TiE50 2016 TOP STARTUP AWARDS AGENDA

Agenda is subject to change on short notice. Please check for final schedule on May 5, 2016.

Registration:
The main conference registration counters will be open from 7:00 AM onwards on May 6, 2016. The Tie50 sign-up desk will be open from 8:00 AM. Please go to the TiE50 counter for expedited badge pick-up. We recommend that you pick-up your badge and go straight to meeting room 208 to sign up and schedule yourself for the live presentation.

Note: Companies that cannot be present in person will be disqualified. This award is very popular, your spot at this time cannot be given to another company. Registration fee is non-refundable.

Live Presentation Schedule:
Top Startup presentations will be held in meeting rooms 208-212. You are required to sign-up. We will not pre-schedule you. You must be present at the signup counter to be slotted. The signup desk will be your complete guide for various programs held at Tiecon on Friday and Saturday.

Presentation Schedule –
Morning Session: 10:15 AM to 12:15 PM
Afternoon Session: 1:30 PM to 2:30 PM

Room 208 - IoT - SmartCities, SmartHome, Wearables, Machine learning, AI, Drones, Robots, 3D printing
Room 209 - Cloud - eGov, eCommerce/mCommerce, Mobile, eLearning, Datacenter
Room 210 - Big Data - Analytics, Predictive Analytics
Room 212 - Specialized Applications - AR/VR/ Computer Vision/Gaming, CleanTech, Digital Health, Security

Presentation Guidelines:
You are slotted for a 10-minute presentation. You will be required to be present at the assigned presentation room 30 minutes prior to your slot to queue up. Presentation decks can be PowerPoint or PDF files. Embedded videos are not permitted. No audio playback or Internet streaming is permitted. Your presentation decks must be submitted by 2:00 PM on Wednesday, May 4, 2016. Update: May 4, 2016 – any updates you send from now on will not be taken into consideration.

Winner Announcements:
Winners are announced on Friday, May 6, at 4:00 PM. Announcement will be made via email (to the primary email used for registration) by 4:00 PM. Winners will be posted on the TiE50 website by 5:00 PM the same day.

Awards Ceremony VIP Reception:
All TiE50 Top Startups are invited to the Top Startup VIP Reception from 6:45 PM to 9:00 PM in Banquet hall J&K on Friday, May 6, 2016. TiE50 Winner award presentation ceremony will be held inside the banquet hall J&K.

Your banquet ticket will be given at the TiE50 presentations sign-up desk when you check-in. This is an invitation only highly selective event. One person from each Top Start-up can attend the VIP reception. You will have the opportunity to meet other entrepreneurs, judges, Venture Capitalists and experts in the technology field. Continue to check the website as more information on the reception will be posted here.

Meet & Greet TiE50 Top Start-ups:
This is a new event being introduced this year. More details on this will be updated to this website soon.

Our Company is a Top Startup? How can we leverage this?
Do a Press Release – http://www.tie50.net/TiE50Awards/TiE50_Press_Template.asp
Use the High resolution Logo - http://www.tie50.net/TiE50Awards/images/Tie50_Topstartup-2016.jpg
Make sure to use the Twitter handle #Tie50 in all your marketing messages!

Media Lounge:
TiEcon presents a special, only at TiEcon, unique opportunity to participate in the TV, social media, and other press campaigns through TV partners and TIE TV to promote the conversations beyond the walls of the conference. As a TiE50 Top Start-up, you can leverage the TiE TV Media Lounge to share your key messages, raise the brand value, increase your impact, inspire around the world!

How can our company leverage Media Lounge?
We request you to pre-schedule the time for your interviews with TV media and press at the conference now.
To do this, please follow these steps:
• The overview of the TIE Media Lounge can be found at http://www.tiecon.org/media/
• Schedule a time between 10 AM and 5PM Fri or Sat, unless another time is necessary. This is held in the TIE Con TV Media Lounge at the Expo Hall. An hour before or after your presentation session is recommended, though the interviews are complete in 30 minutes or less in most cases
• To schedule the interview, please email tietv@googlegroups.com and cc: harbirbhatia@gmail.com.
• Press Pre-scheduling Team will send a confirmation of scheduled slot. All media related questions should be followed up with this team.

