Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Want FREE tickets to Google I/O?

Calling all Startup Weekend (Manila/Cebu) alumni!

If your startup was built on Google Technologies*, then Startup Weekend wants to hear from you! *means that they are an integral part of your product or service, not that you use Gmail for email.

Google, as a Galactic Sponsor for Startup Weekend, will be giving away four FREE Google I/O passes to the Startup Weekend community. For those who don't know, Google I/O is an annual developer conference.  This year's tickets were sold at $900 a piece and were sold out in 20 minutes.  For more details on the event, head on over to the Google I/O site.

So how do you get a chance to win one of these coveted tickets?

First. Create a 60-second video containing the following info. You can allocate ~20 seconds each per section.

  • About your team
  • About your startup
  • Why you should go to Google I/O

Then upload it to YouTube. Tip: you can leave it as “unlisted” instead of “public” if you don’t want the world to see it.

Second, fill out this application.  You will be asked a few questions about you and your startup. No need to worry about information getting leaked --- these details will only be seen by the Startup Weekend Core Team. Make sure that you can provide the following details:

  • A one-sentence elevator pitch
  • What makes your team a cut above the rest
  • Major technologies your product is built on
  • Your main focus
  • Who will be attending *please discuss this internally among your team.

Startup Weekend will be contacting the lucky winners during the first week of June. Best of luck to everyone!

*Note that this is a worldwide contest, and 4 tickets will be given away for free.

Monday, May 7, 2012

Pre-Startup Weekend Cebu Bootcamp

Google, being the Galactic partner of Startup Weekend, tasked the local chapters of Google Technology User Groups (GTUGs) or the Google Developer Groups (GDGs) to work together with the local organizers of the Startup Weekend to do a Pre-Startup Weekend Bootcamp.

So last Saturday, May 5, 2012, the GTUG/GDG Philippines Community Managers collaborated with the Startup Weekend Cebu organizers and conducted a bootcamp which was held at the ILC-AVR, University of the Philippine - Cebu in preparation for the upcoming Startup Weekend Cebu event this coming May 11-13, 2012 . Close to 50 developers and designers attended the bootcamp with the aim of helping them develop their non-technical and technical skills on building their Startup Weekend Cebu project.

Mark Abella, lead organizer of Startup Weekend Cebu helped us open the bootcamp by giving a brief overview of what to expect this coming weekend during the Startup Weekend Cebu event. Vanessa Orendain, heading the Google Business Groups (GBGs) Philippines did a quick introduction about the group and followed by giving a talk on Pitching, Marketing, and Monetization. A short time was also allotted on practice pitching. Anne Olvido, GTUG/GDG Bacolod Community Manager, gave a short overview on what the GTUG/GDG Philippines community busy with recently.

Technical talks then followed. Albert Padin shared about HTML5 Development, Rico Sta. Cruz discussed on Turning Ideas into Buttons, and lastly the Android Development talk which yours truly presented with Jomar Tigcal and Anne Olvido.

We would like to thank our sponsors - Google, Startup Weekend,  Globe Labs, University of the Philippines - Cebu, and CebuInIT. Thanks as well to those who attended and helped out to make the bootcamp a success!

Looking forward to see you this coming weekend! Good luck to all!