Women 2.0 Startup Weekend (November 18-20 in San Francisco)

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By Angie Chang & Christina Gunarto (Organizers, Women 2.0 Startup Weekend) Women 2.0 and Startup Weekend are partnering on November 18 - 20, 2011 at The Hatchery in San Francisco, CA for Women 2.0 Startup Weekend! We provide the co-working space and brain fuel, and you bring the energy and innovation to build something big over the weekend. Both men and women are invited to get your ticket for Women 2.0 Startup Weekend now! Maybe you have an idea, maybe you don't? Maybe you started a startup before, maybe you haven't? Maybe you are a developer, a designer, a do-er? Bring an idea, or just yourself! Come to join a team and start a project (or company) over the weekend. We will be hacking and building for 54 hours! Startup Weekend is a place to test ideas, contribute to ideas, and meet potential founders. We are bringing together the most innovative, talented, and out-of-the-box entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley.

Check out what happened at previous Women 2.0 Startup Weekends! Last year, Women 2.0 Startup Weekend launched 22 startups. At our first event, Women 2.0 Startup Weekend 2009 created 19 startups. Schedule for Friday, November 18 6:00pm – Registration starts 7:00pm – Dinner & Networking 7:20pm – Welcome & Speakers 7:30pm – Pitches Start 9:00pm – Attendees vote for the top ideas 9:15pm – Teams start forming and discussing ideas 10:00pm – Start to formalize teams and take an inventory of skills. Be honest, and direct about what resources and skills are needed for the weekend. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow.

Friday night Speakers will include Sarah Allen (Co-Founder & CTO, Mightyverse) and Alexa Andrzejewski (Co-Founder & CEO, Foodspotting) who attended the 2009 Women 2.0 Startup Weekend looking to build a great product, finding instead her first angel investor! Today, Foodspotting has been downloaded over one million times globally and has secured Series A funding from Blue Run Ventures. Alexa will speak about her Women 2.0 Startup Weekend experience and more.

Schedule for Saturday, November 19 9:00am – Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee 9:30am – Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend 12:00pm – Lunch 1:00pm – Call for needs & skills 2:00pm – Mentors help teams one-on-one. They are here to help! 3:00pm – Zico break 6:30pm – Dinner 7:30pm – Mid weekend check-in, status reports, call for help 10:00pm – Finished for the day. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow.

Startup Weekend Mentors will drop in to advise and assist teams on Saturday and/or Sunday afternoon. These mentors include Cathy Edwards (Chomp CTO), Shelly Roche (Foodspotting engineer & Vayable CTO), Dave Kochbeck (AtomPass CTO), Anna Billstrom (Facebook app developer), Jen-Mei Wu (Ruby on Rails developer), Jean Hsu (Android developer), Kirsten Jones (LinkedIn developer advocate), Sasha Laundy (Twilio support engineer & Women Who Code founder), Cindy Alvarez (KISSmetrics product head), Christine Lemke (business & strategy maven), Renee DiResta (venture capitalist, web dev & two-time Startup Weekend hacker!), Adria Richards (WordPress guru) and more to be announced!

Schedule for Sunday, November 20 9:00am – Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee 10:00am – Call for help (this is self motivated, so don’t be shy) 12:00pm – Lunch 12:30pm – Mentors arrive… ASK QUESTIONS 3:00pm – Gut check. Start prepping for presentations 4:00pm – Dinner 5:00pm – FINAL PRESENTATIONS 7:30pm – Judging & awards 8:30pm – Wrapup 9:00pm – Go home!