FAQs – Google Startup Weekend 2016 Abu Dhabi
How does Startup Weekend work?
Anyone is welcome to pitch their startup idea and receive feedback from their peers. Teams organically form around the top ideas (as determined by popular vote) and then it’s a 54-hour frenzy of business model creation, coding, designing, and market validation. The weekends culminate with presentations in front of local entrepreneurial leaders with another opportunity for critical feedback.
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 entrepreneurs. The weekend is centered around action, innovation, and education. Whether you are looking for feedback on a idea, a co-founder, specific skill sets, or a team to help you execute, Startup Weekends are the perfect environment in which to test your idea and take the first steps towards launching your own startup.
Do I have to participate all three days?
Apart from Organizers, selected Coaches, Speakers, and press, everyone who attends the event is expected to participate all three days. This is important not only to preserve the ‘vibe’ of the weekend (“no talk, all action”) but also to minimize distractions/disruptions for working teams.
How do I register and get tickets?
You may visit the link below and use the coupon code to get the tickets at discounted rates:
(Google Startup Weekend Abu Dhabi – AbuDhabi2.com Discount Coupon Code STSWSP2016)
Do I need a team?
Everyone who attends the event as an attendee is expected to participate on a team. This is important not only to preserve the mission of Startup Weekend (teamwork!) but also to minimize distractions/disruptions for all working teams.
What ticket type should I purchase to pitch an idea?
Pitching is open to every attendee! We recommend you purchase the ticket that best represents your skill set.
What are the accommodations for the event?
Attendees are responsible for booking their own transportation and lodging (if needed). If you are traveling and unfamiliar with the location, reach out to the local organizing team to ask for nearby recommendations. The venue will not allow attendees to stay over night, so please make sure to arrange for accommodation beforehand.
LZine offers accommodation at 3 Star and 4 Star hotels at concession rates during the event dates to participants Please call 044474285 for reservations.
Do I have to pitch an idea to attend?
No, but we encourage you to! You can pitch an idea you’ve been thinking about for years, or something last minute you think of during the event. It’s a great experience and invaluable practice for public speaking.
Where can I find a schedule for this event?
Please check Google Startup Weekend Abu Dhabi – Agenda.
What should I bring?
- Power cord
- Business cards
- Camera – take pictures and video!
- Optional: A second monitor, keyboard, etc…. set yourself up to be productive!
- Lots of creative energy!
How do I prepare?
- Do some research. Market research and background information will give you a better understanding of the problem your trying to solve.
- Practice your pitch. You’ll have 60 seconds to persuade other attendees to join your team. Make it clear, concise, and convincing!
- Get familiar with our tools for the weekend, head over to startupweekend.org/resources
- Get some good rest.
- Bring a friend! Events are better with good company.