I was a little hesitant at first, but I've heard about it for a few years and I was always curious. I thought at best, I might make something cool, make a few new friends and meet inspiring people.
What I got out of it was far more valuable than that.
I was reminded of how much you truly can get done in a short space of time, if you have the motivation. However much time you allow yourself to do something, is usually how long it will take. It truly reminded me how valuable and precious each second really is.
I didn't just make something cool, I contributed to something truly valuable. I'm not slightly bothered if we never make a dime off it. I contributed to something that made me feel warm from the very depths of my soul, and you can't put a price on that.
I made some very cool contacts and had the privilege of spending my weekend with awesome people. Everyone has their own story, and it's always awesome to hear a new one.
As for meeting inspiring people, I absolutely, without a doubt did.
I am so incredibly proud of how my team did, the work that was put into it, and I'm super proud of the design work I did for our app and our presentation. Our presenters did an incredible job. I couldn't be prouder to be a part of my team.
Whilst our team didn't win the weekend, we did win peoples choice, and we had so much good feedback on our product, presentation and design. So that's a win in my book. Below is the logo for our app.
If you are thinking of participating in Startup Weekend next year, do it. If you are hesitant, do it. If you don't have a business idea, don't see yourself as an entrepreneur, it doesn't matter, still do it!