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SocietyM with presentations at The Lighthouse (from 4.30pm on Sunday)

This year Startup Weekend Glasgow is partnering with Cleanweb Scotland, and prizes will be awarded for startups with the greatest potential to make a positive environmental impact both locally and globally. We are strongly aligned with the Cleanweb movement: using information technology to drive massive improvements in global sustainability, economic prosperity, and human well-being.

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On the 25th October 2013, 100 hardware and software hackers, designers and industry experts will be gathering at SocietyM for a 54 hour frenzy of business model creation, coding, designing and market validation. We invite anyone with an interest in startups, sustainability and technology to come along and get stuck in, flex their entrepreneurial skills and make some new friends. If you can’t make the full event, join us at the Lighthouse from 4.30pm on Sunday to meet the teams and watch them pitch to our panel of judges.

About Startup Weekend

Startup Weekend is a global grassroots movement of active and empowered entrepreneurs who are learning the basics of founding startups and launching successful ventures. It is the largest community of passionate entrepreneurs with over 1000 past events in 100 countries around the world. Anyone is welcome to pitch an idea and receive feedback from their peers. Teams form around the top ideas organically; don’t worry though if you don’t have an idea yourself, just join the group you like best! Whether entrepreneurs found companies, find a co-founder, meet someone new, or learn a skill far outside their usual 9-to-5, everyone is guaranteed to leave the event better prepared to navigate the chaotic but fun world of startups. If you want to put yourself in the shoes of an entrepreneur, register now for the best weekend of your life!



Oct 25
  • Doors open st SocietyM for early arrivals
  • 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 you like!


Oct 26
  • Breakfast is served!
  • Teams finalised and workspace set up for the weekend
  • Media check-in, organisers will collect Twitter handles and Blog URLs
  • Lunch
  • Call for needs & skills
  • Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!
  • Dinner, an example presentation, and movie night (The Startup Kids)
  • Mid weekend check-in, status reports, call for help
  • Coffee break for the night-owls


Oct 27
  • British Summertime ends, clocks go back one hour!
  • Breakfast is served!
  • Call for help (this is self motivated, so don’t be shy)
  • Lunch
  • Coaches arrive… ASK QUESTIONS
  • Pitch run-throughs and feedback at SocietyM
  • Doors open for presentations at The Lighthouse
  • Event begins
  • First pitch
  • Judging & awards
  • Wrapup
  • Go home or join us for post-event drinks!

Chris Adams

Co-organiser, Cleanweb UK   |   LinkedIn

Chris Adams is the co-organiser of Cleanweb UK, a community of developers, designers, makers and entrepreneurs working at the intersection of web technology and sustainability. Previously a developer and product manager at environmental data startup AMEE, and an infrastructure engineer and tech consultant at Headshift. Based in the Open Data Institute, he advises companies and startups on building business models around environmental data, and acts as the developer advocate for personal data startup Mydex.

Lucy Brown

Engagement Co-ordinator, Open Glasgow   |   LinkedIn

Lucy has a law degree from Oxford University, and a Masters in Sustainability Science from Lund University, Sweden.

She worked as an environmental advisor to the local community on a remote Indonesian nutmeg archipelago in the Banda Sea, then as the Sustainability Projects Officer at Canterbury Christ Church University in Kent.

Lucy is thrilled to be back in Glasgow - still on the sustainability quest - working for Future City : Glasgow. Bringing her passion for community engagement, openness and banter, she is the voice behind the @openglasgow Twitter account.

Luke Nicholson

Director of CarbonCulture   |   LinkedIn

Luke Nicholson, founder of CarbonCulture, a community platform designed to help use resources more efficiently. CarbonCulture uses high-tech metering to monitor carbon use in the workplace. It helps clients use that data to make better decisions around energy usage and sustainability, enabling them to realise cash savings. It also places great emphasis on design and user interface, enabling people within an organisation to connect, so that employees develop a shared understanding of sustainability.

CarbonCulture is currently working with clients including No10 Downing Street, Tate Modern and Cardiff Council to measure and report on their carbon and energy performance, publishing it in real time online as well as in workplace receptions and intranets.

