SWTimisoara #4: The Liftoff

05/09/2015 | By Ana Maria Radu

This post originally appeared on blog.up.co

After months of coordinated preparations, crafting stories and organizing info sessions, running after deals and contracts, but most of all, trying to make a journey for the upcoming startup adventurers, it's finally here: Startup Weekend Timisoara is ready for the liftoff!

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Timid faces waiting in line at the registration desk, wondering whether the M size for T-shirt or the 'non-tech' tag fits them, energetic future entrepreneurs, skilled pitchers, mature professionals, bright minded students--these would be the words for the people we've met on the first day of our event.

Yet, they all possess one special trait: the thrive for new experiences. And they sure do a delicious mix!

Screen Shot 2015-05-09 at 11.40.21Our Binary Star facilitator, Gwight Dunning has introduced them in the science behind Startup Weekend. In the attempt of entertaining and informing at the same time, he has managed to keep things on the right track.

Another vivid presence on the scene was Josef Dune, who shared some weighty startup lessons from his personal experience with Babelverse.

Half Baked was quite some fun to watch--and even more fun to explain. As you can see, the keywords were less than ordinary. Nonetheless, it was both an energizer and a think outside the box exercise. All credits go to our awesome facilitator for that!

We think that the pitching session was one of the most rewarding parts of the evening. Almost 20 pitches have fed the curiosity in the room, ranging from grocery purchase and delivery to job recruitment and medical history apps or online streaming platforms for coders. Of course, the 'Uber for' and 'Siri-like' ideas were not missed.

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However, only half of the intial ptiches managed to form teams around them. They have gone from ecstasy to agony and back in trying to tailor their startup idea according to their resources and team brainstorming results.

At around 10 o'clock, three teams were still trying to fill in the business model canvas. Downstairs, a squat was deliberately cleaning their vocabulary and imagination during a Cards Against Humanity session that lasted until closing. Outside, the terrace offered room for philosophical debates & jokes. Ambasada surely had plenty of room for all of us!

And let's not forget that all of these wouldn't have been possible without our supportive sponsors and partners!

This would sum up the first day of our journey. Stay tuned to see the outcome of Startup Weekend Timisoara 4th edition story!