Startup Weekend Twin Cities: A Overwhelming Success

September 22, 2010
Written by
John Sheehan
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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

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%)