A place for startups and entrepreneurs to meet in Pune
in50Hrs is where ideasmiths (entrepreneurs) work with developers and designers to create a demo in a 50 hour sprint to completion. Here's frequently asked questions to help clear up how the event works.
I have an idea I want to build out, what can I expect at the event?
At the outset, a hearty congratulations for taking the necessary first step in your journey! At the event you can expect to meet developers and designers with different skill sets who are willing to join you. Some adaptation maybe necessary and that will require you to come up with creative alternatives. In fact, you are encouraged to reach out into your own personal networks to bring colleagues with you. Some of them might be working full-time jobs and simply need a small nudge from you to take a step forward and work with you. At the event you will also find mentors with experience in new product development who will lend their time to guide you on what you will need to create a viable prototype.
How important is my idea pitch?
At the event, those attending will get to vote up the ideas they wish to work on. Ensure that you clearly explain 'why' the world needs the idea to the participants and how you intend to get it done within the time allocated. Everyone's opinion will matter in it's own small way. We've seen that well explained ideas often make it to the development and the demo stage. Bruce has had experience pitching at in50Hrs and do have a look at his comments below.
Is an idea necessary?
No. If you've got new product development or design skills, you are welcome to join in with or without an idea. You won't need an idea at the start of the event. Instead, you can select an idea / ideasmith and join up with his team. There will be entrepreneurs at the event looking out for teammates with specific skills that are valuable to them.
What if someone were to steal my ideas?
Ask experienced entrepreneurs. They will tell you that ideas are a dime-a-dozen and are not valuable by themselves. In50Hrs is a great opportunity to get up in front of your peers and invite them to build out ideas that are gathering dust in your head. Always remember the sage advice that followers seek leadership. If you won't advance your idea into reality, someone else will get to it eventually if it is worth anything at all.
What are the most valuable skills to have?
If you have any more questions, I'd be happy to answer them in the comments below. To register your participation, visit in50Hrs.com.
The focus here might be on developers and designers and the chance to work on something that helps them show off their skills. If you are a dev or a designer the reason you might spend your weekend doing this is you can use your skills to create something that might turn in to an on going project with possibilities as most of the people attending this even will be motivated. You will be amongst more "doers"than usual.
Even if the project does not advance past the weekend, you worked on a challenge that might help you in the future.
My simple advice to those pitching... keep it simple. Sounds obvious but the aim is to have minimal viable product in a weekend. Your idea might have many features but pick one at the most two to create. You will be more likely to get help if the person/s who are thinking of helping can see an end result to their efforts after 50 hours. They are putting in their valuable time. As they will not get financial rewarded, having something to show is going to provide motivation.
Also rehearse what you are going to pitch. Write out the points BEFORE you get there. I presented at the last in50hrs. I had part of what I was going to present before I got there but if I had it completed in full before I got there my presentation would have been better. The time you have to present is short. Don't waste it thinking what to say as you say it.