The Inside Scoop on Startup Weekend Pittsburgh

11/23/2014 | By Christian Moreno

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Our keynote speaker Don Charleton, Founder and CEO of The Resumator, said it best. "You have to be freaking crazy to want to do this." Day 3 of Startup Weekend Pittsburgh is well on its way and our teams have shown that they are, freaking crazy.

We're not saying that we have the formula for Startup Weekend perfected, but if you want to get pretty close, it starts with: 135 attendees, 30+ pitches, 16 involved sponsors, 13 teams competing,  three food trucks, an amazing volunteer team, a magician, a 3D printer and the Pittsburgh community. The result: an unforgettable Startup Weekend.

Let's recap this weekend's highlights:

Friday night networking

Friday night networking between our 100+ attendees. The "calm" before the storm.

First pitch of the night

The first pitch of the night led by Jim and Ilana from @AlphaLabGear @alphalab #SWPgh6 had over 30 pitches, which ended up forming into 13 teams.

Zeke's coffee


Zeke's in the Burgh kept the entire crowd caffeinated all weekend long. Not to mention their awesome apple cheddar scones.

The big board of team needs. Teams helping each other out

After our Saturday pow-pow teams shared their progress and their company needs. It resulted into teams working as a community, lending a helping hand wherever they could. Startup Weekend Pittsburgh is more than a 54 hour competition, it's about building a community.

[caption id="attachment_22936" align="aligncenter" width="326"]Magician Lee Terbosic Magician Lee Terbosic[/caption]

Work hard, play hard. #SWPgh brought in professional magician @LeeTerbosic for a much deserved mental break.


Street Foods #foodtruck heaven

If you needed another reason to join the #SWPgh movement, the abundance of gourmet grub should be it. We had food catered from @streetfoodspgh, @PghTacoTruck, @LomitoTruck and @jimmyjohns.


We had 10+ mentors, representing various industries, giving advice to our teams as they progressed throughout the weekend. @BrazenKitchen giving food industry advice to one of our teams.

.@Tech_shop 3D printing our attendees

@TechShopPGH made an appearance on Sunday, 3D printing our attendees. Plastic never looked so good.

We are minutes away from Sunday's final pitches! Our panel of judges are:

Jose Amayo - Mind Over Media

Denise Desimone - C-Leveled

Debra Lam - City of Pittsburgh

Tara Ronel - SnapRetail

Eric Silver - WebKite

Follow our twitter feed for live updates @startupwkndpgh!