BUILDFest Bay Area 2024 Recap

BUILD Appreciates Your Support

What an incredible night of celebration and innovation at BUILDFest Bay 2024! Your presence made all the difference, and we’re deeply grateful for your unwavering support to our mission. Thank you to those who attended the event! 
BUILD selling teams— Bouta Bags, RNSM, New Ive, Flower Essentials,True Beauty, and the Blossoms–were busy throughout the night at the Sales Bazaar. BUILD youth pitch finalist teams — All Necessities from Lionel Wilson Prep, Smart Cane from Woodside High School (1st place), Jumpstart Pack from Castlemont High School (2nd place) and Team Help from Golden State Prep (3rd place) — shined during their presentations and captivated the crowd! 
Entrepreneurial Mindset
Career Success

Special Thanks

We are also grateful to our VIP judges – Martha Hernandez, CEO of ESO Ventures, Dr.Landon Hill, Chief Program Officer at EOYDC, Mary Huss, former publisher and president of the SF Business Times and Silicon Valley Business Journal, Jose Lopez, General Counsel at Zeplin, Ken Maxey, Government Affairs Director at Comcast/NBCUniversal and Joey Zwillinger, co-founder of Allbirds.
Thank you for providing ideas and guidance for these future leaders!

We are honored that Deputy Mayor of Oakland, Dr. Kimberly Mayfield, made a special visit to our BUILDFest VIP reception and to the sales bazaar. We hope you enjoyed your shopping of innovative products created by our BUILD students, Dr. Mayfield!

Meet The Judges

BUILDFest Bay Area 2024

Martha Hernandez

Martha Hernández is the CEO and Co-Founder of ESO Ventures, an entrepreneurial support organization focused on providing the confidence, competence, and capital for any Black and Brown person to succeed at entrepreneurship. Martha is an Oakland native and she has a bachelors degree in Sociology and Spanish Literature from Occidental College and is a graduate of Mills College Institute for Civic Leadership Program.

Mary Huss

Mary Huss became Publisher of the San Francisco Business Times in December 1991 and expanded her role to include the Silicon Valley Business Journal in 2018, becoming Bay Area Market President. After a successful career leading these publications, Mary will retire in May to focus on world travel, community impact, and creative projects.

Ken Maxey

Ken Maxey is the Government Affairs Director at Comcast in California and brings over two decades of experience in uplifting underserved communities. Throughout his career, he has worked with notable government leaders including US Congressmember Adam Schiff and former President Barak H. Obama. Ken holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Howard University, a Master’s in Peace and Conflict Resolution from American University, and a Bachelor’s in Political Science with a Minor in Business from Notre Dame de Namur University.

Joey Zwillinger

Joey is co-founder of Allbirds and has a deep passion for creating sustainable products. Before Allbirds, he spent six years at Terravia, leading its renewable chemical business. Joey’s experience inspired him to launch Allbirds in 2016 aiming to provide superior consumer experiences while benefiting the planet. Joey holds an MBA with honors from Wharton and a BS in industrial engineering from UC Berkeley.

Jose Lopez

Jose Lopez is the General Counsel at Zeplin, Inc., overseeing legal, regulatory, and compliance matters. Jose serves as a Commissioner on the Board of Appeals for the City and County of San Francisco, appointed by Mayor London Breed until July 2024. Jose earned his J.D. from UC Berkeley School of Law. He previously taught in public schools through the New York City Teaching Fellows program and obtained a Master’s degree in Education from CUNY – Lehman College. 

Landon Hill

Dr. Landon Hill, a native of Oakland, CA, is the Chief Program Officer at the East Oakland Youth Development Center (EOYDC). He leads various K-12 programs at EOYDC, where he grew up. Additionally, Landon teaches at San Francisco State University, focusing on Instructional Technology, Secondary Education, and Educational Leadership. He holds an MA in Education from California State University, Long Beach, and an Ed.D. from San Francisco State University.



Ay’Anna Moody

Ay’Anna Moody, a proud 2nd Generation Oakland Native, is the Senior Director of Social Impact for the Golden State Warriors. Previously, she was Director of College Access for Oakland Promise and Coordinator of College Access for Oakland Unified School District. She secured a $1M grant from JP Morgan & Chase for financial capability programs in Oakland schools in 2020.

Ay’Anna holds a B.A. in African American Studies and Political Science from UCLA and an M.A. in Education Policy and Social Analysis from Columbia University.


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1. iPhone, iPad, Zoom and Loom are all choices of recording tools for their video presentation 
2. Record with both students and their presentation in view
3. Record horizontally for the best view of the students and their presentation
4. Follow Presentation Diagram to the Right


- Make eye contact with the camera
- Notecards may be used as cue cards
•Pro Tip: Notecards should avoid having a full script
- Even when you are not speaking, don’t forget the camera is still recording!
•Be aware of your body language while you and your business partners are speaking
- Everyone has an opportunity to speak
- Professional dress is encouraged
- Practice makes perfect
•Practice how you will transition from each speaker
•Project your voice when you speak​

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