Sean Lightheart

Marketing Manager, CO2 Estates   |   LinkedIn

CO2 Estates is a technology start up offering commercial real estate improvement analysis software. Our solution delivers property investors a platform that provides transparency into energy performance data, as well as the rapid generation of energy reduction retrofit scenarios, enabling efficient yet informed decision-making across commercial property portfolios. Our software has achieved considerable traction in a short period of time, engaging with key organisations within the real estate investment sector, working with M&G Investments, British Land PLC, Aviva, Henderson, Blackrock and Deloitte.


Andrew Mitchell

Managing Director, CleanWeb Factory Ltd   |   LinkedIn

Andrew is the Managing Director of CleanWeb Factory, founded in July 2013 to help high-growth ventures take advantage of the opportunity presented by the convergence of energy and informatics. He was a Business Manager at the Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation and prior to this founded and grew Informatics Ventures. He is an experienced programme manager with 19 years in the ICT sector and 12 years in business-university collaboration and commercialisation.

Fiona Godsman

CEO, Scottish Institute for Enterprise   |   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. She is inspired by the passion and enthusiasm of Scotland’s young entrepreneurs and appreciates being able to support them with a bit of ‘grey haired’ knowledge. She is a powerful networker and loves to put people in touch with others who can help and inspire them.

Stuart Deed

Director, The Launch Point Limited   |   LinkedIn

Stuart is the founder of The Launch Point and has over 25 years experience in the Energy sector with Exxon Mobil and SSE plc. Prior to forming The Launch Point Stuart spent seven years working on investment in the Cleantech sector helping to establish the Scottish and Southern Energy Venture Capital business in 2006. Stuart has extensive experience in non-executive directorial roles working with early stage businesses.

Pippa Gardner

Project Manager, TSB Future Cities Demonstrator   |   LinkedIn

Pippa is the Project Manager for the City Technology Platform Project within the Technology Strategy Board (TSB) Future Cities Demonstrator Programme at Glasgow City Council. The Glasgow bid outlined how public, private and academic sectors can combine expertise and use cutting-edge technology to enhance day-to-day life in the city. It addressed issues such as public safety, transport, health, and sustainable energy. Pippa has wide experience of project management across a range of consultancy projects in the public sector and is also proud to have been involved in the birth of two new-start businesses.

Rohan Gunatillake

Director, 21awake   |   LinkedIn

Rohan Gunatillake is a Glasgow-based producer and entrepreneur. He is the co-producer of Sync - a programme of activities which includes Culture Hack Scotland, all which help cultural organisations in Scotland have a more progressive relationship with technology, technologists, design and designers. In 2012 Rohan was named by Wired Magazine as one of 50 people who will change the world, is the creator of buddhify, the mobile mindfulness app for modern life and has recently joined the board of the British Council.

Jamie Coleman

Managing Director, TechCube   |   LinkedIn

Jamie is the managing director of TechCube, a world class space for technology startups in Edinburgh. He is also the founder and director of the Turing Festival, an International Technology Festival taking place during the official Edinburgh Festival, and was recently elected to the board of ScotlandIS, the trade body for software, IT and creative technology businesses in Scotland.


Murray Buchannan

Lead Mentor   |   LinkedIn

Murray has twenty years of commercial experience in creativity and innovation and advises founders and boards on strategy, funding, commercialisation and internationalisation. He was previously an intellectual property lawyer and executive at Time Warner and Virgin Group, including throughout the 1990s dot-com bubble. Murray is presently a faculty member of THNK: The Amsterdam School Of Creative Leadership.

Scott Sherwood

Lead Technology Mentor   |   LinkedIn

Scott is an entrepreneur, specialising in location-based services and crowdsourcing. Having built a community of over 1.5 million users though WiFiFoFum he has been at the core of mapping over 100 million Wi-Fi access points globally. Scott currently heads up City Innovation for the TSB Future Cities Demonstrator at Glasgow City Council. Its aim is to support innovation through the integration of SME's and open data about the city.

