Presentation to Bizcamp Dublin, May 29 2010


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Presentation to Bizcamp Dublin, May 29 2010

  1. 1.<br />@seanrmurphy<br />Startup Weekend Dublin<br />Lessons Learned<br />
  2. 2. Overview<br />What is Startup Weekend?<br />So what?<br />Getting Startup Weekend to your city<br />Dublin Startup Weekend<br />People<br />Preparation<br />The event itself<br />Outputs<br />Current status of projects<br />Final thoughts<br />
  3. 3. What is Startup Weekend?<br />Weekend focused on building stuff…<br />…which could form genesis of a startup<br />Typically web or mobile applications<br />Relatively easy to pull together in short space of time<br />Mix of skillsets present<br />Business people, graphics people, software developers<br />Outputs should be working app with story around how it could form a startup<br />
  4. 4. History of Startup Weekend<br />Founded by Andrew Hyde in 2007<br />Andrew works with Techstars<br />More recently owned by Clint Nelsen & Marc Nager<br />Seattle based not for profit<br />Has been held in many cities throughout the world<br />52 cities, 12 countries<br />Aggressive development in 2010<br />
  5. 5. So what?<br />Wanted to host event in Dublin<br />Political line…<br />Silicon Valley of Europe<br />Blah, blah, blah<br />Realistically…<br />Rapid web development tools make amazing things possible in short time<br />Dublin has quite strong community of developers<br />Thought it would be a fun experiment<br />
  6. 6. Getting Startup Weekend to your city<br />Startup Weekend crew facilitate<br />Bring a wealth of experience<br />Need to establish interest<br />Voting mechanism on<br />Startup Weekend will engage once sufficient interest established<br />Need venue, local sponsors, speakers, etc<br />
  7. 7. Dublin Startup Weekend<br />Nov 2009<br />Set up poll on Startup Weekend’s website<br />Dec 2009<br />Had enough interest to run event – 232 votes<br />Approached NDRC to see if they were interested in being involved<br />Jan 2010<br />Decided to run the event with NDRC<br />
  8. 8. Organizing team<br />
  9. 9. Preparation work<br />Venue<br />Sponsorship<br />Speakers<br />Publicity<br />Attract participants<br />Logistics<br />Network access<br />Catering<br />
  10. 10. Format of the event<br />Fri evening<br />7pm: welcome, intro talks<br />8pm: participants pitch ideas<br />9pm: networking/discussion<br />10pm: team formation<br />Ideas selected<br />Filters out unpopular ideas<br />Sat<br />Development of functionality and business case<br />
  11. 11. Format of the event<br />Sun<br />9am-7pm: Further development of concept<br />7pm: pitches start<br />8pm: pitches end<br />9pm: winners announced<br />
  12. 12. Participants<br />Just over 50 participants<br />Mix of developers, business folk, graphics folk<br />Good contingent of developers<br />Abt 2/3 either developers or student developers<br />Graphics folk a little shy<br />Excellent bunch of people<br />Keen to roll up their sleeves and do something<br />
  13. 13. Team formation<br />17 ideas presented<br />Varying quality<br />Presenter had to pitch idea in 2 mins<br />Participants discussed ideas with promoters<br />Attached name to idea<br />Teams (somehow!) formed <br />Many good ideas not progressed<br />Not enough folk to tackle them all<br />
  14. 14. The teams<br />
  15. 15. The dynamic<br />Excellent work ethos<br />People paid to work!<br />Excellent atmosphere<br />Everyone in good form<br />Teams had ‘soft’ leaders<br />No tension in teams<br />Some knowledge sharing between teams<br />Not so much<br />
  16. 16. The dynamic (in pictures)<br />
  17. 17. Evaluation<br />All teams had 10 mins to present their work<br />Describe working functionality<br />Give some thoughts on business perspective<br />Evaluation criteria a little vague<br />Best output over the weekend<br />Best commercial potential<br />Three judges<br />Glen Poor, Noel Ruane, Mark Kearns<br />
  18. 18. The Results<br />Winner:<br />GeoDealio<br />Mentions:<br />Classometer<br />Bragbet<br />Also noteworthy<br />Hit the Road<br />CauseHere<br />
  19. 19. GeoDealio<br />Two components to system<br />Web and mobile component<br />Mobile component used by people to find nearby deals<br />Iphone app, location based<br />Web component for merchants to create account<br />Control publication of offers<br />Business based on charging merchants to publish offers<br />
  20. 20. GeoDealio<br />
  21. 21. GeoDealio<br />
  22. 22. Hit the Road<br />Developed simple UI to determine routing on Dublin public transport<br />Bus, Dart, Luas<br />Enter origin, destination<br />Site will advise route<br />Dart from A to B, walk, Bus 46A from C to D<br />Working on timetable stuff<br />
  23. 23. Hit the Road<br />Demo<br /><br />
  24. 24. Classometer<br />Web based tool to ease management of classes<br />Yoga, dance, karate, language, etc<br />Track schedule, attendees, payments<br />SMS members of class via website<br />
  25. 25. Classometer<br />Demo<br /><br />
  26. 26. Moving forward?<br />GeoDealio have progressed further<br />Further developed technology<br />Working up to launch<br />Looking to talk to people<br />Classometer<br />Live website<br />Looking for friendly users<br />Part time activity<br />Hit the Road<br />Launched website<br />Adding more bus routes<br />Adding timetable information<br />
  27. 27. Moving forward – ownership<br />Team needs to work this out<br />No substantive discussion over weekend<br />Focus is on doing something<br />Dependent on who has time/energy/interest in moving forward<br />Clearly a key issue<br />
  28. 28. Value of this event<br />Networking<br />Brings people together to work on something<br />Not just to talk<br />Ideas touted are interesting<br />Teams and outputs<br />Outputs definitely impressive<br />Unclear if they will go anywhere<br />Good way of finding people for incubators<br />
  29. 29. Can do better…<br />Not enough graphics folks<br />Not enough work on pushing bizfolk and techies together<br />Tighter evaluation criteria<br />Encourage prep work<br />People give 3 slides on idea and how to make it<br />
  30. 30. Future developments<br />Keep watching teams that produced working code<br />Planning on running another event<br />Probably Sept timeframe<br />
  31. 31. A word from our sponsors…<br />
  32. 32. Links<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />
  33. 33. Links<br />GeoDealio<br /><br />Classometer<br /><br />Hit the Road<br /><br />CauseHere<br /><br />
  34. 34. That’s all folks!<br />Questions?<br /><br />@seanrmuphy<br />