Disclosure: My children will participate in Startup Weekend Tampa Bay through a partnership with Tampa Bay Bloggers and the Startup Weekend Tampa Bay. All opinions shared are my own.
This year my two daughters (Haley age 10, Ella age 9) will be participating in their first Startup Weekend Tampa Bay Youth.
To say that they are excited would be an under statment. Both of my girls are extremely creative, in the fine arts, and in computer science.
They are both busy brainstorming which of the three categories they'd most like to sign up for:
1. Creative/Design: Applies to any student with the desire for creativity and design.
2. Coding/Programming: Applies to software/engineers/coders/developers - in short, any student who can and will write code.
3. Business/Finance: Applies to business, marketing & PR, and any student with a non-technical background.
Personally, I'm trying to steer them towards the creative/design, or business/finance, because they are just starting to get their feet wet with coding/programming. Their dad is a software developer (literally one of the best in the United States) but they are just so new to software development/coding that I think they'd get frustrated. And even though they love Minecraft they haven't yet ventured out into coding something for the game.
What is UP Global?
UP Global is a non-profit dedicated to fostering entrepreneurship, grassroots leadership, and strong communities. UP Global is on a mission to make the world a more innovative and prosperous place, one community at a time. We believe that entrepreneurs are critical to driving a strong global economy and a better world. We do our part by supporting the grassroots leaders who are at the core of every strong entrepreneurial community. Through the efforts of its grassroots community leaders, UP Global operates programs that foster entrepreneurship in hundreds of cities across the world. UP Global's flagship programs & initatives include Startup Weekend, Startup Digest, Startup Next, Startup Education, and Entrepreneurs Across Borders.
Startup Weekend Youth Edition is specially designed for the next generation’s entrepreneurs, 5th–8th graders. If you’ve participated in a Startup Weekend in the past, this is something different, something special. We will create an atmosphere of exercises and experiences that will inspire creative ideas in young minds and help kids to learn how to move those ideas forward towards action, and in the process, collaborate with their peers.
Today’s youth are full of creative ideas for how to make lives and the world a better place. This will be a place for them to take those ideas and move them towards reality. This event will also help build confidence in creating and sharing ideas for those that tend to keep them inward. They will jump in with hands on activities that help them identify a challenge to solve, learn to understand the end customer or user, work effectively with others, and in the end, build something they are proud of.
This is a 3 day event, and for the low cost of $25 (total, not per day) your child will get the chance to see their idea brought to life. They'll get to work with amazing mentors. They'll learn more about themselves and what they are capable of. They'll get to work with peers and professionals.
So don't delay. REGISTER HERE!!
Have you ever heard of Startup Weekend??