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I'm planning to attend Startup Weekend and I'm trying to see if what they're pitching is actually viable.

On their front page, they say:

No talk. All action. Launch a startup in 54 hours.

Is that realistic? Do these types of events provide the level of networking and information required to pull something like this off?

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There are a couple of posts on Hacker News on this. One response by vermasque is as follows:

  1. Have fun. There's a lot of people of differing backgrounds with plenty of creativity in the air.
  2. Take pictures.
  3. Talk to as many people as possible and get as much contact info as possible. Networking.
  4. Bring business cards (nothing fancy) if you want to spread your contact info as fast as possible. I'd also recommend using Bump but I never tried it and don't know how many people would have it installed on their smartphone.
  5. Don't do all nighters building something unless you are very interested in the team's product. All you really need is a UI prototype for presentation time. MVP can be quite minimum here; the judges just need to see a pretty face.
  6. When presenting funding or revenue projections during the presentation, it's good enough to say "I don't know." That's closest to reality anyway.
  7. Teams can dissolve, and you can jump around if necessary.
  8. If you are a hacker and you don't have web or mobile experience, it can be a downer. Contribute as much as you can in other aspects.
  9. Some of the best teams had built on top of something that someone was working on before Startup Weekend. For example, a couple of party planners came into the SW looking to get help on building a website for their kind of events. Before SW, they had already scheduled a party at a venue. Impressive. All in all, I'd say it was worth it once for fun. I'm not sure I would do it again unless I wanted to get people involved in something I was starting (see #9).
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