In November I had the opportunity to attend Startup Weekend, the first one I had ever been to. I walked into a room full of young and motivated individuals. I could feel the energy in the air as I looked around to see many excited faces. I had no idea what to expect, but I could tell the next 54 hours would be very rewarding.
Rewarding they were. The fun began when pitches did. Anyone was welcome to give a 60 second idea for a startup. The pitches ranged from new websites to new board games. After the best pitches were voted on, teams were formed. These teams would be working together for the next 54 hours with a common goal, to give the best five minute presentation on the final day.
With only limited time to develop their ideas, groups worked until the late hours of the night and got up early the next morning (a large amount of coffee was consumed). During the work time, groups developed brands, mock apps, marketing strategies, surveys, and even prototypes to support their final presentations.
Once the work time concluded, presentations began. Each group had five minutes to wow the judges and the audience. It was very impressive to see what all the groups were able to accomplish in just one weekend.
Overall, I had the opportunity to learn about startups and to network with graphic designers, programmers, business people and several other members of the Wichita community. Startup Weekend was a great experience, and I recommend it to anyone with an interest in entrepreneurship and innovation.
- Jocelyn Galicia