Startup Weekend– Friday, August 28, 2009 at 6:00 PM – Sunday, August 30, 2009 at 6:00 PM
Startup Weekend is a conference focusing on learning by creating
Sponsors provide the space and brain fuel — attendees bring the energy and innovation to build something big over the weekend. It is known for its quick decisions, ‘out of the box’ thinking, unique facilitation technique and letting the founders show what they can do. The program has already met with success worldwide.
The participants who attend a Startup Weekend decide what they want to tackle over the weekend and come out at the end with several developed companies or projects. Attendees are responsible for bringing the same desire and passion to the project and walk out of the room with the task at hand, in a short 54 hours. Sound intense? It is.
How this Startup Weekend works:
After initial panel discussion from speakers, teams form early with a self-selection process around ideas that they think are interesting and would like to work on for the weekend. Ideally, you’d like a group between 5 and 10 people — but groups of 2 or as large as 20 are acceptable. (Teams are not limited to working on web only applications. Generally, these make the most sense given the nature of the weekend and those who register. But if you really feel like working on that new cupcake business, go for it!)
Concepts are discussed and developed – prototypes are built — Special guest drop-ins (generally generally angel investors, VCs, or sponsoring companies) hear pitches and business plans from the teams.
Weekend ends with a presentation from each company. Talk about what worked, what didn’t, what could go better. – There will be “cool” giveaways and prize money to the wining team. Perhaps your winning team will be continue to work together. For more information http://startupweekend.com/