The Phoenix Startup Weekend kicked off to a good start on Friday evening. Pizza and beer wer served. About 30 ideas were pitched.
I pitched two which got 3 and 2 votes respectively and were therefore dropped from the ideas list. The first idea was a web managed Scavenger Hunt which I didn't even vote for myself because it was very similar to the group that I eventually joined which is an Alternate Reality Game project. The second idea that I pitched was for a web based list learning system which I still think has a lot of potential but I don't think that I pitched it very well.
Of the 30 or so projects pitched about 6 to 8 of them went on to have groups formed to discuss their potential. One of the interesting fallouts from this stage of development was the importance of having developers buy into your idea. There was a small group of people who were very enthusiastic about their project but there were no developers that had joined that group. I believe that the decided to disband and redistribute.
After joining my group It was immediately obvious that there were a lot of very inteligent, motivated and highly talented people around me. This weekend promises to be at the very least a fantastic education.