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Shining as a Developer at Startup Weekend

Source | LinkedIn : By Amandeep Midha

As a developer participating in Startup Weekend, it can be real fun and enriching experience. Counting on my experience, I can offer the following suggestions:

1. Always Pitch Something

It does not matter if you come prepared to pitch a topic or not, just recollect any hiccup in your daily lives, offer to build a solution for it and see if your thoughts align with rest of people. How to test that solution or validate the problem that you propose to solve? Just by pitching it. As they say “The person who stands for nothing, falls for anything”

2. Wardrobe Readiness

During Startup Weekend, the only wardrobe developer needs to care about is her/his multiple hats. Make sure you wear those thinking of designer, customer, growth hacker, UX analyst and maybe more hats that you can think of!

3. Manage Your Time Well

The 54 hour format gives little room for something concrete product to build upon, yet at the begin itself you could sense the mood of pitches, theme of the event e.g. Fintech , and study something prior from common problems and possible solutions you could be coding to build out during this weekend. While you may still be waiting for team to concretise coding task for you, yet this is time you could use to utilize and setup Startup Weekend perks and have the DevOps ready for team communication e.g. Website, Slack channel, or Team Facebook Group and move along

4. Try Something New & Learn Together

Startup Weekend is great place and time to try out something new that you have not tried before. For example, I would have used Facebook Graph APIs with Javascript and in one hackathon where two more developers in team knew Python but not Facebook APIs, we decided to do Python coding for Facebook APIs and it was learning for all

5. Challenge the Status Quo

Easier said than done, this is I expect from any developer to use this skill at the time of sleepy hours. You will be working late often past midnight both on Friday and Saturday and when you find your team members low on energy, that is time you can be little nasty or condescending towards business idea for which you are coding. If done in moderation, it helps keeping team members awake and fresh thought process always in circulation and you have always something more to do than you can handle

6. Don’t shy away from User Interviews

While working as developer professionally, you may hardly get a chance to make user interviews with your team lead or UX person. Startup Weekend gives you complete recipe and experience that you do not miss out on any stage and wear a different hat and have your little walk-of-pride

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