The event that’s kickstarted companies across the US comes to St. Louis. St. Louis Startup Weekend begins March 26th, 2010, 5:30 PM.
So what is a Startup Weekend? Ripping right from the About page:
Startup Weekend recruits a highly motivated group of developers, business managers, startup enthusiasts, marketing gurus, graphic artists and more to a 54 hour event that builds communities, companies and projects.
Founded in 2007 by Andrew Hyde, the weekend is a concept of a conference focusing on learning by creating. It is known for its quick decisions, ‘out of the box’ thinking (oh no, the buzzwords are attacking!), unique facilitation technique and letting the founders show what they can do. The program has already met with success in Boulder, Toronto, New York, Hamburg, Houston, West Lafayette, Boston, DC and more.
The participants that attend a Startup Weekend decide what they want to tackle over the weekend and come out at the end with several developed companies or projects. Attendees are responsible for bringing the same desire and passion to the project and walk out of the room with the task at hand, in a short 54 hours. Sound intense? It is.
Each weekend event is like a melting pot, bringing together all sorts of talent and resources. Several companies have received venture capital funding at startup weekends.
So what role will you play at the weekend? A variety exists, and you can fill one or many. A full list of those, along with a lot of first timer questions are answered.
There’s a ton of information on the St. Louis Startup Weekend site. I recommend getting registered and your ticket picked. Of course they recommend bringing some things, but the biggest is enthusiasm.
Note: One of the local organizers is Joshua Jeffryes. Joshua’s blog.