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Have an idea that those hipster Facebook wannabes would die for? Well, do I have a bridge to sell you.
Have a fun app concept you need help getting off the conceptual ground? In that case try Startup Weekend.
There are always going to be lots of people with 'ideas' but very few people really take on the hard, long hours to bring their dreams to life. Startup Weekend is about getting those few together in a room and making something unique and sleep depriving happen.
A startup participant begins the weekend at a networking evening on Friday and will either pitch their amazing idea or listen to pitches and decide which team to join.
After voting is held the winning ideas have time on stage to request the skill-sets they need to bring their startup idea to life.
Marketing is the process of communicating the value of a product or service to customers. Marketing might sometimes be interpreted as the art of selling products, but selling is only a small fraction of marketing. As the term "Marketing" may replace "Advertising" it is the overall strategy and function of promoting a product or service to the customer.The American Marketing Association defines marketing as "the activity, set of institutions, and processes for creating, communicating, delivering, and exchanging offerings that have value for customers, clients, partners, and society at large."
Common uses of graphic design include identity (logos and branding), publications (magazines, newspapers, and books), advertisements and product packaging. For example, a product package might include a logo or other artwork, organized text and pure design elements such as shapes and color which unify the piece. Composition is one of the most important features of graphic design, especially when using pre-existing materials or diverse elements.
Include business advice, advertising skills and general concept work.
Programming or coding is the process of designing, writing, testing, debugging, and maintaining the source code of computer programs. This source code is written in one or more programming languages (such as Java, C++, C#, Python, etc.). The purpose of programming is to create a set of instructions that computers use to perform specific operations or to exhibit desired behaviors. The process of writing source code often requires expertise in many different subjects, including knowledge of the application domain, specialized algorithms and formal logic.
I signed up to do design work with an environmentally friendly roofing concept team. Try to do visuals for a cooler roof. Keep thinking. Yup, it's like that. Taking on a challenge is a very big part of the weekend's notions on all action and no talk (well talk to your teammates or else you'll be the coder in the corner crying by the end of Sunday).
Teams work through the two nights and develop everything from a solid (hopefully) business plan to logos and websites or app pages for their project.
Some teams will click (ha, nerd humor) and have easy sailing for their weekend, others learn the hard way about reliability and followthrough, even on short projects. One of
the funnier things I witnessed was the diverse personalities coming together (creative, tech and financial minded people) trying to function together as a whole unit while maintaining their individual presence of mind.