Kricket – A geography based social network

By Will Haire                                                                                                            Follow us on Twitter @SWStamford

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At Startup Weekend Stamford we like to focus on success stories from local entrepreneurs. What’s even more impressive are stories from young entrepreneurs. Ambitious, motivated and business savvy are just a few adjectives I’d use to describe this crew of recent Quinnipiac University graduates. I recently had the opportunity to sit down with Tom Nassr one of the co-founders of Kricket.

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Kricket is the brainchild of Tom Nassr, Connor Croteau, and Matt Cameron.

The Kricket application allows a user to tag an emoticon image to the map, with a message attached to it. This is image and message is called an ‘atmosphere’. The atmosphere is posted anonymously onto the map and can be seen by anyone. Other users nearby can upvote & downvote the atmosphere. The idea is to make communication between people more fluid at a hyper local level. With the wide range of images to pick from, the use cases range from selling old goods, to finding the best bar in the area.  In Tom’s words;

Kricket provides a geography based social network that helps people connect in the real world.

User generated atmospheres  on the map is only half the equation. Kricket is also working with local restaurants, clubs,cafes, bars, and other venues to reveal their atmosphere, upcoming deals, or live events, onto the map for everyone to see in real time. The app will be released in late March on the Android and Apple app stores.  Be sure to download it, use it and leave a review. If not for you, do it for your community. After all, it takes a village to raise a child and in the same sense, it takes a village to build a bad ass app!

During the app creation process, Kricket did receive guidance from a mobile focused digital studio called Checkmate Creations, also located in Hamden, CT. The collaboration and difference in expertise with Checkmate, helped Kricket sharpen its vision while learning and progressing through several pivots over the last year.

Tom and his team embody the entrepreneurial spirit and are part of the foundation of businesses developing in Connecticut. Startup Weekend Stamford strives to bring like-minded and motivated people together who are doing great things. Be sure to check out our website. 2015’s event is sure to be the most EPIC EVENT EVER! Don’t miss out and thanks for reading. Be sure to check out the Kricket.co website and be part of the movement.








Interview with New Haven’s Startup Weekend Champion!

By Will Haire                                                                                                              Follow us on Twitter @SWStamford

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The winning pitch from New Haven’s Startup Weekend:

SeqHub is a marketplace that connects data scientists in the genomics space with research labs that need their data analyzed. The need arises from increased accessibility of technologies to labs to generate a vast amount of insight-rich genomics data which these labs do not have the expertise to analyze. On the other side of the market, we can connect very capable, but inadequately compensated post docs and graduate students with the computational expertise to meet these needs.

 – Taiwo Togun

You may be asking yourself, who is Taiwo and what an Awesome idea. Taiwo is a Computational Biologist and Research Data Scientist. He received his Ph.D from Yale, and teaches computer science at Peirrepont School in Westport. Taiwo is not an entrepreneur, but this did not stop him from attending Startup Weekend.

This is the beauty of Startup Weekend. We are able to connect Taiwo with the right network that takes a pain point unique to his experiences and spin that into a viable business. Taiwo still has a long road ahead, but he now has his idea validated and also has access to resources and a network he did not have before. This alone is an excellent reason to come out to Startup Weekend Stamford and give us your pitch!

Here is more of my interview with Taiwo:

Q: How did you hear about Startup Weekend?

A: I went through the A100 Apprenticeship program and Derek Koch the founder of Indie Soft encouraged me to go out and pitch my idea. And I did!

Q: Can you tell me about your experience at Startup Weekend New Haven?

A: The feeling and gratification were overwhelming. The constructive feedbacks and encouragement from such a company of innovative minds and experienced business professionals have provided tremendous momentum and refinement. The validation of my idea by seasoned and successful entrepreneurs felt so exciting. Beyond exciting! I would say the weekend indeed created in me, a new sense of responsibility and feeling that this idea, this product is not just my vision, but one that is shared, and now has a group of capable people helping to bring it to life. It’s very exciting!

