Startup Weekend is a global network of passionate leaders and entrepreneurs on a mission to inspire, educate, and empower individuals, teams and communities. Come share ideas, form teams, and launch startups.
Have you ever heard the phrase ”Entrepreneurship is like a journey”?
Truth is, that a single journey is never enough. Last year we experienced a unique adventure during Startup Weekend Athens. And we just want more!
Startup Weekend Athens will take place between March 7, 8, 9. People from different backgrounds will come together for weekend long workshops to pitch ideas, form teams, and start companies with the help of experienced mentors.
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 400 past events in 130 countries around the world.
Whether entrepreneurs found companies, find a cofounder, 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!
What do you think of yet another journey?
All Startup Weekend events follow the same basic model: anyone is welcome to pitch their startup idea and receive feedback from their peers. Teams organically form around the top ideas (as determined by popular vote). Teams with members from different background form.
On Saturday the frenzy of business model creation, coding, designing, and market validation starts
Teams work all day on their projects and our amazing mentors drop by to give them valuable feedback.
On Sunday teams wrap up their efforts and by 5 o' clock they give their final pitches of their weekend projects. Judges question and choose the best...
and then we party!
Here’s a video summary from Athens Startup Weekend University
Startup Weekend University is part of Startup Weekend, 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 400 past events in 100 countries around the world in 2011.
The non-profit organization is headquartered in Seattle, Washington but Startup Weekend organizers and facilitators can be found in over 200 cities around the world. From Mongolia to South Africa to London to Brazil, people around the globe are coming together for weekend long workshops to pitch ideas, form teams, and start companies.
Startup Weekend University will follow the same basic model of all Startup Weekend events: students are welcome to pitch their startup idea and receive feedback from their peers. Teams organically form around the top ideas (as determined by popular vote) and then it’s a 54 hour frenzy of business model creation, coding, designing, and market validation. The weekends culminate with presentations in front of local entrepreneurial leaders with another opportunity for critical feedback.
Whether entrepreneurs found companies, find a cofounder, 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.
Fotis is heading the Innovation department of Atcom S.A., the largest web agency in Greece, with a customer portfolio that exceeds 1700 large scale and blue-chip companies. Along with that, Fotis silently co-founded and is managing OliveShop.com, an Athens-based startup with stores opening soon in New York and Beijing.
Fotis counts many fails and two successful exits. A buy-out of a web development company, and a .com media project that reached more than 500K unique visitors per day, and was sold to a Danish Media Corporation.
Fotis has been consulting on Vista Research, a Standard and Poor’s business unit, and on Lisbon Council, a European think tank, based on Brussels. He has published numerous articles on Marketing, Innovation and New Business Development, and has appeared on major media around the world (The New York Times, Herald Tribune, The Guardian, ARD, etc.)
Fotis holds a Masters Degree on Marketing, from Bournemouth University, UK., and holds a position on the Greek Ecommerce Association’s board (GR.EC.A).
Diana started her career in 2000 in the Marketing Research Industry, joining Focus-Bari as a Research executive. Four years later, she moved to Marketing, working for leading Cosmetics and Personal Care brands of Sarantis SA. She joined Cadbury in 2007, as a Senior Brand Manager Trident and in 2009, she undertook the responsibility of Marketing and Trade Marketing departments. Since September 2011, she holds her current position as Marketing Manager Gum in Kraft Foods Greece. She strongly believes that “crisis is the mother of action” and “innovation is the only way forward”.
In 2005, Bena Roberts predicted that mobile marketing was going to be huge. She left her successful job as an analyst to start up a blog from her kitchen table. A few years later, Bena became a popular news editor and one of the first women bloggers to secure series A funding and later to sell her online publication, GoMo News.
Now Bena works part-time and consults for brands, operators and agencies. She has a Masters in Economics and is overseas mobile marketing teacher at Cambridge Marketing College.
General Manager at Microsoft Innovation Center and Education Lead at Microsoft Hellas
Professional experience includes project, program and people management, sales in public and private Education accounts, marketing [audience/online/social media], developing and fostering partner relationships, strategic planning and evangelising innovative technologies.
Research experience on competency management and e-learning based on semantic web and ontologies. Managing research projects and reviewing EU Commission's RnD projects.
