Galway Start-Up Weekend was last weekend, WOW! what an amazing time. I can fully recommend it to any UX designer, whether you getting started or have lots of experience.
I went with the intention of doing some networking and seeing what's out there. I had an idea to pitch, but didn't make it through the Friday night vote.
However I joined up with guy called Dylan his idea was for a smart phone App for in-Airport navigation. (Arrow). We recruited 2 others and ended up with myself Designer, Patricia (student Developer) and Dylan & Mike business marketing students.
And out of Final 12 Teams. We took 3rd Prize!!!!
We were absolutely shocked, we had one of the smaller teams, and decided ignore coding or development, and just play to our strengths.
We created a working prototype in www.invisionapp.com which allowed us to present on the large screen via laptop and also show the judges the same user journey on an iphone.
And the guys did a great job getting surveys out and speaking to people in order to validate our business case. The judges were impressed and said they could see a viable product here.
I think creating a persona 'John' and always referring to him and his journey really helped us over the 54hours
From a UX point of view.
I made some great UX contacts, people working day to day in User Experience. Also met some of the event organisors, many are start-up business owners, and may are looking out for UX folks.
I now also have a keystone project for my portfolio, which has a great user story to tell.
And I can ad invisionapp to my skills list.
Have a look at our video on the website below, we are now entered into Global Startup Battle.
If you guys like our product, you can vote for us.
Arrow - Remember where you heard it first!!