Startup Weekend Abu Dhabi is scheduled for May 24-26, 2012. The event will be sponsored by Khalifa Fund for Enterprise Development, which has offered 36,500 AED in prize money. Qualcomm is also sponsoring the event and are offering a free technical workshop on May 17 for software developers who are attending the event.
Last week’s Startup Weekend event in Dubai attracted more than 600 registrants. The number of actual attendees was around 300, with 62 startup idea pitches presented and 39 teams working throughout the weekend to build startup prototypes.
As with all Startup Weekend events, participants with a web or mobile app startup idea will have one minute to present their idea to the crowd at Startup Weekend Abu Dhabi (see “How to Pitch a Startup Idea in 60 Seconds“). After the pitches, the best ideas will be selected by voting, and participants will form teams, who will work through the weekend to develop the best ideas into viable startup business models and prototypes. During the event, mentors will be on hand to advise and encourage teams. A panel of judges, comprised of business and community leaders, will determine the winning ideas and teams.
Dr. Christiane Schloderer, founder of myidea-campus.com, which specializes in programs for entrepreneurs, believes, “Events like Startup Weekend are very relevant for the entrepreneurial ecosystem in the UAE, bringing together ideas, talent, IT competencies and money. They also create a lot of momentum for entrepreneurship in general and single ideas in particular.”
Participants and attendees, including anyone with a startup idea, application development or design expertise, or investors and startup enthusiasts, should complete a free registration for the event at http://swabudhabi.org/
What is Startup Weekend? Startup Weekend is an intense 54-hour event, which focuses on building a web or mobile application, which could form the basis of a credible business over the course of a weekend. The weekend brings together people with different skill sets — primarily software developers, graphics designers and business people — to build applications and develop a commercial case around them.
Startup Weekend’s motto: Build Community. Start Companies. No Talk. All Action. Together, we are our own community of passionate entrepreneurs on a mission to help other entrepreneurs and facilitate innovation.
Who should attend? Startup Weekends are 54-hour events where developers, designers, marketers, product managers and startup enthusiasts come together to share ideas, form teams, build products, and launch startups!
Startup Weekends are weekend-long, hands-on experiences where entrepreneurs and aspiring entrepreneurs can find out if startup ideas are viable. On average, half of Startup Weekend’s attendees have technical backgrounds, the other half have business backgrounds.
How does it work? Beginning with open mic pitches on Thursday, attendees are encouraged to bring their best ideas and inspire others to join their team.
Over Friday and Saturday teams design and develop business plans while constantly streamlining their startup vision. On Saturday evening teams demo their prototypes, listen to judges’ feedback and, in some cities, win prizes.
Startup Weekends are specifically designed for entrepreneurs interested in receiving feedback on an idea, looking for a co-founder, or who want to learn a new skill. We also welcome anyone looking to test the entrepreneurial waters. Startup Weekends are risk-free environments where everyone is expected to roll up their sleeves and dive into the exhilarating world of startups.
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