Conference Agenda

Get a sneak peek at the sessions and speakers coming up at this summer's Global Roundup conference and start planning your experience today!

4:00pm – 5:00pm       Developing Your Startup’s Brand – MobilityX room

When building a startup, you are building your brand from scratch. Your brand is, in the words of Jeff Bezos, “what people say about you when you leave the room.”

                                         Learn how startups build their brands in this workshop, led by Dana Callender.

4:00pm – 5:00pm       Working with Technical Cofounders – Voltron room

Many entrepreneurs need a technical cofounder to launch their company. This session is a crash course for entrepreneurs scouting these technical cofounders, giving them an essential foundation in understanding coding languages that will be crucial in communicating intelligently with coders. 

                                         This session will be led by Neil Manley.

5:00pm – 7:00pm     Startup Showcase – Voltron room

Startup teams will have the opportunity to pitch to investors who are actively investing, followed by a social hour where investors can have longer discussions with teams. We expect competition to be tight, so apply early for the best chance to get accepted.

7:00pm – 9:00pm         Kick-off Happy Hour! @ Crux Climbing Center

Join us at Crux Climbing Center for an evening of climbing and drinks (in that order). All equipment and drinks are cover by 3DS. Don’t want to climb? No problem, we’ve got a sectioned-off area just for Global Roundup attendees.

9:00am – 10:00am       Breakfast

Grab some coffee, Juiceland, and a couple of Austin’s finest breakfast tacos and mingle with the 3DS global family.

10:00am – 11:00am     Opening Keynote – Voltron room

Kick-off the first full day of Global Roundup 2018 by hearing from Zac & Ben, founders of Austin’s Favor.

11:10am – 12:10pm    Working with Physical Prototypes – MobilityX room

MVPs can differ radically based on whether they are physical products or tech wireframes. How do you build an MVP of a physical product and get a workable version into customers hands? Learn from the experienced in this session.

                                        Panelists include Shelly BrenckmanMonxi Garza, Bryan MartinMike Strong, and Alfonso Garcia

11:10am – 12:10pm     Build My App Pitches – Voltron room

Have an idea for an app? Apply to this competition for a chance to pitch your app to a panel of coders and have them build it in a 24 hour haze.

6 teams will be chosen to give 5 minute pitches, followed by 5 minutes of Q&A from our coders.

12:20pm – 1:20pm       How to Wireframe – MobilityX room

The first step to building an app or website is to put together a series of storyboards to think through and clarify the process. Brendan Kelly will walk you through this process, called “wireframing”, which requires no coding skills, and can be a great process for non-technicals and coders alike.

12:20pm – 1:20pm       Cultivating and Maintaining Mentor Relationships – Voltron room

Mentorship is one of the most underutilized resources in a founder’s toolbox. A savvy entrepreneur can separate herself from her peers by being an incredible mentee. Desiree Frieson and Maia Donohue introduce a repeatable process in this session.

1:30pm – 2:30pm         Lunch

Get some food, take a break, and network with your fellow conference-goers.

2:40pm – 3:40pm         Funding 101 Panel – Voltron room

While the only good money is revenue, fundraising is an important step for entrepreneurs. Get a head start on what you need to know to court investors from this panel, including Silva Gentchev, May Samali, Bart Bohn.

2:40pm – 3:40pm          Landing Your First Enterprise Customer – MobilityX room

At 3 Day Startup, we have heard countless B2B projects that purport to connect with a large corporation as a customer.

As customers, however, corporations behave differently from individuals and small businesses. What do you need to know when you plan to work with a corporation as your customer?

                                         Panelists include Andrew Escher, Ben Cantey, Jenn Star

3:50pm – 4:50pm       Life Design Workshop: Design Thinking – MobilityX room

As entrepreneurs, we all search for meaning, whether it’s solving a global problem or simply being our own boss. This workshop, led by Madeline Vu, will walk participants through how they can apply design thinking to their own lives to help them figure out a life path or pivot careers.

3:50pm – 4:50pm          Accounting for Startups – Voltron room

Cofounders can get so caught up in writing code and talking to customers that they can forget essential basics, such as keeping good books.

This session, led by Edward Morrow helps attendees understand essentials of accounting while scrambling to land early customers.

5:00pm – 6:00pm         Dinner

Get some food and debrief from the day’s sessions.

6:00pm – 8:00pm         University of Awesome – Voltron room

University of Awesome is a live 3DS parody in which we will throw you onto a team to concoct a truly dreadful idea for a startup, toss together a deck, then pitch to the masses for a quick and dirty series A.

10:30am – 11:00am     Breakfast

Grab some coffee, and a couple of Austin’s finest breakfast tacos and mingle with the 3DS global family.

11:00am – 12:00pm     Close Keynote – Voltron Room

Katie Fang, founder and CEO of SchooLinks will tell her story about becoming an entrepreneur. Katie was named one of Forbes Magazine’s 30 under 30.

12:10pm – 1:10pm        Patent Workshop with Shah IP Law – MobilityX room

Intellectual property is a hot, but misunderstood issue for early stage startups. Protecting your startup can be essential, but focusing on it too early can be a distraction, and even rub stakeholders the wrong way. Samar Shah will answer all your IP related questions at this session.

12:10pm – 1:10pm        Website Intro – Voltron room

Not all startups need experienced developers to launch their product. Can you launch an MVP without recruiting any tech talent? Find out in this session, led by Emiliano Villarreal.

1:10pm – 2:10pm         Lunch

Get some food, take a break, and network with your fellow conference-goers.

2:10pm – 3:10pm          Fireside Chat on Networking – Voltron room

We close out with a conversation between 3 Day Startup Founder Cam Houser and Marc Nathan about networking. For startup founders, the strength of their network is often the defining factor in whether they succeed. Cam and Marc will go in depth on how you can expand your network into something that helps you and your startup thrive.

The University’s Role in Ecosystem Growth

Hear from leaders in the Austin startup ecosystem about the role that UT Austin plays in Austin’s dynamic startup hub


Activating Young Entrepreneurs for Local, Regional, and Global Action

3 Day Startup founder Cam Houser shares actionable insights for young entrepreneurs across all types of ecosystems


Creating and Fostering an Entrepreneurial Culture on Campus

A roundtable discussion for attendees to share best practices and learn from others at institutions across the country.


Attendee Nominated Session

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