Gainesville’s tech and startup community welcomed two big events coming to town this month: BarCamp and Startup Weekend. Both are part of national trends aimed at generating new ideas and instilling an entrepreneurial spirit.
Sponsored here in Gainesville by Grooveshark and StudioCo.de, BarCamp is known as a day-long “un-conference” where anyone who attends can register to speak. Attendees are encouraged to speak about anything they are passionate about, from starting a business to the tech industry to new marketing techniques. Attendees are able to choose one of four talks held at a time at the conference, and food trucks will be available for lunch.
Startup Weekend allows participants to turn ideas into a fledgling company over the weekend’s three days. Founded by Seattle non-profit Up Global, the event is aimed not only at professionals but also at students and young people with discounted tickets offered to students. Traditionally, Startup Weekend begins on Friday evening with idea pitches, followed by a weekend of team building and development of business plans and prototypes. The weekend finishes Sunday night with judging and awards. While still a relatively new event in the Gainesville scene, it has grown rapidly in popularity. Last year, 215 participants registered for Gainesville’s Startup Weekend. This year, more than 300 students have already registered.
BarCamp was held this past Saturday, November 8. Startup Weekend will be held this weekend, November 14 through November 16 at Starter Space, located at 308 W. University Ave. Tickets to participate are $100 for non-students and $49 for students. For more information on Startup Weekend, visit www.up.co/.