Q: Can I hear your Elevator Pitch from the event?

A: SeqHub is a marketplace that connects data scientists in the genomics space with research labs that need their data analyzed. The need arises from increased accessibility of technologies to labs to generate a vast amount of insight-rich genomics data which these labs do not have the expertise to analyze. On the other side of the market, we can connect very capable, but inadequately compensated post docs and graduate students with the computational expertise to meet these needs.

We aim to facilitate genomics research and foster the realizations of more scientific breakthroughs by leveling the field so that small labs with genomics projects, despite limited resources, can find quality data scientists to analyze their data on a project-by-project basis, and data scientists can easily find well-defined jobs of interest with guaranteed remunerations.

Q: Did you Come in with this idea or did your experience at Startup Weekend help shape your current version of your idea?

A: I came to Startup Weekend with this idea. While the core of my idea did not change, it benefited immensely from feedbacks received during the weekend. Having a team of experienced developers and business professionals was very instrumental in informing and presenting an initial prototype and business plan for my idea. I would definitely say that the feedback from the weekend has shaped the current version of my idea into the valuable tangible product that it is today.

Q: What types of opportunities have resulted from your success at Startup Weekend New Haven?

A: The connections and networks are the most amazing part of Startup Weekend. The prizes are great too; for instance, we have a work space at the GROVE in New Haven; this is a huge resource as it is more than an office space, but rather a hub for several New Haven startups. Thus, it provides an avenue to connect with several mentors, learn from them and continue to sharpen my entrepreneurial acumen. The network is indeed the icing on the cake! The connections with the right people are definitely my most valuable takeaway from Startup Weekend. In fact, through the start-up weekend, I have connected with two research labs that would like to use SeqHub as soon as our MVP goes live.

Q: Do you have any advice for any young entrepreneurs?

A: Don’t be afraid, just do it! Any idea is worth throwing out there, especially if you believe in it! The validation, constructive critics, or feedbacks will only provide refinement and momentum! I’m certainly glad I did it!

Q: Last Questions, What are your future plans for 2015, anything you are willing to share with our audience of attendees?

A: Our goal in the next six months is to have a web-hosted Beta version as a pilot project to better engage customers. As my co-founder and I are both data scientists ready to provide solutions to genomics projects, we will market our analytics services to labs in order to have on-going projects on SeqHub in the next six months. Feedback from our first customers will further inform both product and business development.

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Don’t Judge Me! Oh Wait, that’s our job… Here is the criteria

By Will Haire                                                                                                              Follow us on Twitter @SWStamford

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The most important part to winning Startup Weekend Stamford is knowing what you will be judged on. Like running a marathon, it is important to know where the finish line is! This year we will be using Bill Kenney’s ScoreMyPitch, a product of Stamford Startup Weekend 2013.

Stamford Startup Weekend judging criteria is broken up into three sections. Teams are judged according to the following 3criteria (weighed equally):

 

  1. Business Model 
The heart of it all. If you haven’t got the answers to these questions, you’ve spent too much time on frills & features and need to get back to the basics:
    a. Who is your customer?
    b. What is your core value proposition?
    c. What are your key activities?
    d. What are your revenue streams?
    e. What is your cost structure?
    f. Who/what are your key partners/resources?
    g. What are your distribution channels?
    h. What is your rollout strategy?
  2. Customer Validation
 Have you taken the proper steps to ensure that the people who matter (your future customers) support and reinforce your assumptions? Think of Customer Validation as ‘evidence’ to back up the core structure of your ‘theory’ (your Business Model). The more feedback you gather (quantity), the more this feedback comes from your specific target market (quality), and the more you’re able to actually integrate this feedback into the Business Model and product development (execution), the better.
  3. Execution
 The nitty gritty: what has your team been able to actually build over the weekend? Even the strongest of Business Plans are useless in the hands of those who can’t properly execute on them. Getting as far as possible in the development of your product/prototype not only helps give the Judges a tangible vision of what the final product could be, but proves your strength and skills as a team. This is what truly matters: investors don’t invest as in ideas so much as teams.

