Dozens of developers, entrepreneurs and tech enthusiasts gathered at the University of Minnesota – Carlson School of Management this past weekend for 54 hours of creative immersion known as Startup Weekend.
The second in a series of recurring events aimed at bringing together like-minded locals with an interest in leading or joining a new startup company, Startup Weekend Twin Cities 2 was as intense as it comes. For all the individuals who made it through, my hat goes off to you; to those teams who placed — and won — congratulations in the achievement!
Qonqr Co-founder Scott Davis said it best: “Startup Weekend is the equivalent of a ‘pickup game’ in basketball. You might pull together a great team to win a weekend tournament, but if you want to go the big game, you will likely need to make some adjustments…”
First place winner: DuelingDates
“Dueling Dates was created to take the awkwardness out of dating. We’re the first site to integrate the social graph of Facebook with the novelty of arranging double dates.”
Second place winner: What I Want for Christmas
“What I Want for Christmas is your wish list in one location for family and friends to see exactly what you want. What I Want shows friends wish lists and has additional recommendations based on their interests and hobbies so there’s no more guessing, no more panicked shopping one hour before the party.”
Third place winner: Sign Universal
“Sign Universal is a mobile language translation service implemented through QR codes”
“KickMe is a social accountability service leveraged through the Facebook social graph”
“Ditch The Tour Bus provides travel encounters that promote the fullest personal experience”
“Choose.ly makes it easy to find the time and place for your next get together, so you can spend time with friends, instead of time planning.”
“Sit For Something uses movie theaters to raise money for education”