Adam Mann: Last minute sign up for Startup Weekend was Life Changing

Spotlight contributor: Aaron Bare


Adam Mann is a design consultant with a simple focus: to provide clean and functional designs while supporting local business and developing lasting relationships.

What inspired you to go to Startup Weekend?adam
I attended Startup Weekend on a whim. I did not know what Startup Weekend was and only a couple days before the event a friend of mind had told me about it and asked if I would like to join. I had no idea what to expect, but my friend said it would be a good time, and a few hours later I had my ticket.

How was your experience?
My experience was life changing – not to be dramatic, but it truly was. That weekend opened my eyes to new areas of design I didn’t know existed. It has lead to some great friendships, and plenty of opportunities for new work as well.

What was the outcome of the weekend for you?
The outcome was a weekend I’ll never forget. I had no plans of pitching that weekend (I didn’t even know I could when I got my ticket), but during a last call for pitches I ran up on stage with an idea. The idea was selected and our team kicked ass and took 2nd place, winning a handful of great prizes, and more importantly we walked away with some amazing friendships and connections.

Where are you at today with Find My Train?find_my_train
Find My Train continues to grow with over 3000 users for the Phoenix Light Rail to date, and growing steadily. We have plans to introduce Find My Train as a smartwatch application for the Apple Watch early next year. You can view an early prototype here:

Do you speak to your fellow members from that weekend?
We had an amazing team for SW, and I still consistently talk to each member two years later. Just two months ago I visited one team member that moved to LA. I am also currently working on two different projects with the two other team members from SW.

Why should someone go to Startup Weekend?
Go for the experience. It’s unlike any other event I’ve been to. The people, the energy, the ideas. It’s great to immerse yourself in a project with such a time crunch with people you likely have never met. You will surprise yourself at what you can accomplish in such a quick time frame.

Join us for Startup Weekend GSB 2014 to meet a group of people like Caleb and find your company.  Only a few spots still available.

Spotlight on Caleb Barclay: Designer, Founder and SWPHX Alum

Spotlight contributor: Aaron Bare

What inspired you to go to Startup Weekend?unnamed
I wanted to connect with developers that I didn’t have in my own network.  The goal being to work on future software startups together.

How was your experience?
We sat in a corner and cranked away though the day and night to go from an initial idea to a functioning prototype.  We pulled together other groups when we made a marketing video for the product but besides that, we really stayed focus on the goal. Our product was a gaming app meant to help novice beer and wine drinkers become experts. We called it Wannabe Wino.

What was the outcome of the weekend for you?
After the weekend, we went on to polish the app and eventually submitted it to the app store.  I walked away with a good understanding of how little time it takes to take an idea and bring it to life.

Where you at today with Wannabe Wino?
It’s live in the app store but we are not working on it.  We probably should since we spent so much time on it.  I’ve learned a lot about what worked with it and what didn’t work.  It has influenced me to think in new ways on future products.  App can be found here:

Do you speak to you fellow members from that weekend?
Every once in a while I will talk to the developers that worked with me on the project but we are mostly doing our own projects right now.  Hopefully, we can work on something in the future.

Why should someone go to Startup Weekend?
Startup weekend is a great place to find talent, understand product development, meet like-minded people, and compete for a prize.  It’s a good place to learn to sell people on your idea and then further go on to learn team working through the process of high anxiety and little sleep.
What are you up to now?
I’m currently building a software called Splicity and we are releasing a public version in the next few months.  We’ve had traction with some brands that are going to be implementing our software in their upcoming social media campaigns.

Join us for Startup Weekend GSB 2014 to meet a group of people like Caleb and find your company.  Only a few spots still available.