Vicky Brock

Lead Business & Digital Analytics Mentor   |   LinkedIn

Vicky Brock, CEO of Clear Returns, Google Analytics Official Trainer and Director Emeritus of the Digital Analytics Association. Vicky's startup, formed in May 2012, won IBM SmartCamp and was recently winner of Best New Product at the Digital Technology Awards.

Sarah Frood

Architecture & Community Design Mentor   |   LinkedIn

Sarah is a community regeneration specialist and co-founder of Ice Cream Architecture. Together with Desmond Bernie, she facilitated and completed the public engagement, consultation and report for Glasgow City Council’s 50 year plan "Future Glasgow : City Vision" and has worked to develop a significant portfolio of projects with clients such as Creative Scotland, Art Works Scotland and Legacy Trust UK.

Cally Russell

Business Mentor   |   LinkedIn

Cally is the founder of, the personal shopping app that finds only the clothes that suit you. Set up in 2012 Cally has raised nearly £200,000 in the last 6 months and has seen his pitching talents take him all over Europe.

Renata Pilikinaite

Business Mentor   |   LinkedIn

Renata is the CMO & Co-founder of Eventhread – a new web app that offers personalised event recommentions based on users tastes, interests and location. She has experience in business and customer development, marketing and social media and has won a number of business awards such as Shell LiveWIRE Grand Idea award and Startup Weekend Lisbon 2013.

Victoria Arnold

Business Mentor   |   LinkedIn

Victoria is a serial entrepreneur with a specialist interest in Generation-Y in the workplace and the UK entrepreneurial ecosystem. She has founded and successfully run two businesses Homestayfriend and Desk Union. Victoria is also partner in Hubcreate – collaboration that creates, manages and markets coworks.

David Wong

Business & Legal Mentor   |   LinkedIn

David is the founder of Plantedd, an online marketplace with the aim of making it easier to find and buy plants. They've recently started selling plant boxes - like a veg box, but with plants for the garden. Before launching Plantedd David had a very different life as a senior solicitor at Burness Paull.

Bruce Scharlau

Software Entrepreneurship Mentor   |   LinkedIn

Bruce is the programme director for the MSc Software Entrepreneurship at the University of Aberdeen, and helps a number of entrepreneurs through his work with the Aberdeen Software Factory. He follows two approaches with students: The first approach is to learn by doing so that students co-create and validate solutions using a mixture of agile, lean and service design tools. The second approach is to use serious games for learning as a trained @strategicplay facilitator in the Lego Serious Play approach.

Callum Stuart

Technical Mentor   |   LinkedIn

Callum is an entrepreneur, director & experienced technical manager. He's presently the COO of, the personal shopping app that finds only the clothes that suit you, and makes sure the business and product are running smoothly. He previously co-founded StoreHR and Newbridge Green.

Michael Hayes

Technical Mentor   |   LinkedIn

Michael is a software developer and prominent personality in the Scottish startup community. He is currently a KTP associate and was a founding member of Arkly, Dizeo and The Circle. He runs RookieOven, a blog and monthly tech meetup, and hosts the Glasgow PubSummits. He was lead organiser on the first Scottish Startup Weekend in Glasgow last year.

David Kelly

Design & Technical Mentor   |   LinkedIn

David is the director of DKDO, a user experience design studio for web and digital media. He's also the founder of Shareflow and Campaign Point: a social collaboration and file sharing platform for creative teams, and an experienced team of experts in email marketing strategy, design and delivery respectively.

Jen Berg

Design Mentor   |   LinkedIn

Jen is Head Creative at - an online restaurant deals and reservation service. She also co-organises Refresh Glasgow with founder Alan Wallace, a monthly meetup of designers, developers and people who work on the web

Ashley Baxter

Design Mentor   |  

Ashley is a designer, photographer, blogger and self taught developer. She works at Brokers Direct, an insurance business catering to the property sector, and has a number of side projects including Lodger - an online property rental management application.

Jayne Coulthard

Digital Media Mentor   |   LinkedIn

Jayne is a Web Strategist and Trainer for ICT Advisor. She is an Internet World Advisory Board member and organiser of their hackathon for London Technology Week. She is co-founder of the Digiterati Student Society and a speaker at ICT events. Her startup EdTech venture ‘I learn design’ has support from global companies.

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