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This May we’ll be celebrating the first ever Editions Month – an initiative created in response to the growing organic demand from the community to bring the magic of Startup Weekend to new industries and audiences. Startup Weekend Edition events run just like any other Startup Weekend – but are focused on a certain theme, industry or audience. These type of events increase the diversity of the community by pulling in new attendees, Organizers, stakeholders, and sponsors with new areas of expertise.

During the entire month, Organizers all around the world will be holding over 100 events, highlighting over 50 different editions! We’ll be highlighting trends, stories and experiences from these events over the next few weeks.

First up – unique editions & their locations! Check out these awesome events happening around the world and some background info about the cities hosting them.

 

Blue Growth, Shipping & Logistics Edition – Piraeus, Greece

Seas and oceans are drivers for the European economy and have high potential for growth and innovation opportunities. This is where the term Blue Growth comes in, meaning: the strategy to support sustainable growth in the marine and maritime sectors.

Piraeus is one of Greece’s busiest shipping ports and one of the largest ports in Europe. It is also one of the busiest passenger ports in the world, seeing about 19 million passengers annually. That’s a lot of boats and people. So, what’s a better way to capitalize on all of this activity than new ideas at Startup Weekend?

 

Energy Edition – Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA

The world’s first Startup Weekend Energy is launching this May, in the fields of Oklahoma! Did you know that Tulsa was known as the Oil Capital of the World until the 1960s, when Houston, Texas and then eventually the Middle East took the title?

With Tulsa’s diverse history in the energy sector, it’s an ideal location for working on new tools, applications, and services for this industry. We can’t wait to see what ideas strike it big at this event!

 

Food Edition – Lyon, France
Wine, Gastronomy & Tourism Edition – Bordeaux, France

Delicious cheeses, pastries, wine – where’s a better place for food than France? Lyon has been called the “food capital of France” and is known for its world famous Lyonnaise cuisine. Bordeaux is the world’s major wine industry capital. Their history is drenched in wine, as the Bordeaux wine has been produced in the region since the 8th century.

France in general is known for its history of gastronomy, which means the practice of cooking and eating good food and the cooking of a particular area. With all of these great resources and communities around them, these two Startup Weekends are bound to cook up some tasty new ideas! Hey France, looking for a taste tester, I mean, Facilitator? 🙂

 

Tourism Edition – Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia
Tourism & Hospitality Edition – Cairns, Australia

Sun, surfing, and beautiful beaches – Australia is the ideal vacation destination. With these two events being in locations also known as “The Sunshine State” and “Gateway to the Barrier Reef,” where is more of a perfect place to innovate the Tourism industry?

Some other fun facts: Gold Coast is home to some of the best surfing spots in the world. While Cairns has the closest access to the Great Barrier Reef, which is the largest reef in the world and is home to over 1,500 species of fish. These cities sound like a great place for a good balance of work AND fun at Startup Weekend!

 

You can read more about these events and others at editions.startupweekend.org. Why do communities choose these editions? Read the stories behind these special events, straight from their Organizers.

 



Kacey Wherley
(@kaceyraewherley) is Marketing Manager at Techstars, located in Seattle. Before joining the Techstars team, Kacey was part of the UP Global team and previously with a cyber security startup in Pittsburgh. She enjoys all things social media and connecting with the community online.