Startup Weekend Hits Wellington

Having outgrown its spiritual home at The Biz Dojo, Massey University and the College of Creative Arts came to the party and provided their fab new design building, Te Ara Hihiko for last weekend’s SWWLG.

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Katherine Field, our Wellington Community Manager, was part of the organizing crew.

“It was the usual amazing, organized chaos. All the participants were enthusiastic, inspired and out to make a difference in the world. And definitely enough panic in the room on Monday to keep it interesting!“

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Eighty-six participants formed twelve teams on Friday night, with ideas ranging from Arrangr – an online social site offering a fresh approach to arranged marriages in the Indian community, to MySmartGrid – an app designed to help you save on your power bill.

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The team that came out victorious was WagonShare – a P2P community for renting and letting motorhomes. According to a stuff.co.nz article, the team leader, Dean Goble, came up with the idea while on a motorhome holiday in the US with his family. He found the rental companies there “quite sterile and corporate”.

Other WagonShare team members were Nicolai Thomson, Andrew Van Bunnik, Claire Houlihan, Rochelle Alder, Michael Meyers, Mike Condon and Lujia Lu.

Among the prizes for WagonShare was $10,000 worth of advertising from TradeMe, and one month desk at Kiwi Landing Pad in San Francisco.

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For those who missed out on the action – or returning Startup Weekend addicts - the next Startup Weekend Wellington is locked in for August this year, with tickets already on sale!