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Startup Weekend returns to Dublin once again! But for the first time, in Student Edition. The air here at Google HQ is booming with diversity. International and Irish-based students all crowd the main space, collecting our colourful selection of t-shirts. Our participants enjoyed a free meal from PizzaDog while networking and getting to know others.

Our facilitator and Director of Startup Weekend himself, John Beadle, riled up our students with a big, warm ‘Omaha Welcome’.

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First, as per Startup Weekend tradition, we started off with a lively and interesting game of ‘Half-Baked’. The brainstorming begins, from ginger hair dye for Flamingos going through mid-life crises to oboe playing

Our facilitator and Director of Startup Weekend!- @JohnBeadle

for young deaf children.

Next we had the very inspiring Ciara Judge, founder of PurchaseMate and Germinaid, who reminded us to always count your successes and remember how far you’ve come.

“The cave you fear to enter, holds the treasure you seek” says Daniel Kyne, Lead organiser here at Student Startup Weekend Dublin. He is often seen lurking around the place whispering this quote to himself, still yet to emerge from his ‘cave’.

As we progress further into the night, eyes are growing weary but spirits are still high. Our newly formed teams have established their work benches and are discussing their plans for the weekend, the day draws to a close but the journey has only just begun…

B&W photos taken by Tomasz Laskowski from http://www.dayinlife.ie/

Check him out on facebook at http://facebook.com/dayinlife.ie

Rebecca Droop