PDX Startup Weekend! RCV-OR/Equal Vote presentation and idea pitch opportunity.
We've been invited by my good friend Yu Te, to participate in PDX Startup Weekend, an exciting event in May. This could be a great opportunity to present SRV to a panel of entrepreneurs and local business owners and potentially win support creating a tech tool and building a prototype for a idea or project that can help us with our mission.
Here is our initial fb messenger conversation for those of you who are interested:
SARA: Hi Yu and Mark. I'd like to introduce you guys to eachother. Yu is a good friend organizing an event Portland Startup Weekend and wanted to reach out to us and RCV Oregon to participate.
Yu: hey Mark. Thanks for the intro Sara
Sara: Mark is the founder of Score Runoff Voting and is working with me and RCV Oregon.
Mark: Good to meet you, Yu. When is Portland startup weekend?
Yu: I hope that you guys will participate at PDXSWGOV, to give the acronym. It's on May 19-21, and designed to provide an opportunity for people who want tech help to make a difference in our community. The focus on this weekend is to form teams with tech and business people, to build a prototype and business model, leading up to a demonstration on Sunday night, and beyond the weekend towards a business for social impact.
Mark: Are you having presentations and the like?
Yu: I suggest that one of your members sign up to be a participant at startup weekend, and pitch the idea on Friday night. Probably the person who is the most articulate and telegenic. Other participants vote, and teams are formed, with chance to recruit tech people, hopefully a designer and coder.
Yu: The other team members can participate as volunteers on Saturday on focus group panels, and be available to provide opinions, or help out in other ways.
That way you don't have to pay for every member to pay and participate on a team, but be available to help out your team.
Mark: Sounds like a cool event. Not likely I'll be able to commit a weekend to it, but I'd be great to have some of our Portland team there.
Yu: Mark, would you be available as an expert on Saturday?
SARA: Id be happy to get involved or be a point person, especially with Marks help. I'd love to hear more about what it means to sign up to participate and what an idea pitch would look like. I'm picturing presenting our voting system, Score Runoff Voting, and how it works, how it can be used in both the public and private sector.
And then talking about what Score Runoff Voting would mean for Oregon and the country if it's adopted on a large scale.
Our presentation would probably be in partnership between Equal Vote and RCV-OR.
Yu: So for you Sara if you're pitching, what it means is to talk for 1 min, to get the interest of fellow participants, and get them to vote for you, and join your team. There will be developers and designers in the room who have the skills to create the tech product. You don't want to get too far into the reasons, or the hows. The team that will form and work with you will focus on designing the tech tool, building a prototype
SARA: Oh, cool!
Yu: What this represents is a community coming to the event and saying we have a need, will someone build this for us?
SARA: Prehaps for an online election tool that can be used to run SRV elections and votes for groups and businesses to use.
Yu: Rather than the reverse, which typically happens at startup weekend... A person comes and pitch an idea, they're not sure if there's a need, and they have to go search for confirmation.
Sara: We also need to design the coding for upgrading official voting machines but Mark knows more about that.
Yu: I love that you will (probably) participate Sara!
Let me know when you're ready to get a ticket and I'll get you a special discount code.
Count us in! I'm glad this sounds like a good fit! Thanks again for reaching out!
SARA: How much are we looking at?
Yu: The regular price is $99, early bird $75. I'll get you a code for $45 for the main weekend.
Sara: Ok, I'll bring all of this to our next group meeting on Tuesday.