Sixty Bay Area middle school students participated in Startup Weekend EDU Mountain View, a 54-hour workshop designed to teach students about founding startups and entrepreneurship, at Crittenden Middle School April 12 and 13.
The event marked the first Startup Weekend for middle school kids, according to Chris Chiang, a member of the Mountain View Whisman School Board.
During Startup Weekend, students come up with startup ideas and form teams to create a business model, code, design, and market their ideas. At the end of the event students present their ideas to local entrepreneurial leaders, who scrutinize whether or nor the product will have a chance at success in the real world, according to the Startup Weekend organizers.
The event focused on startups designed to solve problems in the education space, with an emphasis on how real life and digital games can improve learning, according to the event website. Though competition is not a central theme of the event, teams that place first and second will have a private consultation with representatives from Facebook and Google, respectively, about their ideas.
Startup Weekend is a non-profit organization based in Seattle, with event organizers in over 200 cities across the world, committed to introducing people to the world of startups by hosting weekend-long workshops.
A video summarizing day one and two of the event can be found here.