2013年9月15日日曜日

Startup Weekend Women San Francisco #swwomensf Day1

I was asked to help an event called "Startup Weekend Women San Francisco" taking place this weekend. I will be helping as the timekeeper of the final presentation tomorrow :)

Startup Weekend Women SF

I've been to Startup Weekend in Tokyo, but this is my first time to join SW outside Japan. Also, this event is unique in that it focuses on women, so most of the participants are women, most of the coaches and judges are women.

Before starting, we had the dinner and mingling.

Startup Weekend Women SF

Startup Weekend Women SF

Startup Weekend Women SF

Startup Weekend Women SF

Red sweatshirt is for developers, black is designers, grey is non technical and blue is staffs. I liked this for several reasons: 1) it's very apparent who is developer, who is designer etc. We did events with tags, but they are small. With colored sweatshirts, it is very apparent. 2) For multiple-day events like Startup Weekend, T-shirts don't work, since you don't wear the same T-shirt for multiple days. Sweatshirts will work for multiple days.

Startup Weekend Women San Francisco

Startup Weekend Women SF

Introduction of global & local sponsors

Startup Weekend Women SF

Speech by Amazon team, and speech by Mary Grove, Director of Global Entrepreneurship Outreach where she leads Google for Entrepreneurs.

Startup Weekend Women SF

Pitch time! Pitches were 60 seconds per person, no slides to be fair to everyone.  I was doing a photographer during the pitches while Sawako (photographer) was doing the timekeeper, so all the photos I took during the pitches are in the official camera now- might update with the photos later ;)
But the greatest thing here was that it was strongly encouraged to pitch, and among 90 or so participants, 41 of them pitched, among which 38 were women. Great job everyone :D


Then, everyone got 3 stickers and started to put them on the ideas that they liked. This was also a chance for members to ask questions to each other about their proposals.

Startup Weekend Women SF

Startup Weekend Women SF

Startup Weekend Women SF

Some of the projects are starting to get many stickers...

Startup Weekend Women SF

Startup Weekend Women SF

Some projects getting migrated.

Startup Weekend Women SF

Lots of conversation kicked off.

Startup Weekend Women SF

Startup Weekend Women SF

The projects that got many stickers got announced- basically those who did not make it to the round will join the projects that made it.

Startup Weekend Women SF

Startup Weekend Women SF

Those who made it to the round stands in the surrounding - they need to recruit members now!

Startup Weekend Women SF

Startup Weekend Women SF

Startup Weekend Women SF

Startup Weekend Women SF

Startup Weekend Women SF

Startup Weekend Women SF

Startup Weekend Women SF

Startup Weekend Women San Francisco

Startup Weekend Women San Francisco

Startup Weekend Women SF

Startup Weekend Women SF

Startup Weekend Women San Francisco

Startup Weekend Women San Francisco

Startup Weekend Women San Francisco

Final Judging criteria is going to be 1) execution 2) business model valuation and 3) user experience design.

Startup Weekend Women SF

Participants are off to team building and hacking! Look forward to the final pitches and demos tomorrow with lots of women :D



List of final teams:

Daily Bread
QLook
Grogbot
Flaminga
Style Lend
Coffee
Genvestor
Prediction Log
Story Link
Insura
Infinite Looks
Goals Engine
Girls Network
Joyvite

Disclaimer: The opinions expressed here are my own, and do not reflect those of my employer. -Fumi Yamazaki