Twitter is great for learning of events like this. And meeting new people. I haven’t had a chance to personally meet Dani yet, but this event is a very cool idea. He passed along his contact info via Twitter and Angi Bruss knocked out the interview.
Watch the above video to learn more from Dani about Startup Weekend.
Says Dani, “I think we will all be shocked at what is possible when you get 50-60 wickedly talented people together and have them crank out companies in 54 hours.”
I appreciate Dani taking the time to visit OPUBCO Studios and share more about the event. Here’s the schedule:
Friday, March 5th: (Pitch ideas, Form Teams)
5:30pm: Doors open, meet and greet, discuss what would be interesting to build.
7:00 Pm: Pitches start!
Anyone can get up and pitch an idea. This is a self-selection process. People form teams 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 10 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!
9:00pm: Vote on top ideas and form teams around those ideas based on interest and skill sets required to build the ideas. Teams solidify their concept and create an elevator pitch.
Midnight: Leave for home after brainstorming with team.
Saturday, March 6th: (Build Build Build!)
9:00am: Start development.
12:00pm: Lunch break.
9:00pm: Gut check on the product; basic prototype building; group get-together for drinks and to talk about the products everyone is working on.
Sunday, March 7th: (Build, Demo, Wrap Up)
9:00am: Get back to work on projects.
10:00am: By now, you should have a live splash page up with an email capture and a simple blog.
12:00pm: Projects are being developed, lunch
6:00pm: Sink or swim time for those looking for a weekend launch.
7:00pm: Presentations from each company. Talk about what worked, what didn’t, what could go better.
10:00pm: Wrap up and move out.
Learn more at the official site here.