Vagelis Davitidis has studied Science, which helped him realize that in order to achieve his dream to change the world he needs to issue a youth magazine. This is how Submarine-(Ypovrixio) was born 14 years ago. Since then he has done nothing else than evolving a magazine into a vivid youth media network promoting DIY agenda and deconstructing mainstream lifestyle. “Let’s go from let’s see what happens to let’s make it happen. If you don’t like this bloody movie, it’s time to direct your own.”
Okay, meanwhile he has travelled to 24 countries mostly in Latin America and Africa. His core belief is that in Greece we need to redefine what is progressive. His highlight moments were talking about life with Velimir Ombradovic, joining a shaman ceremony in Peruvian Amazon basin and refusing a hand shake with Kostas Karamanlis.
Vasilis was born and raised in Stuttgart, Germany until the age of 18. He holds a degree in electrical and computer engineering from the National Technological University of Athens. In 2005, Vasilis co-founded Skroutz.gr, the leading price comparison engine in Greece, where he has an active role as head engineer, responsible for the Frontend crimes committed on the website. Together with the co-founders of Skroutz.gr, he paved the way for the company to be included among the top 20 sites in Greece, currently employing almost 40 passionate professionals, while developing a plethora of sister sites and adjacent services. Previously, he had co-created Fortytwo.gr -the first Ruby on Rails (RoR) company in Greece- working with high traffic blogs like Smashingmagazine.com. He has a passion about inspiring web design and enjoys teasing his colleagues.
Thodoris has a biology degree from the University of Athens. He has written for major Greek magazines and newspapers, and has worked as an editor and a translator. He has held the position of Chief Internet Officer at a major Greek media company.
He founded a network of blogs in 2008, which is about to be transformed into something spectacular.
Today, he writes about society, culture, technology and the internet. You can read his work at www.georgakopoulos.org
He is the author of three books. His latest, «Februarios», is a novel about the Greek crisis. www.februarios.com
Associate Professor of eBusiness at the Athens University of Economics and Business
His main research interests lie in the areas of mobile and wireless applications and services ubiquitous and pervasive information systems , business process modelling and simulation and information systems evaluation. He has published more than 120 articles in leading journals and international conferences, including the Information Systems Journal, the International Journal of Electronic Commerce, and the International Journal of Information Management. He has authored or edited 12 books and research volumes. He is a member of the editorial board of seven journals, including the International Journal of Mobile Communications and the Business Process Management Journal. Since 2001, he is the Director of the ISTLab Wireless Research Center, a group pursuing research on mobile business and ubiquitous commerce.
Founded and exited me.gr a social gaming network (Greek) with 300K+ members
BizDev @ Velti from startup to Nasdaq
BOD member and investor @ NiobiumLabs
Investor/Advisor @ Flipped Horizons
Organizer of Mobile DemoDay
Assistant Professor in Enterprise and Small Business Support Policies at the Economics Department of the University of Piraeus
She holds a B.Sc. from the University of Macedonia, Thessaloniki, GR and a PGD in Manpower Studies & Industrial Relations from the University of Manchester, UK. She was awarded a PhD in Social Sciences from the Economics Department of Leicester University, UK
Much of Dr Fafaliou research is focused on industrial organization, entrepreneurship and small & medium sized enterprises, business innovation, technology transfer, and business ethics. she is currently involved in a number of research projects that study: innovation determinants in Greek Small & Medium Sized Enterprises, factors affecting competitiveness of business clusters, competitiveness of the Euro zone manufacturing, and a cross-country analysis of controlling and business sustainability.
CEO @ Realize - Viva Online Services - Hellas Pay
He is CEO of Hellas Pay Payment Services SA, a recently founded Payment Institute which is focused on online transactions and CEO of VIVA ONLINE SERVICES, which provides innovative online services.
The above mentioned companies are wholly owned subsidiaries of REALIZE SA, which specializes in online marketing services and web based applications development. He’s also the CEO of Realize SA.
