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Monday, November 14


Seattle Startup Week Opening Party sponsored by Chase Ink

This is your formal invitation to Seattle Startup Week's Opening Night Party Nov. 14 at 5PM.

Join us for a night of fun while seeing friends, meeting local entrepreneurs, and mingling with the organizers of Seattle Startup Week. Our second annual "Lord of the Ping" will be in full force with the reigning winner Sanjay Puri, 9Mile Labs Co-Founder and Partner. Followed by entertainment from a local startup, Breakdancing Ninjas. These dancers are hardcore professionals and should not be missed. Music provided by a live DJ mixing mad beats. We want to celebrate you for helping us make this the biggest Seattle Startup Week ever. Appetizers, Beer, & Wine provided by Chase Ink.

Date: Nov. 14th
Time: 5PM - 12AM
Location: Axis Pioneer Square
308 1st Ave S. Seattle, WA 98104
Tourney starts at: 3:30PM Main Party starts at: 5PM
Breakdancing Performance: 7:30PM 

Dare to take on the Lord of the Ping? Want to be Sauron??
Potential Lords Register Here


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Brandy Rhodes

Campus Director, Code Fellows | Executive Lead for Techstars Startup Week Seattle | Co-Founder of @LadiesOfStartup | Entrepreneur
A community-focused leader with over 15 years of experience working in accelerated growth environments. Highly skilled communicator with the ability to champion a brand’s mission, vision, and values to targeted audiences. Creative and innovative marketer with experience building... Read More →

Monday November 14, 2016 5:00pm - 11:30pm
Axis 308 1st Avenue South, Seattle, WA 98104
Tuesday, November 15


Breaking into Education
Public education is a huge sector and ripe for innovation – and many entrepreneurs are trying to break in. However, the public sector is a very different kind of customer. In this panel, several companies that work in the education space will share their challenges and lessons learned – from RFP's, what you need to know about the law, and getting your foot in the door to how to have a real impact on the future of education for all.

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Steve Siden

Success Manager, Actively Learn
Actively Learn

Tuesday November 15, 2016 11:00am - 12:00pm
Impact Hub Seattle (3rd Floor Studio) 220 2ND AVE S


Nonprofit Startups: A Look Back
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Nonprofits face unique opportunities, and this panel discussion engages industry experts and EDs from a number of local nonprofits that have gone through, or are going through, the challenges of nonprofit formation, mission development, launch, and sustainability. Topics discussed will include building an effective board, community support, resource scarcity, fundraising, developing/retaining/engaging donors, sustainability, finance and accounting, compliance issues, research and planning, and marketing. 

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Nick Anderson

Senior Vice President, Pacific Continental Bank
Senior Vice President with Pacific Continental Bank Nick Anderson leads a team of bankers focused on serving the financial needs of nonprofit sector organizations and small businesses in the Puget Sound.  Previously, Anderson was Managing Director of Treasury Management and Payment... Read More →

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Putter Bert

President & CEO, KidsQuest Children's Museum
I have over 30 years in the Non-Profit world, primarily working within Children's Museums with a focus on education and fundraising. I have been responsible for opening two new Museums and renovating and relocating two others. I have strong believes about community involvement and... Read More →
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Diana Dollar

Executive Director, The Prosperity Agenda
Stopping the cycle of poverty is a bold, personal pursuit. With more than 20 years spent directing economic development, workforce development and human services programs, my insights aren’t just theoretical. My real-world experience has shown me how systems and policies can perpetuate... Read More →

Lisa Nitze

President and CEO, Social Venture Partners
Social Venture Partners is an organization of over 500 philanthropists pooling funds, expertise and volunteer time to contribute to livable, sustainable, inclusive communities in the Puget Sound region.
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Donald Summers

Managing Director, Altruist Partners
Donald Summers, the founder and Managing Director of Altruist Partners LLC, is a speaker, author, social entrepreneur and management consultant with a long track record of catalyzing dramatic gains in impact, growth and performance. On the local and regional level, Altruist helps... Read More →
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Dirk Van Velzen

Executive Director, Prison Scholar Fund
Dirk is passionate about prisoner education. While incarcerated, he earned two business degrees, graduating in the top of his class at Penn State. Seeing that others would walk a similar path, Dirk founded the Prison Scholar Fund (PSF) and from behind bars supported 110 incarcerated... Read More →

Tuesday November 15, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm
SURF Incubator 999 3rd Ave #700, Seattle, WA 98104
Wednesday, November 16


Civic + Social Impact Coffee Collider
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Coffee Collider is a great way to connect to both the Impact Hub community and the Seattle community, and to begin to spark collaboration and build your network. During Startup Week, we invite you to come meet with other individuals who are interested in civic and social good to pitch your ideas and projects (in a 1-minute format), to share advice to one another and build the community of people who want to make meaningful, positive changes in our community. 