Where can I forward questions on Media Lounge?
All Media Lounge questions can be sent to harbirbhatia@gmail.com.

Press:
The TiE Press Lounge at TiEcon will provide members of the press a platform to easily schedule and meet the people at the center of innovation in Silicon Valley and around the world.

Where is the Press Lounge?
The TiE Press Lounge at TiEcon 2016 will be located on the main Exhibition show floor, in close proximity of the TiE Media Lounge and is designed to promote interviews for Tie50 Winners.

How can our company leverage Press?
• Stop by on Saturday, May 7th between 10 and 2 PM.
• Show your Tie50 winner note and you will be scheduled for a 15 min interview
• Be prepared to talk about yourself, your company, what inspired you to start your company, what problem are you solving, who is the intended customer and what is your vision of the future of your company.
• Interviews will be blogged by the various press representatives and the interview content will be used for up to 4 months after the conference.
• We have top national and international press outlets represented. For more details see http://www.tiecon.org/press-and-news/

What is the difference between Media Lounge and Press?
Media lounge is a video recording interview. It goes into our TiE Channel. Press interview is a voice interview by known tech bloggers and publications.

Mentor Connect:
Mentorship is at the very foundation of TiE. MentorConnect is a flagship program where a structured environment for Mentorship is provided to TiEcon attendees. It is held over lunch on both days of the conference. You have the opportunity to seek advice / get feedback from these luminaries in a small setting (typically not more than 5 per table).

How do I enroll in MentorConnect?
The only way to enroll in MentorConnect is through the TiEcon 2016 mobile app. Here is a blog post that explains the process of downloading the app and enrolling. As mentioned in the blog post, MentorConnect is available by invitation only. As a Tie50 Top Startup, you are already in the invited list. You are encouraged to enroll as soon as possible before the Mentor of your choice becomes unavailable.

Where can I forward questions on MentorConnect?
For all MentorConnect questions, you can send an email to tiementorconnect@gmail.com.

VC Connect:
This year at TiEcon 2016, we are excited to bring you a brand new program called VC-Connect. This program provides that first connection between pre-selected "hot companies" and multiple VCs. These companies will give “speed pitches” and get valuable VC feedback. The objective is to expose promising startups to domain-specific VCs to socialize their business story while making their first ten VC connections. We're excited to let you know that TiE50 Companies will be given special priority for this program. If you are interested in signing up, you will be required to complete your presentation in the morning session. Scheduling is on a first come first serve basis. Please signup for the live presentation by visiting the TiE50 presentation desk outside room # 201. You can find it behind the registration area at the top of the escalator. The registration handouts will also have a map showing room 201.

When is VC Connect?
Friday May 6th 2:00pm - 4:00pm

How do we apply for VC Connect?
Participants will be chosen from a highly competitive pool. Qualified startups will only be those seeking first institutional round of funding. If you qualify and are interested in applying, send an email to tie50@tie.org and mention that you are a Tie50 Top startup. Please Note: Startups that are raw and have not yet gone through a seed round of funding are not eligible for this program. Update: May 4, 2016 – registrations are now closed.

Where can I forward questions on VCConnect?
For all VC Connect questions, you can send an email to vcconnect@tie.org.

TENTATIVE SCHEDULE:

May 6, 2016 @ 10:15 AM – 2:30 PM: TiE50 Top Startup (Finalist) Presentations. Rooms 208-212

May 6, 2016 @ 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM: Meet & Greet TiE50 Top Start-ups. Room 210.

May 6, 2016 @ 5:00 PM: Winners are announced at 5:00 PM via email.

May 6, 2016 @ 7:00 PM: TiE50 Winner Awards Ceremony. Awards will be presented by Silicon Valley Tech Icons

May 6, 2016 @ 7:30 PM - 8:00 PM: Fireside chat with Dave Mcclure.

May 6, 2016 @ 8:00 PM: Dinner