Startup Weekend San Diego Mega 2015 Recap

Congratulations to all the teams that participated this past weekend at the event. Over 3 days around 80 people came together to take ideas they had for new startups and make them reality.

The event focused on hardware as well as software innovation and the best teams found a way to take their ideas and combine the best of both worlds. Teams blended the traditional entrepreneurial skills in web and mobile software development with new means of making:  3D printing, robotics, laser cutter, hackable hardware, and more. 

The Pet Hash Team
The Pet Hash Team

After hearing over 30 pitches on Friday night, 11 teams formed and worked through the weekend. The 1st Place winner for this Startup Weekend is Pet Hash made up of Kevin Kirk, Robert Powell, Alejandro Saenz, and Karim Roushdy. Pet Hash is a simple, cheap way to reconnect a lost pet with with their owner. Utilizing a pet tag with a unique ID (“hashtag”) on it, a person that finds a lost pet is directed to On the website they type in the pet’s hashtag and then see that specific pets profile. The profile includes all about your pets special needs, temperament, medications it may be on, and information about the pet’s veterinarian.

The 2nd Place team for the weekend was Saucey Sides (Eugene Chan, Lisa Chaykowksi, Nancy Chansavang, and Ryan Ruscon). This team has developed a new disposable container for soy sauce and wasabi that allows people to easily enjoy both condiments without a mess. The 3rd Place team is Safe Place App (Harry Dixon, Parima Shah, Rajkrishnan Parameswaran, Trevor Gile). This app gives users who may find themselves in an neighborhood or environment where they feel unsafe a map of locations where they can go as a kind of “safe harbor” from where they can call a cab or arrange for transportation home.

The top team won a Launch Boost package from FreshForm interactive. This prize includes production of a 60 – 90 second product “pitch video” as well as consultation on logo and brand palette refinement so that when the team is ready for public launch they have a great start on the marking resources they’ll need. In addition, the top three teams get to participate in the library’s Entrepreneur-in-Residence program that includes training on using the library’s 3D printers, laser cutter, and CNC milling machine. Teams also receive mentorship from library coaches for their business.

Many thanks to San Diego Public Library, Saratech, FreshForm, The TEAM Group, 1App Works, and Fab Lab for all of their support in making this event possible. We wish all of the teams the best of luck as they move forward.

-San Diego Startup Weekend Team