Born and raised in the media and showbiz world. While his classmates were playing in the park, he was playing in TV studios, press rooms and theaters’ backstage. From primary school, he realized that he is fascinated by anything that works with electricity. Consequently, the first FM transmitters in his bedroom were soon replaced by the first Home Computer (Sinclair ZX80), the first 16-bit PC (ΤΙ 99-4/Α) and later by the first Amiga 2000 that was introduced in Greece. He has worked as a reporter, producer, TV presenter and CSR manager at the biggest TV and radio broadcasters (ΕΡΑ, ΕΡΤ,ANT1 FM, ΑΝΤ1 TV, MEGA, STAR). In 1994, he was the editor of the first news podcast in the history of Internet, with the cooperation of “Dimokritos”. In 1995, he founded Acropolis Net, the first ISP in Greece. He is fascinated by innovation, charismatic people and good quality food. He loves making people happy.
Right now Miltos is shooting a new weekly web-show about People and their Quest of Happiness through creativity, innovation, self-evolution, trying to bridge San Fransisco & Athens. Launch is scheduled for mid-November 2012
Professor of Management Information Systems, School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, NTUA and Director of the Information Management Unit (IMU)
His area of expertise is information technology management and his research concerns knowledge management, semantic web and social computing in e-government and e-business settings. He has published 4 books and more than 200 papers in international peer-reviewed journals and conferences, has 2 best papers awards in the ICE and eGov conferences, sits on the editorial board of five international journals and has served as (co-)Chair or Program Committee Member in more than 55 international conferences. Gregoris has led or contributed in 35 European research and development projects conducted in collaboration with SAP, IBM, HP, Siemens, France Telecom, ATOS and other leading technology firms. Research carried out by his group has led to the establishment of three internet technology companies. He has acted as grant evaluator and/or external reviewer in information technology programs funded by donors such as the European Commission, the Swiss National Science Foundation, the Austrian Science Fund and the Cyprus Research Promotion Foundation. His experience includes twelve years of management consulting in corporate strategy and information systems strategy. He holds a Diploma Degree in Engineering (1984) and a Ph.D. in Operations Research and Information Systems (1988) both from NTUA. During 2006-2009 he served as member of the Board of Directors of the Institute of Communication and Computer Systems of NTUA.
Nikos is an entrepreneur and private investor with a keen interest in
the Greek startup scene and a proven track record in product marketing
and international business development.
He recently co-founded Workable HR, a technology startup aiming to
re-invent hiring for small and medium enterprises. He is also an angel
investor and advisor to Taxibeat and an active advisor to The OpenFund.
Previously, in the role of VP Business Development at Upstream, he
played a key role in the company's growth from startup into one of the
world’s top marketing technology companies, where he was actively
involved in enterprise sales across 40 countries in 4 continents.
Nikos holds a BEng in Computing from Imperial College, London. He is
35 years old, a software geek at heart and a Diamond Zerg in Starcraft 2.
Executive Director at Bold Ogilvy & Mather, Partner at driin
Following a small stint at private equity and after forming driin (an
internet investment firm) George returned to the Ogilvy & Mather
family in June 2010 as the executive director for the group. Bold
Ogilvy & Mather employs 317 people in Greece and is formed by Greece's
biggest and most awared Greek advertising, digital and direct
marketing agencies and multiple communications, PR and media companies in Greece, Cyprus, Albania and Serbia.
Prior to driin, George was the country manager for Google in Greece
where he set up the Athens office. Apart boosting Google’s Greek
revenues and number of advertisers, George recruited the team,
assisted in acquiring more than 100 AdSense partners, signed up a
reseller to acquire the long-tail, wrote a book on AdWords to help
educate the market and entered the Guinness book of Records among 1672
Googlers in Rhodes where they danced...Syrtaki.
Prior to that, and following the 2005 merger of his agency (yellownetroad) with OgilvyOne, he was the Managing Director of OgilvyOne in Athens for 3 years where he transformed the agency to the biggest and most awarded digital agency in Greece.
Before that he was involved full-time in the international fresh produce business serving UK supermarkets, working as a Marketing and
Procurement Manager for Richard Hochfeld Ltd.
George holds a BSc in Management Sciences from Warwick University and
an MSc (with distinction) in Analysis, Design and Management of
Information Systems from the London School of Economics. He has
followed executive educations courses on Finance (ALBA), Negotiations
(Harvard) and Private Equity (Oxford).
