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Startup Weekend Ruhr 2019

 

Resources

Friday PM:

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Saturday AM: Slide deck for Customer Discovery

Tools used:

Business Model Canvas

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You can ask for: slide decks, stock photos, audio, visual, logos, etc.

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    Presentation Requirements

    • Slide Format: Wide Screen: 16:9
    • Time: 5 mins uninterrupted presentation; up to 5 mins Q&A.
    • Suggestion: Record the demo or take screenshots; live demos are risky
    • Practice: Go through the presentation no less than 10 times; every 4 mins on the 4 mins from 2PM onward
    • Equipment Provided: HDMI connector (with audio); Apple MiniDisplay Port to HDMI adapter; VGA/15 Pin cable (no audio); we do not have a USB to HDMI adapter
    • Your equipment: Your own laptop(s)

    Judging Rubric: View
    Judging Criteria

    • Validation
      Did the team get out and talk to customers?
      What is the value proposition to customers?Are teams building something that people actually want?
      How well does the team understand their customer and their customer’s needs?

    • Execution & Design
      Have they established a “Minimal Viable Product” for the weekend (software, hardware, etc.)? *Note: an MVP is the minimum set of features to be able to start collecting data.
      Is the MVP designed well?
      Did the group work well as a team? (May need input from organizers/facilitator here)

    • Business Model
      Does the solution solve a core need?
      Is the way they’ll make money viable and unique?
      Have they identified how they will differentiate from their competition?

    NOTE: The links you provide **must** start with elements.envato.com not graphicriver.net or others.

    Startup Weekend Brisbane 2019

     

    Resources

    Friday PM:

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    Saturday AM: Slide deck for Customer Discovery

    Tools used:

    Business Model Canvas

    Graphic Requests
    You can ask for: slide decks, stock photos, audio, visual, logos, etc.

  • Envato Market: View and Request (or find me)
  • NOTE: The links you provide **must** start with elements.envato.com not graphicriver.net or others.

    Request Items from the Graphic Subscription

    Sunday AM: Presentation/Pitch Resources

    Featured items:

    Presentation Requirements

    • Slide Format: Wide Screen: 16:9
    • First Slide Use this image
    • Time: 4 mins uninterrupted presentation; up to 4 mins Q&A.
    • Suggestion: Record the demo or take screenshots; live demos are risky
    • Practice: Go through the presentation no less than 10 times; every 4 mins on the 4 mins from 2PM onward
    • Equipment Provided: HDMI connector (with audio); Apple MiniDisplay Port to HDMI adapter; VGA/15 Pin cable (no audio); we do not have a USB to HDMI adapter
    • Your equipment: Your own laptop(s)

    Judging Rubric: View
    Judging Criteria

    • Validation
      Did the team get out and talk to customers?
      What is the value proposition to customers?Are teams building something that people actually want?
      How well does the team understand their customer and their customer’s needs?

    • Execution & Design
      Have they established a “Minimal Viable Product” for the weekend (software, hardware, etc.)? *Note: an MVP is the minimum set of features to be able to start collecting data.
      Is the MVP designed well?
      Did the group work well as a team? (May need input from organizers/facilitator here)

    • Business Model
      Does the solution solve a core need?
      Is the way they’ll make money viable and unique?
      Have they identified how they will differentiate from their competition?

    NOTE: The links you provide **must** start with elements.envato.com not graphicriver.net or others.

    !!! MUST DO BY LUNCH !!!

    If you don’t register your team does not eat.

    Team Registration

    F6S Register here; Use SW Fortitude Valley Feb 15 ’19 as the location name

    Tech Check Schedule

    Time Team
    3:00 PM Project buber, WorkeRoo
    3:05 PM Eco Package Co, Wanderer Travel
    3:10 PM SUPEROO, Giggin
    3:15 PM Codeword Connect, Wanderer Travel
    3:20 PM Worlds Weirdest Bucket List, Cloval.co

    Pitch Order

    1. SUPEROO
    2. Cloval.co
    3. Codeword Connect
    4. WorkeRoo
    5. Giggin
    6. Eco Package Co
    7. Worlds Weirdest Bucket List
    8. OpenMike
    9. Wanderer Travel
    10. Project buber

    Travels: Zurich, Switzerland

    Destination: Zurich, Switzerland

    Dates of travel: 1-6 November 2018
    Reason of travel: Facilitate Startup Weekend Zurich

    Zurich is great! I highly recommend adding it to your European visit list. You may not be able to afford too much of it due to the high costs of nearly everything, but it is a well thought out city with great people and amenities.

    Tacos

    This is a hard one; Europe doesn’t really have a good taco scene and Zurich isn’t immune.

    Bakeries

    Zurich, like many other European cities doesn’t lack on bakeries or baked items available in grocery stores or kiosks that are about the town.  No cream cheese danish worth writing about.

    Water

    THIS IS AMAZING! Zurich has public water fountains nearly everywhere. These aren’t the typical sterile industrial water fountain with a turn handle but rather art installation that continually flow water for you to drink directly from or to fill your water bottle. Water fountains are also listed as a searchable item in the Maps.Me app. My favorite app CityMapper hasn’t made it to Zurich yet.

