Mentor - award winning Startup Programme Manager. Co-Founder #StartupIreland   |  

Eoin is New Frontiers Programme Manager in the DIT Hothouse Incubation Centre, working with early stage entrepreneurs. He is co-founder of Startup Ireland.

Eoin was also the owner and managing director of Novara Technology Limited a web hosting and dedicated server provider. Starting from a spare bedroom in his house, Eoin grew Novara to the second largest Host/ISP in Ireland with in excess of 10,000 clients and sold it to Digiweb Limited in 2008 for a 7 figure sum.

As a business owner he led Omniserve which he sold to management in 2009. From 1992-99 Eoin built the family retail jewellery business from one location to three before selling his share in 1999 in order to provide the start up capital for Novara Technology. He has worked in many impressive areas across the span of his career, from the London Stock Exchange to graduating with a MSc in Business Development & Innovation from the University of Ulster in 2011.

Martin Kelly

Founder/CEO healthXL   |  

Martin is passionate about entrepreneurship and an active mentor with a number of accelerator programs. He is also Co-founder of HealthXL - a global network for innovation in Healthcare.

He is also an advisory board member on the Innovation Fund Ireland and an advisor to Science Gallery (inc. co-curator of Hack the City).

He has been awarded Global Corporate Venturing Personality of the Year in 2012 for work with IBM SmartCamp.

Ian Nolan

Founder & CEO at LegalShine

Startup founder and recent MBA graduate with a passion for all things Tech, Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

Over 7 years experience in the Legal technology sector growing a software development and consultancy company from the ground up. Before that, I spent a couple of years as a journalist.

My current company LegalShine is using new technologies like text analytics, machine learning and big data analysis to bring better transparency to the legal sector.

Silver Sponsors

Niall Harbison

Entrepreneur   |   Google+

Niall’s career can be broken in to a number of different phases, starting as a professional chef, before moving into the world of tech, social media and digital marketing.

After successfully growing Simply Zesty into Ireland's largest media agency after it's purchase by UTV PLC and merger with Tibus Digital, he now heads up Lovin Dublin, is an Enterprise Ireland mentor and is a co-founder of Pr Slides.

Eamon Leonard

VP Developers³ at Engine Yard   |   LinkedInGoogle+

Eamon is an advisor to start-ups, an angel investor, a tech community organiser and has an interest in cloud platforms and developer tools. Based in Ireland, he is VP Developers³ at Engine Yard, having joined the company through their acquisition of Orchestra, a PHP Platform-as-a-Service he co-founded in 2011.

John Kennedy

Editor,   |   LinkedIn

John is an award winning technology journalist. He joined in 2002 to become the fulcrum of the company’s news service. He was recipient of the Irish Internet Association’s NetVisionary Technology Journalist Award 2005 and has been awarded ‘Best Technology Site’ at the Irish Web Awards for the last six years in a row as well as being named 'Best Tech Read' at the inaugural Blog and Online Publishing Awards 2014. In 2011 he received the David Manley Award commending him for his dedication to covering entrepreneurs.

His interests include all things technological, music, movies, reading, history, gaming and losing the occasional game of poker.

Steve Flinter

Business Leader/Vice President at MasterCard   |   LinkedIn

Steve recently joined MasterCard Labs, where he heads up MasterCard’s Startup Engagement and Acceleration activities in Europe. As part of that role, Steve is responsible for MasterCard’s Start Path Accelerator, aimed at supporting innovative European commerce-focused startups. Prior to joining MasterCard, Steve spent eight years with Science Foundation Ireland, where he managed an investment portfolio of approximately €120m, and funded innovative and disruptive projects in computer science and software engineering in the Irish academic sector.

Steve holds a BSc in Computer Applications from Dublin City University and a PhD in Computer Science from Trinity College Dublin.

Paddy Flynn

Director for Product Quality Operations EMEA and APAC, Google Ireland Ltd   |   LinkedIn

Paddy joined Google in 2009 and is the Director of Product Quality Operations for EMEA and APAC. This involves managing a multi-market team who work across Google’s core products. The primary focus of this team is to ensure user safety through adherence and promotion of Google’s guidelines and policies. Paddy has 20 years of experience prior to joining Google, he has a background in information technology and general management across a wide range of industries and businesses including working in consulting for a number of years. Paddy graduated from University College Cork as an Electrical Engineer and started his career at Accenture.

Over the past 2 years Paddy has led Google Ireland's engagement with the Irish startup community through Google's Google 4 Entrepreneurs platform, driving engagement through events, mentorship and global/local partnerships.

