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An Open Source Startup in Three Hours

People, Programming, Tutorial, Web Applications
Location: Portland 255 Level: Novice
Average rating: ****.
(4.25, 16 ratings)

One of the most enjoyable developments in the last year has been
the “Startup Weekend” experience, where a group of strangers gathers
on Friday evening and launches a web company 54 hours later on Sunday

This tutorial walks participants through each step of the startup
weekend experience, starting with idea formation and ending with how
to transition from “weekend project” to “going concern”. For OSCON,
we’ll also be doing interactive exercises in idea selection and
technology planning.

Topics covered:

  • Why compress the time so much?
  • Pre-weekend prep: Space, sponsors, signups and idea collection
  • Picking an idea (exercise)
  • The usability sprint
  • Business formation
  • Thinking about technology when every minute literally counts. (exercise)
  • Professional polish in design and marketing
  • Working with total strangers
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Gavin Doughtie


Gavin Doughtie is a front end developer on Google’s Picasa Web Albums. He started and ran the LA Java Users’ Group and has worked on the development teams of the two California Startup Weekends so far.

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Andrew Hyde


Andrew Hyde is a designer, community organizer and a coffee
evangelist. Startup Weekend is his third Startup, focusing on
community building and providing an encouraging introduction to
entrepreneurship. Previously he has worked on Interaciton Design
projects for leading ad agencies, non profits, and political
campaigns. Andrew enjoys riding his bike year round in the great town
of Boulder, Colorado.

OSCON 2008