A major startup event called ‘Startup Weekend’ is to go underway in June sponsored by Nordic Semiconductor.

The company is also running a Pre-event Workshop and app contest starting two weeks before the event from June 6 in Trondheim (see tinyurl.com/NordicWorkshop for more details and to register).

Here interested app developers will be given an introduction to Bluetooth low energy and provided with Nordic nRF8002 development kits to build apps based on the single chip solution.

Participants can then pitch their designs at the event that begins June 15 and in addition the team that develops the best concept and demo app that uses the nRF8002 will be awarded a cash prize of NOK 5000 (about US$ 835) by Nordic Semiconductor as part of its app contest.

The Startup Weekend events take business ideas and turn them into viable – and in some cases operating – startup businesses within a weekend via an intensive (but fun) judging panel-based selection and validation process. This puts startup entrepreneurs in direct contact with qualified business people (such as startup investors and marketers) and technology people (e.g. app developers, designers, product managers) they may usually never have the opportunity to find or meet.

To date almost 600 Startup Weekend events have been successfully held in over 300 cities across 93 countries and are said to have kick-started 56,000 entrepreneurial business plans and many startup businesses.

Nordic Semiconductor