Startup Weekend Galway

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Galway Business School





Apr 25
  • Warm-up Session. Inspirational Talks
  • Registration Starts
  • Dinner & Networking
  • Welcome
  • Pitches start
  • The vote
  • Formalise teams
  • Work time kick off


Apr 26
  • Breakfast
  • Keep up the good work!
  • Lunch
  • Call for needs & skills
  • Mentors help one-on one
  • Dinner
  • Mid weekend check-in, status reports, call for help
  • Another sleepless night!


Apr 27
  • Breakfast
  • Stay motivated!
  • Lunch
  • Mentors help
  • Pitch preparations
  • Dinner
  • Final presentations
  • Judging & awards
  • Wrapup
  • Go home! (or Pub!)

Darío Javier Cravero

Web Innovator & CTO/Co-Founder UXtemple   |  

I see technology as a means to an end: to communicate.
Solutions should be simple enough and help get processes and messages right.

As a core contributor to the Padrino Ruby Web Framework, I love making Open Source happen. The freedom to shape these projects is immense and at the end of the day it all counts towards making the final solution better. Being in Open Source is also a brilliant way to meet amazing people!

I've been designing architectures since I can remember and the focus has always stayed the same: what would be the best way to build this tomorrow? :)
In other words, if we weren't to have any of the constrains of today's technologies, how would we make it happen?

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Michael Campion

Lecturer in the J.E. Cairnes School of Business & Economics at NUI Galway

Michael Campion lectures in the J.E. Cairnes School of Business & Economics at NUI Galway. He teaches strategic management, innovation and entrepreneurship. Prior to joining NUI Galway,

Michael worked in the ICT industry for over twenty five years in a variety of managerial positions.


Barry O'Sullivan

CEO Altocloud   |  

Barry O'Sullivan is CEO of Altocloud, a software company with a mission of improving customer engagement and contact centre experiences. Altocloud is creating a cloud-based contextual communications platform that uses data analytics and machine learning to produce more effective customer-to-company interactions. Prior to Altocloud, he was Senior Vice President at Cisco Systems and has been General Manager of several multi-billion dollar divisions including Collaboration, Unified Communications and Voice Over IP, which he led from number six to the number one market share position worldwide. O'Sullivan has spent most of his career in Silicon Valley, joining Cisco in 2002, having previously been GM of Nortel's contact centre software business. O'Sullivan is a technology investor and is co-founder of the Irish Technology Leadership Group, a group of senior Irish American technology executives. He also serves on the board of Cope Galway, a charitable organisation focused on reducing isolation and homelessness. He holds a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from University College Cork and a master's degree in computer science from the University of Limerick, as well as a master's degree in business administration from Santa Clara University, California. Married with four children, he divides his time between Palo Alto, California and Galway, Ireland.

Michael FitzGerald

CEO and founder of OnePageCRM   |  

A Design Engineer by trade and inventor by nature, his career has taken him from designing Olympic athlete test equipment to the development of consumer products for multinational companies.
His most recent venture is OnePageCRM, a sales application for small business that converts leads to customers fast on a simple dashboard.
Michael is also a guest lecturer in NUI Galway on Growth Hacking and Entrepreneurship, and a founding organiser behind Startup Galway
At a previous Start-up Weekend in Google HQ Dublin, Michael was a mentor.

Olivier Daniels

R&D Director

Oliver Daniels, the Global R&D Team Leader for the Assisted Care Portfolio in Avaya, managing a geographically dispersed team, based in Galway.

Avaya purchased Nortel’s Enterprise Business in December 2009, and the Galway team have been selected to lead the development of Next Generation CC products

Ollie started his career with Nortel in 1981 and held a variety of roles in Finance, Operations, Product Management, Marketing, and R&D, based in Galway, the US, France and the UK, before leaving for Saville Systems in 1999. Ollie acted as VP for the operation in EMEA, through IPO, and after the company was purchased by ADC.
In his capacity as VP Consulting Services & RnD, Ollie led the expansion of the ADC business in EMEA until 2004.
In 2004 Ollie was named as CEO of a new Limerick based company, Accendo Technologies, guiding the company through two rounds of VC funding.
Despite early promise, Accendo never reached their funding or revenue targets and Ollie rejoined Nortel in 2007 after an eight year hiatus,

A graduate of UCG, Ollie is married with three children, and is keenly interested in contributing to the growth of a vibrant, challenging economy.


John Breslin

NUI Galway Lecturer, co-founder

John Breslin is a Lecturer at NUI Galway's College of Engineering and Informatics and Leader of the Unit for Social Software at Insight (formerly DERI).

As an Internet entrepreneur, Breslin is a co-founder and director at Ltd., a co-founder of Adverts Marketplace Ltd., a co-founder of StreamGlider Inc., founder of Technology Voice, member of the Board of Directors for the American Council on Exercise, and an advisor to CrowdGather Inc., Dot-Irish LLC, Trugence Inc., BuilderEngine, CloudDock, Pocket Anatomy and Fimsi. Breslin is the winner of various academic and internet awards, including IIA Net Visionary Awards in 2005 and 2006, and a Golden Spider Award for in 2001.

Cian Brassil

Founder of CloudDock   |  

In 2011 Cian won the NUI Galway Student Enterprise Awards, securing €15,000 for his business, WestCoastSurfer, which he founded and ran while studying IT at NUI Galway.

After graduating, Cian co-founded CloudDock - a web application that makes cloud storage services compatible. In 2013 he was listed in the Irish Independent's list of the top 30 entrepreneurs under 30, and is a recent graduate of NDRC LaunchPad accelerator.

Mark Campbell

Founder of Pocket Anatomy   |  

Mark Campbell is a CEO and founder of Pocket Anatomy, a visual patient education software company on mission to be the Google Earth for patient health literacy.

Mark is a NUIG and University of Limerick graduate with 15 years’ experience in digital media production and publishing, having worked in Ireland, USA and New Zealand developing and managing large eLearning & multimedia software solutions for multinational companies such as IBM, Bausch & Lomb, Dell and Honeywell.

Paul Gilson

A Medical Device entrepreneur

Raised >€60 million of VC funds in UK, US, EU and Ireland.. Currently , co-founder and CSO at Novate Medical, a Galway based medical device company developing IVC filter technology and CSO at Veryan Medical, an Imperial College spinout developing next generation SFA stenting products. He was a co-founder and General Manager of MedNova and was responsible for the development of novel stroke treatment technologies. The Company was acquired by Abbott Laboratories. Prior to his experience in start-up companies he held a number of senior roles in Operations, Development and R&D. He was Director of R&D for Bard Cardiology where he developed numerous cardiovascular devices. He is the holder of more than 30 patents for bio-materials and cardiovascular products.

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