Friday Keynote Speaker: Jason
Prizes: 10 iPads,
Startup (open to the community) brings together people with
technical, design or business background to share ideas, form teams, build products and launch
On Friday night during the 48hr startup event,
participants arrive motivated to start new technology
companies. Some attendees bring just enthusiasm to
join a startup, or an idea for a startup or pre-built
technology. (Some first time participants volunteer
their hacking skills for 48hrs in order to learn what it
takes to start a startup.) The pre-built technologies and startups are usually
at early stages; technical feasibility and business models are unproven.
They pitch ideas during the open mic session and inspire
others to join their team. Participants vote on
which ideas will become the focus of the weekend and decide which teams they want to join.
During the weekend participants with a technical background write code for
prototypes, designers create branding and user
interfaces, business people model potential revenue
sources and test marketing strategies, and everyone engages potential customers.
Saturday mentors help teams move their ideas forward by questioning business model assumptions and
providing business insights.
Sunday night teams deliver an investor pitch and a prototype demonstration to an esteemed panel
of judges made up of notable investors, entrepreneurs, CEOs and professors which will provide feedback and advice.
The top team receives prizes.