Friends, I have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream.I have a dream that on a brisk weekend in March, creatives, techies and business folks alike can come together for a great cause – the development of new business for the great-but-wounded city of Detroit.
I have a dream of a room in the Compuware Headquarters building filled with brillant, focused and motivated people setting aside personal agendas in order to do what is right for the collective good.
I have a dream today.
I have a dream that one day every vacant building shall be occupied and refurbished, and every political setback shall be made null, the inter-county squabbles shall be squelched, and the crooked leaders of the city shall to this chance to absolve themselves and do what is truly right for their hometown.
This is my hope [and I hope it's yours], and this is the faith that I go back to Royal Oak with.
Yes, I had a little help coming up with the intro piece, but that is truly how I feel when I think about the potential of Startup Weekend happening in Detroit.
What is Startup Weekend you ask? Well, I think it can be best explained in a blog post by Shannon Paul – the VeryOfficialBlog.com writer and New Media person for the Detroit Red Wings. It is taking place on the weekend of March 27th through March 29th at the Compuware HQ. This is an event that is not for the meek. Yep, 54 hours straight, Detroit’s brightest and best will hack away at putting together some resourceful business plans into action.
Essentially though, it is an opportunity for interested parties to come together to work on creating business(es) in a short period of time. You do not have to be an entrepreneur or a tech guy to participate either. This operation will need many hands involved, so even if you feel like all you can do is make sure a programmer keeps his energy level up with caffeine, then you’ll be a valuable asset in just keeping the coffee brewing and Red Bulls cold.
Currently, Detroit Startup Weekend has some high-powered PR connected to it, but we still need everyone’s help to make this event a success. Below you will find a Chip-In widget that allows you to make a donation to help cover costs for the event. We would like the Startup Weekend participants to have clothes to wear and food to eat. You know how hard it is these days, so we would love if you can help out in that regard.
Lastly, if you’re still not convinced, see this video featuring the great Shannon Paul:
and for more details, check out the home site at http://detroit.startupweekend.com
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