With the addition of Tech Bootcamp, the third Johannesburg Startup Weekend has extended to become the must-attend event for entrepreneurs who have a great idea, but lack the tools and skills necessary to turn that idea into a successful business.
The Tech Bootcamp weekend will provide participants, especially developers, with the tech skills they need to build effective products, while the Startup Weekend’s model immerses prospective entrepreneurs in rigorous business model creation, market validation, and critical feedback from peers and local business leaders.
The dynamic, expanded programme is made possible by local and international sponsors that include platinum partner Qualcomm, along with Amazon Web Service, SnapBill, JoziHub and StartupCherry.
“We’re really excited that local developers will be exposed to Qualcomm’s Developer Network (QDevNet),and their approach of centralising access to everything developers and entrepreneurs need to build on Qualcomm’s products, whether writing applications, extending APIs or working with Qualcomm’s technologies,” says Justin Coetsee, co organiser of Startup Weekend.
Those attending the Tech Bootcamp will learn to leverage Qualcomm’s VuForia platform to create their own Augmented Reality application, as well as AllJoyn technology to create unique peer-to-peer applications or services.
Blackberry and Microsoft will also be hosting technical education sessions at the bootcamp, focused both on basics for the more business oriented entrepreneur as well as some advanced topics for the technical entrepreneurs.
The other silver sponsors, who include, Amazon Web Service, SnapBill, JoziHub and StartupCherry are all focused on supporting local entrepreneurs and startups across a variety of sectors through the products and service they each offer.
Encouraging participants to attend both events, Coetsee says, “We believe few businesses these days can be successful without an understanding of technology and how it facilitates successful operations, so the skills we’ll be sharing at Tech Bootcamp and at Startup Weekend are critical for any entrepreneur - those in the tech space or any other sector.”
Startup Weekend takes place on 16 and 17 August 2013, and costs R500 per person which includes access to Tech Bootcamp on 2 and 3 August 2013. To attend Tech Bootcamp only, tickets cost R200 per person.
The agenda for the Tech Bootcamp has recently been announced and includes workshops from Qualcomm, Microsoft and BlackBerry. The agenda can be viewed here.
To register for Startup Weekend and Tech Bootcamp or for additional information, please visit the website here.
Follow Startup Weekend on Twitter – @SWJoburg – for updates and to interact with participants, organisers and mentors.