StartUp Weekend is coming to Abu Dhabi, on May 24-26, 2012.
Startup Weekend is an intense 54 hour event which focuses on building a web or mobile application which could form the basis of a credible business over the course of a weekend. The weekend brings together people with different skillsets – primarily software developers, graphics designers and business people – to build applications and develop a commercial case around them.
Startup Weekend Abu Dhabi will be sponsored by Khalifa Fund for Enterprise Development, which has offered 36,500 AED in prize money. On opening night of the event, participants with startup ideas will present their ideas to the crowd. After the pitches, the best ideas will be selected by voting, and participants will form teams, who will work through the weekend to develop the best ideas into viable startup business models and prototypes.
During the event, mentors will be on hand to advise and encourage teams. This provides an opportunity for participants to learn from successful business leaders in the community who are generously offering their time and expertise to encourage the entrepreneurs. A panel of distinguished judges, comprised of business and community leaders, will determine the winning ideas and teams.
Participants and attendees, including anyone with a startup idea, application development or design expertise, or investors and startup enthusiasts, should complete a free registration at http://swabudhabi.org/. Anyone interested in being a mentor or sponsor may contact Innovation Machine.
For more information and updates check the official Startup Weekend website here.