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The Tech Museum of Innovation, San Jose

Come build a hardware startup with us! Startup Weekend is a 54-hour event where developers, designers, marketers, product managers and startup enthusiasts come together to share ideas, form teams, build products, and launch startups! Beginning with open mic pitches on Friday, attendees are encouraged to bring their best ideas and inspire others to join their team. Over Saturday and Sunday, teams design and develop business plans while constantly streamlining their startup vision. On Sunday evening, teams demo their prototypes, listen to judges’ feedback and win prizes. Bay Area Makers Startup Weekend will be dedicated to makers and hardware. We expect to have around 30 ideas pitched and around 10 ideas finally being taken forward over the weekend. We will provide hardware, prototyping facilities and tool kits to get the participants started. If you are a maker, hacker, designer, or just interested in hardware, come to Bay Area Makers Weekend to make connected devices, wearables, internet of things or just plain old fashioned pure hardware products! Follow us on Twitter: @BayAreaMakersSW for all the latest updates.



Jul 11
  • 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


Jul 12
  • Arrive
  • Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend
  • Call for needs & skills
  • Lunch
  • 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


Jul 13
  • Arrive
  • Call for help (this is self motivated, so don’t be shy)
  • Lunch
  • Coaches arrive… ASK QUESTIONS
  • Gut check. Start prepping for presentations
  • Dinner
  • Showcase - judges and public audience go around teams' booths to check out the demos
  • Presentation and judging Q&A
  • Judges deliberate while teams tear down and celebrate
  • Announcements & awards
Premiere Sponsors

Anita Ganti

VP of Global Technology, Products and Markets, Flextronics   |  

Anita Ganti is vice president of Global Technology, Products and Markets at Flextronics (NASDAQ: FLEX). Flextronics is a $26B, industry-leading, Fortune Global 500 end-to-end supply chain solutions company with a global workforce of 200,000 and operations in over 30 countries. In this role, Ms. Ganti is responsible for driving Flextronics' global technology roadmap and various breakthrough innovation initiatives at the Company’s design centers and specifically at the Silicon Valley Shared Innovation Labs. She has a proven track record of identifying emerging technology trends, building strong teams, running large engineering operations, and growing successful product lines and divisions while consistently delivering innovative products to markets.

Ms. Ganti holds a Bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Veermata Jijabai Technological Institute Mumbai, Master of Science degree in electrical engineering from Virginia Tech, and has completed an executive program at Stanford University.

Gold Sponsors

Zach Supalla

Founder, Spark   |  

Spark founder and CEO Zach Supalla is an entrepreneur, a designer, and a maker. With Spark, he designs and produces components that make it easier for both consumers and manufacturers to build internet-connected devices. Juggling hardware design and front-end software development, Zach has successfully led his team through the trials and tribulations of a hardware startup.

Zach’s mission of using technology to help people is apparent in the genesis of Spark, evolving from what was originally a connected lighting system used to aid his deaf father, the Spark platform is a piece of technology designed to make internet-connected devices easier to use and create for users of any background.

A graduate of HAXLR8R, the world’s first and most prolific hardware accelerator, Zach holds an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management and an MEM (Masters in Engineering Management) from McCormick School of Engineering at Northwestern. Prior to founding Spark, Zach worked as a management consultant with McKinsey & Company, advising Fortune 500 companies on strategy, operations, and product development.

Adam Benzion

Founder, Entirely   |  

Meet Adam Benzion founder of Entirely , a network for hardware startups, the moderator for the The Hardware Startup group on LinkedIn, a Microsoft alumni and an entrepreneur who sold his hardware startup in 2012.

Adam created Entirely to fundamentally change the way hardware starters go about exploring, building and shipping modern hardware by tapping the right resources they need to succeed. His vision is to connect people and tools to work on hard problems, together. Adam also published an eBook, The Ultimate Guide To Bootstrapping Hardware Startups, free to download and share by anyone, get it from The Next Web.

Winnie Yu, Ph.D.

Principal & Director of Development at Flextronics Lab IX   |  

Winnie is a manufacturing and product development expert who champions entrepreneurship. She is a principal and director of development for Lab IX, a startup investment program of Flextronics, created in 2013 to support start-ups as they navigate the unique challenges of successfully launching and scaling new hardware products.

