Start-up Weekend Manchester: 9th-11th November
“The biggest and steepest learning curve I will ever have in a set time-frame of a measly 54 hours”. My best description of Start-up Weekend.
Embarking now on my third Start-up Weekend I’d like to think I’m a bit of a veteran; the not-so-fresh-faced individual barking in the background “Back when I first did Start-up Weekend, we were struggling with Hosting servers and dealing with how we’re going to get any food!”. I was ambivalent to hear that an excessive amount of pizza will be provided at the event- I think it worth speaking to the Start-up Weekend organisers about breaking tradition and pursuing the “Healthy” agenda for once.
Start-up Weekend are 54-hour events where developers, designers, marketers and biz dev guys come together to share ideas, form teams and build products, with the aim to build companies by the end of it.
So why bother going through this insane 54 hours?
1. Education- I can guarantee that this will be one of the most quickest and most efficient learning experiences you will have. Start-up Weekends are about testing your hypothesis, not sitting in a classroom learning theory but actually formulating strategies and moving fast. Proper Lean.
2. Network- Meeting like-minded people has always been a sincere passion of mine, and by building + working on some truly awesome and eccentric concepts (Feetshot anyone?!), you will build long-lasting relationships and walk away with some potential investor contacts- you may even meet a potential Co-Founder.
3. Moving fast- I hate waiting for stuff to happen. I really do. My passion for start-up weekend comes from the “Hacker Way” of moving fast and making mistakes. In reference to my first point, the ability to learn from others around you and in other teams can be invaluable.
4. Learn a new skill– It’s very important to have the nerve to step out of your comfort zone. This weekend can be dedicated to let your creative juices flow; you may as well take the opportunity to learn something you’ve been putting off e.g. a new business model into practice, a new programming language, a new website to look at design in a different way- just try something different; you have nothing to lose and everything to gain!
5. Free stuff– As a student, I can’t really hammer this point home enough. Discounts on ticket prices, free food, free web-related stuff, access to exclusive resources from sponsors, seven meals and more- an unforgettable weekend in store that’s for sure!
#SWManc is part of the Global Start-up Battle (http://globalstartupbattle.org/) with a chance to win a trip to Rio, San Fran, $25,000 of free stuff and so much more up for grabs.
I’ll attempt to blog throughout the weekend, if my team lets me that is!