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Come to OKDG: Tuesday, May 21st, 7:30pm

Hey friends,

This Tuesday, May 21st @ 7:30pm (at the Bike Shop Cafe, Kelowna), I’ll be presenting a talk at OKDG called: Product People: build, launch and sell your own stuff.

Here’s the summary:

If you like to create, you have the potential to build and launch your own products. Come and learn how developers, designers, artists, writers, and business folks are using the web to sell their own software, ebooks, courses, apps, and other digital goods. Justin has interviewed some great product people like Jason Fried 37signals, Amy Hoy Twistori, and Hiten Shah KISSmetrics. Youll learn the secrets behind their success, and how you can get started building something of your own.

I’d love to have my friends from Vernon come out and support me! If you’d like to carpool with me, I’ll probably be leaving around 6pm. You can RSVP for the event here.

Cheers,
Justin Jackson
@mijustin

For more information: Okanagan Developer Group.

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Creating Amazing At Startup Weekend Okanagan 2013

Team Vernon 2013 was Marco Ariano, Jason Peters, Linda Mork, Bettina Berger, Hunter Le Blanc, Kyle Newton, Teresa Deak & Lorinda Jackson

Startup Weekend Okanagan began on Friday at 6pm with pizza, beer and some ice breaker games to get the attendee’s energy up.  When asked, about 70% of the room raised their hands to acknowledge that this was their first Startup Weekend.  Amongst those 70% were eight people from Vernon.

Last year, as far as I knew, there were no other people from Vernon at Startup Weekend Okanagan, it was just me.  With all the brilliant people and entrepreneurial spirit Vernon has, I knew that for the next one, there needed to be some North Okanagan talent present.

And so, the dream of Team Vernon was born.

It didn’t take much to get sponsors to help get a team of developers, designers and entrepreneurs down to Kelowna for the weekend.  One conversation with Kevin Poole, Manager of Economic Development & Tourism for The City Of Vernon, and two Kelowna hotel rooms for two nights were secured. A passing comment to Sherman Dahl, owner of the downtown UPS Store and Bold Media, and we had 6 Startup Weekend event tickets paid for.  The immediate support by the Vernon business community was astounding.

And with a little flexibility and wrangling, eight Vernon techies headed to Kelowna to be a part of one the most fun, crazy, and innovative events in the Okanagan.  Developers Marco Ariano, Bettina Berger, Kyle Newton, Linda Mork and Lorinda Jackson, along with Designer/Developer Jason Peters, showed off their mad skills. While entrepreneurs Teresa Deak and Hunter Le Blanc demonstrated their creative powers.

There were no Vernonites on Startup Weekend Okanagan’s winning team, the project planning app, Arkitektor. However, Lorinda, Bettina and Hunter were on the team who’s business took second place, the parking spot finder app, Coo Coo.  Jason and Kyle were on the team that developed Chef Shuffle, winner of the Biggest Social Impact award.  Marco was a part of the team that produced Shift Line, an app that got the attention of enterprise organizations, within BC and beyond.  And both Linda and Teresa were on the team that created Fresh Okanagan, an app that received over 100 likes on Facebook on launch day and will be moving forward with an enormous amount of regional support.

After 54 hours of hard work, Team Vernon members came away with more knowledge and connections, as well as an understanding of what it takes to get a tech startup going.

But don’t just take my word for it:

“The thought of starting a business can seem really daunting, even when you have an idea it can be difficult to gain any traction. The slogan of “No talk, All action” is very fitting for Startup Weekend. It’s amazing what a group of people can accomplish when you sit down and are forced to get things done under time pressure. The weekend has made me realize it’s a lot more realistic than I once thought. Most of all I met some great people and I really look forward to keeping in contact with them” – Hunter Le Blanc

“Absolutely astounding to witness so many people come together, interact, plan, strategize, and produce their products in such a short time span.” – Jason Peters

“The Startup Weekend Okanagan team really know how to host an event. Everyone was helpful and very organized which made it easy for me to focus on the task at hand. I also got to learn some new tricks from my peers with regard to my profession so win or lose, I couldn’t possibly go away empty-handed.” – Kyle Newton

My guess, Startup Weekend Okanagan’s Team Vernon’s going to be a whole lot bigger next year.

