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Announcing the Windows Startup Challenge | Challenge Rules

The Windows Startup Challenge is an initiative for entrepreneurs focused on launching a startup – from prototyping, to development to launch. The Windows Startup Challenge is a joint program between Microsoft, Startup Weekend and DEMO.

The Challenge will test your startup’s ability to prototype your business solution using a Windows Store app, build and bring your app to life and then give you the chance to get noticed and launch your startup at DEMO Mobile happening on April 17th in San Francisco – with an audience of industry leaders, investors and media. REGISTER Now!

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Windows 8 Bootcamps

Join Startup Weekend and Windows in the pre-weekend Bootcamp to learn more about Windows Store app building and get ready to succeed in your Startup Weekend event!

The Windows 8 pre-weekend Bootcamp is a fun, no-fluff event for app builders, by app builders. You’ll learn from experts how to create rich and interactive apps and mock-ups for your final presentation on Sunday at Startup Weekend.

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Bootcamp agenda | See all Windows 8 Bootcamps

The content of the Bootcamps is relevant to developers, designers and entrepreneurs coming from various backgrounds including web technology (HTML5/JS), iOS (Objective-C) and others. We’ll cover the following:

  • Windows 8 Overview
  • Windows 8 Platform & Tools
  • Windows 8 app features – Tiles & Notifications, Contracts, Elective Tracks
  • How to be successful at Startup Weekend
  • Q&A & Startup Weekend Pitch Prep

Highlights from Windows 8 Bootcamps

Startup Weekend Chicago

Sonal Mane highlights Startup Weekend Chicago. There were 100+ attendees in the Excelerate Labs working space for the event. More...

Startup Weekend Chicago
Startup Weekend Kansas City

Taylor Cowan attended Startup Weekend Kansas City with four other evangelists from Microsoft and provided a summary of the weekend's event. More...

Startup Weekend Kansas City
Startup Weekend Toronto

Startup Weekend Toronto Churns Out 22 New Canadian Startups in Two Days. More...

Startup Weekend Toronto

How the Bootcamps Work

The Bootcamps will run from half a day to a full day, and will introduce designers, developers and entrepreneurs to Windows 8. Attendees will learn about the new design guidance for Windows Store apps, the new development platform and how they can put it all together in the Windows Store to participate in the largest computing ecosystem in the world.

The Bootcamps will also include hands-on sessions on pitching, teamwork, business model and customer development, project management and judging. We'll have great speakers from Microsoft, previous Startup Weekend teams and local entrepreneurs that are committed to giving attendees an awesome Bootcamp experience.

Startups attending these Bootcamps will come into their Startup Weekend with a boosted confidence, a great set of tools and a network of new friends that may end up being co-founders for the next best startup idea.

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About Startup Weekend

Startup Weekend is a global network of passionate leaders and entrepreneurs on a mission to inspire, educate, and empower individuals, teams and communities. Come share ideas, form teams, and launch startups.

Startup Weekends are weekend-long, hands-on experiences where entrepreneurs and aspiring entrepreneurs can find out if startup ideas are viable. On average, half of Startup Weekend's attendees have technical or design backgrounds, the other half have business backgrounds.

Beginning with open mic pitches on Friday, attendees bring their best ideas and inspire others to join their team. Over Saturday and Sunday teams focus on customer development, validating their ideas, practicing LEAN Startup Methodologies and building a minimal viable product. On Sunday evening teams demo their prototypes and receive valuable feedback from a panel of experts.

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