Update Newsletter 19 June 2011

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Excited about starting a company or joining a startup at Startup Weekend Amsterdam? We hope so because we are! It promises to be an epic weekend with inspiring speakers, rockstar mentors and an awesome venue!

Over 50% of the tickets were sold in the first 14 days so we’ve had talks with the kind people from Pakhuis de Zwijger and we can host some extra participants at the event which means more people, more fun and more startups! So if you know somebody who has an idea but never starts his or her company or is generally interested in the world of startups, get them to come to the event! Tell your friends on twitter: #swAMS. But be quick, the last event we were sold out one week in advance…

Roll call and Networking
With thanks to participant Karan Oberoi, we now have a roll call at Plancast. If you’ve already bought your tickets, please add yourself to the list so other participants can see who’s who, meet people before the event, etc.

Click here to add yourself now.

Social networking meetup: 26th of June
We also have a social meetup scheduled on Sunday, 26th from 19.00 untill about 22.00.  Its a nice way to meet some people who you’ll be working intensely with 2 weeks later, have a laugh and a few drinks. For more details, sign up for our meetup here.

Questions and Answers – We’ve had a few questions asked that we think are worth telling everyone about:

Language – due to the amount of different nationalities that will be in attendance, all official parts of the weekend will be conducted in English.

Parking – there is no private parking available at Pakhuis de Zwijger. Their website  has some information on the nearest parking areas. Given the duration of the event, we’d suggest that P+R Zeeburg at €8 per day including transport to the city is possibly the cheapest option.

Working through the night – for the super motivated amongst you, we have an agreement with the Lloyd Hotel to make use of their really cool lobby area as an out of hours work space. This means that you have the possibility to work untill 05.00 in the morning (or skip a night) coding, developing concepts and working on your idea. Of course this is obviously optional, but from past events we see how the adrenaline rush of working on startup can have people wanting to work throughout the night, so of couse we want to give people the opportunity to do this.

Sleeping – We all know that sleep is for the weak, but a few folks have asked about this. Due to security restrictions at Pakhuis de Zwijger, you definitely will not be able to sleep there. So those of you who need your shuteye, please make arrangements for a hotel/B&B or if you’re feeling brave, wing it and ask if someone on your future team will let you crash on their sofa!  At previous events this has never been a problem; there are always participants who have a bed or a couch for you to sleep on and this only adds to the whole startup experience, so just bring some of your clothes and it will be fine. If you want to sleep at a hotel, you can e.g. sleep at the Lloyd hotel, it’s just 900 meters from Pakhuis de Zwijger, its a bit expensive but really nice. Interested? Send an email to Edith @ edithdenhartog@gmail.com so we can negotiate a discount if there’s a few of you

Meals – You don’t have to worry about food or drinks, all breakfasts, lunches and dinners and all your sodas, juices and beers are covered for the entire weekend, thanks to our sponsors!

Other questions are addressed in the FAQ and if there’s anything else you want to know, send us an email to: donritzen (at) startupweekend.org or hit us up on Twitter: @swamsterdam

We can’t wait to see you there!

The Startup Weekend Crew