Anna Scally

Partner and Head of Technology Media and Telecoms KPMG Ireland   |  

Anna advises technology companies and their shareholders on all things tax. She works with both international companies with European HQ’s here in Ireland and with many fast growing Irish companies. Anna is passionate about innovation and creating entrepreneurial start-ups and advised them on the challenges around fundraising, structuring shareholding arrangements, rewarding founders and key employees, R&D and growing global operations.

Anna is a former member of the Board of the American Chamber of Commerce (2010-2014). She is also a former member of Governments Innovation Taskforce (2010) where she chaired the sub-group tasked with making recommendations on Venture Capital, Incentives and IP. Anna leads KPMG’s global participation in The Summit (formerly the Dublin Web Summit) and F.ounders.


Ed Fidgeon Kavanagh

CEO of   |   LinkedIn

Ed is a pitch consultant who helps his clients to deliver winning presentations that replace the usual “death by powerpoint” style of presentation with one that is simple, clear and engaging.

Having come from a business background he approaches presentations from both a business-sense as well as design standpoint, knowing that for a winning pitch both aspects need to be well thought out.

Ed’s clients have presented at prestigious events such as TechCrunch Disrupt and the Dublin Websummit, and gained access to, and won funding from, various prestigious incubator programmes in Ireland and have secured funding from VCs.

Anatoly Lebedev

Strategic Partnership Development Manager, Google   |   LinkedInGoogle+

Anatoly is a Strategic Partnerships Development Manager at Google with solid background in business and partnership development. Anatoly is working on strategic partnerships in Europe, Middle East and Africa region, he also frequently interacts with startups helping them to build their business strategy. So if you need advice on your startup business model or marketing strategy go to Anatoly for advice.

Paul Killoran

Founder & CEO at Ex Ordo   |   LinkedInGoogle+

Paul is the founder & CEO of Ex Ordo, a company that automates the publication of academic research. Paul started out as a bedroom coder, then bootstrapped the development of Ex Ordo, secured seed investment and went on to create a profitable company. Prior to this, he founded/managed a web consultancy company (Starlight) for 5 years.

He has mentored numerous startup/enterprise programmes in Galway and has co-founded a number of startup initiatives: CodeNinja, Bizcamp Galway & Mowag. He was named the Kaufmann FastTrac European Entrepreneur of the Year in June 2012.

Paul believes in a little less conversation and a little more action.

Charles Lee

Coder, Product and Startup Guy   |   LinkedInGoogle+

Charles is the cofounder and creator of An interest based personal search startup.

Previously Charles served as Chief Architect at Hotprints, a successful social photo company sold to Picaboo. He now spend his waking hours working on contextual web information retrieval and spending time with his family.

Phil Riordan

CEO, Bragbet   |   LinkedInGoogle+

Phil is CEO of BragBet, a social gambling company backed by Telefonica and BoyleSports. A chartered management accountant and former trader, his experience includes co-founding an award winning festival, previous financial roles with JP Morgan, IBT and Dolmen Stockbrokers, and various startup roles including VP of Finance and Operations with Getitkeepit and brite:bill from pre funding through it’s growth to a seven figure revenue multinational employing over 20 staff.

Phil is a graduate of Smurfit Graduate Business School, and a winner of the Irish Times Smurfit Business School MBA Full Scholarship. He is also a mentor at Seedcamp and sits on a number of boards through his Startup CFO advisory business, CFO4Startups.

Paul O'Grady

Researcher & Software Developer   |   LinkedIn

Paul is an independent technology consultant & contractor with over 10 years experience in both computer science research and web development. Paul has a Ph.D in computer science from NUI Maynooth and was a post-doctoral researcher at University College Dublin. He has co-founded a number of startups (one of which came out of the first Startup Weekend Dublin) and has worked in a consultative capacity to a number of others. Paul has worked on a wide range of projects covering a variety of highly technical areas such as machine learning, automatic speech recognition, data mining & location-based services. Paul is currently on contract building internal web services for an investment bank in Dublin.

Lynsey Duncan

Lead UX Designer at iQ Content   |   LinkedIn

Lynsey is a Lead UX Designer with the Dublin based digital consultancy iQ Content. User research is her passion as she loves to learn about people and how they use the things we create. While digital design is currently her focus she is interested in all design disciplines having studied product design and worked as a service designer in London for Orange and live work.

Paul Watson

CTO @Storyful   |   LinkedInGoogle+

Paul is a full-stack web developer and current CTO of Storyful with 12 years of experience in the industry. He previously worked as senior web-developer maintaining and developing features for Europe's largest
and most popular music video website, Prior to this Paul spent 5 years in the TSSG developing research ideas into commercially viable products. He founded and developed the initial FeedHenry offering out of the TSSG before moving onto industry partnership projects with O2 and Thomas Crosbie Holdings. Paul's primary technical skills are in Ruby on Rails, SQL, JavaScript, HTML and CSS.

