Convergence 2018

Startup San Diego









Brought to you by Startup SD, the people who put on Startup Week

Convergence brings together Entrepreneurs, Developers, Designers, Students, Community Leaders & Hiring Startups!

Meet San Diego tech startups & new startup companies

Learn about top startup companies in San Diego & happening innovation

Grow your skills & cultivate the San Diego startup community!

Your ticket includes access to:

Entrepreneur Workshops

Girls in Tech Panel

Career Fair

Startup Crawl

Mentoring Hours

(learn how to pitch)

Fight Club

Convergence Party


Whether you’re a new graduate looking to find your place in the SD tech realm, or you’re a skilled veteran seeking to expand your knowledge and grow your professional network. Come and learn from the best while having a blast with all the top local talent in the startup scene.

#SDVERGE will have up to 10 events in just 4 days!Your ticket grants you entry into all of the entrepreneur workshops, tech panels, mentor minutes, contests, prizes, games, & some food & drinks!!!

Between learning how to land a job at your favorite startup, to raising the first round, Convergence 2018 is going to be jam-packed with opportunities to grow your knowledge base and help you holster new skills.

“Convergence is one of the best ways to get an accelerated intro to the San Diego startup community. Get a closer look at what the SD startup scene has to offer.”

Convergence 2018 Schedule

Note: Each day is at a different location within Downtown San Diego

Tuesday, January 23rd

Location: DeskHub at 2159 India St (view map)
Girls in Tech Panel

Hear from a panel of recent female job seekers & HR professionals on how to successfully land the job of your dreams.

Mentor Hours

Meet one-on-one with an experienced entrepreneur. Come prepared with an issue you’d like help resolving.

Wednesday, January 24th

Location: IDEA1 at 899 Park Blvd (view map) (Please note: The venue is outside. Please dress accordingly.)
6:00pm Saren Sakurai


Much of your life is spent selling. Selling someone on why they should hire you or invest in you. Selling people on why they should buy your product, use your service, share your opinion, or even continue a conversation with you. Learn how to effectively pitch your story, your business, and your ideas so that you can more easily reach your goals.

In this interactive workshop, taught by Saren Sakurai, learn the key points of elevator pitches, nuances you can incorporate in interviews, and adjustments to make to your spiel to effectively reach a particular audience.

You will break into teams to practice what you learned, and then will choose a team member to represent your team at….

Fight Club

Use your pitch to battle for your team’s honor and to take home a prize.

Thursday, January 25th

Location: Union Cowork at 704 J St (view map)
6:00pm – 9:00pm
Career Fair

Meet face to face with local startups. They’re all hiring!

  • 4NTENT
  • Ad-Juster
  • Airbitz/Edge
  • Axalume Inc.
  • DoWhop
  • Eastridge Workforce Solutions
  • Ezoic
  • GigaIO
  • GoFormz
  • Hera Labs
  • LeadCrunch
  • Measurabl
  • MindTouch
  • Sourcify
  • StanzaPet
  • Startup Weekend San Diego
  • Trials.AI
  • Victorise
6:00pm – 7:30pm Joe Fleck

Developing AR Experiences for iPhone and iPad

This session will explore ARKit, a new framework in iOS 11 that allows developers to easily create augmented reality (AR) experiences for iPhone and iPad. AR describes user experiences that add 2D or 3D elements to the live view from a device’s camera in a way that makes those elements appear to inhabit the real world. By fusing together camera sensor data and motion tracking data, ARKit provides the high-precision world tracking needed to blend digital objects and information with the physical environment. This presentation by Joe Fleck of Apple will provide a high-level overview of ARKit, techniques to place 3D content in the camera view using iOS SceneKit, and developer resources to get started.

7:45pm – 8:45pm Eric Weiss

User Centric Design: The Tao of Product Development

Startups must move fast. So much of what makes a successful startup is working efficiently and relentlessly. Yet there is nothing more wasteful than working on the wrong things. Many startups fail because they do not truly understand what their customers want. User Centered Design puts the user at the center of the entire product development process. By engaging the target customer early and often, and by building tight feedback loops, you ensure that you are always building the right product at the right time. This seminar given by Eric Weiss of 7CTO’s covers the tools and processes you can employ in your startup to ensure the voice of your customer is loud and clear.

7:45pm – 8:45pm Chris Groshong

An AMA Panel & Crypto-Space Talk

Even if you’ve been hiding under a rock, you’ve more than likely heard about blockchain. With such a booming expansion happening and the whole world in focus around the new implications of these technologies – many are still in the dark about what it all actually means. Join us for a panel with some of San Diego’s leading Blockchain experts and Crypto-Specialists as they talk about what’s coming, what’s happening, and what can be done about this incredibly revolutionary industry. Led by Chris Groshong

9:00 – 11:00pm
Convergence 2018: After Party

Location: Basic Pizza, 410 Tenth Ave (view map)

Convergence attendees will receive happy hour pricing on drinks at Basic from 9-11pm when they show their green wristband. They also have a great pizza selection, and are only a 3 minute walk away from Union. Bond and network with friends new and old and share your favorite moments of the events so far, and what you’re most excited for tomorrow!

Friday, January 26th

6:00pm – 7:45pm
The Startup Crawl!
Meet promptly at 6:00pm at the fountain at Horton Plaza Park (Broadway & 4th)

Network while visiting 4 Startups and Coworking Spaces

Multiple Locations – Downtown San Diego:
  • Starting location at Horton Plaza Park (Broadway & 4th), promptly at 6:00pm
  • Airbitz
  • MindTouch
  • Dinsmore Shohl
  • Downtown Works
8:00pm – 9:45pm
Convergence Closing Party
Downtown Works (550 B St, 4th Floor)

If you’ve never networked over Thai food, beer, and shaved ice all in the same night, it’s time to change that.

Add a local acoustic band at an awesome coworking space to that mix, and you’ve got the best way to end your week with the San Diego Startup community.

Convergence 2018 Sponsors

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