Startup Weekend Columbus - Maker Edition

    Friday, June 23 - 25, 2017

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Startup Weekend Columbus - Maker Edition

Friday, June 23 - 25, 2017

Friday, June 23 - 25, 2017
Event starts at 5:30 pm

Columbus Idea Foundry
421 W State St
Columbus, Ohio 43215

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Startup Weekend Columbus Returns!

We are excited to announce the next Startup Weekend Columbus on June 23-25 in collaboration with The Columbus Idea Foundry!

What does Maker Edition mean?! Glad you asked.
Today’s Makers are crafters, artists and artisans, technologists, hobbyists, amateur scientists, entrepreneurs, engineers, woodworkers, roboticists, and many others. They are young people engaging in hands-on projects that introduce them to science and technology in creative ways. Makers are also adults who see themselves as inventors and experimentalists. Some have PhDs and others are self-educated. Makers are practicing a craft or challenging themselves to learn a new hobby. They are creative problem-solvers who gain the confidence that they can tackle ever-larger problems.

At this next startup weekend we expect to see over 100 hackers of all sorts - makers, developers, designers and hustlers - come together to build 10+ companies over the course of one weekend. We expect to see a bunch of companies that blend the boundaries between hardware and software, IOT devices, and beautifully designed prototypes. It will be a ton of fun and we guarantee you’ll make a friend or two!

You'll get access to the largest makerspace in the U.S., with mentors who are experts in making shit and taking names. This means no maker skills required, the Idea Foundry will have staff to help you make your laser cutting and 3D printing dreams come true.

For a Standard Ticket of $75, you'll receive:
  • Space to work for the weekend at the beautiful Columbus Idea Foundry
  • A "How to Make Anything 101" class at the Idea Foundry ($25 value)
  • Access to a community of entrepreneurs and mentors (even more coming soon!)
  • Access to expert makers from the Idea Foundry to help you with manufacture and design
  • 3 dinners, 2 lunches, 2 breakfasts
  • A sweet t-shirt
  • All the coffee, soda, energy drinks, and water you could ever need
  • An amazing experience and chance to get a taste of the startup world
What are you waiting for? Get your ticket now!

The "How to Make Anything 101" pre-event will be hosted at the Idea Foundry multiple times. Upon purchase of an early bird or How to Make Anything 101 ticket, we'll confirm your registration for one of these classes. 
  • Wednesday, May 31st: 6-9pm
  • Tuesday, June 20th: 6-9pm
(Want to join but feeling strapped for cash? Our generous sponsors have made a handful of scholarships available. Please submit an application here - )
(Student tickets will be available for $60. Use promo code STUDENTS)

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Friday June 23rd

5:30 pm
Arrive at the venue and get checked in

6:00 pm
Dinner & Networking
Eat food, share ideas, practice pitches, get to know fellow participants

6:20 pm
Welcome & Speakers
Review agenda for the weekend and introduce speakers, coaches, and community leaders

7:30 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 June 24th

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

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 June 25th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

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

12:00 pm

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 Columbus - Maker Edition 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.

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Organizing Team

Startup Weekend Columbus is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
Learn how to get involved here

  • Matthew
  • Jay
  • Molli
  • Matt
  • Brian
  • Andrea
  • Nora
  • Tom
  • Eric
  • Brandon
  • Kyle
  • Josh
  • Sandhya

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