In our previous Editions Month blog post, we showcased the unique events and locations happening around the world in May. Next we’ll take a look at the top Editions featured at events during Editions Month. These Top 10 are the most popular Editions happening in May, out of the over 40 total themes, industries and audiences being transformed.
These events focus on the healthcare industries and the many levels and ways it can impact people from emergency services to insurance providers. Over the years entrepreneurs have jumped into new industries to disrupt this industry even more with innovations such as healthcare tracking apps and wearables.
The finance industry is a complex but very important industry. From personal finance to corporate banking, the possibilities for entrepreneurs are endless. These type of Startup Weekend events look to innovate the finance industry by bringing in new technologies, coining the term FinTech.
Startup Weekend Youth Edition is specially designed for the next generation’s entrepreneurs, 5th–8th graders. The event format is similar to a normal Startup Weekend, but some things are changed up just for the kids. Organizers create an atmosphere of exercises and experiences that will inspire the young minds and help them learn how to move those ideas forward towards action, and in the process, collaborate with their peers. Parents are also invited to join in on the fun.
These events are focused on something everyone can get excited about: food! They’re innovating the culinary world ranging from consumer apps to industry-wide solutions. There are even some events combining of food editions with complimentary industries like tourism, farming, and gastronomy (studying food and culture, with a particular focus on a region’s cuisine).
6. Social Impact
Social Edition events focus on ideas that help and impact not only their local regional and social issues, but the world as a whole. These events have popped up over the years with the increase of social entrepreneurship and the growth of companies like TOMS and Charity Water. Some examples of startups in this space are Thread and Embrace.
5. Tourism / Travel
Vacations are wonderful, but traveling can be stressful. These events are focusing on new ideas to improve the travel industry and improving experiences for tourists. The locations of some of the events makes them especially unique as they are hotspots for travel.
4. Maker / Devices
It’s the rise of the makers! Startups are more than apps and software. Wearables, connected devices, and new smart products are filling the market and our homes. Now thanks to organizations like TechShop and Kickstarter, anyone can begin building their next big idea. These Startup Weekend events run just like any other, but they are busy building physical products and prototypes.
Have you ever had an idea for improving education? Startup Weekend EDU events are made just for that! These events are for teachers, designers, techies, parents, entrepreneurs, students, and anyone who wants to contribute their ideas and skills to improve education. Check out Education Entrepreneurs to learn more about these programs and others using entrepreneurship to improve education.
University events are just what they seem – Startup Weekend held at universities with students. These students get an extra dose of learning from their usual curriculum as they work to build a company all weekend.
1. Women / Girls
Here we are at our top featured event in Editions Month! Women’s Edition events follow the traditional Startup Weekend format and agenda, but are organized by women, and have a majority of female attendees and mentors. Male guests are welcome and are a critical factor, as it helps increase real-world collaboration and diversity. For more information on these events and their mission, check out this blog post.