January 26, 2008
Our ticketing system for Mobile Weekend Waterloo 1 is up and running 🙂 MW post can be found here.
January 12, 2008
Well, it’s a go. Early planning is underway for what will be the first of many (we hope) MobileWeekends. The idea is to bring together brilliant minds from all walk of tech and business to create great mobile applications in a weekend (or maybe two). The details are very sketchy right now, but stay tuned for more. In the mean time, we have created a new blog specifically for these events.
Updates will go up here as well as on the new blog for the first little while to get the word out.
The new blog can be found at mobileweekend.wordpress.com
We are targeting spring for the first event. Most likely in Waterloo if we can get the space, and if not, then in Toronto.
September 25, 2007
The Startup Weekend phenomenon is spreading like the wind across the tech community all around the world. It seems only fitting that we should have a few here in Waterloo. After all, this is a haven for startup companies in Ontario. I was lucky enough to be one of the participants in the Startup Weekend Toronto and one of the organizers there (although, I didn’t do that much). That weekend was a great experience, I got to meet some great people and we managed to get out what is sure to be the beginning of a great product.
Here are my thoughts for Waterloo, I’m hoping to run a total of three weekends with the first being on Feb 2nd, 2008 and the others following a month apart later. I’m hoping to run the weekends by technology, let me explain. At the Boulder weekend as well as the Toronto weekend, we had developers from various backgrounds and with different skill sets (sometimes not very compatible), but only one product is picked and so there can be conflict or we just end up with really good hard-core developers that can’t really help. So… here are the three weekends I’m thinking of running:
- asp.Net: I’m a .Net guy and I always feel left out of events like this. So, if you’re into .Net this is the weekend for you 🙂 Of course we’ll still need CSS and UI guys/gals and they don’t have to know .Net
- Ruby on Rails or PHP: I was introduced to Ruby on Rails during the Toronto weekend and I love the concept and layout of the language. I’m going to try to find time to pick it up and I think it would be great to see the RoR guys/gals at work 🙂
- Mobile: We have both RIM and the mobile arm of Google right here in town… seems rather logical to me.
I had a great conversation with Tom Corr, CEO of the Accelerator Centre, here in Waterloo and it looks like he would be very happy to let us use the facility for the events. The AC is absolutly perfect for this kind of event, we have conference rooms with projectors, wireless throughout the facility, a big common room/cafeteria, and much more. A HUGE thank you to Tom and the AC well in advance of any of this being official. It’s great… absolutely great!
I also have two other potential sponsors already, more on that once things become more official.
So… feedback please. I want to know what you think. Let your friends and coworkers know. The more info I get from you, the local community, the better I can help organize this. BTW, if you want to take part in helping set this up, just drop me a line on this blog, there’s lots to be done.