Startup Weekend Twin Cities: A Overwhelming Success

2010-09-22_1551 Last week I issued a challenge to the participants of StartupWeekend Twin Cities. Now that the event is complete, I can enthusiastically declare that the challenge was met. It was a great event with great teams and great results. This was the first time StartupWeekend took place in the Twin Cities and it set the record for the highest first-time attendance count. It was so successful there’s already a second one scheduled for November. If you’re in the area, make a point to attend.

Here’s a rundown of the teams that participated.

QONQR – Winner

Location-based social game

Scott QONQR is a new location-based social game that feels like the love child of Foursquare and the board game Risk. Participants are put onto three teams (Whiskey, Tango, Foxtrot) and as they visit different geographic places can drop ‘Nanobots’ to take over territories. Over time teams take over geographies from small to large. Individual users also earn badges and points as they participate. The QONQR guys gave a killer demo that allowed the audience to participate with real-time results displayed on the screen.

By winning Startup Weekend Twin Cities QONQR has been given the opportunity to pitch at midVenturesLAUNCH next week in Chicago. I’ll be there supporting the guys and also giving a short Twilio demo. (If you want to go, use this link to save 20%)

RockYourBlock – Runner up

Social marketplace for teens to find work in their neighborhood

RockYourBlock uses social networks to connect teens with trusted adults to complete jobs including yard work, babysitting, pet care and more. The app lets teens build a resume for the work completed and leverages the social network to find additional work in their neighborhood outside their most immediate contacts.

Heavy Analytics – Runner up

Comprehensive analytics engine for BuddyPress

BuddyPress is a popular add-on for WordPress that adds social network features to the content management platform. Heavy Analytics adds in-depth metrics and usage information for a BuddyPress installation.

In addition to these teams, nine other teams demo’d the startups they built throughout the weekend. TECHdotMN has complete coverage and we’ve also got an interview and demo video for each one on our channel.

If you haven’t yet attended a StartupWeekend hopefully this post inspires you to give it a try. You won’t regret it!