Assistant Professor and Head of Advertising and PR Lab at Panteion University
Her research expands on CSR, sustainability, city branding, collaborative and mobile consumption, startup culture and innovation and on advertising and PR in social and mobile web.
Currently, she is collaborating with “Co-Creating Experience Based innovation”research team at the Copenhagen Business School and works on organizing the llocal Co-Creation lab in Athens.
Furthermore, she serves as Vice-President of BOD of the Institute of Communication and as a member of the research committee. Also, she is a member of the governing board of Technological Institute of Ionian Islands.
From 2007-2011 she has been Visiting Assistant Professor of CSR and Business Ethics at the MBA Program of the University of Cyprus .
She has served as Director of Educational Radio-Television at the Ministry of Education, from 2010 -2012 where she designed the digital transition strategy.
The last three years, she participates as an expert in EU media literacy projects.
From 2006 -2009, she has been member of the editorial board and blogger at “Vima Ideon” newspaper. The last ten years she has offerecd consulting services and co-organized executive training programs for private sector.
He holds a Diploma of Graphic Design from the Akademie fur das Grafishe Gewerbe, Munchen and a Master in Visual Design from the Scuola Politecnica di Design, Milano. He manages a modest studio by the name of Tsevis Visual Design in Athens serving clients all over the world.
His client list includes companies like Nike, PepsiCo, Toyota, IKEA, Unilever, Best Buys, Sanyo, Bradesco Bank, Ebay advertising agencies like Saatchi & Saatchi LA, LIDA London, DDB Munich, BBH Sao Paulo, Leo Burnett Hong Kong, LOWE Dubai and media like Time, Fortune, Los Angeles Times, Village Voice, Sunday Times, Wired, Panorama, Epoca, MacFan, Focus, Evening Standard and many more.
Dimitris is the President of YES - European Confederation of Young Entrepreneurs and the Founder of Virtual Trip, a Start-up Accelerator & Seed Fund in the ICT sector.
Dimitris received his diploma in Computer Science from the Department of Computer Science, University of Crete, in January 2001 and his MBA from the Athens University of Economics and Business, Department of Management Science and Technology, in December 2005. As a student, he was a guest researcher at the Computational Vision & Active Perception Laboratory of the Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm  and member of the Networks & Telecommunications Group at the Institute of Computer Science, Foundation for Research & Technology, Hellas [1999, 2000].
Rich mix of “Start-up & Innovation” development, operations and finance from early stage coaching to exit management. Diversely experienced from start-up to work out, turnaround and rapid growth, forecasting & resolving long-standing problems and creating solutions that improve operational efficiency. Leverage expert analysis and insights to promulgate lean approach and team empowerment that drives organizational improvements and instills best practices. Objectives and progressive with dynamic leadership and business acumen to produce extraordinary results. Selfless advocate and masterful persuader. Connector and Linker!
Dr. Dimitris Xenakis holds a Ph.D. in Physics from Imperial College. He has been involved with online media and IT since 1994, in management, strategy and vision formation and in the development of digital applications and services. He has contributed to the development of services in some of the largest media organizations and providers of telecom services in Greece. Presently he heads the R&D Department at 24 Media, involved in strategic company planning, project and product management. Prior to that, Dimitris served as head of the Digital Media Dept of SKAI, deputy director of the New Technologies and Informatics Sector at Lambrakis Press S.A. and Area Leader at Intracom. In a previous life as a physicist he has worked as a researcher at the Max-Planck-Institut für Quantenoptik in Munich, the Foundation for Research and Technology in Crete and Imperial College of Science & Technology in London.
Konstantinos started his first business in the retail industry after graduating from high school and continued co-founding another 2 companies in the following years. His curent business focus lies in the area of retail, agriculture and art.
Konstantinos has studied Business Administration at AUEB, holds an MSc in Accounting & Finance from the University of Southampton and is a member of the Association of Certified Chartered Accountants of (ACCA). Currently, Konstantinos is attending a management training course at the University of Bocconi in Milan.
Konstantinos has worked for more than 6 years at Deloitte in the Financial Advisory Services department, where he was involved in projects providing expert and in-depth services to corporate clients, private equity/venture capital firms, entrepreneurs, and the government. Currently, he holds a finance position at ABB SA, a global leader in power and automation technologies.
