In at 9am this morning, our teams began fueling up on breakfast provided by Google. The smell of coffee flooded the workbenches as our teams got down to work. Check out what some of our fantastic startups are working on right now:
1. Bridal Network– Your go-to guide for wedding planning, where brides can share honest reviews of everything from caterers to dress-makers, what made their wedding special (or terrible) and an outlet to gush about their weddings when nobody else wants to listen.
2. HeadSpace– A new type of social network program connecting like-minded people, educating, creating awareness and removing the stigma of mental health in Ireland and Worldwide!
3. Banc– a fun and interactive way to teach kids about financial planning through positive discipline.
4. Entify– a platform that connects you with everything and anything you need to plan any kind of event, ‘Event planning made simple’.
5. Seraya– Have you ever needed a taxi somewhere without anyone to split the cost with? Seyai connects you with fellow cab-catchers in the vicinity that are also looking to share a taxi.
6. BandStation– Connect with other like-minded musicians who are looking to form a band!
7. Rosca– Financial app that enables users to borrow or lend disposable amounts of cash instantly.
8. FoodChain– Helping restaurants save their time and money while also reducing food waste.
9. Paroot– A platform that allows you to share your online identity instantly when you meet someone, almost like a virtual business card.
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’.
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
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…
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