Startup Weekend, the household name in hackathons, has expanded its operations to a much wider international audience. Although the organization has for some time been conducting hackathons around the world, it is now opening offices in two non-U.S. locations: London and Mexico City.
Startup Weekend hackathons are what they sound like: weekend-long hack sessions that focus on creating interesting solutions to the hackers’ own problems. In San Francisco, this can amount to a lot of tech and apps, but in other parts of the world, the company has seen weekend warriors present game-changing ideas about farming innovation or other, less digital means of improving their communities.
The Seattle-based Startup Weekend team of 20 employees will be putting together more than 500 events in 2012, and around 65 percent of them will occur outside the United States.
“The most important thing we could be doing for society, our economies, and the world right now is helping more people become successful entrepreneurs,” Startup Weekend CEO Marc Nager said in a release this morning.
“We’ve had demand for more than 2,000 events this year in over 100 different countries. Regional operations will allow us to scale faster and continue to feed a fundamental shift in communities that are trying to create more vibrant startup ecosystems.”
The next steps for Startup Weekend include opening more offices in Brazil, India, and China to help communities in those areas increase the quantity and quality of entrepreneurship, thereby boosting the local quality of life and stimulating the local economies.
Startup Weekend success stories in the Western startup world so far include buyer-powered marketplace Zaarly and Eventup, an amazingly cool site that helps event-throwers find the perfect, unique venue.