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Portland Startup Weekend (Apr 27-29)

Startup Weekend is happening in Portland again, this time April 27-29 at Portland State Business Accelerator in downtown Portland. This is always a great experience. Be sure to put it on your calendars and take part in the Bootcamp happening on April 21. As usual, I'll be there pitching and working on some ideas involving Windows Phone and Metro apps for Windows 8, so please feel free to join me. I'm also happy to be recruited and hear your pitch if you feel like you have a great idea and need help building it.  This event always sells out in advance, so be sure to register now.

 

Startup Weekend Portland set for April 27-29

Startup Weekend is an intense 54 hour event which focuses on building a web or mobile application which could form the basis of a credible business over the course of a weekend. The weekend brings together people with different skillsets – primarily software developers, graphics designers and business people – to build applications and develop a commercial case around them. Why should you attend?

  • Build your network
  • Co-founder dating
  • Learn a new skill
  • Get face time with thought leaders
  • Join a global community
  • Actually launch a business!

Details for next Startup Weekend (Check schedule below for details):

  • Date April 27th-29th
  • Time Friday: 6 -10pm, Saturday: 9 -11pm, Sunday 9 -9pm
  • Place Portland State Business Accelerator: 2828 Corbett Avenue, Suite 100, Portland, OR

For those who want to know what Startup Weekend is all about, we offer a Bootcamp that will give you a better sense of what to expect at Startup Weekend, how to get the most out of it, and help you increase your chances of success during the weekend. Details for Bootcamp:

  • Date Saturday, April 21st
  • Time 12pm-5pm
  • Place TIE Westside Incubator: Suite 165, 19075 NW Tanasbourne Drive, Hillsboro, OR

 

Space is limited and this event will sell out, so be sure to register now.

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Portland Startup Weekend (Oct 14-16)

Startup Weekend is happening in Portland again, this time October 14-16 at Urban Airship in downtown Portland.  This is always a great experience.  Be sure to put it on your calendars and take part in the discounted registration (use code INTEL).  I'll be there pitching and working on some ideas involving Windows Phone 7 and Metro apps for Windows 8, so please feel free to join me.  I'm also happy to be recruited and hear your pitch if you feel like you have a great idea and need help building it.

 

Startup Weekend Portland set for October 14-16

Portland, OR, 9/14/11 - With its mission to build a stronger community of tech entrepreneurs in the Northwest, Portland Startup Weekend

(#pdxsw) has announced details for its October event, taking place the 14th through the 16th at Urban Airship headquarters in Portland’s Pearl District.

Portland Startup Weekend is a 54-hour event that inspires teams to create a minimum viable product - such as a web or mobile app - that can anchor a company. The aim is to create an environment where developers, designers and business developers can come together and build a product that can launch a startup.

Participants give informal, 60-second pitches on the first night of the event. Together, they choose the most viable ideas and form teams around them. The rest of the weekend is spent developing the concepts into product with the help of a team of mentors from Portland’s community. The weekend culminates with demonstrations in front of an panel of judges and potential investors.

"Portland is hotbed of startup activity at the moment, and Startup Weekend is a great opportunity for would-be software entrepreneurs to find a co-founder, build a prototype, and launch a venture,"  said Skip Newberry, President of the Software Association of Oregon.

"Startup Weekend at OBTC in Beaverton was a great success this past spring, and Startup Weekend Portland promises to bring together an even larger group of entrepreneurs."

Portland Startup Weekend’s Platinum sponsors are Urban Airship, Intel, and Activetrak. Gold Sponsors include Puppet Labs, OTBC, BrandLive, Launchside, Empirical, KickoffLabs and PUSH Your Business.

Tickets can be purchased online at http://portland.startupweekend.org/tickets.

Discount code “INTEL” brings the ticket price to $50.

Founded in 2007 in Boulder, Colorado, Startup Weekend is a nonprofit that has brought together a worldwide community of entrepreneurs that have launched hundreds of startups, including Portland companies Mugasha, Taggr, CPUusage and AudioName. Learn more at http://portland.startupweekend.org.

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Startup Weekend (April 1-3)

Startup Weekend is happening in Portland again, this time April 1-3 at OTBC in Beaverton.  Talk about a great experience.  Be sure to put it on your calendars and take part in the early bird registration.  I'll be there pitching and working on some ideas involving Windows Phone 7, feel free to join me.

 

Startup Weekend Portland set for April 1-3

Startup Weekend Portland, part of an international effort, supports startup development over a 54-hour weekend marathon.

Portland, OR – 28 Feb. 2011 – Startup Weekend Portland is open to entrepreneurs, developers, marketing folks, students, lawyers, angel investors, and anyone who wishes to spend an intense and intensely fun weekend building a team to start a new company. 

