Startup Weekend Trinidad & Tobago

    Friday, November 24 - 26, 2017

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Startup Weekend Trinidad & Tobago

Friday, November 24 - 26, 2017

Friday, November 24 - 26, 2017
Event starts at 6:00 pm

Queens Park Oval Ball Room
94 Tragarete Rd
Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago

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National Solutions driven by Citizen Ideas

This Startup Weekend:
What if every problem we found in the public sector, we could potentially solve?  What about taking action to fix those issues? Finally, we can!  

The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) presents Startup Weekend: National Solutions driven by Citizens' Ideas. This Startup Weekend (SWTT) we are inviting citizens of Trinidad & Tobago to bring and build ideas that can solve public sector problems.     

We challenge you to Put Action Where Your Mouth Is.
We challenge you to find a public sector problem, think of a solution and if you want to built it, bring it to Startup Weekend.
We challenge you to turn your solution into a business.

Is this you?
“Ah hadda go licensing office boy. Yuh know dat is ah whole, half day i hadda take off ah work to do dat! Steups…”
“Steelpan dying wey? You know how much money it have in pan dat we eh begin to tap in to? Why is it that the rest of the world grabbing it up and we can’t get it together? Eh?”

Be part of the SOLUTION and not a part of the PROBLEM. Bring your expertise and ideas to Startup Weekend and be the change you want to see in the world.  

What You Get: As a Startup Weekend attendee, you will get access to exclusive resources to help build your idea into business, and you will make connections with like minded individuals and mentors. To help you keep growing after the event, the winning team of each event will receive helpful perks and training for building their startup.

There’s More: With your Startup Weekend idea, you can get a chance to win up to $10,000 USD to build your idea.

Do you have a public sector problem you'd like to solve but don't know where to start or who to start with? Startup Weekend is the place to look for a team, create a prototype of your idea, validate your business idea, and receive feedback from experienced entrepreneurs, all in one weekend.

Examples of Public Sector areas include:
  • Public health
  • Public education
  • Public transport
  • Local government
  • Public housing
  • Cultural development
  • OR any government/public service
What do you need to bring? 
Lots of energy! You'll pitch your own idea or listen to others, then vote on the most interesting ideas and form teams with diverse skill sets. You can come with friends, but you’ll get the full experience if you participate in separate teams. Remember, it’s all about the team.

Your idea should be something you have not previously worked on. Over the course of the weekend you'll be challenged to create a prototype of your MVP, or minimum viable product, that fits the needs of your target customer. You'll get feedback, iterate, and likely pivot your approach entirely! Important: You cannot have worked previously on your idea.

Startup Weekend is a full weekend long experience. Your ticket includes:
  • 7 full (and delicious) meals over the course of the weekend, including snacks and beverages
  • Benefits and discounts from our global partners
  • One-on-one time with amazing mentors
  • A new network of developers, designers, and entrepreneurs eager, like you, to change the world.
  • All the internet, coffee, and tea you can consume.

Watch the video below to see what you can expect, and if you’re feeling inspired click on the “Buy Ticket” button now!

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Friday November 24th

6:00 pm
Registration, Dinner & Networking
Arrive at the venue and get checked in. Eat food, share ideas, practice pitches, get to know fellow

7:00 pm
Welcome & Speakers
Review agenda for the weekend and introduce speakers, coaches, and community leaders

7:15 pm
Pitches Start
Optionally line up to give your pitch

9:00 pm
Attendees vote for the top pitches

9:15 pm
Form Teams
Teams start forming and discussing ideas

10:00 pm
Begin Work
Start to formalize teams and take an inventory of skills. Be honest, and direct about what resources and skills are needed for the weekend. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow

Saturday November 25th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

9:30 am
Begin Work
Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend

12:00 pm

1:00 pm
After-lunch check-in, status reports, call for help

2:00 pm
Coach Meetings
Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!

6:30 pm
Dinner & Pitch 101
Grab your dinner and take a seat to learn about what your pitch should look like tomorrow!

7:30 pm
After-dinner check-in, status reports, call for help

10:00 pm
Finished for the day. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow

Sunday November 26th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

10:00 am
Coaches arrive. Final opportunity to ask questions

12:00 pm

12:30 pm
Coach Meetings
Coaches arrive… ASK QUESTIONS

3:00 pm
Presentation Prep & Tech Check
Final hours of worktime should be focused on perfecting your presentation, tech-check for final presentations also takes place

4:00 pm

5:00 pm
Final Presentations

7:30 pm
Judging & Awards

8:30 pm

9:00 pm
Go Home!

Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Startup Weekend Trinidad & Tobago team is grateful for the support of local community partners without whom this event would not be possible.
Learn how to become a sponsor here.

Signature Sponsors

Celebrating 50 years in Trinidad & Tobago, IDB's Country Strategy 2016-2020 will assist the Government in removing constraints that hinder economic diversification and macroeconomic policy adjustment to the new reality of lower commodity prices.

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