Guest post by Ashish Phanithi, Campus dabbler, Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Technology, Hyderabad
How much time will it take to conceptualise an idea? A year? A month?
Well, just over a weekend actually. Not to mention enormous hard work and extreme adrenaline rush.
This weekend I skipped the cinemas like an odd hundred others and attended an event, “Startup weekend.” Economics, finance, marketing, programming, design- all carefully packaged into one weekend.
It is an event that happens over a weekend where people come and pitch their startup ideas. They receive feedback and some ideas are selected. The selected ideas are then developed further by forming teams and a final presentation is given on the last day in front of select judges who determine the winner.
After general introductions we were asked to pitch our ideas individually and roughly 20 of them qualified. The pitchers then gathered a team, a talent pool rather, and started work on their super awesome idea.
I joined an IIT kanpur alumnus who was currently doing an MBA in ISB. He pitched an idea about creating an educational website that could actually teach rather than merely ‘provide’ education. Within no time we became a group of seven. We had two really awesome and talented designers from Ahmedabad, one MBA from Bits who was talented, skilled and calm, and two amazing coders. And all this on day 1- Friday evening.
Day 2- We had one full day with us and we started to create a website while the MBAs were busy chalking out strategies. The designers put all their creative machinery to work. We had mentors coming over to help us shape things the business way. Just listening to them was as informative as probably one month of MBA classes combined. The day passed and things almost shaped up. (The CEO treated his employees with a dinner ranging from biryani to steak to pasta. )
Day 3- My CEO had everything chalked out. He got entrepreneurs from the same field to validate the idea we were working on and one thing that makes his skill standout- He got us customers! Just one day and we had customers. By afternoon we were all set to present. We were number 8 in the list to present. Our CEO suited up and delivered the demo product to the judges. Later in the night we chilled out in our CEOs ISB hostel room (board room perhaps!). We discussed startups to social issues. Not only were our designers artistically brilliant, their zeal to bring about social change was indeed jaw dropping. Next time anybody looks down on somebody doing a designing course, he/she deserves a bullet to the head. The coder was calm and composed even during the party. The CEO was as energetic and bossy as ever. The other MBA studied us calmly like they are trained and yeah, she did provide her intellectual inputs.
In the end, I had tons of information, inspiration and experience. I made some really good friends just over a weekend and the fact that we might never see each other again, emotionally moved each one of us. My Facebook friend list is now filled with budding entrepreneurs and my contact list has numbers of future CEOs.
All this in just one weekend!
A fun, intense, risk‐free way to get a startup off the ground
experience that take place at every event. Startup Weekend’s motto: Build Community. Start Companies. No Talk. All Action.
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Social shout – a bootstrapped startup
around the globe:
Date: 17:00 Friday Nov 21st– 20:00 Sunday Nov 23rd 2014
Venue: Amazon, Hyderabad
Event Details :http://hyderabad.up.co/events/5134
Agenda : http://www.up.co/communities/india/hyderabad/startup-weekend/5134#event-schedule
Event hours: Friday 17:00 to 24:00
Saturday 08:30 to 24:00
Sunday 08:30 to 21:00
(come by anytime)
Any Queries: Email us at hyderabad@startupweekend. org, 040-30512888
Food: 7 meals and drinks are provided throughout the weekend
Prizes: You will of course receive lots of prizes from local sponsors. Additionally, as part of the Global Startup Battle, you can expect some out of the world prizes. Do you want to ring the Nasdaq bell? Check. Do you want a booth at the CES? Check
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by Archit Malhotra
I’ve known about Startup Weekend for quite sometime now. Like most Delhi-wallas, I didn’t attend one out of sheer laziness.
Then I finally got off the couch to go for my first event at Chandigarh, which coincidentally was the city’s first event too. To begin with, it was a coverup to go out for a trip with friends and an excuse to catch up with buddies in Chandigarh. The idea and the vision of Startup Weekend always excited me, but being a student of management I never thought I had the skill set to do work on any real project let alone do something awesome. And that is where Startup Weekend changed the impression I had for myself.
Startup weekend is a wonderful reality check for people like me who never knew what they’re capable of and also for those who always had an idea in the back of their head but never knew what it’s worth.
I worked with a team in Chandigarh, winning the second prize in the end which was exhilarating. We were working for almost 12 hours a day to make a model, get customer validation, verifying technicalities, making the final presentation, hogging on the finger licking Punjabi food around and it ended up being a weekend full of excitement, energy, and I made a lot of friends over the span of this three days.
I’m excited to be helping organize the next Startup Weekend. Any friend could tell you how excitedly I talk about Startup Weekend, my first one and the upcoming one. It was awesome, it WILL be awesome, and you won’t regret it. I promise. It’s an experience everyone deserves.
Sounds of Diwali crackers fill my room as I write this piece. Of all the things, it is also a jolting reminder of how another year will soon pass & it will be time to turn a leaf in all of our lives. But before we turn over to this new page in an exciting anticipation of things unknown, let us mark this year with actions that would make it worth a memory to walk down years & years hence.
So let us try to figure out the recipe for a memory worth cherishing. In my opinion it should include:
The thrill of venturing towards a new destination
Accompanied by people who share the sense of thrill
Top it with a bundle of wisecracks, tales from new sailors & wisdom of seasoned travelers.
Seems like quite an adventure.
And here is Ladies n’ Gentlemen the list of two things you need to do to get on-board & make 2014 memorable:
Visit http://www.up.co/communities/india/delhi/startup-weekend/4950. Give it a thorough read. Decide for yourself. If you like
Go to https://in.explara.com/e/swdel?aff=UP%20Community%20Sites & confirm your participation.
If you like the above list of ingredients then at Startup Weekend you are assured to :
Think of a new idea
As a team, work on it with people who like it
While on the go, interact with the participants & get to engage with start-up honchos & industry veterans
If this setting holds a prospect of making to your list of memorable events, then do come & bring along friends who share the same appetite for this recipe.
Ps: Let’s make this Diwali more beautiful & less cracker-ing.