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 We’ve Gone Mobile!

Startup Weekend returns to Chicago October 18-20th with it’s first mobile themed event!  We’ll be hosting 100 of Chicago’s best and brightest mobile entrepreneurs, along with coaches and sponsors to help turn their ideas into validated products over the course of 54-hours! Let’s see who can create Chicago’s next mobile startup!

Thanks to everyone who made this event a success!

Here are the winning teams for Chicago Startup Weekend Mobile Edition 2013.

  1. 1st Prize – Event’d
  2. 2nd Prize – Date Create
  3. 3rd Prize – +Track


Chicago Ideas WeekAll attendees will receive a 50% off discount code to the Chicago Ideas Week Tech Summit.

logo-lgChicago Dev and EightBot are hosting a Startup Weekend Mobile Bootcamp on Wednesday October 16th. In this talk Michael Stonis of EightBot will walk through the Xamarin suite and how it can be used to develop cross-platform mobile applications using the .NET framework. Details and RSVP information can be found here.



Oct 18
  • Registration Starts
  • Dinner & Networking
  • Welcome & Speakers
  • Pitches Start
  • Attendees vote for the top ideas
  • 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
  • Wrap up, pack up & clean up.
  • Finished for the day. You don't have to go home, but you can't stay here.


Oct 19
  • Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee
  • Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend
  • Lunch
  • Call for needs & skills
  • Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!
  • Dinner
  • Mid weekend check-in, status reports, call for help
  • Wrap up, pack up & clean up.
  • Finished for the day. You don't have to go home, but you can't stay here.


Oct 20
  • 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!
Platinum Sponsors

Seyi Fabode

CEO/Co-Founder, Power2Switch   |   LinkedIn

Seyi Fabode is the CEO/Co-founder of Power2Switch (Acquired Sep 2013), a website that enables residential consumers to make responsible decisions about their energy usage and expenses. He was an operations analyst at EnergyQuote, an energy brokerage and management firm in London and commercial/operations analyst for a Thames Power Services a privately owned power plant in London. Seyi has an MBA from the University of Chicago, Booth School of Business and an MSc in Manufacturing Systems Engineering from Warwick University in the UK. Passionate about family and the written word Seyi is the author of Alien #2102 (a short novel of intertwined immigrant stories set in Chicago).

Dr. Rod Shrader

Professor of Entrepreneurship, UIC   |   LinkedIn

Dr. Rod Shrader is Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) and is the founder and director of UIC’s Technology Ventures Program, which leads teams of graduate students systematically through the process of creating and launching technology-based businesses. Since inception of the program in 2005, student teams under Professor Shrader’s guidance have successfully launched 4 biotechnology companies. Shrader’s award-winning entrepreneurship research has been published in several top academic journals. He earned a Ph.D. in strategic management from Georgia State University in 1996. As a consultant he has helped several high-technology startups formulate their entry strategies.

Gold Sponsors

Jill Salzman

Co-Founder at The Founding Kit   |   LinkedIn

Jill Salzman is currently growing her third entrepreneurial venture, The Founding Moms, the world’s first and only kid-friendly collective of monthly meetups for mom entrepreneurs.

A graduate of Brown University and law school after that, she started Paperwork Media LLC, a music management firm and her first entrepreneurial venture. (Her parents still wonder why she opted for the music business over the seductive and alluring career of a bankruptcy attorney.) She went on to create The Bumble Brand, LLC, to sell Bumble Bells, audible anklewear for the newest of human beings (she sold it in 2011.) Having built two successful companies, she launched The Founding Moms to connect mom entrepreneurs around the globe with one another.

A sought-after speaker, Jill has been featured in national media outlets including CNN’s Headline News, People Magazine, The Chicago Tribune, Daily Candy Kids, Business Matters, WGN TV and WAHM Talk Radio. Her TED talk, Why Moms Make The Best Entrepreneurs, received rave reviews. She was recently named one of the Top 50 Women To Watch In Tech and Top 100 Champion Small Business Influencer. Jill’s been profiled in several books: The Solopreneur Life: 42 Solo-Business Owners Speak the Truth on Dreaming Big, Failing Forward, and Calling Your Own Shots, A Cup of Cappuccino for The Entrepreneur’s Spirit, Volume II, CRAVE Chicago and was recently featured in a film on social media. Jill currently writes for NBC5′s small business blog, Inc. Well, and she’s been published in The New York Times and She released her first book, Found It: A Field Guide for Mom Entrepreneurs, published on January 12, 2012 through Piggott Press.

