Reminder: Feb 27, Startup Weekend LA2

From: Amanda
Sent on: Saturday, February 14, 2009 11:49 AM
Hi all-

Just a quick email reminder that Startup Weekend is coming up on February 27th. I've been a little lax in promoting it because I started a new job and we've done a lot of cool things at Scrum Club! All the logistical and catering ducks are in a row and there's some good stuff in the schwag bag thanks to our sponsors. Yeah I know the tickets are $40, but that's StartupWeekend, LLC's policy.

Buy your tickets here and print your attendee packet:

What is Startup Weekend?

Startup Weekend is an intense 54 hour event bringing together brilliant tech minds (developers, designers, marketers, ect.) together to create a company (or as many as the community wants) from concept to launch! The best and brightest people together in a local office space to select the concept, break into teams, and develop the product, marketing and revenue model. Sixteen ideas are refined until a group of four or five make the final cut.

What's the benefit for the participants?

The participants come from all walks of technology, so they get to experience what needs to be completed and considered in starting up a company, something they don't usually get in their normal 9-to-5 jobs. This experience will allow to see their role in the company process in a different light, and many of the participants are entrepreneurial themselves, so they might learn from the weekend and start their own companies.

What's new and improved?

Scrum Club is not changing Startup Weekend... It is an awesome experience and a great event as-is. Plus my volunteers sat on me and said I couldn't over-organize and ruin the party ;-)  Here is what I could get away with changing:
1) Lots of cool stuff

This year there are more opportunities to get your idea to happen because there are more teams (and if you are a PHP or a Ruby or Java person, you don't get stuck sitting on your butt and watching everyone else).

2) Kickass space at BlankSpaces means less messy legal aftermath

We get a completely dedicated premium workspace open for the full 54 hours. We have a controlled location with front-desk security. We dumped the requirement for incorporation at the end of the weekend. If by longshot you really come up with something awesome, we at least have contact information for every person that walked through the door. There is also some tech and collaboration infrastructure for teams setup ahead of time thanks to our sponsors.

3) Support for teams after Startup Weekend

If you want to keep your team going and your idea isn't any fun any more, dump it and keep your team. Do a project for charity. Coach a team from the Imagine Cup. At Scrum Club, people are important, not the project, metrics, or code. We've got a reunion workspace and a day of elite coaching from a master. I'll keep building out the program from there with folks who have said they are interested in being mentors.

Scrum Club is about hands-on experience... that means *small teams* with *elite* team members hand-picked by skill set. This also means we don't have many public events or post much on the group calendar... Right now, Startup Weekend is really the best way to network and get actively involved in Scrum Club.

We have events and meet regularly, but unlike other user groups our focus is building leaders via hands-on experience... not sitting in a room watching a bunch of powerpoints and maybe exchanging some business cards with people you will never call. You're either fully committed to making a change or you're not... and if you are we will help you.

- Amanda

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