If you’re excited and getting ready for the 1st Cagayan de Oro Startup Weekend, here are some questions and answers that might help you prepare for your 54-hour adventure:
- What should I bring to a Startup Weekend?
Whatever you need to get your ideas going should be tucked inside your Startup Weekend bag. You’ll need a laptop (if you have one), some writing materials (you’ll find them useful once you start the brainstorming process), your business cards (you need to build your network!), a camera (you need to document everything!), and of course, a lot of positive and creative energy.
- What kind of preparations should I be doing?
Doing a little research on how to make the most of the SW will help. A little background information about startup tools will also help. Check out http://startupweekend.org/resources/ for resources that might be of use to you.
If you plan to pitch an idea, get some researching done so you can come up with an interesting, persuasive, and creative pitch that will easily get the attention of people. You have to keep in mind that your primary goal is to attract a team and make them believe in your idea in a matter of seconds. Practicing your pitch (no visual aids, please!) will also greatly help.
- What are the activities on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday?
Friday starts with the registration and arrival of participants. This is usually followed by a little time for networking, where you get to mingle with co-participants and guests (mentors, business leaders, and coaches). Most Startup Weekends normally have an ice breaker game before the introduction. Then the pitches will follow.
Saturday is when the teams actually get together to work and come up with the results they desire. Coaches will be moving around to observe ad offer advice to teams. There’ll be breaks for short talks and meals.
Sunday is judgment day. Teams will have the morning until mid-afternoon to work on their products/prototypes. They’ll have time to prepare and practice their demonstration before the actual presentation in front a panel of judges. At the end of the day – and the Startup Weekend – the judges will have chosen the top teams. Prizes are normally given to the winners.
- Is there a criteria for the ideas that can be pitched?
No. As long as your idea is workable, it will be eligible. It is important to take note, however, that Startup Weekends are basically tech-oriented and majority of the ideas are focused or related to the web or the mobile industry. Non-tech ideas that focus on a tech-related deliverable are welcome and even highly recommended.
- I already have a business, can I pitch it to the participants?
The main aim of every Startup Weekend is to develop and launch new businesses over a period of 54 hours. It is also intended to imbibe the spirit of teamwork through collaboration. If pitching existing businesses is allowed, this purpose will be defeated.
- Does the Startup Weekend require us to work non-stop for 54 hours?
No. Your schedule will be dependent on your team. There are teams that prefer to work throughout Friday and Saturday, but there are others that take breaks, too. The event organizer also has a say on this issue, especially in terms of using the venue at night.
Cagayan de Oro’s 1st Startup Weekend happens on July 11, 12, and 13, 2014 at the Capitol University Gym. Organized by the Cagayan de Oro ICT Business Council, SW CDO is sponsored by Ideaspace, Capitol University, Microsoft, Arriba Telecontact Inc, Bohemian Express Travel and Tours, InDinero, Firefox, Syntactics, RedLemon Digital Media, and Airbnb. Media partners are The Cagayan de Oro Times, Clix: Cagayan de Oro’s Premier Go-To Site, CDO Bloggers and Magic 89.3. More information about the event can be found at http://cdo.startupweekend.org/ and https://www.facebook.com/SWCdeO.
See you at Capitol University!