FIU is infamous for spamming student Emails. One email that landed in my inbox turned out to be anything but.
A flyer for a competition in Miami called Startup Weekend appeared. The theme was right up my alley : Fashion Tech. Having dedicated the years prior to my Fashion Tech company I thought it would be an awesome opportunity to attend and compete, especially considering that the event winner would be flown to Poland to compete on a global level.
Startup Weekend is a hackathon on steroids. The event takes three days and emphasizes "No talk, all action". The event was sponsored by Google For Entrepreneurs. I had never attended a hackathon before but had heard great testimony to Startup Weekend. The event was held in a beautiful co-working space called building.co.
The first day of the event involves meeting others and selecting a team. I walked around the room introducing myself and got a feel for the skill sets and ideas present in the room. This is when I met Natalie, a talented UI desginer who had a great idea. Her idea was to create a posture tracking solution in order to prevent injuries in her gym. With my background in Electrical Engineering I knew exactly what her idea would require and volunteered to join in her team.
Before we knew it we had a team and the first day was over. I made the mistake of leaving my car parked inside of the lot and greeted a tall dead bolted gate.... This is the day I discovered Uber...
Second day arrives and I begin tearing down a Wii. My idea was to take the on board accelerometer and send the information to an Adruino. I managed to solder pins and build the sensor.
|Workstation featuring hacked sensor|
An awesome company called Makerspace sponsored the event with a 3D printer so I took the opportunity to learn 3D printing with a housing for my sensor.
|Checking out my first 3D print|
|Practicing the presentation|
Read more about my experience traveling to Poland for this competition.
P.s. An FIU reporter wrote a flattering account of my experience and posted it on News.fiu.edu. Read this article to learn even more detail of my perspective on the event.