If there was any question about if the startup scene in Des Moines was still active, startup weekend should settle that. This past weekend, I got the opportunity to experience Startup Weekend Des Moines. As an employee of a growing technology company, I appreciate the opportunity to network and experience the creative ideas of other entrepreneurs in the community.
This year there were 31 pitches, 37 participants, 7 teams, and a two way tie for first. It was hosted at Startup City in downtown Des Moines. The weekend was a flurry of activity starting with pitches; individuals came with ideas, any idea they thought would make for a good startup. These ideas covered a significant range of topics from a hardware solution to putting your local businesses open/closed status on the internet, to a company that delivers local food from the region you long for. Ideas also included a site to rate the awesomeness of beards and a site to track your wedding guest list.