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Startup Weekend Okanagan 2013: a review

Dennis Powers has a great rundown of everything that took place this past weekend:

This was the 2nd year for Startup Weekend Okanagan and it continues to grow and get better. Follow along as I witnessed talented entrepreneurs, business professionals, marketers, designers and developers team-up and work together to build businesses in a weekend!

Big thanks to Kazia for organizing everything for “Team Vernon”: she got sponsors to pay for tickets, and secured those hotel rooms so no one would have to drive back and forth.

Click here for full story: Startup Weekend Okanagan: Business Ideas + Teamwork = Opportunity | Digital Okanagan.

Photo credit: dchymko (see the full photo set here)

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Team Vernon To Blow It Up At Startup Weekend Okanagan

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Photo: “Building Storms Over Vernon BC ” taken by erwlas

As far as I know, I was the only Vernonite at Startup Weekend Okanagan last year.  And that was not right.

Yes, we are the smaller, yet much better looking, sister to the north of the main hub, Kelowna.  But we are stashing some amazing techie and entrepreneurial talent up here!  There was no reason why there weren’t a few other people from Vernon working away in the scrum that was Startup Weekend Okanagan 2012.

So I made it my mission to get the Startup Weekend word out, and to make it as easy as possible to get Vernon talent to Startup Weekend Okanagan 2013.  Hence, the creation of TEAM VERNON.

Startup Weekend Okanagan

For those who aren’t familiar with the event,  Startup Weekend is a global movement of active entrepreneurs who are learning the basics of creating and launching successful startups. 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 weekend culminates 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. And leave very, very inspired.

Startup Weekend Okanagan – Team Vernon

Sponsored by The City Of Vernon and Bold Media/The UPS Store Vernon, we have 6 fully sponsored spots for Vernon attendees.

That’s event tickets, a place to crash and wash up (there are 2 Kelowna hotel rooms available for our team members), and all the event provided food you can handle available at no cost to the 6 members of the Startup Weekend Okanagan Vernon Team.

If you’re a North Okanagan developer/programmer/designer/marketer/
entrepreneur/someone-who-is-curious-about-startup-culture, we would love to have you join us at Startup Weekend Okanagan!

If you’re still not sure, check out the video from last year’s event. You do not want to miss this!

 

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Okanagan Startup Weekend 2013

sw-logo-tallEver 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 400 past events in 100 countries around the world in 2011.

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!

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Next Geek Beers: Jan 24, 2013

Geek BeersWhen: Thursday, January 24th, 5:00pm until 7:00pm

Where: Sir Winston’s Pub2705-32 Street, Vernon, BC

Geek Beers is back for 2013!

Come on out, have a beer, meet other people who like tech and beer. Also, Thursday is wing night at Sir Winston’s! Wings! And pints of Guinness and Strongbow are also on special.

Geeks, Beer/Hard Cider, Wings. What more could a person want?

Let us know you’re coming: RSVP on Facebook

This event is not just for geeks, anyone interested in beer and/or tech is welcome!

Hope to see you there.

Note: We’ve moved the meeting time a bit earlier in the evening to 5pm

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Startup Weekend Okanagan

Startup Weekend is March 8, 2013.

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 400 past events in 100 countries around the world in 2011.

via Startup Weekend Okanagan.

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Geek Beers on December 13

When: Thursday, December 13, 2012, 5:00pm – 7:00pm
Where: Sir Winston’s Pub, 2705-32 Street, Vernon, BC

Come on out, have a beer, meet other people who like tech and beer. Also, Thursday is wing night at Sir Winston’s! Wings!

This event is not just for geeks, anyone interested in beer and/or tech is welcome!

Note: We’ve moved the meeting time a bit earlier in the evening to 5pm

» RSVP on Facebook

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Startup Canada Blueprints

On Tuesday, November 27, Startup Canada in partnership with community partners across Canada will announce findings from its six-month National Tour and unveil its way forward for 2013. (Link)

The Vancouver conference is sold out, but will be streamed live. You can follow #startupblueprints for more information

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Great turnout at Winston’s

We had a great turnout for Geek Beers tonight at Sir. Winston’s in Vernon. Thanks to everyone who came out. Be sure to sign-up for future events!