Apostolos is an entrepreneur and angel investor in the internet/technology sector who started as an entrepreneur right after graduating from National Technical University in Athens: in 1998 he cofounded e-shop.gr.
In 2000 he went to the US to get the basics right, and after graduating from Columbia Business School in 2002 then spent two valuable years with Boston Consulting Group.
In 2009, looking for more challenges, he joined Openfund to help create the first seed investing fund in Southeastern Europe.
Furthermore in 2011 Apostolos cofounded e-food.gr which is the largest online delivery aggregator in Greece. Finally in 2012 he cofounded www.doctoranytime.gr which is an online service that allows people to book appointments with doctors.
In a nutshell Apostolos is currently a happy but busy man giving his time and energy to support ventures originating from Greece but have an international outlook in mind.
Philipp is an entrepreneur interested in the internet/technology and travel sector. After receiving a Diploma in International Business Administration from the Business School of Munich (2005), he decided to move to Greece where he co-founded Travelplanet24.
The company is involved in Tourism since 2005, developing travel technology (online booking systems & innovative web applications). Travelplanet24 has a Design & Development dept. constituted of over 20 professionals.
Currently, the company has built a network of 12 websites for online travel bookings in Greece, Germany, England, Poland, Romania, Italy, Russia, Turkey, Ireland, Ukraine, Hungary and Serbia. Bulgaria, Czech Republic and Israel are expected until the end of 2012.
Being also the CTO of Travelplanet24 for over 6 years, he knows how to actively integrate business and technology targets into creating the best travel booking experience.
Since May 2012, he is co-founder and one of the board members of GR.EC.A. (Greek e-Commerce Association).
He is a tech enthusiast, a Travelplanet24 evangelist, an optimization junkie and a good old wine lover.
George started Skroutz.gr in 2004 as a hobby project. A few years later, Skroutz.gr has evolved to a 40 employee strong company, offering bleeding-edge software solutions, currently the leading price comparison engine in Greece. While being the CEO of a dynamically growing company, he manages to be one of the most active developers and the one responsible for the inner workings of the search engine. He’s passionate about Test Driven Development (TDD), rapid prototyping and extreme programming cycles. George holds a degree in electrical and computer engineering from the National Technological University of Athens. He is a father of two, Apollon and Phoebus.
Fotis fell in love with web development back in 1999, when HTML 4, Microsoft's Frontpage and Yahoo! Geocities were cool. Fast forward a few years later (and lots of freelancing), he released his first "web software" for the Joomla! CMS platform in 2006: a plugin that would make video embedding into Joomla! articles a piece of cake. After 50.000 downloads the first week alone, it was clear what the future lied ahead. Nowadays, the web software that Fotis and his teams at Nuevvo & JoomlaWorks are developing, has been officially downloaded more than 6 million times and is powering hundreds of thousands of websites worldwide. An active member of the Joomla! Community and open source advocate, he has given numerous presentations about Joomla! & open source software all over Europe and since 2011 organizes the official annual event for Joomla! in Greece (JoomlaDay Greece).
Game designer and educator and CCO of Playmatics LLC
Fortugno earned B.A.’s in English and Philosophy from the State University of New York College at Purchase in 1997. Between 2000 and 2002, he attended the City University of New York as a doctoral student in English Literature, and then Hunter College as a Master's student, with a concentration on post-war American novels
In addition to his large body of digital work, Fortugno has been involved in the design of numerous non-digital projects, including board games, collectable trading card games, large-scale social games, and live-action role-playing games (LARP).
Since 2002, Fortugno has taught the Game Design and Interactive Narrative program at Parsons The New School for Design, and has contributed to the development of the school’s game design curriculum.Fortugno has written a number of articles on game design and interactive narrative, including educational games,live-action roleplaying games, game usability, and interactive narrative in console games such as Shadow of the Colossus.Fortugno also hosts and writes for the games blog Critical Smack!, in which Fortugno plays and live-blogs his critical reactions to the games he plays in approximately hour-long sessions.
Georgios loves people with entrepreneurial spirit. And this is why he works with startups and technology oriented companies.
