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Startup Weekend Honolulu condenses entrepreneurship into 54 hours

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Designers and Developers Wanted

Startup Weekend categorizes the participants at its gatherings worldwide as entrepreneurs, designers and developers, but the latter two are usually in short supply. To address these shortages, each category of participants is capped with a certain number of participants. Honolulu capped each category at 50.

Shawn Reills, the designer from the winning Fan Addicts team, pulled triple duty over the weekend by helping two other projects.

Angelica Rabang, a freelance designer who worked on the Move Me or Else project, was hesitant to participate at first because, like other designers, she didn’t want to just follow someone’s directions. “I thought I would be told, ‘You do exactly this and that’s all you do,’ but it wasn’t like that at all,” she says. “It’s super collaborative compared to what I thought it would be. It really opened my mind.”

The event can push developers into new categories. Bryce Bearchell, a freelance developer who worked on Move Me or Else, says the app is his first iPhone 5 app. (That version of the iPhone had just been released a week before the event.) He joined the project because it seemed like something that was “doable,” and thought he could get a minimum viable product (MVP in startup jargon) by presentation time. He did stay up for two days straight, and the team had a working product by the time the team presented.

Events Around the World

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Startup Weekend is a nonprofit based in Seattle that helps local organizers set up such events worldwide. During the same weekend as Startup Weekend Honolulu, events were also held in Manila, Basel, Switzerland, and at the University of Southern California. Visit startupweekend.org for a list of events.

Honolulu has held three Startup Weekends, with a plan of staging two a year. The goal is to create 200 businesses over five years via Startup Weekend, says Danielle Scherman, who, along with Rechung Fujihara and Dave Pascua, organized the local event.

In Honolulu, the cost to participate was $99 for designers, developers and entrepreneurs, and $50 for students. Entry includes access to a facility at which to work, meals and access to mentors and judges.

Further Reading

LIVE BLOG: Startup Weekend Honolulu

Projects at Startup Weekend Honolulu - September 2012

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