Q: How does a designer feel in a hackathon dominated by people from business and tech fields?
It’s going to be challenging but you have a lot to contribute because you’re definitely needed. That also makes it easier to find a team that you’re interested in.
Q: In Startup Weekend what’s particularly interesting for a designer?
For me Startup Weekend is about trying ideas, some of them might breakthrough and become something that you may continue working on.
Most designers that I know are into creating something new and thinking about the user and customer side to make the best service, experience or product. I think all of the teams need to think about the triangle of feasibility, desirability and durability and they need people like designers to think about the desirability.
Q: What do you love about Startup Weekend apart from the great food?
I think the best part; the most rewarding part is that your network is expanding. You start working with people and you get to know them much better in a very short time. It’s not just sitting somewhere and talking, you’re actually working together intensely for two days.
Q: What sets Startup Weekend apart from other hackathons?
Startup Weekend is very open, people can come there and you can choose from a pool of various ideas. It’s very different and there are many different fields represented. I’ve been involved with medical startups, apps, games, social impact projects and services for companies. If you have time during the weekend there’s a lot that you can try, see and get inspired from.
Q: Would you and why would you encourage other designers to participate in Startup Weekend?
Because I know they can do a lot. Designers can help a team put their project into a tangible form that people can make sense out of after two days when you’re presenting it.
Q: What can a designer expect from an event like Startup Weekend?
Inspiration, networking, learning, getting to know more people and getting opportunities. You can get to know valuable people that you might need later on or they might contact you afterwards. You might find an interesting partner that you continue with afterwards which has happened many times for me.
Q: Has Startup Weekend ever helped your professional career?
Yeah, I found people that I’m now working with, some of them turned into good friends. I also have been working on some of the projects afterwards. It has always been inspiring for me and at the end of every Startup Weekend I’ve always come out happily no matter what happened. I’ve never regretted spending my weekend at Startup Weekend.
Pouria is now leading a startup called Grib that works in 3D solutions, check them out!
Startup Weekend Helsinki is organising another event in November find out more here: bit.ly/SWhki