This will be the second Dublin Startup Weekend, and the concept is simple – a roomful of people are brough together (c.50 – 70 developers, coders, marketers, product managers, web evangelists and startup enthusiasts) to go from concept to launch (or at least prototype) in 54 hours. The format is basically:
- Pitch an idea on Friday night
- Work with your team on Saturday
- Present your product on Sunday
The last Dublin Startup Weekend in May 2010 saw four start-ups formed, all of which are still plugging away (see BragBet; GeoDealio; CauseHere and HittheRoad). These start-ups emerged from the 60 participants, all of whom pay to take part, and form teams around good ideas.
Startup Weekend started in the US, but now has run in over 100 cities across the world with over 15,000 people having taken part. Billed by Forbes as a ‘Name You Need to Know in 2011’, two Startup Weekend originating companies have recently raised investment (Memolane.com raised $2m, and Foodspotting raised $750k)
Amy Neale and Sean Murphy (who are facilitating the event on the ground in Dublin) are passionate about creating a successful event for Dublin. The Dublin Start-Up weekend is run on a voluntary, not-for-profit basis by the duo (participants pay for tickets, which cover their food costs for the weekend), to see what great new ideas emerge from the community, and to help in any way to get them off the ground. The only agenda is to bring together great people with good ideas and support them to build a community and start companies.