In the words of the greatest cartoon known to man GI Joe,  “now you know, and knowing is half the battle.” Be sure to check out the website for additional details about the event, and do not hesitate to email one of the organizers. 

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Startup Weekend Stamford Preparation… Everything you need and more!

By Will Haire                                                                                                                  Follow us on Twitter @SWStamford

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Think of Startup Weekend like a weekend camping trip. You will have to make sure you have everything you need because you will rarely leave the space where you and your team are working. Remember, every minute counts and you do not want to waste time looking for a power cord.

Here is a list of supplies we recommend bringing:

  • Laptop, tablet, and smartphone or any device that can be connected to the Internet (multiple devices are good for validating across platforms). You will need this for conducting research, working, checking Facebook, and capturing key moments and sharing them with your community. Keep in mind; you are doing something cool and different with your weekend. Time to gloat!
  • Power Cords, Power Cords, Power Cords. If I had a nickel for every time I left my charger at home, I would be five cents richer. Be prepared to charge all your devices throughout the day.
  • A notebook & pens. Sometimes old-fashioned written notes and sketches are the best way to communicate with new teammates.
  • A water bottle. The organizers will be providing beverages, but you want to stay hydrated throughout the weekend. Remember, dehydration makes Jack a dull boy!
  • Snacks. Once again, the organizers will be providing snacks, but if you have dietary restrictions or if you have a concoction you like to make to keep you energized and focus, by all means bring it with you.
  • Attire. Feel free to dress comfortable. Wear comfortable shoes and dress in a way that will allow you to do your best thinking and best work. I don’t think anyone will judge you if you show up in your pajamas!
  • Headphones. If you get in the “zone” and do not want to be distracted by conversations and energy surrounding you. Be prepared to tune others out and get down to business.
  • Business cards. You are going to be meeting new people and contacts you may want to keep in touch with.
  • Positive Attitude. Startup Weekend is a very dynamic environment filled with highs and lows. Be prepared to go with the flow and keep an open mind and a positive attitude.

We look forward to seeing you at the Stamford Startup Weekend. Bring anything that will help with your creativity and comfort, beanbags sweat pants, and good times!

 

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The Developer’s Guide to Surviving Startup Weekend Stamford

By Will Haire                                                                                                                Follow us on Twitter @SWStamford

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A 54 hour Hack-a-thon of the magnitude of Startup Weekend is a bit preposterous to those of us whose timeline usually consist of months not hours. Think about it. We need to come up with an idea, develop this idea in a team environment, develop a working prototype, and develop a comprehensive business plan. All in 54 hours… ump, Sounds Crazy! But, guess what, it is crazy. And such an Awesome experience. So, what does a savvy hacker need to bring to this event? Or is the question what doesn’t a savvy hacker need at this event?

 

Here are a few things are more seasoned hackers recommend bringing to the event. If you plan ahead, your first Startup Weekend can be a success. If you don’t plan ahead… Well, let’s just say your head might explode!

1)   This is a Social Event

Bring your hacking skills, but don’t forget this is a networking event and you have to mingle. The first night is all about networking. Here you will ask people, what they are (Biz Dev, Designer, Coder, Human, or Zombie), What they do for a living, What brought them to the event, etc. Just small talk. The point of this exercise is to find some people you wouldn’t mind working with. A lot of people are active on social media and blogging, use this to your advantage. Be Friendly & Social!

2)   Ideas are free, as in FREEDOM!

Don’t be afraid to share your idea. Remember you are here to work in a collaborative work environment and the only way your idea is going to get some ideas to move is to share. Everyone at the event has the next million-dollar idea. At the pitch session you will probably hear close to 50 pitches. If your ideas are good, you won’t have to force them on anyone. Good people will find you!

