#SWTimisoara: The Jettison

Jettison: to cast (cargo, supplies, etc.) overboard or out so

 as to lighten or stabilize a vessel or aircraft in an emergency.

Payload_fairing_jettisonWe’ve had quite an enthusiastic liftoff on Friday evening at the opening of Startup Weekend Timisoara 4th edition. As you would expect, a rain of information fell down on everyone; names, terms, faces, ideas–it poured on us. All for the best: we got connected, we’ve shared our 1 million dollars ideas and most of all, we’ve learned by doing.

Saturday came with the speed of light. Breakfast, coffee, chit-chat, then off to work. The 9 teams were still trying to figure out their way through. The business model canvas was still a headache generator. Some have migrated to other groups; most have polished their initial ideas and managed to implement bits of it.

It was time to jettison the bad and incorporate the good–they needed a serious mentoring session. The 9 mentors have advised the teams in marketing, tech and design issues. They have even challenged them to get to customer validation without having the product ready. And some of the teams succeeded: GoLivery has actually earned money!

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The outcome of the mentoring session was easy to observe. The venue at #SWTimisoara has also contributed to this. Ambasada feels like home–you can either focus in a corner of the room, join the team work or have a chilled conversation outside the terrace.

The evening was booked for entertainment. A dinner on the Bega river bank  and a stroll in the city center prolonged our quality time together. But of course, it wouldn’t have been a true Startup Weekend experience without a party! Some beers and 80-90s remixes have concluded a productive day.

It’s Sunday, so this means we’re getting closer to the end of our journey. Stay tuned to find out how the story ends!








SWTimisoara #4: The Liftoff

After months of coordinated preparations, crafting stories and organizing info sessions, running after deals and contracts, but most of all, trying to make a journey for the upcoming startup adventurers, it’s finally here: Startup Weekend Timisoara is ready for the liftoff!

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Timid faces waiting in line at the registration desk, wondering whether the M size for T-shirt or the ‘non-tech’ tag fits them, energetic future entrepreneurs, skilled pitchers, mature professionals, bright minded students–these would be the words for the people we’ve met on the first day of our event.

Yet, they all possess one special trait: the thrive for new experiences. And they sure do a delicious mix!

Screen Shot 2015-05-09 at 11.40.21Our Binary Star facilitator, Gwight Dunning has introduced them in the science behind Startup Weekend. In the attempt of entertaining and informing at the same time, he has managed to keep things on the right track.

Another vivid presence on the scene was Josef Dune, who shared some weighty startup lessons from his personal experience with Babelverse.

Half Baked was quite some fun to watch–and even more fun to explain. As you can see, the keywords were less than ordinary. Nonetheless, it was both an energizer and a think outside the box exercise. All credits go to our awesome facilitator for that!

We think that the pitching session was one of the most rewarding parts of the evening. Almost 20 pitches have fed the curiosity in the room, ranging from grocery purchase and delivery to job recruitment and medical history apps or online streaming platforms for coders. Of course, the ‘Uber for’ and ‘Siri-like’ ideas were not missed.

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However, only half of the intial ptiches managed to form teams around them. They have gone from ecstasy to agony and back in trying to tailor their startup idea according to their resources and team brainstorming results.

At around 10 o’clock, three teams were still trying to fill in the business model canvas. Downstairs, a squat was deliberately cleaning their vocabulary and imagination during a Cards Against Humanity session that lasted until closing. Outside, the terrace offered room for philosophical debates & jokes. Ambasada surely had plenty of room for all of us!

And let’s not forget that all of these wouldn’t have been possible without our supportive sponsors and partners!

This would sum up the first day of our journey. Stay tuned to see the outcome of Startup Weekend Timisoara 4th edition story!

 








Zenith to Guide the Upcoming Startup Adventurers

Zenith: point directly above your head in the night sky.

Since the ancient times, people have always perused the sky, whether for orientation, future predictions or simply a bench they could relate to.

Josef Dune, mentor and speaker at the 4th edition of Startup Weekend Timisoara is constantly looking for and providing benchmarks in his career. He is the co-founder and CEO of Babelverse, where he aimis to bring seamless communication between all languages.

