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MLK Meets Silicon Valley – Inclusion Hacking For Good In Oakland

Startup Weekend Oakland invites community members, business leaders and techies to solve global issues related to education, health, restorative justice and sustainability. The underlying theme is “Building a Silicon Valley that lives up to Dr. King’s dream” and is the first global hackathon for Black Male Achievement. The vision for this groundbreaking event presents the question “Could an app have saved Trayvon Martin?” says Kalimah Priforce, a 2013 Echoing Green BMA Fellow and Co-Founder of Qeyno Labs, the host for this historic event.

New Startup Weekend hackathon provides opportunities for disabled community

Co-lead organizer Todd Bachmann came up with the idea when he started thinking about the deaf and blind community and the potential technology innovation. He wanted to figure out how Startup Weekend could work into that and met Cory Klatik, a blind social media manager for Intel and four-time Startup Weekend attendee. “He helped me realize the weekend could be stronger in its accessibility offerings for the entire disabled community — not just the visual and hearing impaired communities — and inspired me to co-organize the event with him to do that just that.” Bachmann explained.

Women start it up: Women’s Startup Weekend looks to empower female entrepreneurs

Block notes that women are starting businesses at a faster rate than men, but are not scaling their businesses, often because they don’t have the support they need. “Sometimes it might just be an introduction,” she says. Block says she wants to be a good role model and help women reach their potential. She’s giving a kickoff speech at the Women’s Startup Weekend, and will be a coach. By gearing the event toward women, Block says organizers hoped to see a better turnout of women than a traditional Startup Weekend. (Another is planned March 7-9). See also: ND Women’s Startup Weekend a smashing success

This startup wants to make Filipinos healthier, one plate at a time

While it originated as a simple food pre-ordering system, he, together with his team Albert Go and Ian Rojas, “pivoted to a healthy food delivery platform during Startup Weekend Manila.” The startup ranked second in the Startup Weekend Manila held in 2013. For its soft launch, which is targeted before the end of this month, MetroPlate has established a partnership with healthy food caterer Rice Labs as its main supplier for food.

Startup Weekend Spencer to tackle agricultural innovation

“Everyone has been paying attention to entrepreneurs in the middle of big cities because there is more exposure and access,” she said. “Meanwhile, independent, rural entrepreneurs have been quietly finding new ways to generate food to feed the world and do traditional tasks smarter and faster with technology.”

Mexico, a cradle of startups

Startup Weekend is a global network of entrepreneurs that has organized events in more than 400 cities worldwide to inspire, educate and empower online communities and users with a culture of entrepreneurship. Mexico City, Guadalajara, Tijuana and Monterrey are cities with the highest levels of startup activity in Mexico, according to Hernández.


Portland Business Journal: A new twist for Portland Startup Weekend that will focus on access

Geekwire: New Startup Weekend hackathon provides opportunities for disabled community

Jacksonville Business Journal: Weekend warriors showcase entrepreneurial spirit at Jacksonville Startup Weekend 2014

Silicon Prairie News: “Golden ticket” storage tool wins the first ag-focused Startup Weekend

Launchpad Inland NW: Startup Weekend plays matchmaker ~ Barters Closet acquires Dresser App

Jacksonville Business Journal: Start me up: Weekend warriors showcase entrepreneurial spirit

Wichita Business Journal: Startup Weekend organizers Hansen and George on what Wichita needs to do next

Des Moines Register: Startup Weekend Spencer tackles rural problems

Asheville Citizen Times: From Startup Weekend to successful launch

Silicon Prairie News: LockerDome CEO thinks GlobalHack fills gap of product-centric events

Haaretz: Nazareth, Israel’s largest Arab city, now has a budding startup scene

Business and Leadership: ‘Champions’ sought to drive the creation of start-up communities around Ireland

Geekwire: Young upstarts from Startup Weekend Spokane merge to help keep your wardrobe organized

Xconomy: Colorado Ski Country Tries to Tap Into Entrepreneurial Talent Base

Indiana Statesman: Competition gives entrepreneurs chance to shine

USA Today Educate: Startup training programs prepare students for risk management, failure

Inforum: Women start it up: Women’s Startup Weekend looks to empower female entrepreneurs

Buffalo Business First: Heads Up looks to next step in biz plan

Times of India: Facebook acquires Bangalore-based startup Little Eye Labs (one founder attended SW)

Xconomy: From MIT Robot Whiz to DoD Engineer: The Gener8tor Startup Founders

Tech in Asia: This startup wants to make Filipinos healthier, one plate at a time

Azstarnet: Gangplank merged into Startup Tucson as CoLab

Latin Lista: Mexico, a cradle of startups

Bangor Daily: Let Maine entrepreneurs use the crowd to grow their businesses

BizJournals: ITEN names two to mentor startups

SB Wire: Houston Startup Loves the Intoxicating Fumes of Explosion in E-Cigarette Industry

Des Moines Register: Startup Weekend Spencer to tackle agricultural innovation

Community Stories

Arcticstartup: A new way to monitor chronic illness from Startup Weekend Stavanger

Emerging Prairie: ND Women’s Startup Weekend a smashing success

Mountain Xpress: Asheville Startup Weekend winners launch Local Flavor AVL app

Business 2 Community: Channel Your Inner Superman and Watch Your Idea Come to Life!

Forest Lake Times: Fantasy Geopolitics begins test drive

KMBZ Kansas City: New local startup aspires to help parents collect special memories

Exit Event: How We Got From Coursefork to trinket

The Florida Times Union: Startup Weekend at UNF drawing more ‘opportunity entrepreneurs’

Media, Videos, Photos

WAWV abc: Weekend Event Helps Valley Entrepreneurs

Grand Rapids SW Videos: ‘Startup Weekend Hatches Ideas’

KSBY San Luis: Cal Poly students launch businesses during Startup Weekend

SW Aarhus: SW Aaurhus Health Vertical event video

SW Rio Favela: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V_KxoyS69SQ; English subtitles: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gN_Beg41FmM&feature=youtu.be

Central Coast News: SW  event segment

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