3)   You are an Amur Leopard or Black-Eyed Tree Frog i.e. you are Rare & Special 😉

Unfortunately, there isn’t a ton of hackers who show up to these events. You are a commodity and lots of people will be coming to you. Every project needs programmers and most of the time, people will approach you. Use this to your advantage and pick the idea you like the most. Chances are you won’t be the only hacker on your team. Also, the mentors have experience and will offer guidance throughout the event. Enjoy the ride my Black-Eyed Tree Frog, just don’t wound up like Steve Irwin!

4)   It is a LONG Weekend…

Yes, it is a long weekend, but the food is free and it won’t be all work. If you find good team they may let you sleep an hour between Hack sessions. The reality of the situation is that you will put in a couple of long rewarding days. If you need personal space, we recommend bringing headphones with you. This will enable you to tune out those around you and get some work done. Remember from our last point, YOU ARE A COMMODITY. Let your team know that you need some uninterrupted time to get the next feature done. Stock up on energy drinks, do some yoga, and bring some positive energy. You’ll need it!

5)   Any Code will do, but Ruby-on-Rails coders are our rock stars!

You won’t want to be late night hacking on the Linux kernel this weekend. Ruby and Ruby–on-Rails is perfectly sufficient and efficient for the fast paced development happening this weekend. The one thing that rails gives you that other frameworks don’t are the fast scaffolding of an application. Python junkies can still be useful, as a few groups will go towards the Django/Pylons/etc. route. You can even go as the sole developer in a group if you find yourself better than average at another MVC framework.

Think lean. And hey, remember, Twitter was built on Rails!

Windows Scoffers – This is a weekend for MACs. Also, that windows laptop aren’t optimal, so if you have a mac bring it. I hate to say it (as I’m typing on my Windows 7 laptop), but Ruby-on-Rails sucks on Windows. Helpful Tip for dedicated Windows guys, download VirtualBox and the latest copy of Ubuntu and unleash new coding speeds on rails. Installing Rails on Ubuntu is a breeze if you follow the simple instructions. For those still inclined to stick with windows, you can follow those instructions instead.

6)   Have A Blast

Remember, this is your weekend. You are doing something different, exciting, and worth bragging about. Don’t stress out about adding last minute features and just roll with the punches. There are no managers riding your coattails nor is anyone harping on you about extra features. Complete as much as you can in the time given and try go for the gold. If you’re on a good team, follow the rules laid out before you, and come in with a great attitude then, and only then, will you survive Startup Weekend.

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Why attend Startup Weekend Stamford 2015?

By Will Haire                                                                                                                Follow us on Twitter @SWStamford

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Before I start, maybe I should give a quick overview of what Startup Weekend is: The concept of SW is that people with an idea for a startup, and people who have skills and would like to be part of a startup meet up and over the course of a weekend try to make something happen!

Attending a Startup Weekend is the best thing you can do to start your entrepreneurial journey. Below is a list of 8 great reasons I think you should attend Startup Weekend Stamford:

1.    The Power of Networks

The Stamford Innovation Center & Fairfield County is a hub for creativity and entrepreneurship. There will be over 100 developers, designers, engineers, marketers, and entrepreneurs looking to build their professional network and launch a Startup.

2.    Education Through Action

Startup Weekends are all about learning through the act of creating. No more theory, no dry lectures, and no pompous instructors. You will actually build your own strategy, learn from mentors and other startup professionals, and launch your business through the school of Hard Knocks. After all, we are known as the City That Works!

3.    Form a Startup Team

Whether you have the next big idea, or you want to be part of a team actively working to solve problems, you’ll be a member of a startup team! You will be making crucial decisions and be involved in the entire process start to finish.

 

4.    Save Money & Win Prizes!

Startup Weekend cost between $125 and $135 ($105 for students). Your ticket covers seven meals, snacks, swag, and access to exclusive resources from our global sponsors. The winning teams receive thousands of dollars worth of prizes provided by our amazing sponsors. There are even prizes just for attending the event… That’s how cool we are!

