It’s hard to believe it’s only been one week since I participated in Startup Weekend Mobile, NYC.
For those of you unfamiliar with Startup Weekend, head on over to StartupWeekend.org to learn more. Basically, you pitch an idea, people vote for the idea they like, teams are formed, concept gets built, and product get demo’d – all within a weekend.
I pitched my “EventBuddy” idea on Friday night and managed to get in the top 10 idea list. The idea is to have one central database that keeps track of events that happen and the attendees at those events. When you “check-in” to an event (instead of a place), you will be able to see who at the venue have attended events with you in the past. It will be particularly useful to people who network on a regular basis, or at least for me, super useful as I go to an increasing amount of tech events.
Other folks joined the team, and for the next 2 days we worked on refining the concept and building out a prototype. We weren’t able to finish in time for the presentation and was only to get the back-end working (no front-end), but it was a great experience never the less. It was awesome to have presented to Naveen from foursquare, where the idea of the now-renamed “ConnectBear” really came from.
Three things I’ve marked down as “must know” for next time:
- Come w/ a structured/refined idea: We spent a lot of hours debating over app functionality, hours of which we could’ve been using toward app development. Time is short, should start building as soon as you can.
- Designers! Like developers, good designers are hard to come by. Must attract them w/ pretty concepts and again, point 3…
- Pretty girls gets lots of help: One of our problem was not having enough dev people on the team. I’m going to bring a girl next time, make her pitch, and take up all the devs in the room.
What’s next? Stanley and I have been hard at work to evaluate if this is a doable concept, while continuing to build on what momentum we’ve gained from the event. Stay tuned!
P.S. Here’s the deck I went through for demo night.
If you get a chance, definitely participate in a Startup Weekend near you! It’ll be worth it!