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Ever wondered what it takes to be an entrepreneur?

The professional and personal challenges, the high and lows, the failures and the success?

Startup Weekend is a global grassroots movement of active and empowered entrepreneurs who are learning the basics of founding startups and launching successful ventures. It is the largest community of passionate entrepreneurs with over 1800 past events in 120 countries around the world in 2014.

The non-profit organization is headquartered in Seattle, Washington but Startup Weekend organizers and facilitators can be found in over 200 cities around the world. From Mongolia to South Africa to London to Brazil, people around the globe are coming together for weekend long workshops to pitch ideas, form teams, and start companies.

All Startup Weekend events follow the same basic model: anyone is welcome to pitch their startup idea and receive feedback from their peers. Teams organically form around the top ideas (as determined by popular vote) and then it’s a 54 hour frenzy of business model creation, coding, designing, and market validation. The weekends culminate with presentations in front of local entrepreneurial leaders with another opportunity for critical feedback.

Whether entrepreneurs found companies, find a cofounder, meet someone new, or learn a skill far outside their usual 9-to-5, everyone is guaranteed to leave the event better prepared to navigate the chaotic but fun world of startups. If you want to put yourself in the shoes of an entrepreneur, register now for the best weekend of your life!

For those of you who had the entrepreneurial journey of a lifetime at the last Startup Weekend, or those of you on the hunt for the next one – we now bring you the PLAY Edition. In this 54-hour long, hands-on jam, the name of the game is to bridge the gap between Music and Games.

Maybe you will make Wimp for games? An awesome tool for producing digital gamified record covers? The next social music game for mobile? Build a guitar that plays by itself? An concert location app? A co-musician space? Produce a song to raise money to open a co-musician space? Here are no boundaries or rules, only an endless ocean of opportunities and a mix of super awesome people. Come pitch your idea for the next big hit, or come join someone else’s idea of the next big thing. We want YOU!!

All Startup Weekend events follow the same basic model: anyone is welcome to pitch their startup idea and receive feedback from their peers. Teams organically form around the top ideas (as determined by popular vote) and then it’s a 54 hour frenzy of business model creation, coding, designing, and market validation. The weekends culminate with presentations in front of local entrepreneurial leaders with another opportunity for critical feedback.

Whether entrepreneurs found companies, find a cofounder, meet someone new, or learn a skill far outside their usual 9-to-5, everyone is guaranteed to leave the event better prepared to navigate the chaotic but fun world of startups.

If you want to put yourself in the shoes of an entrepreneur, register now for the best weekend of your life!

The event will take place at Y3O, a co-working space in Youngstorget. Check out where it is on this map (it’s the door with the big 3 on it)

Schedule

Friday

Feb 28
  • Registration Starts
  • Dinner & Networking
  • Welcome & Speaker (Horia Cernusca)
  • Pitches Start
  • Attendees vote for the top ideas
  • Teams start forming and discussing ideas
  • Start to formalize teams and take an inventory of skills. Be honest, and direct about what resources and skills are needed for the weekend. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow

Saturday

Mar 1
  • Arrive & coffee
  • Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend
  • Lunch
  • Speaker: Johan Brand
  • Call for needs & skills
  • Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!
  • Dinner
  • Mid weekend check-in, status reports, call for help
  • Finished for the day. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow

Sunday

Mar 2
  • Arrive & coffee
  • Call for help (this is self motivated, so don’t be shy)
  • Lunch
  • Practice Pitches start
  • Tech check
  • Dinner
  • FINAL PRESENTATIONS
  • Speaker: Aleksander Langmyr (About Crowdfunding)
  • Judging & awards
  • Wrapup
  • AFTERPARTY!!
Platinum Sponsors
Speakers

Alistair Shepherd

Startup Weekend Facilitator and co-founder of Saberr

Besides being a co-founder at Saberr, Alistair is a Global Scholar and Fellow of the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, a Startup Weekend Facilitator and Research Fellow, an Engineering Researcher and Entrepreneur in Residence at the University of Southampton, a guest lecturer at the Universities of Bristol and Southampton and is also the Chairman of the Board for the Student Kitesurfing Association.

Horia Cernusca

Founder at Swipe   |   LinkedIn

Sometimes a designer, sometimes an entrepreneur, sometimes dancing. Co-founder of Swipe (swipe.to), and a huge fan of Startup Weekend.