Currently based in London, Josef follows his professional pursue, exploring user experience and accessibility, which, in his opinion, is something that should be at the forefront of any decision.

On a daily basis, he enjoys travelling, meeting and experiencing new cultures, cooking and experimenting with cuisine, throwing himself down a mountain on skis or a snowboard and overall just enjoying himself and living the mysterious journey of life.

He will be sharing his exotic startup experiences this weekend at Startup Weekend Timisoara. Get inspired, build stuff that matters!

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Latest Updates to Get You Yearning for More

 

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What would you do if you could buy only one of these three icecreams to satisfy your appetite for an entire summer?

Just try to imagine yourself drooling while running, vividly grasping it with your hand and almost sensing the texture of a sweet, cooling, low-fat desert.

You could save each drop of that smooth, bittersweet strawberry flavour if you’d be on time.

Hurry up and get your last minute ticket because this is the only Startup Weekend Timisoara edition this year! 

We’ll be meeting on the 8-10th of May at Ambasada, which means that you only have a couple of days to save all that awesomeness from melting away.

Your ticket is here:

http://swtimisoara.eventbrite.com/

 








Virtual Creation Comes to Life at #SWTimisoara

We have recently told you about Proton, the tech savvy and entrepreneur that will be mentoring at Startup Weekend Timisoara 4th edition. His name is Calin Brandabur and he is known in the local community due to his ambitious project for home automation and many other hardware experiments.

Uniqueness has always raised interest. On this special occasion, Calin’s brand new project Symme3D has allowed us to take that trait a little bit further: we have 3D printed trophees for the most challenging projects at #SWTimisoara!

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And that’s not all. We will also exhibit the ‘maker’ at our event!

His various experiments have proven that the promising printer executes unparallelled fast and accurate designs for home use. Moreover, the purpose of the 3D printed products vary from motorcycle components to jewelry. Well, that’s what you call a useful household appliance!

Don’t miss the chance to taste a bit of the Startup Weekend Timisoara experience, get your last minute ticket here:

http://swtimisoara.eventbrite.com/

Are we there yet?

 

 

 








Albedo Sets Light on Beauty and Mentors

Albedo: The albedo of an object is how much light it reflects. A perfect reflector such as a mirror would have an albedo of 100, the moon has an albedo of 7, and the Earth has an albedo of 36.

It’s said that beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Yet, it takes talent to enhance looks and create unicity using just some clicks and lots of imagination.

Silviu Runceanu is an experienced UI/UX designer who has spent his last 12 years on learning and actually doing appealing design for various purposes.

His latest goal was to become an expert in building sites. If it is to evaluate his accomplishments, we would give him a 100 in an albedo scale.

As a Startup Weekend Timisoara mentor, our precious Albedo will help you put the spotlight on your idea. He’s also a startup mentor and a serial entrepreneur, so he’s just doubled up his skills: designing for business. Oh, and he likes sweets. Make it triple!

Wait no more, meet him at Startup Weekend!

Just in case you haven’t booked your seat yet:

http://swtimisoara.eventbrite.com/

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7 Questions to Ask If You're a Startup Weekend Participant

Startup Weekend is, by definition, an event based on experiential education. This0318_sb_readerquestions_630x420 means that we’re more into learning by doing. However, there are some guidelines that can help you have a better understanding on the game rules.

1. What kind of ideas can I pitch at the event?

Although Startup Weekend events are focused on building (some) tech products, this doesn’t necessarily mean that you have to be the next Mark Zuckerberg. We welcome all the creative and out of the box ideas that can be turned into businesses. But of course, any business needs at least a website, doesn’t it?

2. How do I pitch the idea, if I don’t have enough experience in presenting?

If you are not an experienced public speaker, that is not a problem. We will offer you guidelines to make sure you transmit all the necessary information when pitching. Before the demos, Startup Weekend mentors will be there to get you through pitching, marketing and design to help you put an awesome presentation together.

3. What if they steal my idea?

Out of millions and billions of ideas, we’re pretty sure that no one would actually try to steal your idea. After all, it’s the implementation that makes an idea a total hit.

