#SWO4 Set to Make a Splash this October


Guess who’s excited about the next Startup Weekend Ottawa?


#SWO4 is coming to the Shopify Lounge at 62 York Street in six weeks’ time: October 18-20, 2013. If you haven’t gotten your ticket yet, there’s still time to register by clicking here. We’ve also got a big surprise for everyone… it was hush hush until tomorrow (but we just can’t keep it a secret any longer!).

What’s the secret?

SWO will be operating simultaneously with Startup Weekend Hartford (in Conneticut, USA) to roll out the first ever realtime, transnational, fully collaborative Startup Weekend! YOU can be involved in this exciting adventure and sign up for one of the collaborative teams that will work with counterparts in Hartford. Two cities, one team, all the adrenaline-fueled Startup goodness that SWO delivers right to your brain stem.

Thanks to everyone for your support, and we’ll see you in six weeks!

(the rookie SWO org guy)


Here’s the official press release from the SWO team:


Startup Weekend Ottawa to Collaborate on First Transnational Event of Its Kind

(Ottawa, ON) September 6, 2013 – The organizing team of Startup Weekend Ottawa is thrilled to announce that SWO4 will be held October 18th – 20th, with a twist!

This fall’s event is unique in the Startup Weekend movement: for the first time ever, the event will be executed with participants collaborating from two cities… in two countries… in realtime! This exciting initiative is a major step forward in nurturing the technology startup ecosystem in Ottawa. Recognizing that globalization and technology will continuously shrink the distance between professionals and businesses around the globe, the SWO4 team has worked with their counterparts in Hartford, CT to expose the next generation of entrepreneurs to valuable experience in remote collaboration and to help build skills that will enable young professionals to think locally, but sell globally in the competitive environment of the 21st century.

The joint event, branded Startup Weekend Hartford-Ottawa, is part of a global grassroots movement of active and empowered entrepreneurs who navigate the basics of founding startups and launching successful ventures: all in 54 hours! Participants in both Ottawa and Hartford are already expressing strong interest in joining teams that will collaborate remotely during the competition.

“We’re thrilled to be collaborating with the Hartford team on this initiative,” said Paul Austin-Menear, Marketing Director for Startup Weekend Ottawa. “We’ve found a great fit with the SW Hartford team, both in terms of passion and in the common values that make up the secret sauce of technology entrepreneurship. The pace of change in business and technology continues to make waves in both Canada and the United States, and it’s important to us that the next generation of entrepreneurs be prepared for, and take part in the next leap forward.”

“We are proud to partner with the organizers of Startup Weekend Ottawa to establish Startup Weekend Hartford-Ottawa, the first effort of its kind,” said John Shemo, vice president and director of economic development for the MetroHartford Alliance. “Both cities have a strong entrepreneurial spirit and base, and the mechanics of this bi-city effort will allow all participants, especially those who opt for the joint opportunity, to harness the most innovative and advanced technologies to connect, create and compete.”

Registration for the event, which will take place in the Shopify Lounge at 62 York Street, is now open and the organizers encourage all interested participants to register soon. Space is still available for local developers, graphic and web designers, marketing professionals, product/business managers, and startup enthusiasts to participate. Cost for registration is $99 per person, with full-time student tickets available at $49 per person while availability lasts.

Startup Weekend begins with participants pitching their startup ideas and receiving feedback from peers. Participants are not required to pitch an idea to participate, but all are welcome to do so. Teams are then formed by participants based on the top ideas as voted on by the group. Over the course of the subsequent 54 hours, each team focuses its energies on creating a business model and on coding, designing, and obtaining market validation for their product or service. The weekend culminates with presentations in front of local entrepreneurs and business community leaders who offer constructive feedback in the event’s judging process.

For more information or to register, visit: http://ottawa.startupweekend.org

Media Contact: Paul Austin-Menear / paul@marketingbreakthroughs.com / 613.721.3335