What happens when you bring a room of entrepreneurs, developers, designers and government practitioners together for 54 hours to create new enterprises and solve public challenges?

Mack Kolarich, co-organizer of the DC Gov 2.0 Startup Weekend, talks about how he and his team are adapting the highly-successful international Startup Weekend format to focus on innovation and entrepreneurship in the public sector.  This pilot event in Washington DC on 15-17 June 2012 will kick off with scene-setting talks from US Government CTO Todd Park and Deloitte’s Bill Eggers, and offer a place in Code for America’s Civic Accelerator to the winning team.

Mack KolarichAbout Mack Kolarich

Mack began his entrepreneurial-addiction through StartupWeekends. When not organizing events or visiting other startup hubs, he builds products for the events industry as co-founder and CEO of Spontaneous Labs.

About Startup Weekend

Startup Weekends are weekend-long, hands-on experiences where entrepreneurs and aspiring entrepreneurs can find out if startup ideas are viable.  Beginning with open mic pitches on a Friday, attendees bring their best ideas and inspire others to join their team. Over Saturday and Sunday teams focus on customer development, validating their ideas, practicing LEAN Startup Methodologies and building a minimal viable product. On Sunday evening teams demo their prototypes and receive valuable feedback from a panel of experts.

There have been 587 Startup Weekends in 312 cities across 93 countries with more than 56,000 participants.

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