Prior to joining Lab IX as a hardware investor, she worked in research and development, and product development at Western Digital and SVTC Technologies, and is heavily involved with a wide range of startups in the semiconductor, hardware and big data sectors. She has developed products in a wide range of markets including biotechnology, solar, microelectronics systems, optical waveguides, high voltage devices, and hard drive and data storage systems.

An inventor who holds eight patents, Winnie has a Ph.D. in electrical and computer engineering from Carnegie Mellon University and an MBA from Harvard Business School. As a true adventurer, she enjoys hiking, skiing and traveling in her free time.

Kush Gulati

Executive Director and General Manager of the Advanced IP Solutions Group at Maxim   |   LinkedIn

Kush Gulati has over two decades of experience in the areas of high performance analog circuits design. Most recently, he co-founded Cambridge Analog Technologies, Inc. (CAT), a company focused on a revolutionary ultra-low power circuit technology, where he led the company as President and CEO. CAT was acquired by Maxim Integrated in 2011. He is now Executive Director and General Manager of the Advanced IP Solutions Group at Maxim.

He received the Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering and computer science with a Minor in business from MIT, Cambridge. Kush has numerous publications and patents in the area of circuit design. He is an active mentor and investor in start-ups in the semiconductor and hardware field.

Maya Madison

Managing Director of IoT Marketing Innovation, Intel   |  

Maya fosters innovation and entrepreneurship using Open Source Technology center (OTC) assets at Intel. She leads Intel's program directed towards makers and entrepreneurs generating awareness of Intel's open source IoT solutions.

Prior to joining OTC, Maya created and led the Intel worldwide innovation program for an internal startup fund that invested in and incubated new service businesses at Intel. She also managed the fund and all investments in the portfolio, which launched 8 new businesses in the market place in the two years she managed the fund.

Maya is an über-geek beginning her career as a mathematician and computer scientist. However, her leadership spans 15+ years and a breadth of disciplines including programming, product and program management and investor.

Maya has a M.S. in Management Science and Engineering from Stanford University and an B.S. in Mathematics and Computer Science from Louisiana State University. She also holds three issued venture capital related patents . Together with her husband she manages their most important ventures, their sons 4yr old Zion and 7mo old Kaleb.

Hardware Sponsors

Jeff McAlvay

Jeff is a co-founder at Tempo Automation (, a company developing a desktop pick and place robot with the goal of helping electrical engineers iterate faster on their designs. He has designed fan controllers, light controllers, and autonomous cars and led teams on warehouse operations and automation at McMaster-Carr, an industrial supply company.

Laura Kassovic

Laura Kassovic is the CEO and Co-Founder of MbientLab, a hardware company and provider for MetaWear, a Bluetooth and ARM sensor development platform. As a Bluetooth Low Energy expert, Laura was previously responsible for building the hardware for companies coming out of SXSW, RG/A, Orange, YCombinator, and Techstars. Before this, she worked at Intel as a Hardware Component Designer for various SOCs.

Matt Baker

Matt Baker is the CTO and Co-Founder of MbientLab, a wireless hardware solution provider. He is the creator of MetaWear, a tiny Bluetooth Low Energy ARM sensor platform for wearable technology. He was formerly a NAND Flash designer for Intel where he worked on solid state technology in Japan. Matt's previous work include automated systems, beacons, wearable tech, wifi routers, and HVAC.

Jason Gui

Jason is the founder of Vigo, a wearable device that helps drivers stay alert at the wheel. Jason holds degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania School of Engineering, and Marketing & Operations Management from the Wharton School. Previously he founded the video show Three Fellows, and, the 'Chinese Urban Dictionary'. Jason has been building hardware and software devices ever since he built a dumpling-maker out of Lego as a kid.

Ben Bateman

Ben Bateman is the Community Manager for Hardware, Design, and Technology at Indiegogo, where he focuses on developing strategies and tactics to help campaigns more effectively raise funds, and has worked with some of Indiegogo's largest campaigns including the Ubuntu Edge, Canary, Scanadu Scout, and many more.

Malcolm Knapp

Malcolm is an independent consultant who works with clients on product development and electrical engineering. He is a co-organizer for Make:SF, a Bay Area Maker group, and his projects has been featured in Ars Technica, at Maker Faire, Workshop Weekend, and at Workshop Weekend:Arduino. When he is not doing all these things he is working his own startup, the Engineer Accelerator, which focuses on training new engineers in professional work.