Kirk Donohoe

MasterCard European Program Manager   |  

Kirk is a digital product manager and proven entrepreneur having found and successfully scaled multiple tech Startups.

With a university education in law, science and data science he applies a multi-disciplinary approach coupled with a wealth of product management experience to innovation, problem solving and business model generation.

Most recently Kirk joined MasterCard as the European Program Manager responsible for Startup Engagement and Acceleration. His day to day activities involve engaging, mentoring and accelerating high potential commerce based Startups.

Martin Reilly

U.X. Guru   |   LinkedIn

Martin is a Dublin-based freelance UX Designer with experience in a wide range of industries including healthcare, education and travel. He consults with companies about how design can improve processes, solve problems and connect with their audience. Special areas of expertise include visual communication, marketing and branding in both print and digital media.

Chico Charlesworth

Coding Maestro   |   LinkedInGoogle+

Hi, I'm Chico. Serial hacker, tech for hire, founder of Coding since before the year 2k, I've worked for companies like the BBC and IBM.

Fionnuala Healy

CTO of Gotcha Ninjas   |   LinkedIn

Fionnuala is CTO of Gotcha Ninjas, a cloud based social learning platform for children. Qualified as an Engineer with a Masters in IT and a MBA, she has over 15 years experience including 5 years running ICT consultancy Garavogue Consulting. Fionnuala has a particular interest in effectively using big data and the resulting data security, protection, and privacy issues. Fionnuala is an advocate of privacy by design, especially in relation to online applications for children.

Richard Whelan

CEO and Co-founder of Popdeem   |   LinkedIn

Richard is the CEO and Co-founder of Popdeem, a marketing platform that helps brands drive word of mouth marketing from their most influential customers on social networks. Over the past few years, Richard has won several prestigious awards including the UCD Apprentice and PWC Young Business Leaders of Tomorrow. Popdeem have recently raised €500k from leading Irish investors.

Paul Hayes

CEO at BeachHut PR   |  

Paul is the CEO of Beachhut, a market-wolfing consultancy firm.

He was previously the marketing Director of Havok and Demonware. He is a marketing mentor to over 50 tech start-ups and works with a number of incubators, entrepreneurs and investors in Europe and the US . He is a founder of Games Ireland and regularly hosts tech conferences and panels in Ireland and beyond. He is also available for weddings and children's parties.

Helen Nic Giolla Rua

UX designer at IQ Content, a digital consultancy   |   LinkedIn

Helen is a UX designer at IQ Content, a digital consultancy.

She has a background in Industrial design, specialising in ergonomics and product usability. She has combined her love of design with being a user advocate in her role as UX analyst. Helen loves prototyping designs and bringing them to life. Recent clients include Vodafone, Permanent TSB & Zurich International.

She won the Miele Kitchen of the Future award for her product the Miele Soma, a kitchen energy monitor. The product combined interface design with data visualisation and the internet of things.

Shane Gray

Business Development Director for FCR Media   |   LinkedIn

Shane is the Business Development Director at FCR Media, operators of and one of Ireland's largest digital media agencies serving SME's in Ireland.

Previously his career spanned several sectors from leveraged buyouts in retail, project management of private equity investments to software development.

Highly commercial with a strong sales & marketing background he loves working with startups and is currently involved with, Open Wifi and

Cat Egan

Head of Operations with   |   LinkedIn

As the Head of Operations with, Catherine has proven results in delivering the best of FanFootage service to major International acts, labels and management companies around the world.

Working with a start up has always been inevitable. Working hard and making things happen is always at the forefront of what drives Catherine. She is an online PR and social media entrepreneur. With an MA in PR she has worked with many aspects of online communication, digital marketing and all aspects of managing and planning on and
offline public relations, events production and social media for
various campaigns. Catherine knows how to put the ground work in, hit the ground running and make sure and tweet about it while you are doing it.

Dave Farrelly

Independent Software Consultant   |   LinkedIn

Dave is currently Head of Relationship Management with the Innovation Value Institute (IVI), NUI Maynooth, with responsibility for managing relationships with C-level executives in a number of Fortune 500 companies. Dave also lectures Digital Media Project Management in the Digital Skills Academy, strongly focusing on agile approaches to fast moving & start-up software projects. As part of the role he mentors participant teams on industry projects, ranging from App & Game development to Digital Marketing & Social Media campaigns for some of the most respected Irish brands.

