Dedicate a Weekend to Change the Future!

Recently I had the pleasure working with TeachStreet on a promotional video for a Startup Weekend EDU. “Startup Weekend is an intense 54 hour event which focuses on building a web or mobile application which could form the basis of a credible business over the course of a weekend. The weekend brings together people with different skillsets – primarily software developers, graphics designers and business people – to build applications and develop a commercial case around them.” Basically, you come to the event on a Friday night, pitch an idea for a business and launch it on Sunday. Companies like Zaarly, FoodSpotting and Giant Thinkwell were all born at a Startup Weekend. Making this video was an amazing experience. I learned a lot about what’s not working in the education space. Since then, I’ve been talking with friends who are teachers and continuing to learn more. I find it fascinating and also scary where things are at. We need to fix this problem.

When you have all these smart, motivated and talented people in the same room working on the same problem, there’s an opportunity to really shake things up. If you’re anyone who has interest in making the education system a better one, you should definitely come out to this event. There are no requirements to attend. All you have to have is an idea and some motivation. Come dedicate a weekend to change the future.

The event will be held on Friday September 30th-Sunday October 2nd. Go here for more information on the event.

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Startup Weekend: Redmond

First off, you're probably asking "what is Startup Weekend?" "Startup Weekend recruits a highly motivated group of developers, business managers, startup enthusiasts, marketing gurus, graphic artists and more to a 54 hour event that builds communities, companies and projects. It is an amazing opportunity to connect with other passionate and skilled individuals, and perhaps even find a co-founder or two to transform your idea into reality." Now that we have that out of the way, I'll tell you a bit about my experience. Early last week, my buddy Donald DeSantis invited me to come out to Startup Weekend Redmond. The last time I was invited as a photographer with the responsibility of capturing the event on camera. This time I was invited to take part in the creation of something new and never done before. I ended up getting recruited by Adam Philipp, a Seattle based Lawyer with the idea of CAMBadge. "CAMBadge is a digital name tag app that runs on your phone and utilizes the front facing camera to help put names with faces." Adam was the brains behind this idea and I helped with the design of the app/website. Lisa Song helped us out with getting the website up and running and lastly, Red Foundry we're our heroes for the weekend because they got this thing up and running on our phones in two days! Here are a couple of screen shots of our app.

I had a great time, learned a lot and met some awesome/incredibly smart humans. I decided to bring along my D200 for the event even though it's low light capabilities aren't really suitable for this type of setting. Shooting at 1000 ISO created a great vintage/film look which I really ended up linking! Below are some shots of life in a Startup Weekend box.

Startup Weekend Seattle

-Ayush Agarwal presenting the launch of Digri.net

The smell of stale pizza and socks filled the hallway as I strolled searching for the action at the Adobe campus. What does a Startup Weekend look like? Who will be there? All questions I didn't have the answers to. Then I saw it. The largest collection of nerds geniuses I had ever seen. They were connected to each other with laptops and cords resembling a little newborn still feeding from it's mother. And then I spotted my contact.

My contact being my friend Donald DeSantis, asked me to take some photos at last weekend's Startup Weekend event. "Startup Weekend is a 54 hour startup event that provides networking, resources and incentives for individuals and teams to go from idea to launch."-startupweekend.org

Basically, it's a bunch of tech gurus ranging from developers to designers who get together to come up with an idea for a company and have it rolling by Sunday. Amazing.

These guys developed iPhone apps and websites from ground zero to launch in three days. It was awesome. At 6pm on Sunday they presented their creations with live demos and all.

Here are some shots from the event.

-Donald DeSantis and Ayush being interviewed by King 5

-Part of the Digri team hard at work.

-Wide angle view of the event.

-The Digri team having a good laugh at the Raising Uncle Jesse presentation.

-Kyle Kesterson trying to get used to speaking in front of an audience.

-Fuel

-A look at what these animals go through.

If anyone at the event would like all the photos I edited from the event just shoot me an email though my site and I will send over a zip.