5.    Get involved in the Fairfield County Community

There is no better way to give back to your community than starting a business and stimulating the local economy through employment or local purchases.

6.    Learn a New Skill

Being a member of a Startup Team will challenge you in ways you never thought possible. You will be challenged with developing solutions for a new business and working with a team. The whole weekend is a dedicated to letting your creative juices flow, Stamford Startup Weekend is the perfect opportunity to work on a new platform, learn a new programming language, or just try something different.

7.    Launch a Business!

By participating in Stamford Startup Weekend, your goal is to develop a web or mobile application with a viable and sustainable business model. After Startup Weekend, most teams continue to develop their project and market it to the world. Who knows, you may even start the next multi-million dollar Internet venture!

8.    Join a Global Community

Join over 30,000 Startup Weekend alumni, all on a mission to change the world. Come join the Stamford Innovation Center at our 4thannual Startup Weekend Event. We are committed to our community in developing local talent. Join Us!

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How can you really Launch a Startup in 1 Weekend

Startup Weekend Stamford 2015Ready, Set…Innovate, Collaborate, Incubate, and Launch with a Flying Start.

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How do we does Startup Weekend accomplish such a feat in such a short time?

Startup Weekends attract developers, designers, marketers, product managers and entrepreneurs willing to come together to share their skills and ideas and work together using lean startup methodologies being used in Silicon Valley which evolve their innovative ideas into scalable ventures… Hence the Slogan.

Ideas are shared, teams are formed, products are built and startups are launched. This is the 4th Annual Startup Weekend Stamford! Stamford Innovation Center is generously hosting this event and donating Free CoWorking Space to the Winning Teams.

Launch Unlimited LLC and an amazing team of community leaders are organizing this year’s event.

We are bringing in numerous successful entrepreneurs in as Coaches/Mentors this year. A few of last year’s Judges have agreed to Coach as well. John Lim of Life in Mobile,  Janice Collins of The Refinery, Brian Anderson CEO and Founder of MadGear, Samuel Rockwell who has brought his Waffle Waffle business into 85% of Whole Foods in a few short years after college, Doug Campbell of the Angel Investor Forum , and Dave Tomczyk Entrepreneurship Professor at Quinnipiac University will all be available to teams among many other a deeply experience for all participants!

WHAT WILL YOU GET OUT OF A STARTUP WEEKEND?

I know exactly what you are thinking, STARTUP WHAT? Let me explain, Startup Weekend is a weekend-long, hands-on experience where entrepreneurs learn and get hands on experience practicing lean startup practices being used in Silicon Valley on their own business ideas. It is an opportunity to connect with a local and worldwide community of entrepreneurs, validate ideas in and have instant access to all the resources they need to incubate their business idea.

We provide:

  • Training & Practice Implementing Lean Startup Methodology
  • Resources: A Venue, Websites for your MVPs, White Boards/Large & Small Post-Its and a broad array of resources for all attendees through sponsor donations
  • Coaches (See our Coach Bios at Stamford.up.Co)
  • Corporate Partnerships with Amazon Web Services and Google for Entrepreneurs, 3M who offer services and resources to make this a high quality event.
  • Prizes for the Top 3 Teams
  • Raffle Prizes and Freebies for all Attendees
  • Empowerment that will change the way you approach life!

More importantly, innovators get to collaborate and freely help each other with their endeavors. Our weekend event draws ambitious talented students and high performing professionals that bring a mix of technical, design and business  skills.

And if that is not enough, we are bringing in serial startup entrepreneurs to coach and mentor the teams throughout the weekend. We are currently working on developing creating outstanding prize packages of in kind professional services for the teams deemed top 3 investible startup ventures by our judging panel of angel investors, serial entrepreneurs and community leaders.

On average, over half of Startup Weekend’s have technical skills either as coders, software engineers or designers. It also draws a broad array of non-technical business professionals who bring analytical, management, accounting, and marketing skills. From what we are told all attendees come away with fresh perspectives and a clearer understanding of the current startup world, leading to a significantly higher chance of success launching a venture in today’s competitive marketplace.

WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT TO DO?

  • Pitch – your business Idea in 60 seconds
  • Design – validate, innovate, collaborate, model, create
  • Build – UX/UI, wireframes, working prototype
  • Present – Demonstrate your MVP Minimum Viable Product and explain your business model and answer questions.

So, let’s break down the event.

Friday night begins with 60-second open mic pitches. Attendees are encouraged to bring their best and boldest ideas and inspire others to join their team. While this weekend is not intended to be a contest, the teams naturally adopt a healthy competition develops as they are eager to impress the judges on Sunday night and win best rank.

Investible/scalable ideas seem to be the most popular and attract the best teams and win favor from the judges.

Over Saturday and Sunday teams design and develop business plans while continuously tweaking their startup vision. On Sunday evening, teams demo their prototypes, listen to judges’ feedback and choose a winner. Judging criteria is based on the quality of the business model, customer validation, execution and design.

Oh, and did I mention, there will be prizes!!!! Need I say more?

WHAT MAKES OUR EVEN SO GREAT?

Startup weekends are specifically designed to give entrepreneurs an opportunity to Accelerate the startup process by providing:

  • Teaching Lean startup methodology, which helps ventures reduce time to market and learn market expectations for early stage ventures.
  • Receive feedback through coaching,
  • Gain experience collaborating
  • Get comfortable with potential co-founders
  • Learn about the tools of the trade
  • Develop new prioritization and time management skills.
  • The opportunity to see how much they are capable of achieving in such a short time with a team of committed contributors.

So get ready to roll up your sleeves and dive into the exhilarating world of startups.

WHY SHOULD YOU ATTEND?

  • Build your network: Have you taken a look at our speakers, judges or mentors? There’s a smorgasbord of entrepreneurs, angels, and VCs with incredible credentials. It’s a ‘who’s who’ of people you should absolutely know- right here in Connecticut.
  • Co-Founder Dating: We all know it’s not just about the idea – it’s about the team. What skill are you missing from your dream team? Biz-dev, marketing, developer, designer?
  • Launch a business: Here’s your chance to validate that idea you’ve been mulling, build a team and make it real! Also, you didn’t hear I from us, but some of our investor guest keep an eye on early stage ventures… Just Saying.
  • Get face time with community leaders: The speakers and mentors have decades of experience at being phenomenally successful Ask them for advice, that’s exactly why they are here! We have a great set of consultants, analysts, lawyers and experienced startup people on hand to help you work through your ideas.
  • Save money and get FREE stuff: There are some great freebies and discounts and everybody, I mean Everybody loves swag.

Join the global community. Come to Startup Weekend Stamford and come see what all the fuss is about!

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Innovate. Collaborate. Incubate! 2015’s Startup Weekend Stamford’s Slogan. We are expecting a large turnout for the 4th annual Startup Weekend at the Stamford Innovation Center. If you are an entrepreneur, programmer, designer, teacher, student or anyone who has a great idea, Startup Weekend is for you.

Tweet: What is Startup Weekend Stamford? Check out what is setting this year apart from the rest! #Entrepreneur #SmallBusiness #SWStamford

 

 

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I get to start my own business & get prizes… Yes Please!

By Will Haire

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What do you get when you win Stamford Startup Weekend? Wait. Wait. You get prizes just for participating. I love Startup Weekend! Check out our prize packages!

1st PLACE:

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Shipman & Goodwin strongly supports entrepreneurship and economic development in Fairfield County. In light of the considerable value Stamford Startup Weekend will add to Fairfield County, Shipman & Goodwin is pleased to offer the Shipman & Goodwin Start-up Synergy Package. The package is valued at $2000 and includes a meeting, advice, drafting of documents to form a corporate vehicle according to the needs and wishes of the winning team.

