The largest Startup Weekend Global is happening this weekend.
This is a 5-part series on the behind-the-scenes of Startup Weekend Global and what it takes to run a hackathon that has morphed into a global entrepreneurship juggernaut.
Part 1: Community
Startup Weekend started in a basement, with friends hacking out projects over a weekend.
It was never meant to be more than a couple of like-minded folks trying to hack out something to fix their pain point.
Now, after more than a decade, it has grown into a powerful global movement.
Entrepreneurs, hackers, hustlers, coders, builders, designers, makers, movers and shakers.
From Croatia to Tasmania.
From New York to Singapore.
From London to Nigeria.
More than half a million souls have been a part of SW.
More than 7,000 SW have been done worldwide.
In more than 1,800 cities.
Thousands of ideas have been shared.
Hundreds of startups have been born.
Even a few unicorns have come out of SW.
The SW community is stronger than ever before.
And the community is what feeds us, as we feed it too.
Nobody is more important than the community.
Together, we are unstoppable, undeniable and unrelenting.
If you ever wanted to be part of something bigger than yourself, your city or your world.
Join the fun at Startup Weekend Global.
Meet some friends from places you will never ever visit.
Enjoy the comraderies from cultures and beliefs you never knew exists.
We have nearly 1,600 participants from 117+ countries and counting!
Places like Angola, Lyon, Niger, Budapest and Cote D’Azur!
Cities that I can’t even pronounce.
Don’t just join for the prizes and the win.
Come expose yourself to the brilliant world of entrepreneurship and startups.
Startups are a beautiful thing.
They exist to solve problems.
They exist to make our lives better.
The community is ever-growing and ever evolving.
Volunteers are part of the community too.
I want to personally thank them for the hard work and dedication for the months of planning and execution.
It takes a village to build a global event of such scale and success.
The passion, love, determination, grit, resolve, fortitude and persistence exhibited by the volunteers, participants, sponsors, partners, organizers and everyone else is what makes the community strong.
Thank you all for being a part of this global movement.
Would you like to have the chance for front-row tickets to Startup Weekend Global?
Would you like to be able to observe the final pitching sessions?
Want to watch as the final teams battle it out and pit against the distinguished judges.
We got you.
Redeem your observer tickets to get in on the action!
P.S. we are only releasing a small number as there is a limit to the number of pax in the SW metaverse, so get it quick!
Join us at Startup Weekend Global!
This will be the largest Startup Weekend focusing on Web3 and more!
If you want to participate and stand a chance to win up to $100k of prizes, join us now!
If you want to watch the finals on 4 March at 10pm (SGT), get your tickets here.
Have you heard of Startup Weekend Global?
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Behind-the-scenes of running one of the largest Global Hackathons [Part 1] was originally published in Coinmonks on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.