Friday night, nerds from all over town will pitch ideas and spend the next two days trying to generate a tech business out of nothing. Think you've got the next killer app or Web site idea but you have no idea how to get it off the ground? You might want to pencil Startup Weekend into your calendar.
Startup Weekends, held all over the world, are designed as experiments that hopefully lead to tech success stories. According to the organization Web site, "individuals and teams are encouraged to bring their best ideas and inspire others to join their team. Over Saturday and Sunday teams code, design, research, develop, create business plans while constantly streamlining their startup vision."
At the end of the weekend, a panel of judges give feedback and prizes are even awarded. Besides an informal event in 2007, this is the first Startup Weekend in Houston.
"Individuals with an idea get an opportunity to pitch to the entire group on Friday evening," said Houston co-organizer Brian Cohen. "That could be two or three ideas or ten -- who knows. Then teams form around some or all of the ideas."
The event puts coders, graphic designers, Web experts, promoters, legal specialists and business people in the same room together, with the end result ideally being the launch of a company. In fact, quite a number of businesses got their start in similar weekends throughout the U.S., Canada and Europe.
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The event costs $75 ($40 for students) and begins Friday night at 6 p.m. at the offices of Bouncing Pixel in Houston. For more information, visit the event Web site at http://houston.startupweekend.org/.