Global SWAI GSWAI 2018 GSWAI 2017 Team

GSWAI 2018

On the weekends of 23 and 30 of november the Global Startup Weekend AI will go life in 15 cities. The weekend event is centered on action, innovation, and education. Beginning on Friday night with an idea pitching session and continuing throughout the weekend with testing, business model development, and basic prototype creation, Startup Weekend culminates on Sunday night with demo pitching in front of a panel of potential investors and local entrepreneurs. Participants are challenged with building functional startups during the event and are able to collaborate with like-minded individuals.

Global Perks

Global AI Summit in Paris, 2019

4 Team Leaders of 4 winning teams of the Global AI Edition will be chosen and invited to Paris for two days of bootcamp & networking in 2019. Dates to be determined (April to May).

Here's how this is going to happen:

  1. 14 Local Startup Weekends AI will take place around the world during the last two weekends of November (23th and 30th)
  2. Our Global Jury will pick 4 Global Winners from 4 different cities
  3. Announcement will be made on the 5th of December
  4. Team Leaders of the 4 teams and one organizer from those 4 cities will come to Paris for the Global AI Summit in April-Mai 2019

Accomodation & flights will be offered by the Global AI team.

Next AI pre-qualification to accelerator & founder program

Delivered in Montréal and Toronto, NextAI is an accelerator and founder development program for early or idea stage AI-enabled startups. NextAI is for exceptional teams and individuals from around the world who are commercializing AI research and want to build global companies.

The winning team in each city will pre-qualify for NextAI's individual application round and will be able to directly apply as a team or join the pool of finalists to find a team.

Snips kit for Makers & Iot projects

The Maker Kit includes hardware components specially selected by Snips to easily build a powerful AI Voice Assistant, develop skills, and deploy to your connected device. (all the info you need about the kit here :).

Techstars AI Montreal mentorship

MD & Program Manager of the Techstars Montréal Accelerator Program will mentor the 3 winning teams for 1h per month, for three months prior to the Global AI Summit

Google cloud computing

  • We offered a free google cloud tier to all participants
  • For the Five finalists receive $20K in GCP Credits. Winner gets $100K in GCP Credits.


Hashtag Country Lead Organizer Date Facebook Page Sign up!
#SWAIHK Hong Kong Felix Wong 30 Nov - 2 Dec Hong Kong Join
#SWAILima Peru Victor Pacora 23 - 25 Nov Lima Join
#SWAIYaounde Cameroon Colbie Medjom 23 - 25 Nov Yaoundé Join
#SWAILaPaz Bolivia Monica Irene 23 - 25 Nov La Paz Join
#SWAIBrussels Belgium Elena Tosheva 30 Nov - 2 Dec Brussels Join
#SWAITaipei Taiwan David Kuo 30 Nov - 2 Dec Taipei Join
#SWAIMTL Canada Michelle Yu 23 - 25 Nov Montreal Join
#SWAIJeddah Jeddah Andrew Yip 29 Nov - 1 Dec Jeddah Join
#SWAIAntananarivo Madagascar Randriamanivo Mialinjava 30 Nov - 2 Dec Antananarivo Join
#SWAIParis France Candice Capelle 30 Nov - 2 Dec Paris Join
#SWAIIzmir Turkey Patrick Bosteels 30 Nov - 2 Dec Izmir Join
#SWAIGuayaquil Equator Sergio Serna 30 Nov - 2 Dec Guayaquil Join
#SWAISzczecin Poland Maciej Jankowski 30 Nov - 2 Dec Szczecin Join
#SWAIBeirut Lebanon Azhar Siddiqui 30 Nov - 2 Dec Beirut Join


William Wolf

Machine Learning Engineer @ ASAPP

Tood Terrazas

Social Entrepreneur, Collaboration Catalyst, AI LA President

Jose Luis Hidalgo

Data scientist, former management consultant

Justine Marchand

Project manager at Techstars

Gael Varoquaux

AI researcher at INRIA.

Raphael Danilo

Co-Founder & CEO @ Yobs

Budhaditya Bhattacharya

Digital Nomad | Business Strategist | Ambassador at City AI

Harri Ketamo

Founder & Chairman | Adjunct Professor | Eisenhower Fellow 2017

Bruno Morency

Managing Director of Techstars Montreal AI, I invest in founders to help them do more faster.

Catalina Butnaru

Product Marketing | Global Ethics Lead at City AI | Women in AI Ambassador | Agile Ethics Trainer

Rene Harig

Head of Data Science delivery - Big Data & Artificial Intelligence at Allianz France.

Kshitiz Rimal

Head of Research at AID, Google Developers Expert (GDE) on ML, Intel AI Student Ambassador, City.AI Ambassador

Gunesh Dwarika

Deputy of Group Strategy and M&A at GEFCO

R. Michael Pickering

President and CEO, CloudConstable Incorporated

Samah Ghalloussi

Data Scientist at the French Ministry of Health.

Wilder Rodrigues

Machine Learning Engineer at Quby

Global Juries

Sylvain Theveniaud Allianz Accelerator Founder & Managing Director
Sylvain is the managing director of the Allianz Accelerator. Before joining Allianz to create the accelerator, Sylvain was the founder of a Product Strategy and Business Development Consulting firm, and mentor of international startups programs. Sylvain successfully spearheaded key management and executive positions in the enterprise IT software market for Fortune 500 covering Strategic Alliances, Business Development, Product Marketing, Product Management, CTO and Head of Engineering. He also headed, as VP Strategy and Member of the Executive Committee, major IT trends in a Silicon Valley company. Sylvain has experience in due diligence, M&A in worldwide and multicultural contexts. Sylvain holds a BSc in Computer Science and Database Management, an MBA of Entrepreneurship from MBS, an Executive from Stanford and was part of the Berkeley Methodology of Entrepreneurship program.

Laura Calmore Director of Strategic Initiatives at ni2o
Laura has been a community leader, organiser & facilitator to foster local & global ecosystems in France & CEE tech ecosystems. Extensive network and leadership experience working in international environments and consulting on growth strategy, development and open source practices. Skilled with +7 years of diverse professional experience in strategy, operations , cross-project team management in global environments & tech startups.