This weekend I was able to make just one day of the Startup Weekend event in Ogden Utah. If you have not heard about Startup weekend’s in the past you can visit http://startupweekend.org/. This particular event was in Ogden and the site for it is. http://ogden.startupweekend.org/
I sponsored the event through Utah Geek Events and was very happy to do so. The event was exceptionally well put together and had a great space and energy about it. I spoke with a friend that was at the event all week and he really enjoyed it and got a lot out of it. Personally I know that I’ll be supporting them more in the future not only through helping to advertise but finding ways I can volunteer and attend myself.
I took some notes of the pitches at the end and thought I would share my favorites here. Keep in mind all the proposals were applications/ideas put together in about 2 days. Fully functioning apps and sites done in two days!
This one was the overall winner of the Startup weekend. Just a great idea for bringing back choose your own adventure books combined with teaching kids to read and technology. This simple concept is to allow young readers to build an adventure/book by themselves by picking some key pieces of information and then the IPAD app will generate the story for them. They even had a working site and app ready in the 2 day time frame! Check them out at www.storytwist.co
Not Dead Yet
The Friend I mentioned above worked on this team and I really liked the idea of the app. To try and make sure someone knows where you are or where you are supposed to be in case you are lost or stranded in the wilderness. This sends out a message to a group of friends you setup and lets them know how long you are supposed to be gone. When you don’t check in the app sends out more alerts. Check them out at http://www.notdeadyet.co/
The goal here is that they are trying to make it easier to build Static blogs. It sounds very difficult right now and this group put together a basic UI that allowed you to put in some simple information and then it would build the pages/site for you. I liked it because it seems like a great idea, although the team did seem a little heavy on the technical side and the presentation needed a little more polish. I think if they can make this interface user friendly and simple to understand that will be a huge step forward. Check out Statiq.io for more info.
Overall if you get a chance to attend a startup weekend do it! Regardless of your skill level you just need a desire to create something and have a good time. You will network with some of the best, get a chance to really contribute and possibly be part of the next big thing!