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Have you ever said any of the following: "I have an idea.", "I wish there was an app that could (fill in the blank).", "if only there was this.", or "what do you think about this?". Have you ever wished there was an opportunity to turn that 'thought' into a functioning product, with the potential of blossoming into a real business? All within 54 hours!? Enter Startup Weekend.
Startup Weekend is an intense 54 hour event which focuses on building a web or mobile application which could form the basis of a credible business, over the course of a weekend. The weekend brings together people with different skillsets - primarily (but not limited to) software developers, graphic designers and business people - to build applications and develop a commercial case around them.
The breakdown of the 54 hours is as follows: show up, pitch your idea, and then form teams with a combination of developers, designers, marketers, project managers, whatever you need to make your idea work. Then go to work. Come Sunday night, participants showcase their prototypes to a panel of judges. They'll have four minutes to explain what they've spent all weekend working on, and answer Q&A from the judges. After all participants have pitched, a winner is determined.
Why should you participate?
- learn new skills
- meet amazing people
- help grow the Chicago startup ecosystem
- take a chance on doing something new and exhilarating
- step out of your comfort zone
- free breakfast, lunch, and dinner all weekend
- learn more than you have during any other weekend in your life
- build relationships
- find your next co-founder
Startup Weekend is the perfect way to enhance your skills of any trade. People with all types of backgrounds are welcome to participate. We hope to see you there.
Visit our site for more information: http://chicago.startupweekend.org/