The doors opened at SocietyM at 5:30 today and the delegates promptly lined up to check in for Startup Weekend Glasgow 2013 – the first Sustainability/CleanWeb themed Startup Weekend ever. A total of 64 designers, developers, and wannabe entrepreneurs are currently necking Harviestoun Beers, enjoying pizza, and networking with other startup enthusiasts.
The talks kicked off with a great talk from Chris Adams on the theme of CleanWeb, further clarifying the theme for the delegates and providing fantastic inspiration on improving sustainability across industries through cleanweb. Chris emphasised that great cleanweb ideas are those that improve the efficiency of existing resources.
Our Startup Weekend facilitator, Wessel Kooyman, explained more about the process of the weekend and encouraged the folk in the room to pitch – at least half, is apparently the Startup Weekend standard! And then delegates lined up to pitch….
30 pitches in total came forward. Some ideas were clearly well thought out beforehand, and others were ideas that formed while listening to the other pitches. Ideas included reducing food waste, catching rainfall for energy, reducing social stigmas against mental illnesses, and apps for cyclists, flat tenants, travelers, and collaborative consumption.
The 30 pitchers each took their poster, including a one-sentence summary of their idea, and then the room went back to beers and networking so delegates to talk more about the pitches – and begin voting on the best ones.