Yes, it's Startup Weekend time again!
Please register for this event at: http://swwlg.eventbrite.com/
And for ongoing information about the event, see http://wellington.startupweekend.org/
Startup Weekend is where entrepreneurs, developers, and designers get together to form new businesses in a 54-hour marathon of inspiration, perspiration, collaboration, and fun! We attract people with all skill levels in a friendly, welcoming, yet challenging environment.
The event starts on Saturday evening 16 Feburary, with an icebreaker game and dinner, and then people pitch their businesses concepts to the crowd. 10-15 concepts will attract viable teams around them. By late Saturday night, you will have sketched out your concept in some detail and everyone will have roles assigned and an inkling of how they're going to achieve their goals over the weekend.
Sunday morning is all about market validation - you'll be contacting potential customers and finding out if there's really a market need for what you're building. If not, you'll need to pivot based on the information you've picked up by "getting out of the building" and talking to people. Meanwhile, your developers and designers will be furiously building your products (or mock-ups), and your team will be attracting partners, advisers, and customers. You'll need to start preparing your final 5-minute presentation on Monday morning, because your team will need to pitch it by dinner time. After that, prizes will be awarded to the best teams.
Where you go from there is up to you. Many exciting businesses have come out of Startup Weekends.
Whether you are just want to find out what the world of startups is like in a fun environment, you're a developer or designer looking for the next big thing, or an entrepreneur l0oking for a team to turn your idea into reality, Startup Weekend is a fantastic way to test your own abilities and meet great people along the way.