Tenaya Hurst

Tenaya is a bay area Maker and known as Arduino Woman. Coming from Berkeley, Tenaya graduated from Indiana University with a degree in Theatre & Drama, Geological Sciences, and Anthropology. After touring Europe, she returned to the bay. Now in San Jose, Tenaya is a lab instructor at the Tech Museum of Innovation and Tech Summer Camps with Galileo. Tenaya's favorite electronics are wearable. In a little over a year, she has taught over 100 workshops in Arduino and Wearable Technology. She tours the bay area teaching classes as CEO of Arduino Woman.

Madelynn Martiniere


Madelynn Martiniere is a storyteller, community engineer, and technologist with expertise in developing engaging experiences both online and off. She is a frequent writer and presenter on the future of technology, and teaches classes on crowdfunding and design thinking. In her career she has helped innovative companies raise over $1M in crowdfunding campaigns, and facilitated partnerships, sponsorships and press with leading technology giants. Currently she runs a technology consulting and services company, Spark Plug Labs. She is passionate about collaborative consumption, open source technology, and social entrepreneurship.

Dorian Ferlauto

Founder & CEO, BriteHub   |  

Dorian holds 10 years experience in industrial design, manufacturing, and retail, and first developed the concept of BriteHub while co-launching her first start-up company

Her knowledge of furniture, fabrication, and retail is accompanied by her personal design experience. She has worked hand and hand with wood, metal, plastics and soft goods and has a strong comprehensive understanding of what it takes to bring a product to market.

Dorian is highly conceptual and creative professional with a love for design. Most recently Dorian founded and matchmaking platform connecting designers, service providers, and manufacturers. Prior to BriteHub, Dorian held the position of Executive Director at MadeLife a retail design incubator. Her passion to promote start-up product entrepreneurs fueled her to design a platform for growing talents.

Carlos Montesinos

Research Scientist & Tech Lead, Intel Labs

Carlos Montesinos is a Researcher and Technology Leader focusing on rapid prototyping tools for product development. He has more than 10 years of experience in Robotics, including Self-Driving cars, and other embedded platforms. Carlos currently works in a multi-disciplinary team that combines: design, user-experience, and technology. His goal is to enable entrepreneurs to develop the next-big-thing with embedded platforms. Carlos has served as a judge in Intel’s ‘Make It Wearable Challenge’ and as Vice President of Intel’s Latino Network.

Carlos received his B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Univesidad San Francisco de Quito, Ecuador. He earned his M.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Mark Abramson

CEO, Forward Thought, Inc   |   LinkedIn

Mark Abramson is CEO of Forward Thought, Inc. , co-founder of Medicine of Cycling and Vice Chairman of USA Cycling. He is veteran of both early-stage startups and enterprise software projects, he has particular technical expertise in digital workflow, industrial printing and complex global supply chains for high-growth companies. He's also a dad, runs the Microsoft SF.NET and BizSparkSF groups for Bay Area startups, collects antique woodworking machines and mentors on Lean Startup methods.

Robert Wessels

Robert Wessels is an entrepreneur, tinkerer and Founder of Energia, a rapid prototyping platform for the TI LaunchPad boards.

Mickey McManus

Mickey is a visiting research fellow in the Office of the CTO at Autodesk. He’s exploring the implications for design, business, technology, and education of a future where computing ceases to be confined to any particular, “box,” but instead is freely accessible in the ambient environment. Some call this coming age the rise of the Internet of Things or the era of Pervasive Computing and characterize it as a time when atoms and bits combine to form an information ecology.

Mickey is the author of Trillions which is a field guide of sorts to this new era. He has spent the last 13 years leading MAYA, a research lab and technology design consultancy that spun out of Carnegie Mellon 25 years ago and has dedicated itself to taming complexity and putting people first. During Mickey’s tenure as CEO the company won numerous Consumer Electronic Association (CEA) awards for product innovation, was selected multiple times as a top 20 “best small company to work for” in America by Fortune, Inc, and Entrepreneur magazines and spun-out, launched, or incubated five new MAYA organizations. Harvard Business Review recently called the methods taught by his educational institute “The Taxonomy of Innovation.” Mickey is on a research sabbatical from MAYA where he remains a principal and is the chairman of the board.

Contributing Sponsors
Jason Hsiao
Abhi Kunte
Benjamin Larralde
Danny Haeg
Prinda Wanakule

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