The 3rd edition of Startup Weekend Tirana was organized during this weekend, 21-23 of November, hosted by the Ministry of Social Welfare and Youth. Way more participants attended the event compared to the previous editions, mostly including developers, designers and business / marketing / PR people, gathered in a place and getting to know cool and creative individuals, building connections and partnerships, in way to form great teams for launching startups.
The activity started on Friday, 6:00 pm. Everyone with a startup idea was welcomed to present it within 60 seconds. A lot of ideas came up, most of them weren’t voted as the best ones, but anyone had the right to work on their idea as long as they could find more than 2 people to be involved in their team. After this, idea pitchers and other participants had enough time to be introduced to each-other, accordingly choosing the ones that could better fit the needs of their team, or the idea they could best contribute for. Teams were registered afterwards, immediately starting up and doing a work plan of the two following days.
The second day, which was the most important day though, because the biggest part of the work had to be finished by the end of it, was full of energy and activities. All of the teams worked hard to bring their business ideas to life, being supported a lot by SWT organisers and mentors/trainers. Everyone got time to socialize with their team/other teams during coffee, lunch and dinner breaks.
Sunday, the third and last day, was the final opportunity for the participants to finish the last moment features left unimplemented or needed to be corrected, as well as creating the presentation of their startup idea and work done during the weekend. Teams had 5 minutes to present and 2 minutes to answer questions of the jury. After all the presentations were done, a final verdict was given.
There were three prizes. The third one went to Code in Rose an initiative to increase the number of IT females in the market. The second one was won by Tirana Bus, an online ticketing system to help everyone manage their time better by making their service available on mobile phones. Shumlist was awarded the big prize, for their truly innovative idea of creating a website that allows all innovators to sell, buy and exchange both finished and unfinished projects with each other.
Some of the Things Lab members also participated in the event. The projects they presented in separate groups where they chose to become a part of, were Random Thoughts (an iOS app used to make a check in where your mind and your thoughts are, using highly designed images), Technical (a website for connecting whoever needs services with the actual professionals) and Free Software as a Service (a service offering free software hosting). We enjoyed the experience offered there, learned a lot of new stuff and shared ideas with awesome people. Thumbs up to SWT organizers and mentors for making this event a valuable experience, as well as to all of SWT extraordinary participants for giving it its unique savor!
Original Post here on Thingslab.