4. Is this Startup Weekend for me?

According to UP, Startup Weekend attendees’ backgrounds are roughly 50% technical (developers, coders, designers) and 50% business (marketing, finance, law). From what we’ve experienced, the one thing unites all attendees is a common interest in entrepreneurship, interested in working with like-minded, motivated and skilled people to develop a product during a weekend.

5. Why do I have to pay?

The 7 meals, snack & drinks surely attract some bills. Actually, in most of the cases, the ticket doesn’t even cover the costs. But we’re lucky to have our supporting sponsors: Everseen, Telekom Romania, Save Patatoes, Casa Automata, Symme3D, Techsylvania and Mentagram.

6. What should I bring with me?

You should bring everything that fuels your work and creativity: power cord, business cards, phone, mood for work, etc. We’ll get sure that you won’t get out of coffee!

7. How do I prepare?

We advise you to do some research before coming to SWTimisoara no.4. There are a lot of resources out there that can help you polish your idea and have a better understanding of what Startup Weekend truly means. Moreover, you should also rehearse your pitch; try to make the most of those 60 seconds to conquer both the audience and determine the best tech skilled people in the room to join your team.

If your questions are not on this list, you can also watch this video on ‘Startup Weekend First Timers’ or drop us a line at timisoara@startupweekend.org.








This New Venue Will Conquer You For Good

There is this one place in Timisoara where magic happens.

No, really.

You know that feeling when you go somewhere nice, where all the nice people go and you wake up a couple of hours later, wondering if time flies?

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Well, that’s Ambasada.

Reputed as the latest-cool-place-for-cool-people-in-town, Ambasada is the place where not only magic happens, but also creative and fun stuff, too.

Concerts, movies, crafting workshops, uber-productive meetings of Startup Weekend Timisoara organizers, yoga classes and many more interesting activities to get people together to spend quality time.

The co-working space upstairs for crafty & artsie people welcomes all the creative people, whether with artistic skills or not. We will be spending most of our time at Startup Weekend in this place.

Downstairs, a large space filled with coffee scent and chillout music makes room for friendly talks and leisure hangouts. The meeting room in the left is usually booked for more serious matters, such as debating on what colour your T-shirt should have at this edition.

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Many have asked us what’s with this new place after three editions hosted in the same welcoming co-working space of Timisoara Startup Hub. The truth is that we wanted to embrace the startup culture and be spontaneous in our approach. Their motto is #dream #create #enjoy: we consider that this is the proper attitude for the next Startup Weekend experience, too!

Not to mention that the staff at Ambasada is made out of friendly and open-minded people who really know how to make awesome coffee. And it’s for non-smokers, which makes it even cooler.

You don’t have to take our word. You can pay Ambasada a visit whenever you want, during the week. But one can truly feel this vibe we’ve been talking about at Timisoara Startup Weekend 4th edition.








About that One Million Dollar Idea

There was this cloudy Saturday when we thought it would be a nice idea to get out and try to have meaningful conversations with people on the streets of Timisoara. We’ve asked 12 people to imagine what it would be like to have a 1 000 000 dollars business. When we asked them about the thing that got them there, they’ve had the same answer: AN IDEA.

The most curious thing was that almost all of the people that we came across have had a business idea. It is still a mystery to us why they haven’t done anything about it. Yet.

You see, whether you have that rocket-science idea or not, you can still get to that 1 million dollars. Attending Startup Weekend can be a good start to get you in that journey.

Well, wait no more. Startup Weekend Timisoara is just around the corner!








Meet Proton, the positively-charged tech entrepreneur

Proton: The center of an atom is made up of one or more protons. It has a positive charge.

Călin Brandabur is  a Senior Software development engineer which excells in software architecture and management, business analysis and project management. You see, he has the quite some the core knowledge that can help him build a startup in IT (which in this case, would be the atom). When he realised that, he became an entrepreneur. The result: he has bootstrapped several start ups all over the world, mainly United States of America.

Just like a Proton, he has a positive charge: his enthusiasm allows him to take all his know-how and build things from scratch. A home automation project and a 3D printer are his latest projects that have stirred both questions and admirations from his fellow workers.

He will join Irina, the Gamma Ray, at our pre-event tonight to tell you more about the perfect balance between knowledge and passion which can lead you to conquering the world with your startup.

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Have you booked your ticket yet?

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