Troy Vosseller

Co-Founder at gener8tor, Entrepreneur   |   LinkedIn

Troy is the Co-founder of gener8tor - a Wisconsin-based angel investment fund and startup accelerator. gener8tor invests its community, capital, expertise, mentorship and network in capable, early-stage entrepreneurs with innovative business models. gener8tor works with the startups in its portfolio to create successful, scalable companies. Learn more at

Troy is a three-time graduate of the University of Wisconsin, having earned his BA, JD and MBA in Entrepreneurial Management at the UW’s Weinert Center for Entrepreneurship.

As an undergraduate, Troy founded the apparel company Sconnie Nation. Sconnie Nation markets a line of clothing that focuses on celebrating the Wisconsin lifestyle. He knows what it’s like to be a college student starting a business. 

Troy recently extended the “Sconnie” brand into beer by releasing Sconnie Beer. He loves all things branding, marketing and product development.

Troy is also an experienced business attorney, having worked as an Assistant Clinical Professor for the UW Law School’s Law & Entrepreneurship Clinic - a program providing free legal services to startup businesses and entrepreneurs.

Chris Bernard

Partner Business Evangelist at Microsoft   |   LinkedIn

Chris is a user experience professional that works with Microsoft partners and clients, entrepreneurs, investors and startups as an advisor and mentor. He is also a Startup Evangelist and former Chief Experience Evangelist for Microsoft’s US Developer & Platform Evangelism (DPE) team.

Chris has spoken on user experience and innovation at numerous global conferences including IxDA Interactive, TEDx Penn Quarter, The AIGA Design Conference and SxSW. He’s co-author of a book on lean UX principles called Dynamic Prototyping and has written on innovation in International Design Magazine and Journal of Business Strategy. He’s taught as an adjunct at the Institute of Design and lectured at Ringling College of Art & Design, the Kellogg School of business at Northwestern University, the Booth School of Business at the University of Chicago, the School of the Art Institute Chicago and the Savannah College of Art & Design. Chris serves as a national advisor at Pipeline Entrepreneurs and mentor at TechStars Cloud and InnovyzStart.

Ian Beacraft

Senior Mobile Strategist at Leo Burnett   |   LinkedIn

As one of Leo Burnett’s in-house mobile marketing experts, Ian has been instrumental in advancing mobile marketing initiatives for clients like MillerCoors, Cocacola, Allstate, Norton, Pfizer, Comcast, and a host of others. Before joining Burnett Ian was a founding member of the team at where he worked on projects for Pearson Publishing, Nescafe, and launched Yahoo South America’s first-ever mobile app. His first foray into mobile was the proximity marketing company BluPoint Mobile, which he started while still attending DePaul University.

Today, Ian regularly speaks at conferences and guest lectures at universities on topics like mobile marketing and emerging technologies in advertising. He has a passion for teaching, and a desire to help the next generation of marketers develop a strong understanding of how to apply innovative digital thinking to solve complex problems. Ian has received numerous awards for his contributions to his clients' marketing campaigns, including Best In Show at the Mobile Marketing Association's 2013 Global Mobile Marketing Awards. When he’s not talking about mobile, Ian can be found in his “lab” tinkering with new technologies or in one of Chicago’s various coffee houses in search of the perfect cup of coffee.

Marcy Capron

Partner/CEO at Polymathic   |   LinkedIn

Marcy Capron is Partner/CEO at Polymathic. She's foremost a maker and technologist, secondly an amateur interior designer and baker of epic cupcakes. Marcy currently resides in Logan Square, where she focuses on building products for entrepreneurs

Silver Sponsors

Jeff Meunier

Director, Engineering / New Product Development at Shure   |   LinkedIn

Leader and technical contributor to teams developing networked hardware & software systems, audio processing, and wireless technologies. Prior to Shure, Jeff specialized in mobile UI and speech recognition development at Auvo Technologies and Motorola Labs.

Michael Stonis

President / Technologist, BizTalk, API, Integration @ EightBot   |   LinkedIn

Michael is an Integration Architect specializing in designing and implementing integrated enterprise solutions. He has a very strong understanding of enterprise application integration (EAI), Service Bus Technology, Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) and a proven record of delivering scalable, efficient and flexible solutions. His industry and client experience range from healthcare to manufacturing and start-ups to state government.