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Life in Mobile is a global mobile innovator with a focus on mobile monetization. Life in Mobile understands the technology marketplace and the difficulties for start-ups. Life in Mobile is pleased to offer the winning team a 2-hour Technology and Marketing Strategy Advisory Meeting. This package is designed to help teams develop a marketing strategy in the mobile marketplace.

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The Stamford Innovation Center is considered the Mecca for entrepreneurs and creative people in Fairfield County. The Stamford Innovation Center understands the plight of local entrepreneurs and is dedicated to developing local talent. The innovation center is pleased to offer their Startup Weekend Co-Working Warrior Package. The package is valued at $500 and includes 2 month of free co-working space at Stamford Innovation Center for all team members. The Innovation Center is full of great resources and is excited to help out in anyway possible.

 

2nd PLACE:

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Life in Mobile is a global mobile innovator with a focus on mobile monetization. Life in Mobile understands the technology marketplace and the difficulties for start-ups. Life in Mobile is pleased to offer the winning team a 2-hour Technology and Marketing Strategy Advisory Meeting. This package is designed to help teams develop a marketing strategy in the mobile marketplace.

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The Stamford Innovation Center is considered the Mecca for entrepreneurs and creative people in Fairfield County. The Stamford Innovation Center understands the plight of local entrepreneurs and is dedicated to developing local talent. The innovation center is pleased to offer their Startup Weekend Co-Working Warrior Package. The package is valued at $500 and includes 2 months of free co-working space at Stamford Innovation Center for all team members. The Innovation Center is full of great resources and is excited to help out in anyway possible.

 

 

3rd PLACE:

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The innovation center is pleased to offer 1 month of free co-working space at Stamford Innovation Center for all team members.

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Moo.com is a global partner of Startup Weekend and is a strong supporter of entrepreneurship. Moo.com understands the importance of networking and the value of first impressions. Moo.com is donating a $250 voucher for all products sold on the website.

 

JUST FOR PARTICIPATING:

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Moo.com is a global partner of Startup Weekend and is a strong supporter of entrepreneurship. Moo.com understands the importance of networking and the value of first impressions. Moo.com is donating 50 business cards or 100 mini-cards to all participants.

 

Click here for mini-cards. (100) http://moo.com/link/h8fs

Click here for Business Cards (50) http://moo.com/link/h8fr

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.CO is the domain name of choice for innovators and entrepreneurs. From startups and small businesses to big brands and multinational corporations, .CO is where big ideas belong on the Web. We are proud to offer all Startup Weekend participants access to a free .CO domain. Get more information at www.go.co/startupweekend

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Amazon Web Services is excited to provide all Startup Weekend participants an AWS Promotional Credit valued at $100. If you’re currently at a Startup Weekend event, please follow the link, http://aws.amazon.com/start-ups/startup-weekend/ and ask your event organizers for your AWS Promotional Credit.

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Google for Entrepreneurs empowers entrepreneurs around the world through programs, partnerships, and Google products. With over 60 programs in 110 countries, Google for Entrepreneurs seeks to grow entrepreneurial communities and to equip entrepreneurs with skills and resources to pursue their big ideas. Google is offering developers $2000 of credit ot buidl startups on Google App Engine and Google Compute Engine. Apply to receive credit at www.cloud.google.com/Starterpack and ask your event organizers for your verificaton code!








Hackers’ survival guide to Stamford Startup Weekend

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Hackers, Programmers, & Desingers Startup Weekend

A 54 hour Hack-a-thon of the magnitude of Startup Weekend is a bit preposterous to those of us whose timeline usually consist of months not hours. Think about it. We need to come up with an idea, develop this idea in a team environment, develop a working prototype, and develop a comprehensive business plan. All in 54 hours… umph, Sounds Crazy! But, guess what, it is crazy, and such an Awesome experience. So, what does a savvy Hacker need to bring to this event? Or is the question what doesn’t a Savvy Hacker need at this event?

Here are a few things are more seasoned Hackers recommend bringing to the event. If you plan ahead, your first Startup Weekend can be a success. If you don’t plan ahead… Well, let’s just say your head might explode!

