Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Baton Rouge Startup Weekend

I'm spreading the word out about an event this weekend called Startup Weekend. It's an event for developers, designers, and entrepreneurs to come together and work on the ideas they have. Startup weekend is a lot crazy ideas, a little bit hackathon, and a little bit business venture incubation and evaluation. This is the third event in Baton Rouge. 

It's a great release and experience for "professional software developers" to spend the weekend as "wild west programmers" kicking out validation-less UI, radical interfaces and apps with only the fun functionality done to contrast their day jobs of tedious construction and meticulous polishing. And the devs get to pick which project they want to be a part of and support and join that team for the weekend, which may not always be the case at work. It's also a great opportunity for team leads and senior devs to see their staff devs and junior devs work in a free and fun environment.

The deal is it's a Friday evening to Sunday evening event. Friday is pitch night and team building. Saturday is the solidify, design, evaluate, with experienced investors and technical coaches if the team isn't itself technical, and git-er-done day. Sunday is final changes and preparation for the presentation at the end of the event.

Startup Weekend is worldwide with a goal to create an environment where passionate people can come together to get things done; to learn, network, bridge the gap between trades, expose potential and see actual results. Startup Weekend is held 125+ events in 170+ cities around the world throughout the year. Our event will be held on August 16-18, 2013 and we have confirmed a venue at Bon Carre / Louisiana Technology Park. Our participant count is expected to be around 75, but last minute registrations could raise that figure closer to 100. 

Clayton White
South Coast Angel Fund
Manuel Valencia
Vice President of Strategy @ Excelerant

Jennifer Fowler
LSU Student Incubator Director @ Louisiana Business & Technology Center

Stephen St.Cyr
Owner @ Vivid Ink Graphics
John Edel
Managing Member @ Edel Patents LLC
Jeremy Switzer
Head of Development @ LocalMed, LLC

Mike Melancon
Software Architect @ Ultix Technologies, Inc.

Chris Sutherland
Software Architect @ VoterVoice LLC

If you have any questions or would like to discuss the opportunity further in a technical sense you can contact me, if you or other members of the company want non-technical information you can reach out to Wendy Overton, the main organizer at wendy@startupweekend.org. And of course the website: http://batonrouge.startupweekend.org.

This info was passed along to me by Phillip Jackson, a fellow tech community organizer in Baton Rouge.

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