He is an expert in narrowing the gap between a concept idea and its targeted market, by working on business elements and/or fundraising issues. This is what he does currently at incrediblue.com as part of it's talented crew and founding team.
He began his career in the Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the University of Florida. Over the years he worked as a consultant of small and medium size innovative companies responsible for business planning and fundraising and later worked as an investment analyst and advisor of Venture Capital firms. FuIT is his personal consulting brand, through which he offers the necessary advice to startups and other innovative companies, before and during their fundraising process.
He actively participate in groups fostering entrepreneurship and innovation, business plan competitions and venture academies, curates the Open Coffee Thessaloniki meetings and belongs to the TEDxThessaloniki team.
Dimitris is a young entrepreneur and technology enthousiast with a Law degree from the University of Kent at Canterbury and an LLM (Master of Laws) in Computer and Communications Law from the Queen Mary University of London specializing in E-Commerce Law, Cyberspace Law, Communications Law and Competition Law as well as Social Media and Online Branding Management, Business and Startup Development.
He is the curator of TedxAthens and a really active TEDster.
He is also the Founder of Away.gr, and a Contributing Editor at TechCrunch Europe.
Dimitris also serves as a Referrer at HackFwd a pre-seed investment firm based in Hamburg, Germany designed to enable great people to launch great ideas accelerating the route to beta, profitability, and success. His role is to monitor and select web projects/ideas and companies coming from Greece and Southeast Europe.
He is also a member of Sandbox Network, the foremost global community of extraordinary young achievers between 20 and 30. In early 2012, he co-founded Solomo Digital Ltd, a social relations agency based in London, UK.
Last but not least, as of July 2012, he sits in the the BoD/BoA of 5 web startups and NGOs active in the digital space.
Katerina is the founder of Creative Empowerment, a company whose mission is to provide high-end business and leadership coaching.
Passionate about leadership, team development and entrepreneurship, she enjoys working globally with leaders and their teams for the creation of a high performing environment and positive change, as well as supporting creative entrepreneurs towards their success.
She is an active member of the International Coach Federation, trainer at the International Coach Academy and serves as a committee member of ICF Global 2012.
Katerina is a graduate of the University of Athens, the University of Barcelona and the International Coach Academy.
Technical Evangelist, Microsoft Hellas
George is a Technical Evangelist from Microsoft Hellas. He works towards supporting developers, partners & customers to discover the potential of the Microsoft’s developer & technology platform. George is specialized in software platforms, standards and architectures with expertise on Windows 8, HTML5, Cloud computing, interoperability & open source software. George is in Microsoft since 2008 and in the past he was employed by Sun Microsystems & Oracle in Senior Architect & Technology Sales Consulting roles.
Spiros is a graduate of Applied Sciences, with 15 years experience in innovation projects, involving solutions in the field of Information Technology. As a Project Manager he led teams through the creation and growth of web solutions and web applications. In addition, he facilitated the growth and monitoring of organizational processes and social networks.
Christos started his first venture as a graduate student. Inspired by a university assignment, he co-founded a start-up in relation to business games and simulation for educational purposes.
Looking for new challenges, he continued co-founding another 2 companies, one related with emerging mobile technologies and another in retail.
Christos has studied Business Administration at AUEB & holds an Msc in Decision Sciences from AUEB.
Aftew working for a few years for the family-owned business, Christos moved to H&M and he currently holds a project management position at Dixons Retail – Kotsovolos, the leading retailer in European electrical market.
As the Public Policy manager of Google for Greece, Dionisis' mission is to work with policy-makers & other stakeholders to advance Greece's bright future in the Internet era. One path might be if Greece adopts Google's commitment to innovation, in the same way as Google embraced ancient Greece's commitment to open democracy.
Before joining Google, he was the General Manager of the Hellenic Semiconductor Industry Association (HSIA) for two years, where he helped build the brand and increase visibility toward target markets & audiences. Prior to entering the world of Internet and high-tech, Dionisis spent ten years with Procter & Gamble, based in Brussels and travelling around the world to design and deploy communication campaigns. He also co-authored the P&G sustainability report in 2003 and 2004.
