Startup Weekend New York is June 17-19th at Lehman College in The Bronx. Everyone who attends the event is expected to participate for all three days. The event is all about action and everyone is expected to pitch in and help. Make sure to register in advance. They will be serving meals for everyone all weekend and they need a head count ahead of time. If you prefer to only view the presentations you can register for "Sunday Presentations Only."
Pitching ideas is not mandatory but is highly encouraged. All you need to bring with you is a laptop and business cards (don't forget your power cord & smartphone). Before you arrive you should have some market research done ahead of time so that you're ready to begin working when you arrive. Also, make sure you practice your pitch, you'll only have 1 minute to convince other attendees to join your startup team. Bringing friends with you is encouraged!
Only new ideas are eligible for startup weekend. Pitching an existing business is not allowed. The competition revolves around starting with an idea and collaborating with a team to build a product over the weekend. By Sunday when teams are ready to present they should have customer validation, execution, and design along with a business model. Presentations can include anything but they usually have wireframes or a fully developed website, mobile apps, slide decks, videos, live product demonstrations and skits.
Participants begin arriving at 5pm on Friday, begin networking, and eat dinner. After an ice-breaking game and a short introduction by the facilitator, there will be a short speech on practical topics ranging from pitching best practices to lean startup methodology and more. Then the “Pitchfire” will commence: anyone intending to pitch will have 60 seconds to give their best pitch. No presentations or props, it will just be you and the microphone on stage. After pitches are finished, all attendees will vote on their favorites, and using these votes the top ideas will be selected to be worked on over the weekend. Teams will form organically, consolidate, and begin working.
Teams will work all day on Saturday, with the occasional breaks to eat or listen to a couple of short speeches. Mentors will be circulating to provide advice in the field of their expertise for the teams that want it.
Teams will work uninterrupted from morning until mid-afternoon on Sunday. They’ll begin wrapping up their product/prototype and begin presenting around 3pm to do tech-checks and practice their demonstration. Shortly after the presentations will begin. Each team presents for five minutes followed by two or three minutes of Q&A from the judges. The judges will select the top teams, give out prizes, and the event ends, with a celebration immediately after.
If you want to continue working on your startup idea after the weekend it's up to you. 25% of Startup Weekend participants continue working on their idea with the team they created at Startup Weekend.