For the first time ever, Techstars' staff and our US-based team of passionate startup community leaders has reimagined every aspect of Startup Weekend and converted everything into a remote, online, high-energy experience that comprises the weekend of April 24-26.
At this online version of Startup Weekend, geography is no longer a limitation. We are taking the best of the in-person experience and amplifying it with the power and reach of the best digital tools available. Just like a normal Startup Weekend, we expect a commitment for the 54 hours of focused work and fun. We’re excited to enjoy this epic weekend with you all! We hope we empower you to make new connections, discover new things, and build something amazing! That’s our mission and we’re here to help.
This series of online Techstars Startup Weekends are run at a country level, focused on developing solutions that directly tackle COVID-19 related challenges. They are 54-hour online events designed to provide superior experiential education for technical and non-technical entrepreneurs - you'll connect with amazing mentors, industry experts, founders, and partners who are ready to help you get started.
Each country will bring together hundreds or even thousands of participants that will work on prototypes for three days. This event is not only about bringing together developers who can work on software-based solutions for the crisis. It’s an opportunity for everyone interested in the topic to inspire and be inspired and to work together on developing inclusive solutions. Here is the website for more details https://covid.startupweekend.org
Join us, make a difference — and experience the thrill of seeing your idea come to life!
To help focus our work for the weekend and address key topics related to the COVID-19 health emergency, we’ve identified several themes. Winners will be selected from each of these:
In order to craft a similar experience for everyone, we’ve tried to account for schedules of people in different time zones by creating a site and platform for those in the Eastern and Central time zones (East) and those in the Mountain and Pacific time zones (West). Please sign up accordingly!
We recognized that someone is Albany, NY will get off work 3 hours earlier than someone in Portland, OR. So we set up the schedule to help match the schedules more easily. However we are still running one nation-wide event. You can work in teams with anyone you want, from anywhere in the country. But you will see some of the timing will depend on your timezone, and others will be “live” and therefore fixed across all timezones.
Nothing! Tickets to register for the event are completely free but you are able to make a donation to an organization that's tackling the COVID-19 crisis (selected by the organizing team). If you wish to make a donation, simply add any amount you wish to donate to the ‘Donation’ ticket option. The action begins when you register! Please visit the following sites for registration and more information:
We can’t work on distributed teams without a few digital platforms. Essentials for this event include:
You’ll be given links and more information about each of these after you register.
Each Startup Weekend has several key elements, but in order to organize this special event, we’ve shifted a few and added some time on the front end to enable the discussions and project exploration that lead to forming the best teams possible. Here’s how our modified schedule runs:
All Startup Weekends have the same 7 key activities:
Just like a standard Startup Weekend, we are expecting everyone to make this their focus for the full weekend.That generally means attending the kickoff on Friday night, working with teams, mentors and facilitators through the weekend and attending the closing event on Sunday night. See the event schedule overview on this page.
However, since we aren’t all together in a single location, it’s up to each team to stay focused. You will need to stay actively connected and engaged with each other, your facilitator, the agenda and the process. That also means that if you have family or other obligations, you can work with your team members to help each other out and juggle those commitments.
That’s fine! We want to help you unlock your entrepreneurial spirit to solve important problems related to COVID-19. Your project could become a fundable startup business, a community passion project, or an open-source solution. What matters is the focus on creating value for the world, learning the tools of entrepreneurship, making connections and having fun!
Head over to Eventbrite at the "Register USA East" or "Register USA West" button on the top of this website and register to attend. We will get you all the details in your welcome email.
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Finally, thanks! We’re excited to enjoy this epic weekend with you all!