In his early career, he worked on energy, environment and economic policy scenario analyses for the European Commission. He holds a Master's in integrating sustainability to business and an engineering degree. Dionisis is the father of three energetic kids and the husband of a passionate communication consultant and author
Stathis is a senior manager, information system and product architect. Participated in numerous projects in areas of natural language processing, mobile and web value added services since 1997. Completed his studies at University of Patras in 1999, from the department of Electrical Engineers & computer science.
Currently creating innovation at Radiojar (a social platform for web radio stations).
Spyros is a graduate of the Department of Computer Science from the University of Edinburgh and after spending 6 years in London where he took a long walk along the technology and web pathway, working on software development, web marketing and other web related areas, he decided to come back to Greece in order to build his own company.
Two years later, he undertook the responsibility of building from scratch the Athens PPH Team.
As the main person responsible for the vision and the tech direction of PeoplePerHour, Spyros embraces 2 elements that characterize the company:
● Continuous Innovation of the product
● Excellent Customer Support
Spyros and the Team are committed to optimising our product, so that it can provide a way for people to build up their business “one hour at a time”, which is true to the PeoplePerHour mission.
Thanos Makris is a telecom and software engineer focused on web and mobile services and applications development. He has extensive experience in designing and deploying network architectures, real-time communication systems, and large scale IT infrastructures.
Currently, he is co-founder and CEO of iMellon, a technology company that specializes in the design and development of custom mobile solutions for all major operating platforms including iOS, Android, and Windows Phone.
Thanos holds an M.Sc. in Electrical Engineering with a specialization in Wireless Systems from the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Stockholm, Sweden.
Managing Director, Mindworks interactive
Costas is the Managing Director of Mindworks, a business unit of ATCOM,Mindworks is one of the fastest growing full service digital agencies and theleading Search Marketing Agency in Greece.
Costas led the ageny’s transformation from a small 5 person company, to the full service, 40 person company, that Mindworks is now. Although his main role is to manage the agency, overview operations and take strategic desicions, he has a passion for Search, Analytics & ROI Optimization.
With over 8 years of experience in the Search Marketing sector, Costas hasmanaged some of the most challenging SEO & SEM projects both for Greek& multinational clients. His team got 2 times Effie Awarded for exceptionalperformance in SEO/SEM campaigns.He began his career in 2001 as an e-business consultant and then foundedMindworks in 2003.
Since then, he founded – and sold – 2 other start-ups. He is always open to new challenges, has a passion for all things digital and sometimes (when there is spare time – which is almost never) he blogs on Mindworks’ corporate blog.
Roza is a marketing and communications professional with extensive experience in research, PR, advertising and marketing with an emphasis on new media. She began her career in the private sector where she held several executive positions, bringing into fruition projects such as BreathtakingAthens.com
During her work in the public sector, she’s had the chance to undertake and manage several challenging projects such as introducing social media communications and opendata policies in Government and founding Startupgreece.gov.gr in 2011.
Currently, she is involved in various web and new media projects and proudly serves as Marketing & Communications Officer at Metavallon, a young non-profit organizationaiming to provide a supportive structure for first-time entrepreneurs in Greece.She loves ideas and making them happen and experiments every day with how effective communications combined with technological advancements and a bit of passion canhelp shape a better world.
Business Operations Manager- Microsoft Innovation Center at Microsoft Hellas
Lydia Morazzani holds a BA in Economics and International Relations from Brown University and an MBA from Athens Laboratory of Business Administration (ALBA). She has worked as a Sr. Associate in the Structured Finance department at Moody’s Investors Service in New York and London and as a Research Analyst at McKinsey & Co in Athens. At Microsoft, prior to joining the Innovation Center team she held the EMEA Programs Manager position where she was responsible for the regional promotion of online and offline technical content to the IT Professional audience.
Vassilis is an active entrepreneur, innovator and passionate with technology futurology and trend forecasting. He is the the CEO and co-founder of Intelen, a multi-awarded (US red herring global, Guidewire, silicon valley launch, OECD, etc) emerging Greek start-up, in the domain of smart grid applications and energy informatics. In 2011, Intelen starts its deployment and expansion to Silicon Valley and Boston.