Damien Glancy

Co Founder at   |   LinkedIn

Damien is co-founder and CTO of a company that brings hiring campaigns to life. He is a software engineer that partook in the original iPad app gold-rush with PicStroom. Prompted by RTE’s Dragons Den to convert it to help people with autism and learning disabilities communicate resulting in Image2Talk. He is also the developer of the popular OSX app “Radio for Mac”.

He has worked with helping companies as diverse as gambling, social networks, and telecoms in getting their apps into the app store.

In a previous life, he was responsible for AIB’s Internet Banking.

Conor Nolan

Director/Designer at Conor & David   |   LinkedIn

Conor is a graphic designer and is director of Conor & David, a studio he founded with David Wall in 2006. The focus of the studio's work is to create useful, beautiful, content-driven graphic design for print and screen, for a diverse range of clients.

Each project is considered as an opportunity to inject craft and a sense of play into the brief.

Cristina Luminea

Founder and CEO of ThoughtBox   |   LinkedIn

Cristina is the Founder and CEO of ThoughtBox, a Dublin based company, helping brands to engage young segments through Gameful Learning and interactivity. Previously she was part of the New Ventures & Innovation group in Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. TEDx speaker. Top 30 under 30 entrepreneurs in Ireland.

Raphaël Savina

Organiser GDG Dublin   |   LinkedInGoogle+

Raphaël’s main occupation is as a project manager at Iota Localisation Services, looking after the multilingual requirements of several large clients. He is also one of the organisers for the Google Developers Group Dublin which runs regular meetings for developers who are interested in Google's developer technology. Additionally, he is the CEO of Net Wi-Fi Europe, a company that provides hotspot access points to hotels, campsites, ...

Self-proclaimed geek, jack-of-all-trades with a background in graphic design, and online since 1996, Raphaël likes everything that has to do with computers and the internet and likes to test, break and give feedback.

Maurice Collins

Product Guy   |   LinkedIn

Maurice is a Head of Product with commercial experience in multiple startups spanning social travel, digital video distribution, online collaboration and B2B retail operations management. He enjoys creatively bridging the gap between business needs and technical capabilities. After initially qualifying as a solicitor, Maurice quickly recovered and succumbed to his inner geek. Recently returned from a few years working in-house as a Head of Product in London, he is currently consulting with a number of startups in Dublin.

DC Cahalane

Chief Marketing Officer at Trustev   |   LinkedIn

DC Cahalane is a full stack marketeer who's currently Chief Marketing Officer at Europe's Top Technology startup, Trustev. A specialist in launching new brands and products, he's worked with companies all over the world to launch new products into the market including Starwood, Motorola, XBOX, Red Bull, Nokia to name a few. With over ten years work as a product strategist, DC is obsessed with building products with key messages at their core that deliver on a promise to their customers. In his not so spare time, he's helped over 65 startups across the globe get started, get funded and get noticed.

Sean Blanchfield

CEO of PageFair   |   LinkedInGoogle+

Sean Blanchfield is a tech founder, investor, mentor and startup community organiser. He is CEO of PageFair, helping web publishers deal with the rise of adblocking. He previously co-founded DemonWare, the online technology firm that powers Call of Duty, the world’s most successful video game franchise. Activision Blizzard acquired DemonWare in 2007. Sean has been involved in many other companies, including Phorest and Jolt Online. He also founded Techpreneurs, Dublin’s invite-only founder meetup. Sean is now 100% on PageFair, on a mission to save the free web by allowing website publishers to serve ads that don’t suck to adblock users.

Sergey Lyubka

Founder of Cesanta Software   |   LinkedInGoogle+

Sergey is a founder of Cesanta Software, a technology company that specialises on smart device communication. Prior to Cesanta, Sergey served as CTO of Netfort Technologies, an Irish network security startup, then worked at Google as an engineering manager. Sergey holds MS in Radiophysics and Electronics from Kiev State University. His main areas of expertise are service scalability, databases, networking, distributed computing."

Rafiq Maniar

CEO of InForFree   |   LinkedIn

Rafiq is the founder and CEO of InForFree, an award-winning Irish startup that provides a marketing and app platform for the nightlife industry.

A programmer-turned-founder, Rafiq started coding at age seven and has served as CTO of three
startups before founding his own, initially launching InForFree as an app in 2012.

InForFree is now over two years old and counts almost 400,000 Irish people as users, as well as venues in the United States, Ibiza, and around the world.

Keith Kennedy

UX Designer   |   LinkedIn

Keith is a freelance UX designer based in the Mid-West who helps clients understand the importance of a design strategy while helping them develop the vision for their brand.

He has worked in a number of roles with companies spread across many industries in Ireland, the UK, and the United States. Having worked with global brands like Kelloggs, Dell, and Citibank Keith loves nothing better than taking a concept and creating something which both the client and end user will benefit from.

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