Startup Weekends are cool. Makeathons are cool. Startup Weekends + Makeathon = ???
They had one out at TechShop http://3d.startupweekend.org/
I've been talking to some people in the general area that have access to some technical tools and personnell about doing something like this.
If there was a Maker Startup Weekend, what would you like the focus to be and what would you like to get out of the weekend?
Here are some general thoughts on it:
1. Unlike a startup weekend, a prototype or even product would seems to be a pretty difficult task to make happen in such a short period of time. What should the judging critera be? I'm of the mind set that even if it is a short period of time, there are still things that can be done to put together a mockup/generation 1 version.
2. What sort of people do you try and get there? At a regualr startup weekend, a UI/UX/Designer proved to be really important and a resource that was really needed. How do you classify makers? IDEO used a skill set badge system, perhaps that could help out.
3. You are going to have to prep a bit more than normal. While most of the startup weekends you are only allowed to put together a pitch, here it seems that you'll have to have at least a bit more of your plans configured and setup.
4. What sort of tools do you have onsite and what is the liability?