Startup Weekend, the non profit in Seattle that recently joined forces with Startup America, is hosting a new kind of 54 hour hackathon startup weekend event in their hometown next weekend. This time, instead of assembling entrepreneurs, designers, and developers to create businesses, they’ll be working on making things.
Startup Weekends are typically about creating software and other tech startups. This time around at the MakerHaus, the hackers will have the resources to “bring innovation to a whole new level.” The teams at the Seattle event will be able to design and prototype actual physical products using micro-controllers, laser cutting, 3D printing, metal working, and wood working.
People with ideas for products will get to pitch those ideas on Friday evening. From there the group will vote on the products that they want to build and several will be built out over the following 52 hours.
Normally there are three kinds of tickets sold to a startup weekend event; developer, designer, and non-technical. These teams have produced countless startups that are still going today. Some have even gone on to get funding like Zaarly, or win bigger startup contests like Aspiredu.
For this Maker’s edition, Startup Weekend is throwing in one more ticket, a “unicorn” ticket. These are people who agree to be taught how to run the machinery at MakerHaus.
There will be some great coaches on hand for the weekend:
- Alex Diener, Creative Director Pensar Development
- Marc Barros, co-founder and former CEO of Contour
- Ayemerik Renard, Vice President Accelerator, PCH International
- H.B. Siegel, CTO IMDb.com
- Jim Young, President and Creative Director, Nice Inc
- Adam Benzion, Portfolio Manager, 10AK Technologies
- Beth Kolko, co-founder and CEO Shift Labs
- Terence Tam, Principal Engineer, OpenBeam USA
To register or for more info click here.