Startup Weekends are 54-hour events designed to provide superior experiential education for technical and non-technical entrepreneurs. Beginning with Friday night pitches and continuing through brainstorming, business plan development, and basic prototype creation, Startup Weekends culminate in Sunday night demos and presentations. Participants create working startups during the event and are able to collaborate with like-minded individuals outside of their daily networks. All teams hear talks by industry leaders and receive valuable feedback from local entrepreneurials. The weekend is centered around action, innovation, and education. The event thus offers a platform to test startup ideas, meet like-minded people and potential co-founders and build a community.
This coming autumn, two startup weekends have been organised. Startup Weekend Zurich with the theme Food and Hospitality will take place from 8. – 10. September 2017 at Technopark Zurich and Startup Weekend Basel 24-26 November 2017 at Launchlabs Basel. During the weekend participants will develop their ideas for the given theme and transform them into business models guided by coaches and top-notch startup experts. In the end each team or individual will present their business models to the jury, who will give feedback and select the best business models.
A fall of Hackathons
Also coming soon for developers are Hackathons. Just like startup weekends, hackathons are creativity marathons, where attendees work in teams to develop new solutions in a short time for a specific industry. In addition to the hackathons that were announced– HacktheCity (31. August- 03. September in Chiasso), BärnHäckt (8 - 10 September), Open Cultural Data Hackathon (15. -16. September 2017 at the University of Lausanne), Hack Zurich (15. - 17. September 2017 at Technopark Zurich) and the first Swiss Legaltech hackathon (2. - 4. October 2017 in Zurich) – there are two additional hackathons for which participants can apply.
BrainHack Lausanne 2017: 29.August – 1. September, 2017 Lausanne
The objective of BrainHack is to finding solutions to boost the tourism industry in Lausanne. Entrepreneurs, designers, developers, hackers and enthusiasts will gather to find innovative ideas or solutions for the tourism industry. In a team of 5, they will have 48 hours to develop a prototype or a concept of their product/service. As a highlight for this Hackathon, organisers have announced that IBM is offering its Watson technology for the BrainHack.
LauzHack 2.0: 11. -12. November 2017, EPFL Lausanne, Switzerland
This Hackathon is designed for students or individuals who have graduated from university in the past twelve months. After they have developed an idea, each team will present it before the judging panel. The judging process will be conducted in two phases. In the first phase, every team has the chance to present to the judges who will select the best ideas. In the second phase, the selected teams will present on stage in front of all participants and the final jury. Everyone who presents in front of the final jury starts with a blank slate, that is, previous scores will not be counted for the final decision.
Registration for all events is now open.
If there is any hackathon or Startup Weekend not mentioned in the article, feel free to contact us via email.