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Nov 16
  • 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


Nov 17
  • 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
  • Finished for the day. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow


Nov 18
  • 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!

Gareth Williams

CEO and Co-Founder Skyscanner

Self-confessed IT geek Gareth Williams is the CEO of Skyscanner.

Skyscanner was born from a personal frustration of how difficult it was to search for and compare flight prices on the web. Skyscanner's revolutionary intelligent search technology was developed by Gareth Williams and his co-founders, Barry Smith and Bonamy Grimes. They bootstrapped the development, keeping their full-time jobs until Skyscanner took off. It turned out that what the three founders wanted from a flight search site were what many others wanted too, and Skyscanner became a word of mouth success for online users looking for cheap flights.

Skyscanner is now a global brand employing over 160 people and offers flight searches in 30 languages, with over two-thirds of its business from outside the UK. Skyscanner is the no.1 travel search site in Europe and receives 26 million visits per month worldwide. Its multi-award winning mobile app has been downloaded over 10m times since launching in February 2011 and has topped the free travel app category in 47 countries.

With a head office in Edinburgh, where Gareth lives with his two children, Skyscanner has offices in Singapore and more recently opened a sales office in Beijing.

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Alistair Hann

Chief Technology Officer - Skyscanner   |   LinkedIn

In 2008 Alistair co-founded Zoombu, a travel search engine that finds users the best end-to-end route from home to their destination, across all modes of transport. The business won a string of prestigious industry awards, and was a finalist in Seedcamp 2008 and the Amazon Web Services Start-up Challenge 2010. Zoombu was acquired by Skyscanner in January 2011 and Alistair now holds the role of Chief Technology Officer.

Prior to founding Zoombu, Alistair studied at Oxford and Princeton universities, gaining a masters degree in engineering and a doctorate in machine learning. For several years he consulted to a spin-out company that commercialized his doctoral research.

Fiona Godsman

CEO of SIE   |   LinkedIn

Fiona is CEO of the Scottish Institute for Enterprise (SIE), the national organisation for promoting and supporting enterprise and entrepreneurship in Scotland's universities. Fiona is passionate advocate for student enterprise and entrepreneurship in Scotland

Nigel Eccles

CEO of FanDuel   |   LinkedIn

Nigel Eccles is the co-founder and CEO of FanDuel, a venture backed gaming company with offices in Edinburgh and New York.
FanDuel is the leading provider of daily fantasy sports games to the US and Canadian markets. Our aim is to transform the live sports experience through fast paced premium sports games. Players draft fantasy sports teams at any time in head-to-head or multi-player contests, paying an entry fee for each contest and vie for cash prizes. It is on course to award $50m in prizes in 2012.
In 2010 FanDuel won the Herald Digital Business Award for international growth and then in 2012 the company won the Scotland IS awards for Outstanding Performance in Business Growth (Smaller Business) and Scottish Digital Technology Company of the Year (Smaller Businesses).

Prior to FanDuel Nigel re-launched the betting exchange (acquired by Betfair) and re-launched the Betdaq betting exchange. Additionally, he was a consultant with McKinsey & Co for four years and was formerly on the management board of Johnston Press plc.

Sandy McKinnon

Partner at Pentech Ventures   |   LinkedIn

Sandy has over 20 years experience in commercialising technology innovations, the last 10 of these as a partner with Pentech.
Prior to Pentech, he was Director of Knowledge Transfer & Technology and Research Services at Heriot-Watt University where he helped in mentoring and fund raising of twelve spin-out companies.

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Colin Gilchrist   |   LinkedIn

Colin (the Social Tailor) embraced the life of an entrepreneur after working for large corporations that included Arcadia and Burberry.

For the past 10 years Colin has worked in digital marketing including:
2002 - 10 Running Digital Agency, Film Production Company and Software development company
2006 - Working with Myspace for EMI & Universal
2007 - Developing Facebook applications (Tripadvisor +)
2008 - Developing a social network that alleviated traffic congestion (award winning)
2009 - Developed Tweetabits (the Twitter tool that provides business leads)
2010 - present delivering Social Media marketing, business development and crisis strategies (in addition to being the Creative Director for

During Startup Weekend Edinburgh, Colin will be advising teams on how best to use social media.

Phil Legetter

Developer Evangelist   |  

Phil is a Developer Evangelist at Pusher, a London tech startup with global reach. He’s been developing and using real-time web technologies for over 10 years. His focus is to help developers understand and use these technologies to build the next generation of interactive and engaging real-time web applications.

Danny Helson

Programme Manager

Danny is the Programme Manager for Informatics Ventures, a pan-Scotland project established in 2008 to nurture Scottish entrepreneurial talent and fuel innovation in the high tech sector.

Kate Ho

MD Interface3   |  

Kate is MD of Interface3, which passionately designs
and crafts exciting customer branded experiences using innovative technologies (such as Augmented Reality, Mobile Games). Working with some of the biggest brands in the world including Pearson Education, PBS KIDS, SMART Technologies, they strive to create things that engage and delight people. Her academic background is in Computer Science,
and navigated through academia with a BSc (Edinburgh), MSc (Manchester) and finally studying for a PhD in requirements engineering in Edinburgh.

In her spare time, she is deeply involved in the startup scene, writing about startups in StartupCafe ( She is also a semi-keen runner, full time lifehacker and most recently,
delusional amateur fiction writer.

Allan Lloyds

Founder and CEO Insight Arcade   |  

Allan is the Founder of Insight Arcade, a tech/education startup based in Entrepreneurial Spark. He is a Ruby developer by trade and specialises in web and API development.

Christopher Lamotte

Marketing Consultant   |   LinkedIn

Over the last 20 years Christopher Lamotte (CL) has provided marketing and management consultancy services to over 120 businesses in consumer and business-to-business markets. He set up Real Marketing in 2001 to provide practical strategic marketing and outsourced marketing management services (by becoming his client's marketing manager/director on a flexible basis or to undertake defined projects). The approach taken is client-sided, based on sound strategic thinking, sales-orientated, and focused on growing profitable business for clients.

Christopher's website Real Marketing

Diana Proca

Founder Work In Startups   |   LinkedIn

Over a year ago Diana founded Work In Startups, a platform showcasing job opportunities in the UK startups scene. She has previously organised multiple Launch48 events that helped entrepreneurial minds create businesses in 48 hours. She can advise you on how to make the most out of the event and what are the crucial milestones in creating a tangible product during Startup Weekend

Richard Stamp

Co-founder of FringeGuru   |  

With a background spanning both technology and the arts, Richard is a communications specialist and an experienced facilitator. In Edinburgh, he’s best known for founding and editing cultural website Fringe Guru, which he’s brought to profitability largely thanks to a popular companion app. He also runs an online social community for leading telecoms equipment provider Metaswitch Networks, and is a business mentor for LAUNCH.ed, the University of Edinburgh’s support service for student entrepreneurs. Richard can help you understand the nuts and bolts of your business plan, as well as advising on the best way to communicate your vision to the public.

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