I am a Startup Weekend (SW) facilitator as a volunteer, but I consider myself an advocate of the SW cause. Here I am going to tell why.
In mid 2011, I received a call from a unknown guy who asked if I was Thiago Diniz, I confirmed and then he presented him self as Leo Zeba. He also asked if I want to organize a Startup Weekend in Recife. I confirmed again, he said it’s done and we are going to talk later about it and hanged up.
A week later, he showed himself at my office and we start to organize the first edition of Startup Weekend Recife. Since from the beginning the lack of bureaucracy grabbed my attention as a good thing. I was very worried if the event could be okay.
We had a only few sponsorships, only enough to catering, venue and internet. By the second month of organization was really worried because we had several mentors confirmed and didn’t had any resources to give to them flight tickets to come to the northeast of Brazil, not even the accommodation. Leo kept saying the spirit of this event is to collaborate so they have to come if they want to help. So with everything set up, Leo and I finished the ticket sales.
The big day came. I was really excited and worried. All confirmed mentors came to event: Claudio Nasajon, Rafael Duton, Frederico Lacerda, Felipe Matos, Daniel Moreto, Edoardo Oliveira, Bruno Siffert, Cristiano Araujo and Guilherme Cavalcanti.
The first Startup Weekend Recife was a success, we had more than a hundred attendees. After the event we had so many people interest about startups in Recife that we had to created a startup community, we called it Manguez.al.
After this experience, I wanted to be a facilitator to help other communities in the same way that SW changed Recife.
All this showed to me:
- SW is about no talking, only action
- SW is about education through creation
- SW is a global movement
- SW builds or strengthen a local startup community
- SW change lives
As Zeba used to say to me: don’t worry the event will be great.