Deepak Goel

Mentor/Advisor/Investor, 500 Startups, Backpack   |   LinkedIn

Deepak is a seasoned product management and product marketing executive. Currently, he is the CTO of Packback Books. Deepak was the Chief Product Officer of IndiaHomes (a Foundation Capital & Helion Ventures company) where he built & led product management, marketing and engineering teams. Before IndiaHomes, he was Director of Product Management at where he created & grew several multi-million dollar products. He has also served as an executive at Microsoft & Nokia.

Deepak is a mentor at 500 Startups, advisor to Khosla Impact Fund, an angel investor in few startups and advises several companies on strategy, product and marketing. Deepak is a computer science graduate from IIT, Delhi, India and holds an MBA from Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley. He is a Mensa member and has filed patents for 4 of his inventions.

Karl Kochendorfer

CEO & Founder of MedSocket   |   LinkedIn

Karl Kochendorfer is the CEO and founder of MedSocket, which was created out of a Startup Weekend. He is also the Assistant Vice President for Health Affairs and Chief Health Information Officer at the University of Illinois Hospital & Health Sciences System (UI Health) and Associate Professor of Clinical Family Medicine at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC).

Tom Giles

CEO & Co-Founder StageBloc   |   LinkedIn

Tom Giles was born and raised near Milwaukee, WI. He is the founder and CEO of StageBloc and speaks regularly about tech, startups, and “Turning Obstacles into Opportunities.”

Chip Aubry

Manager of Software Engineering - Mobile, kCura   |   LinkedIn

Chip has over 18 years of software development experience. He earned his start as part of Accenture's next generation "Project Eagle" technology group. Since then, he’s shaped large-scale web solutions for GM, United, Motorola, Quaker Oats and Allstate. Chip holds a BS from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Joe Call

Creative Director, VOKAL Interactive   |   LinkedIn

An illustrator and artist at heart, Joe made his mark in coloring books and Red Lobster kids menus back in the early 80′s. With a BFA in Visual Communications from the Illinois Institute of Art-Chicago, Joe applies his skills and talent through various medias ranging from digital to print. Working in mobile design over the last 6 at Motorola Mobility and Tribune Interactive, Joe has designed rich experiences in both iOS and Android platforms. Embracing a love for graffiti art, illustration, chocolate pudding, and fresh socks

Brian Flavin

User Experience Designer, VOKAL Interactive   |   LinkedIn

Flavin's background in marketing and video production has enabled him articulate user perspectives and incorporate them into a product. He helps build meaningful interactions integrated with clean, visual interfaces. Brian holds a BBA in Marketing from the University of Cincinnati and is a Masters candidate at DePaul University, studying Human Computer Interaction.

Clair Loewy

Interaction Designer, VOKAL Interactive   |   LinkedIn

Clair has worked in the digital design space for a few years. Before that she was a cellist- with a devastating career ending injury, and few other tangible skills- at Michigan State University. Clair attended portfolio school here in Chicago, where she now enjoys living with her boyfriend and their golden retriever, Stevie. Stevie is named after hockey great Steve Yzerman (Stevie Y to all the Red Wings fans)- not after Fleetwood Mac singer Stevie Nicks…who names their dog after Stevie Nicks???

Mitch Said

Visual Designer, VOKAL Interactive   |   LinkedIn

Mitch Said is designer and sometimes digital artist, with origins in Johannesburg, South Africa. Retaining his early interests in illustration and animation, he’s always been into making nice-looking stuff on screens. When the mobile revolution came along, he jumped at the chance to make visuals that people could reach out and touch.
He moved continents in 2007 to study at NYU’s creative technology graduate program ITP, and has since worked as an independent designer specializing in mobile and tablet interfaces. Now Chicago-based, he’s excited to join the Vokal team and help make some head-turningly pretty apps. He’s fond of tacos, electronic music made by people who probably have beards and beagles. He knows less about cricket and more about US politics than you might expect.

Brian Hines

Systems Engineer, VOKAL Interactive   |   LinkedIn

Professionally, my skill set falls on the server side. At VOKAL I architect, build, and deploy systems that power websites and support native mobile applications. My expertise is in Python and its web frameworks, especially Django. I also work with Node.js and Go. Outside of the office, my knowledge spans the rest of the web stack. On the front-end, I have a lot of experience with HTML, CSS, and JavaScript, including the AngularJS web application framework.

Media & In-kind Sponsors
Andy Abbott
Kirk Lashley
Chris Campbell
Becky Rother
Marion Boiteux
Patrick Farrar

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