Swipe started at Oslo Startupweekend #4 Fall, 2012.

Horia will share the Swipe Story about how something that started as a project at Startup Weekend grew into a global company.

He will also be a mentor during the event, and give advice on pitching and presentations.

Johan Brand

Co-founder of Kahoot!   |  

Johan is a co-founder of Kahoot!, the game-based educational platform. He is also the MD of UX & behaviour design company We Are Human, based out of London's TechCity. He has previously co-created the Mercedes Benz Driving Academy, executive produced BBC's first large scale Unity game Robin Hood and was part of the founding management team of award-winning creative company, Playgroup.

He is a regular speaker and lecturer at universities and events including SXSW, OECD, WOW, Helsinki Design Week, Pecha Kucha, UCL and UiO.

Johan will present the the "Hook Model," a four steps process companies use to build customer habits. He will also share how they have used this framework in the development of Kahoot!.

Aleksander Langmyhr

Country Manager - FundedByMe Norway   |   LinkedIn

“My sincere belief is that FundedByMe will increase innovation in Norway and create jobs in new segments,” says Aleksander Langmyhr, Country Manager for FundedByMe Norway.

Prior to joining FundedByMe in August 2013, Aleksander spent more than four years at the consulting firm, PriceWaterhouseCoopers, where he worked as an auditor and later as an advisor within Mergers & Acquisitions, providing him with highly relevant experience for his role in FundedByMe Norway. Prior to joining FundedByMe in August 2013, he spent six month working on an independent application project, giving him the opportunity to experience the life as an entrepreneur.

Aleksander holds a BSc in Business Administration and Economics from Copenhagen Business School and an MSc with distinction in International Accounting and Finance from Cass Business School in London.

Aleksander will tell us about crowdfunding and how you can use this as a way to take your project further beyond the weekend.

Gold Sponsors
Judges

Johan Gjesdahl

Managing partner at Springfondet

Johan Gjesdahl has a broad venture, IT and start-up background. He is the managing partner at Springfondet. Springfondet has recently joined forces with Alliance Venture to set up a new Norwegian early-stage IT venture fund.

Johan holds a MSc from NTNU and an MBA from Cornell University.

Ragnar Tørnquist

Founder and CEO at Red Thread Games   |  

Before founding Red Thread Games — an Oslo-based indie game development studio — Ragnar was writer, producer and creative director at Funcom.

Committed to making fresh, original and exciting PC/Mac and mobile games, Red Thread raised more than $1,5 million for their upcoming title Dreamfall Chapters, in one of the biggest Kickstarter crowd-funding campaigns of all time.

Ragnar has a degree in film production from New York University, and his previous games as producer, writer and director include critically acclaimed adventures The Longest Journey and Dreamfall, and multiplayer online role-playing game The Secret World.

Kjartan Slette

Head of Strategy in WiMP, Head of RADR Music News, Cofounder MashUP

Kjartan has been with WiMP, a HiFi music streaming service live in 5 countries, since the inception and is part of the management team. Recently Kjartan has launched a sister company to WiMP called RADR Music News, a video music service tailored for media sites that will launch early 2014. In addition he is cofounder of a new Norwegian innovation hub for music under the name MashUP.

Hans Christian Bjørne

Senior Innovation Advisor at Nordic Innovation   |   LinkedIn

Hans Christian has a Business degree with elements of jazz from Pacific Lutheran University in Washington State, USA. He has experience from startups within the ICT, digital music and gaming industries and has raised funding from professional VCs. He currently works for Nordic Innovation under Nordic Council of Ministers to create a flourishing environment for entrepreneurship and innovation in the Nordic countries.

He was at the front end of the digital transition of the music industry in early 2000 working for the music technology startup Cantametrix Inc. specializing in audio waveform analysis “MusicDNA” for the purpose of identification, recommendation and digital rights management of music. This technology evolved into Sony Gracenote's Music ID technology and is employed daily by millions of users in many diverse applications including Apple's iTunes, Yahoo! Music Engine and many other audio appliances.

