Holla, Startup Weekend starts Friday!

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I hope you are all getting excited about this weekend! We still have a few 2 tickets left and could use your help selling them. To make it easy we provided some posts for you to copy and paste right into your Twitter, Facebook and Linkedin!
For Twitter

“I’m launching a business this weekend @SWChicago you should be too! Join me- http://ow.ly/21Z8g #swchi”

For Facebook and LinkedIn

“I’m launching a business this weekend at Start-Up Weekend Chicago, you should be too! Join me- http://ow.ly/21Z8g #swchi”

Also, we are excited to let you all know about an Agile Development Workshop that Obtiva will be putting on Friday during the day of Startup Weekend. It is going to be a great event, be sure to register for it at http://obtiva.eventwax.com/chicago-start-up-workshop/ register today!

Just a few questions we’ve been getting and would like to cover before the start of the event:

What types of ideas should I be ready to pitch? Most of the ideas are web-based or mobile applications. Generally ideas which involve creating a tangible product do not work well because you need something to present to the panel on Sunday. If you have any idea at all we encourage you to pitch it!

How do I pitch my idea? The pitches on Friday night will be informal (no PowerPoint allowed) and you will allotted one minute to explain your idea. If you would like to sharpen your pitching skills before Friday check out this presentation.

Do I need to bring a computer? Yes, make sure to bring a computer- laptops are preferred but if you only have a desktop please feel free to bring that.

Should I be worried about my idea getting stolen? Start-Up Weekend pitch’s are done in an open forum and no non-disclosures are going to be signed. If you are really concerned about your idea being stolen, our advice is keep it to yourself.

How do we form the teams? We allow the teams to form themselves. Once the pitches are done we allow everyone to mingle and shop the different ideas. Then we will use a voting app to determine the top ideas and teams will form organically around these votes. Generally teams of 5-7 members work best.

What time should I get there on Friday? Try to arrive between 5:30 and 6:00 so you have a chance to eat and network with other attendees. The event officially kicks off at 7pm.

How will I know what someone else’ specialty is? We will have colored name tags when you register to denote what your specialty is.

Anything else I should bring? Business cards, and if you have an extra extension cord and/or power strip please bring it. Also, bring a great attitude and a lot of energy!

Where is is? The ITA is located at 200 S Wacker on the 15th floor

What are the hours? Doors will open on Friday at 5:30 with the event officially kicking off at 7pm and doors will close at Midnight. Saturday the hours are 9am-Midnight and Sunday from 10am-8 pm ish. This is when the facility is open but you may schedule times with your team to work outside of these hours and you do not need to be at the ITA the entire time.

We look forward to seeing you all at the event on Friday! Keep your eyes open for a final email on Thursday evening to give any final updates.