I find Startup Weekend is a great event to meet great people. I like it so much that I’ve been to 4 of them this year. Here are a few tips I share with every team that I join.
1) The presentation is the key
The results of your time and efforts are succinctly summarized in a 5 minute presentation (actual time may vary) at the end of Sunday. Please don’t spend every second of your presentation peppering the audience with facts, figures and speculations. Tell a good story and sell your idea, save the market analysis and business model information for the Q&A session.
2) Fake it
If it’s not in the presentation, don’t spend time on it. Don’t build a database. Don’t use a server unless it’s integral to the presentation. If people can’t see it, they won’t care. Spend your development time on creating an amazing interface.
3) Make a plan
Manage your time wisely. The time spent discussing the idea takes away from the time to build the idea. Decide who’s going to do what and set time limits for when things need to get done. Make time to practice the presentation and make last minute changes.
Startup Weekend is a very intense event and I hope these tips will help you get through it with a little less stress.