1)   This is a Social Event

Bring your Hacker skills, but don’t forget this is a networking event and you have to mingle. The first night is all about networking. Here you will ask people, what they are (Biz Dev, Designer, Coder, Human, or Zombie), What they do for a living, What brought them to the event, etc. Just small talk. The point of this exercise is to find some people you wouldn’t mind working with. A lot of people are active on social media and blogging, use this to your advantage. Be Friendly & Social!

2)   Ideas are free, as in FREEDOM!

Don’t be afraid to share your idea. Remember, you are here working in a collaborative work environment and the only way your idea is going to get some ideas to move is to share. Everyone at the event has the next million-dollar idea. At the pitch session you will probably hear close to 50 pitches. If your ideas are good, you won’t have to force them on anyone. Good people will find you!

3)   You are an Amur Leopard or Black-Eyed Tree Frog i.e. you are Rare & Special ;)

 Unfortunately, there aren’t a ton of Hackers who show up to these events. You are a commodity and lots of people will be coming to you. Every project needs programmers and most of the time, people will approach you. Use this to your advantage and pick the idea you like the most. Chances are you won’t be the only Hacker on your team. Also, the mentors have experience and will offer guidance throughout the event. Enjoy the ride my Black-Eyed Tree Frog, just don’t wound up like Steve Irwin!

4)   It is a LONG Weekend…

Yes, it is a long weekend, but the food is free and it won’t be all work. If you find good team they may let you sleep an hour between Hack sessions. The reality of the situation is that you will put in a couple of long rewarding days. If you need personal space, we recommend bringing headphones with you. This will enable you to tune out those around you and get some work done. Remember from our last point, YOU ARE A COMMODITY. Let your team know that you need some uninterrupted time to get the next feature done. Stock up on energy drinks, do some yoga, and bring some positive energy. You’ll need it!

5)   Ruby on Rails is King!

Just get over it. Your Java skills won’t cut it. Your late night hacking on the Linux kernel won’t give you much help this weekend. Ruby and Ruby on Rails seems to be very popular at these things. The one thing that rails gives you that other frameworks don’t are the fast scaffolding of an application. Python junkies can still be useful, as a few groups will go towards the Django/Pylons/etc. route. You can even go as the sole developer in a group if you find yourself better than average at another MVC framework.

Also, that windows laptop really won’t cut it. I hate to say it (as I’m typing on my Windows 7 laptop), but Ruby on Rails sucks on Windows. No worries though, just download VirtualBox and the latest copy of Ubuntu and go wild. Installing Rails on Ubuntu is a breeze if you follow the simple instructions. For those still inclined to stick with windows, you can follow those instructions instead.

6)   Have A Blast

Remember, this is your weekend. You are doing something different, exciting, and worth bragging about. Don’t stress out about adding last minute features and just roll with the punches. There are no managers riding your coattails nor is anyone harping on you aboutextra features. Complete as much as you can in the time given and try go for the gold. If you’re on a good team, follow the rules laid out before you, and come in with a great attitude then, and only then, will you survive Startup Weekend.

I look forward to seeing you at Startup Weekend








Startup Weekend Success Story: Interview with Michael Bleigh of DivShot

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Listen to our interview with Michael Bleigh founder of Divshot. Michael’s brain child came as a result of Startup Weekend Kansas City in 2012. Although, he did not win the event, his idea has grown into a large sustainable company. DivShot is an interface built for web apps that exports clean, semantic code. The same code a professional would use in the real word. It is a visual HTML editor. DivShot recently raised $1.1 mil in seed money to fund the Michael’s vision!

Be sure to check out Divshot’s Website; http://www.divshot.com/ and here is a link to hisbeta sign up www.divshot.io

Don’t forget to follow Michael on Twitter @DivShot & on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/divshot

Michael is a passionate developer, if you are a developer or interested in learning about development please check out:

www.Staticapps.org  & www.StaticShowdown.com