Under the guidance and encouragement of business leaders, mentors and investors, attendees pitch their business ideas at the beginning of the event.  The most viable ideas are then chosen by the attendees and teams form organically around their favorite concept.  Over the weekend, teams are coached, guided and taught by members of the startup community to produce a working business model by the end of the event.  All teams present to a panel of judges, comprised of successful entrepreneurs from the local community, and a winner is chosen. 

The keynote speaker for Sunday evening will be Intel fellow and USB co-inventor, Ajay Bhatt

Register by going to the web site.  Early Bird Ticket prices are $59 and include an official Portland Startup Weekend tee shirt. After March 14 ticket price will be $84.

A “Startup Bootcamp” workshop will be held the prior Saturday, March 26 to orient and jumpstart the attendees to get the most out of the Startup Weekend. The cost for the Bootcamp is $16.

Notable companies who have emerged from Portland are CPusage, Mugasha Get Gathered, Life Grant, Startup River, and TreasuRecycle. Startup Weekend events in other cities have launched Foodspotting and Mimmix among others.

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Startup Weekend is a non-profit, global organization partially supported by funding from the Kauffman Foundation.  Startup Weekend events are currently held in over 100 cities in over 30 countries with new cities added every month.  One event which created worldwide interest was Startup Weekend in Tel Aviv, Israel for Israelis and Palestinians. The two groups coming together and cooperating to build businesses created a positive buzz around the globe and especially in the Middle East.

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Portland Startup Weekend - Recap

Last weeked I participated in the the Portland edition of Startup Weekend.  I didn't have an idea that I was already working on, so I went for the experience and a chance to network with others in the Portland startup scene.  I had an absolute blast and will definitely be attending it next year.

My team didn't win the Portland event, instead that honor went to a team with a product called taggrThey had an absolutely amazing idea.  You should definitely check out their website and watch this 90-second video which explains what tagger is.  Wow.

My team had an idea on helping people buy and sell parking for game day events.  I've uploaded a video showing off the Windows Phone 7 app that I built for the contest.  While we didn't win overall, we did win the award for best demo.  Check out the video below where I give a walkthrough of the app.

Game Day Parking from Silvertail Software.

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Portland Startup Weekend

Portland Startup Weekend

I just spent $75 to register for the Portland Startup Weekend on 11/12 - 11/14.  Curious as to why?  Read on...

Startup Weekend is an intense 54 hour event which focuses on building a web or mobile application which could form the basis of a credible business over the course of a weekend. The weekend brings together people with different skillsets - primarily software developers, graphics designers and business people - to build applications and develop a commercial case around them.

I'm not going to try and convince you to attend.  I'm just making you aware so you can't use the excuse that you didn't know.  It's not for everyone, maybe it's not for me, but I'm going to give it a shot and find out.  These events are happening all over the world, so if Portland is too far to travel then look for a city that is closer to where you liveDownload the flyer (PDF), think it over, maybe I'll even see you there.

 

Startup Weekend recruits a highly motivated group of developers, business managers, startup enthusiasts, marketing gurus, graphic artists and more to a 54 hour event that builds communities, companies and projects.

Founded in 2007 by Andrew Hyde, the weekend is a concept of a conference focusing on learning by creating. It is known for its quick decisions, ‘out of the box’ thinking (oh no, the buzzwords are attacking!), unique facilitation technique and letting the founders show what they can do. The program has already met with success in portland, Toronto, New York, Hamburg, Houston, West Lafayette, portland, DC and more.

The participants that 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.

A typical weekend might go something like below, although most weekends find their own schedule that works best:

6pm Friday: Everyone gets together; figures out who else is there; what would be interesting to build. 7pm: Pitches start (if you have an idea for a product you pitch it to the group). 8pm: Teams start breaking off (generally about nine teams will form during the weekend, creating nine products or companies). 9pm: Hopefully teams have solidified their concept and created an elevator pitch (even a simple one) by now. 10pm: Break off to a bar or coffee shop to continue the discussion and attempt to paper prototype out their application.

9am Saturday: Crowds pour in; work starts on development. Noon: Lunch.

3pm: More coding, business plan development, and a special guest (music, vc, sponsor etc). 6pm: Special guest drop-ins and pitches from the teams. 9pm: Gut check on the product; basic prototype building; group get-together for drinks and to talk about the products everyone is working on.

9am Sunday: The day’s work starts again. Noon: Projects are being developed; live website with signup is possibly set up; more special guests drop in. 6pm: Sink or swim time for those looking for a weekend launch. 9pm: Presentations from each company; what worked, what didn’t, what could go better and contacts are exchange for those continuing in the future.

What do Attendees get?

Startup Weekend provides an unprecedented level of networking, team building, learning, and life changes for its attendees and their communities. Don’t forget that there will be 6-7 meals and drinks provided. There is a reason that most attendees come back for every event – it’s just plain fun and provides amazing opportunities you can’t get anywhere else. Sometimes a company emerges, sometimes one doesn’t, but every time people leave with more experience, insight, knowledge, friends, and resources than they came with.

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