He serves as external consultant to the Greek government, regarding Innovation, Entrepreneurship, energy ICT strategies and digital planning of relevant national actions and also acts as mentor for many Greek startups and bridges them with the US ecosystem. He is actively involved in many University Innovation Units, committee member of many national innovation contests and visiting lecturer in Tech Innovation and Entrepreneurship @ University of Patras.
He is a valedictorian Electrical Engineer from Dundee University, Scotland with postgrad studies at Imperial College, LSE, Ecole Polytechnique and a PhD from NTUA, focused on real-time big data decision making
Currently the UI girl at BugSense.
An insightful advertiser with a holistic knowledge on direct / digital marketing services.
An "all around player", with an entrepreneur business view on how you can create substantial value out of ideas that have consumer needs and desires at their core.
This stems from a passion for simple ideas based on consumer insights translated with excellence into market transforming activities.
Elias is a digital consultant. He joined the first interactive marketing agencyin Greece back in 2002. He then spend 2 years as Playboys magazine'sproduct manager. After that he realized that the business mindset he startedbuilding was closer to the online philosophy rather than offline. That's why he moved with a friend to a tiny office in an Athenian suburb in order tobuild a sport site. As the sportsite project was growing and growing it wasacquired by the largest online saleshouse in SouthEast Europe, Thinkdigital.Elias ran the Thinkdigital sales department for 3 years and gained valuable knowledge of the online market. After that he started offering his services as a digital consultant. Some of his clients include publishing and media houses, Athens International Airport, as well as online ad agencies inGreece. For the last 2 years together with a couple of friends, Elias has setup a mobile agency consuming most of his time on wireframes and new business. Occasionally he lectures on interactive marketing seminars andwrites articles on tech magazines.
Christos is a Product management professional with extensive experience in online companies. Christos begun his career at Adheaven, a start-up company in the Online Advertising industry. The main project he was involved with was an In-text Advertising technology called Bubblebox.
Currently, he holds the position of the product manager in PeoplePerHour, being responsible for leading the product.
Academically speaking, he is a graduate of the National Technical University of Athens (Electrical and Computer Engineering). While there, he completed an internship at CERN in Geneva
With a background in teaching electronics he is into information architecture and development. With postgraduate studies in ‘Counseling Psychology in Schools’ he highlights the importance of human relations and how some little changes can make a big difference.
A drupal lover, passionate with conceptual web and happy to spend as much time and effort as needed to discuss concepts, solutions, ideas,
Dimitris is a senior researcher and project manager with development experience in distributed control systems, vision, robotics, mechatronics and software development of large scale commercial applications. He studied Mechanical Engineering in National Technical University of Athens (NTUA) and then continued his studies in NTUA as an Electrical and Computer engineer.
Since 2004 he has co-owned 01 Mechatronics, a company providing advanced, custom technological solutions for complex systems on request.
Dimitris has co-founded 3 startups and he is currently working on www.warp.ly
George has received a Diploma in Mechanical Engineering with a specialty in Operations Research from the National Technical University of Athens. His PhD research covers the area of Forecasting, ranging from Econometrics and Time Series Analysis to Data Mining and Artificial Intelligence. His research endeavors focus on the topic of prediction markets, with a number of significant academic contributions.
He also teaches -in a purely innovative way- Algorithms for Pattern Recognition at the NTUA's post-graduate program of Applied Mathematical Sciences.
As an entrepreneur, G. Tziralis served since 2007 as co-founder and CEO of AskMarkets UnLtd, a start-up attempting to bring the promise and potential of prediction markets to the masses. Other activities include co-founding MineKnowledge Ltd, an agency providing simplified data mining services on demand and the `comparison search engine' WebSource.it. Finally, G. Tziralis is widely identified as the initiator of Open Coffee meetings in Greece.
As all maniac scientists do, Jon experiments with new technologies every single day and creates stuff that normal people find impossible.
He fell in love with Erlang five years ago, trying to create a service that connects web applications to Second Life. Now, he uses C, Python (his all-time darling) and Erlang to build a new database for analytics. When he is not giving tech presentations around the world, he creates programs that create programs in Clojure.
Jon has been programming from the age of eight, has worked for companies, leaders in their respective fields, ranging from photorealism algorithms to digital signage to geocoding applications to facebook applications and has designed and organized projects for multinational companies like P&G