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Startup Weekend Becomes a Fun Weekend Means to Validate Startup Ideas

Editorial Notes: Yohan Totting is one of the coaches Startup Weekend Bali 2014 and shared his experience of being involved in an activity held at Hubud Bali some time ago.

A week ago, November 14-16 2014 to be exact, I had the opportunity to participate Bali Startup Weekends, a global startup event held in several cities around the world simultaneously. The event held at Hubud is inviting designer, developerand entrepreneur enthusiasts to come together, share ideas, form teams, and collaborate to validate their startup ideas for three days. Here I try to give my views on this event and why I really enjoyed this startup event.

One thing I enjoy the most is of course the place. Ubud is a tourist city in Bali. Far from the hustle and bustle of the city that makes me forget for a moment meeting, stuck, or deadline. Ubud is indeed a very supportive place for getaway, brainstorming, and looking for inspiration. Calm atmosphere, Hubud co-working facility with its fast and stable Internet, and cool people from all over the world with diverse experience and background congregating in one place were the factors that made me immediately say yes to the invitation of Peter Wall, co-founder of Hubud, to become coach at Startup Weekend Bali.

new network is one thing I love about Startup Weekend Bali. There were 75 participants from 22 different countries participating in the Bali Startup Weekend. A rare opportunity to meet cool people from background different and listen to their stories how they are end up in Bali. Some actually try to help the Balinese people.

One of coach what I think is cool is, Pieter 'Levels'. When talking to him, he said that he rarely participates in activities like this because events take up time and he prefers to work. He created a project that is 12 startups in 12 months. A dedication to coding and make one application every month.

Peter also introduced me to the future Maitri Fischer in-charge at Coworking Popup, co-working space new in Gianyar, Bali. The focus of this co-working is to increase the creative potential of the local Balinese community. There will be several workshops focused on the Balinese people after the opening at the end of November 2014.

Sunday or the last day of #SUWBali was opened with a fight between one of the teams because there was a difference of opinion. Fortunately, the facilitator Benoit Laurent was able to mediate so that this issue did not last long, they could even enter the top five stage. Differences of opinion are bound to occur, especially for newly formed teams, and this can be a challenge for the solidity of startups going forward.

In my opinion, the three-day Startup Weekend Bali event is the most fun startup event I've ever participated in. Not only because of the Startup Weekend, but because of Hubud, which has a very lively and informal atmosphere. I feel working at Hubud is more like taking a vacation, but the work can still be done.

In my opinion, Startup Weekend is very suitable to be held in a place far from the hustle and bustle, for example in Ubud, and the use of the new Lean Startup methodology for most participants helps the process of understanding how to start a startup.

[Photo: Doc. Startup Weekend Bali]

- Yohan Totting is the technology lead at Kolaborasi.co, a startup mentor at Bandung Digital Valley, manages developer relationships at the Election API, and at World Bank Jakarta as a developer at Indo Dapoer. Yohan can be contacted on Twitter @tyohan and personal sites http://tyohan.me

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