If you only read about Startup Weekend, it’s tough to truly grasp its power. As the organizer of Toronto’s first event in 2010, I wasn’t sure what the outcome would be.
I stumbled upon Startup Weekend four years ago while attending a conference in San Francisco. I’d seen hackathons of all shapes and sizes in the past, but never something with such a holistic approach, where developers, designers, business people and entrepreneurs come together to build a startup.
Hackathons, on the other hand, are typically focused on developers specifically. Groups of engineers will work on a specific set of programs on a prescribed platform – like Hacking Health, which aims to improve healthcare by inviting technology creators to solve problems posed by healthcare professionals.
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