On May 3, 2013 creative minds will flock to Riverside’s first Startup Weekend to take advantage of the training, synergy and mentoring that occurs in just over two days, providing an incredible opportunity for local entrepreneurs and inventors. Attendees can come as teams or individuals, but they must bring with them an idea or product in the research or concept phase.
Startup Weekend is a global program that brings 54-hour events to select cities where “developers, coders, designers marketers, product managers and startup enthusiasts come together to share ideas, form teams, build products and create startups.” Most events have about 75 attendees, half of which have technical backgrounds while the other half have business backgrounds. In 2012 alone, Startup Weekend had 512 events in over 380 cities representing over 100,000 attendees with many of them leaving and starting their own companies.
Startup Weekend Riverside organizer and founder of Riverside.io, Benjamin Mueller, was recently featured on the Explore Riverside Weekly radio show and explained the upcoming event as a Hackathon – a hacking marathon that engages developers, designers and entrepreneurs in a “full frenzy” to build a new product or business from scratch. On Friday night, event attendees will pitch their ideas in an effort to “win” the chance for their project to be one worked on by teams over the weekend and presented to a panel of judges on Sunday evening.
In order to host a new Startup Weekend, organizers must have attended a past event in an effort to keep the high level of quality, flow and energy. Although members of the Startup Weekend Riverside team have attended several of these in the past, it was the group’s participation in the Irvine StartUp Weekend and their first place finish and Organizers’ Choice Award, that enabled them to bring this event to Riverside.
For more information on the event, or to register for Riverside’s Startup Weekend, visit the official website at Riverside.StartupWeekend.org.