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Startup Weekend Sunshine Coast brings together entrepreneurs, designers and developers for 54 hours of fun. The format emphasises fast, efficient product development – so if you can code, you’ll be a valuable addition to almost any team. But what’s in it for you? 

We’ve spoken to some former participants to discover the key takeaways for programmers and developers.

Build something in one weekend
If you’re a student, a parent or have a day job, it can be tough to find time to work on side projects. At Startup Weekend, you can devote an entire weekend to developing and building something new. Whether you pitch your own idea or join someone else’s team, you have 54 hours to make something happen – which is an efficient way to showcase your technical skills and develop your portfolio.

Learn Lean Startup
At Startup Weekend you’ll use the principles of Lean Startup Methodology to develop and refine your business model. It’s a framework that’s best learnt by doing, and the weekend provides the perfect opportunity to get your hands dirty. Whether you’re new to the startup space or a seasoned entrepreneur, you’ll walk away with a better understanding of how to grow (and pivot) a startup, and the tools you’ll need to do it again in the future. 

Make new connections
Former participants will tell you that one of the best things about Startup Weekend is the people you meet. From fellow participants through to mentors and judges, you’ll be surrounded by likeminded people who are as passionate about tech, design and usability as you are. Startup Weekend Sunshine Coast brings the local entrepreneurial ecosystem together, so it’s a great place to network, meet potential cofounders or just make new friends.

Challenge yourself
The Startup Weekend format involves long hours, tight deadlines and plenty of teamwork. It’s a great opportunity to develop your technical skills – from traditional programming to UX and rapid prototyping – in a supportive environment. Here, failure isn’t frowned upon: it’s considered a crucial part of the process.

Broaden your skill set
Tech skills are important, but to succeed at Startup Weekend you’ll also need business, design, sales and marketing know-how. That’s where your team comes in. Building a multidisciplinary team gives you the best possible chance of success, but it also means you get to work alongside people with vastly different skill sets to yours. It’s a great way to get some hands-on understanding of how all these elements interact to deliver a final product. 

Startup Weekend Sunshine Coast 2016 is on April 29 to May 1. To register as a developer click here

Jarna Baudinette