The Inside Scoop on Startup Weekend Pittsburgh
This post originally appeared on blog.up.co
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 between our 100+ attendees. The "calm" before the storm.
Zeke's in the Burgh kept the entire crowd caffeinated all weekend long. Not to mention their awesome apple cheddar scones.
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.
Work hard, play hard. #SWPgh brought in professional magician @LeeTerbosic for a much deserved mental break.
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.
@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!