Startup Weekend

by Tiah Goldstein, Nov 03, 2017

What do you get when you combine 50 million people in 88 countries, culminating in one 52 hour frenzy of innovation? No, it’s not a dad joke, it’s Global Entrepreneurship Week!

Global Entrepreneurship Week is designed to get everybody and anybody excited and educated about entrepreneurship. This year, more than 32,000 events are taking place 16-22 November, fostering connections and innovation.

Every year, Global Entrepreneurship Week finishes with a bang as Startup Weekends happen around the globe. Startup Weekends bring together people with great ideas, and give them the opportunity to pitch before a panel of experienced business and tech leaders. They are designed to give aspiring entrepreneurs, and those curious about the startup world, a dedicated space to try out new ideas, and learn the basics of ‘thinking lean’ and doing only what is absolutely necessary for success. They’re also a great opportunity for networking, learning how to work under pressure, and an opportunity to meet and connect with lots of great mentors and partners; from other teams doing interesting work, to the business and technology leaders on the judging panel, and even potential investors.

Why all the focus on startups?

Research has found that startups:
  1. Account for up to 20% of new positions
  2. Create parallel growth opportunities within own and related verticals
In Queensland, startups are fortunate to have very strong support from all levels of government. There has also been a corporate shift towards innovation and entrepreneurial thinking. Evidence of this is the plethora of Startup Weekend events that are happening around the state. Brisbane, Gold Coast, Logan, Mackay and Toowoomba are some of the locations hosting Startup Weekend.

Here at Codebots, we are working hard to create the perfect platform to help anyone with any level of technical knowledge (or none at all!) to be able to create their own software project. 

In light of our vision of a world where creating apps is faster, easier and better, we will share some of our top tips on frameworks you can use during Startup Weekend (or after) to ensure your idea hits the ground running.

1. Clarify your value proposition statement

A value proposition statement is a simple way to clarify what problem you are solving, for whom, and why. It’s important to consider things like how you could market and monetise your project, who your competitors are, and what unique benefit your solution offers.

2. Understand your requirements

Writing down a list of the primary functions and features you want your project to have is one of the most important things to do before you begin. You don’t have much time at Startup Weekend, so start by answering these questions:
  • Who are my users? (Older people, young children, students? People with a disability?)
  • How are they going to use my project (desktop, laptop, mobile phone? Indoors or outdoors? High noise environments, or in a library?)
From here, you can start to think about the things your users will want to do with your project. A good way to express this in the form of epics and user stories. User stories are a standardised way of expressing work that needs to be done, and if you need to create a lot of user stories to fully express a feature, then you can group them into Epics. Epics and user stories can be expressed as a sentence, in the form of “As a [type of user], I want to [perform a task], in order to [achieve a goal]”. Just fill in the blanks!

3. Sketch a model

Create a basic model that represents the framework of your project. You will need to do one for the design of the interface you show your users, but also one for how the software components of your project will fit together. You can do this using any number of free wireframe or sketching apps online, or just draw one on a piece of paper. However you create it, though, it helps you see how your users are going to interact with your project and give you a better idea of what design elements are more important than others.

Help me, Codebots!

The Codebots platform is due to be released in early 2018, and it will help you to do all of these steps with a simple drag-and-drop interface. Once you have your requirements ready, the bot will then go ahead and write over 90% of the code for you.

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Or, catch us at a Startup Weekend: we’ll be at the Gold Coast (10-12 Nov), Brisbane (17-19 Nov), and Logan (17-19 Nov) events, so make sure you introduce yourself and say G’day!