Athens Startup Weekend – The call

This is a cross-post of Alexandros Pagidas from Startup Weekend Athens. Open Coffee Greece is a proud local supporter of the event, we’ll literally gonna create a bunch of start-ups over the weekend, go get your ticket! 

Hello everyone,

At last, Startup Weekend is here. Some of you might remember me from an earlier Open Coffee two summers ago in Bacaro downtown Athens, when I was asked to speak about my experiences living in the vibrant tech community that exists in San Francisco and, of course, the Silicon Valley. I remember in that talk wanting to transmit some of that magic of infinite possibility one feels when living and working in that part of the world. Today, I am happy to announce that from the 21st to the 23rd of November 2008, you have the opportunity to feel some of that magic too, right here in Athens.

Having participated in a previous Startup Weekend myself (in San Francisco), I can personally attest that it is by far the most exciting tech event I have ever been to – and I have been to a lot of them the past two years. In Startup Weekend, you don’t just talk about startups – you build them. Either with the new friends you’re going to make at the place it’s being held or by bringing some of your existing friends with you, the purpose is to work together and focus all your creativity and talent to create your own startup – in the next 54 hours!

It is possible. It has been done in the past in numerous cities throughout the world, and it can happen right here in Athens this November. With the generous help of Microsoft Hellas, in their brand new Innovation Center in downtown Athens, we can do it. To help you create your startup, Andrew Hyde, the founder of Startup Weekend, and I will be flying from the United States to Athens to facilitate the event.

The tickets are free. Please don’t abuse that privilege because space is limited. Booking a spot and not showing up takes away the opportunity from someone, a friend or fellow member of your own tech community, participating in your place. That’s bad startup karma. However, if you’re sure you will make it, don’t delay. Get your ticket here.

We look forward in meeting you and helping you create your startup!

Yours,

Alexandros Pagidas.

9 comments

  1. Great idea! This is really a step forward and I feel jealous that I won’t be able to participate (I live abroad).

    I think though that the term “web app” would be more appropriate for the creations of this event than startup (I’m a bit pessimistic on creating a startup within 48h).

    Anyway, congratulations to the guys behind this and I hope that this will be the start for something big for the Greek Internet!

  2. an kapoios exei symmetasxei (i telospanton gnorizei), borei parakalo na perigrapsei me liga logia pos kylaei ena triimero sto startup?Axizei ton kopo?
    Euxaristo

  3. @gvasilei: I agree.

    This looks like a programming pseudo-tournament mixed with a bit “how to profit with your idea”. Seems funny, like in european Lan Parties where there are demoscene contests.

    Based on the examples found in George’s link it seems like ‘build the 8393574th community portal’ and have fun with some people.

    I believe that you can find 3 types of people there:
    – People going to have fun.
    – People with ideas looking for others help.
    – People without ideas looking for others ideas.

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