Silver Sponsors
Coaches

Jon Wright

Product Manager at Comoyo   |   LinkedInGoogle+

Jon has worked as a Product Manager (Producer) in the video games industry in Spain, initially working with small teams of arts, designers and programmers Jon gained experience trying to balance making customers, managers and the development team happy. Later Jon moved Norway and Funcomm, gaining experience leading larger teams and rapidly prototyping games ideas

Kim Daniel Arthur

Co-Founder, Product & Tech at Superplus   |   LinkedInGoogle+

Kim is most happy when he is coding something that looks good, sounds beautiful and most importantly makes people happy. He made his first game at the age of 6 and has since been part of building two gaming companies from the ground up to hundreds of employees, and millions of users the world over. The first company Glu Mobile company went public on the Nasdaq exchange in 2007, the second company Playfish was acquired by EA in 2009. He has made over 50 games, as programmer, game designer, producer and even artist. The games have ranged from simple original IP 2d platform games to full blown 3D games with international licenses.

Kim is also very proud of having done the VJ'ing for the warm-up act to a Røyksopp concert in 2009

Kuba Bartwicki

Interface Designer at Swipe   |   LinkedIn

Kuba designs and codes things at Swipe, and occasionally studies graphic design at Camberwell, in London. He is also running a music magazine called @equaliserldn on the side.

Arif Shafique

Technical Evangelist and Business Developer @ Microsoft

Been in the industry for nearly 20 years, everything from developer, UX, architect, product owner, contractor, startup, pre-sales, enterprise sales and evangelism. His main role is to make sure that Microsoft's app store has the right kind of apps for the Norwegian market.

At his current role in Microsoft he has been fortunate to work with startups in Norway and been able to tell what Microsoft can do for tech startups. He is also working with our venture people in Microsoft to find the next big startup that we might find during the Startup Weekend in Norway.

During the Startup Weekend he will be able to help teams specially with UX and tech validation.

Erling Løken Andersen

Founder of Spill.no   |   LinkedIn

Educated as an Art Director and technical project manager, Erling has developed games and interactive productions for amongst others Playstation, Warner Bros, Coca-Cola and McDonald’s. He is the founder of Spill.no, one of Norway’s largest gaming publications and the annual Spillexpo gaming convention, which attracts more than 15.000 gamers to Norges Varemesse in Lillestrøm. Regular exhibitors include Playstation, Xbox, BioWare, Electronic Arts and many more. Erling currently works as Head of Coworking at MESH in Oslo.

Frode Jensen

Co-Founder Socius

Frode has worked for online companies in Norway & Germany as a developer, project manager and marketing manager. Founded Startup Norway to boost the startup community in Norway and connect it to other international hubs. Now living in Berlin building his new startup Socius in the Axel Springer Plug and Play accelerator. Big consumer of both games and music.

Martin Bruusgaard

Design Director at Red Thread Games   |  

Martin has worked in the game industry since 2005. He started in Funcom, where he was a content designer, associate producer and eventually the lead designer on The Secret World. He is one the co-founders of Red Thread Games, and is currently working on Dreamfall Chapters: The Longest Journey.

Joel Bylos

Game Director at Funcom   |  

Imported from Australia, Joel has spent many years working his way through the various game design disciplines at Funcom - from humble beginnings as a Quest Designer to becoming the current Creative Director. This ground up approach has given him an appreciation for the challenges faced on every level of a project and, perhaps more importantly, the ability to see the blend of personalities that come together to create great teams and projects.

His gaming credits include Age of Conan, Rise of the Godslayer and The Secret World.

Lars Willner

Co-founder InstrumentChamp AB

On a mission to make the world play music together, Lars and his brother Magnus are using music, games and new technology to help kids learn to play music. As one of the first nordic tech startups, InstrumentChamp succesfully closed a round of equity crowdfunding just before x-mas. Lars was previously CFO for SnapTV and founder of Sagastream, both in the online video industry. Organizer of the newly established community Nordic Music Tech Meetup Oslo.

Sigurd Høystad

Serial Entrepeneur

Sigurd is a serial entrepeneur with a penchant for sales and pitching.

He is always trying to find the best way to transform an idea into words, and he loves transforming a complex product into an interesting story.

These days, he uses those skills to motivate, explain to and inspire his employees, partners and customers.

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Stina Liland Nysæther
Rui Manuel Monteiro Casais
Patricia Almeida
Morten Punnerud
Jerry Jernej Kelih
Maja Adriaensen
Kai Lofthus
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