Wednesday November 16, 2016 8:30am - 9:30am
Impact Hub Seattle (3rd Floor Studio) 220 2ND AVE S


Who Deserves Good Design? Inclusive Design Panel

Good design is no longer a competitive advantage, good design is table stakes if you want to build a product for mass adoption. Even then, beautiful products that don't solve real human problems are rarely economically viable. But when real human problems are solved with beautiful design, companies are born, products scale, and value for millions is created. Two assumptions exist in this scenario though – (1) that what you or I deem as good design is universally good design, and (2) that the human problem you or I is solving is actually worth solving. 

Are these assumptions rooted in the worldview of the privileged and powerful? Are today's most beautifully designed products and services designed equitably? How might we design better products, services, and experiences for the marginalized and disenfranchised? What does good design look like in the absence of our assumptions about who needs good design? These questions and more will be discussed as the panel helps us better understand the implications of equitable and inclusive design.

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Joel Fariss

Design Research & Strategy, Seattle Mayor's Office of Policy & Innovation
Joel is a design and strategy leader who has spent his career working at the intersection of design, technology, and human experience. Before joining the Mayor’s Office of Policy & Innovation, he worked as a Design Strategist with global design firm NBBJ helping clients such... Read More →

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Barbara Alink

Founder & CEO, Alinker
Barbara Alink, CEO of the Alinker Inventions, designed and developed conceptual and production prototypes for The Alinker R-volution walking bike. She established investment rounds, manufacturing partners, dealer network, marketing, media and press strategy for product introduction... Read More →
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Sarah Harmon

Founder, Poppy Medical
Sarah Harmon is the Founder & CEO of Poppy Medical, which strives to serve the whole person rather than just their medical condition. She has successfully designed, manufactured, and brought product to market, secured angel investment, and recently closed a 112% funded Kickstarter... Read More →

Michael Jenkins

Seattle Design Commission
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Jacob Simons

Director of Design Strategy, Gensler
Jacob devotes himself to creating delightful and impactful everyday experiences. As a social scientist and designer, he seeks opportunity to improve the relationship between people and infrastructure. “Whether we are working or playing, learning or healing, seeking refuge or connecting... Read More →

S. Surface

Seattle Design Foundation
Seattle Design Foundation
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Maurice Ward

Maurice served as a member of the Washington Partnership Council on Juvenile Justice (WA-PCJJ), Co-chair of the Disproportionate Minority Contact (DMC) Committee, and supportive member of the Behavioral Health Committee as well. Maurice is a licensed Chemical Dependency Professional... Read More →

Wednesday November 16, 2016 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Impact Hub Seattle (3rd Floor Studio) 220 2ND AVE S


How Can Civic Startups Succeed?

There is no shortage of people trying to build tech to improve civic life – or to break into the $72 billion+ government IT market. But making money from tools designed primarily to do good is not easy. In this session, you’ll hear real talk from local entrepreneurs who are trying to build sustainable businesses around civic causes.

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Candace Faber

Civic Technology Advocate, City of Seattle
using technology to connect people to their government and each other

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Mathias Burton

Product Design Manager, Tyler Technologies
Design leadership focused on social innovation and civic technology. I work to bring human-centered design practices into local government.

Ethan Phelps-Goodman

Seattle in Progress

Ethan Schaffer


Wednesday November 16, 2016 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Impact Hub Seattle (3rd Floor Studio) 220 2ND AVE S
Thursday, November 17


How might we design a future for our next generation?

Help Us Design Futures

Today's kindergartener will be a part of the graduating High School Class of 2027. What technology will they use? How will they remember their ancestors?


Join students, teachers, artists, technologists, and community as we explore what the not too distant future holds. Demo new tools in virtual, augmented, and mixed reality while brainstorming tomorrow's experiences for today's digital youth.


About First Place

First Place is a private nonprofit located in Seattle's Central District. They serve children and families experiencing trauma with a holistic program of culturally competent educational and support services like the Doreen Cato Early Learning Center and the Imani Village Housing Program.

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David D. Harris

Startup Advocate, City of Seattle Office of Economic Development
David is the Startup Advocate for the City of Seattle's Office of Economic Development where he supports tech startups through the StartupSeattle program. In his role, he also helps to lead the TechHire initiative for the Seattle region, which aims to connect women, people of color, and the formerly incarcerated with training and jobs in the tech industry, and was started by President Obama in 2015... Read More →

Thursday November 17, 2016 2:00pm - 4:00pm
First Place School 172 20th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122