What happens when you gather up over 150 of the awesome Startup Weekend ogranizers from all over the world and put them in a room together? SOSummit 2012 of course! We just got back from the second annual organizer’s event in Austin, TX and we had such a great time we had to write a little more about it. We’ve even got some pictures for you, so more motivation to come back next year or to get there next time if you didn’t this year.
We started with registration and a photobooth and then moved on to some great speakers like Bo Fishback (Zaarly), Joey Aquino (Facilitator) (Make sure to check out his posts on SOSummit here and here!), Wendy Overton (Baton Rouge), Ahmed Faidy (Egypt), Eric Koester (Zaarly), Kristjan Kristjansson (Iceland), Maja Adrianensen (Eastern Europe), Kyle Kesterson (Seattle), Marc Nager, Franck Nouyrigat, and Andrew Hyde (Founder, Startup Weekend).
There were also some great workshops covering topics like targeting specific attendee types, organizing a successful vertical-specific event, organizer succession/knowledge transfer, mentor management, using social media to sell out events, and what makes a good event organizing team. Thanks to all those who hosted these great workshops!
The important theme that came out of SOSummit was that Startup Weekend is about changing lives and giving people the confidence to change what they were doing before. Yes, it’s a competition, but that is secondary. Andrew and Eric highlighted cases in their talks about teams from SW that utterly failed, but whose members have gone on to do great things. This is what we’re the most excited about and we have all our amazing organizers to thank for making these events possible; you are out there changing lives and it’s incredible!