    Transit

    Amazing public transit for the size of the community. Trains, trams and Ubers are clean and efficient. Transiting from the airport is simple. For about $9USD at the time of writing you can get a 24 hour daily pass from any of the kiosks around a transit stop to move about up to 2 zones in the region on any form of transport. Very convenient and effective. The Swiss have done a great job at digitizing the transit schedule and there are ample signs telling you the upcoming trains and trams; however the only item that was hard to get used to and confusing is that the common clock is analog but all the signs are digital — even on the digital screen. You don’t swipe any transit pass for on/off privileges but if stopped by a transit authority you must show proof of purchase.

    Transit App: Of course you can use Google Maps (easily download the area for offline viewing) or Maps.Me for your data Download the app SBB Mobile for Switzerland based transit instructions. Pay attention to the Touch Timetable where you can put your top 13 destinations or frequently used stations and do a quick point A to point B drop and the app gives you transit information. This is really, really slick and appears to be powered by ubique (www.ubique.ch) and makes me wonder if there’s a way to use this touch timetable for a dating app.

    Airport: The airport is modern, clean and easy to navigate. Signs are in German and English. Plenty of digital signs abound for updates on your flight schedule. Passengers on inbound international flights are quickly processed through normal customs and doesn’t take too much time and is not fear inducing from customs officers.  To use the wifi you have to scan a boarding pass at some of the information kiosks or have a local phone number for a confirmation code.  Why you can’t scan your boarding pass on their website is beyond me.

    Purchases: nearly every shop or kiosk allows card payment, so it isn’t even necessary to have the local currency. Make sure to top up your prepaid international card or have your touch/paypass card ready.

    Switzerland SIM & Wifi Data: This trip I didn’t purchase a local SIM because I have 2 more destinations after this and not all are covered under the plans and the cost is high, about $70USD for a 30 day plan. Wifi is available at all the train stations (Wireless name: SBB-FREE) and most chain stores, restaurants and cafes. Some may require you to subscribe with a Switzerland phone number so they can text you a confirmation code. This is a flaw in their system, for a pure data only use and no text messaging you’ll have an issue getting a code. However you can use the wifi login instructions and submit it and if your usual carrier allows international texts you’ll get the code. People like me that use Google Voice can’t get the confirmation code until later, but most of the time the code is good for 6 months and is attached to the number entered. If I had it to do over again I’d look into a year long SIM with text messages provided from somewhere cheap like Hong Kong for quick data of getting the text then turn the texting feature off.

    Food: Food is expensive in Zurich but is high quality. A lunch set will cost $20-25/person. A cup of tea ranges from $5-8USD, depending on where you go and how big the glass or small tea pot provided. Drinking water is $3USD/person for unlimited still/tap water. Tip: keep filling your own water bottle at the public fountains. Fondue is a common item there and although good is very heavy. I estimate that a fondue set for a group of 4 people was about 2 pounds/1KG of cheese and served with small bread. That’s it — no fruit to dip, just bread. Locals will dunk their bread, swirl it around, scrape the bottom and eat it. Since it was my first time with fondue and how heavy the cheese is I had about 1/3 of the cheese on my small bread compared to others. The idea of sitting around a communal pot of cheese and eating is great for conversations and was delightful.

    Lodging: The typical mix of lodging options exist from hostels, hotels to AirBNBs (add AirBNB referral code).

    People: Zurich is an international city — there’s a difference from the locals to the international population. Language wise most people are at least bilingual and the spoken language by natives is Swiss-German a completely spoken version of German but isn’t written. Swiss-German sounds nicer to a nonspeaker where German speakers in Germany often sound (at least to me) angry in they speak and their diction.

    Other: Incomes in Zurich are high, it would be great if you could earn a Zurich salary but live in Thailand or some other country that had a lower cost of living.

    Startup Weekend Moldova

    Location: Chisinau, Moldova
    Date: 9-11 November 2018
    Event website: http://communities.techstars.com/moldova/chisinau/startup-weekend/12405
    Location: Tekwill

    By The Numbers

    Attendees: 64
    Ideas Pitched: 25
    Women In Attendance: 6

    Sessions

    Session 1: Saturday

    Customer Discovery Presentation

    Tools used

    Presentation Submission

    The time to submit presentations has passed.

    Presentation Information

    Sunday AM: Slide deck for presentation Note: I didn’t save the presentation and this is one from the previous week; do not pay attention to those times.

    Featured items:

    Presentation Sample: Rover.com
    Startup Weekend 2011

    Team Registration

    Each team must register on this site. One person can register all team members. This is required by 6PM Saturday 10 November. Registration link.

    Startup Weekend Zurich

     

    Resources

    Saturday AM: Slide deck for customer discovery

    Tools used:

    Sunday AM: Slide deck for presentation

    Featured items:

    NOTE: The links you provide **must** start with elements.envato.com not graphicriver.net or others.

    Team Registration

    F6S Register here

    Tech Check Schedule

    Time Team
    3:00 PM Foxify, Data Wizards
    3:05 PM MeyLi, Dr. Uber
    3:10 PM GiftedPresent, Men2
    3:15 PM Roction, uShure
    3:20 PM Physionex, Playbox
    3:25 PM Dadycation, EmotionFuckUp

    Pitch Order

    1. Physionex
    2. MeyLi
    3. Data Wizards
    4. Men2
    5. Roction
    6. EmotionFuckUp
    7. uShure
    8. Playbox
    9. Foxify
    10. Dr. Uber
    11. GiftedPresent
    12. Dadycation
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