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By Simo Kekäläinen

Three physicists meet a business guy and ….

Now you might think this is the beginning of a really good joke or a scene from Big Bang Theory but believe me, to see what happens next you don’t need to go to Reddit or to your TV screens – just take a bus to city centre.

Six months ago I found myself in a place called Business Kitchen taking part in the first-ever Startup Weekend Oulu.  The room was crowded with people who were given a simple task – present or join somebody who’s presenting an idea, build it into business in 54 hours and have fun!

OK….

Well a couple of hours later, after hearing dozens of pitches and after people had voted for the top 12 ideas, I was feeling really puzzled (and honestly thought about going home) since none of those ideas really struck a chord with me.  But then I saw these two guys looking for people to join their idea, which was about turning the unused potential of smart phones into raw calculating power.

We chatted for a while and since the idea wasn’t one of the audience’s top picks we decided to ask the organizers if we could form a “shadow” team and enter the competition. And this is what happened next:

30 seconds later our team of three physicists and one business guy was already busy building a business and racing against time.

48 hours later we were pitching our idea on stage.

49.125 hours later, out of 13 teams, we were announced as the runner-ups of the weekend!

3600 hours later we have an office, a startup called Piecewise and an objective to deliver our first working product within two months.

Startup Weekend is like life in a nutshell. Not only do you get to meet, work, eat great food, (and most importantly) have fun with wonderful people from different backgrounds and cultures, BUT you also realize nothing is impossible.

If there’s one lesson Startup Weekend teaches you, it’s that with the right amount of determination, perseverance and support from great people around, you can do whatever you want in life.

And that’s a lesson we at Piecewise believe everyone should learn, and there’s no better place to do it than in Startup Weekend Oulu. Hope to see you there!

The End (?)

-Definitely not!



Anne Sorvari Anne Sorvari
Organizer for Startup Weekend Oulu