Indonesia’s biggest and most prestigious tech startup competition and conference is back. Sparxup 2012 is taking place this October in Jakarta and promises to be bigger and better. This time, the conference’s grand theme is XXX: eXplore, eXecute, eXpand. There will also be the usual Sparxup competition where startups vie to outshine one another, and there will also be a hackathon with APIs available from Foursquare, Evernote and Nokia. Read on to find out more:
It’s all about sharing knowledge, good discussions and awesome networking sessions. There will be people from Foursquare, Evernote, Netprice, Thomson-Reuters, Microsoft and Yahoo! Indonesia with audience from more than 20 countries gathered to know more about Indonesia’s tech scene.
Sparxup 2012 is about products, so startups will DEMO their product on the Demo Day in front of judges, investors and selected audience in a private environment.
Juries will filter and pick 24 startups from each category to proceed to Demo Day where each startup will have 5 minutes to demo their product at the Demo Day. But each startup representative will also have a chance for a one sentence pitch on stage during the awarding night right before we announce the 1st and 2nd winner.
Hackathon participants will submit their ideas for an app using one of our supported platforms (Foursquare, Evernote and Nokia) and our committee will filter to top 30 ideas. Top 30 participants will spend 15 hours from Oct 3-4th 2012 on the venue under our mentor’s watch to further develop the app. Hackathon event will be ended with a demo and judging session from all participants, winner will be announced at the awarding night.
Judges will pick one Hacker (or team) as the best hacks to win the top prize.
This Coderace Hackathon event is supported by Foursquare, Evernote and Nokia.
When: Wednesday-Friday 3-5th October 2012
Where: Plaza Bapindo, Jln. Jend. Sudirman kav. 54-55, Jakarta Selatan. 12910, Jakarta, Indonesia (map)
Fee: Paid event.
SGE is proud to be a Media Partner of Sparxup 2012.
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The company says that the results are based on a sample of 1.058 billion tweets in June this year. Tokyo, in second place, is not far behind, while Bandung (Indonesia), Singapore, Osaka and Seoul also made the list. Read more
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I’m having a great time here at Startup Asia Jakarta 2012, chatting with industry experts, community leaders and startups based here.
Here are some quick videos to show what’s happening at the event.
Andrew Darwis, CTO of Kaskus
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Startup Asia Jakarta 2012, hosted by Tech in Asia, is pleased to invite startups across Asia to apply for the upcoming Startup Arena competition to be held in Jakarta, Indonesia, on June 7 and 8.
Startup Arena is a startup competition run within Startup Asia Jakarta 2012 for entrepreneurs, serving as a launchpad for startups to get a headstart in Asia’s mobile and internet industry today. About 20 startups will be selected to pitch and challenge on the Arena stage, in front of top investors, industry leaders, and press for US$10,000 as a top prize. Startups can send in their applications here.
Submissions will be reviewed based on a first-come-first-served basis, hence it would be an added advantage to submit your application early so that entrepreneurs can prep their killer pitches. Tech In Asia will give preference to startups who are new, struggling, and unknown but with a brilliant product to demo and an awesome team.
Demo is a primary requirement, and pitches have to be done in English. The team at Startup Arena will also provide a week-by-week pitch consultation in the run-up to the event to help practice your pitch. The recent Arena competition held at Singapore attracted about 300 applications, out of which 19 startups were selected to compete.
Teamie, an educational collaboration platform, walked away as the Startup Arena Singapore winner last time round. According to Tech In Asia, long with Teamie, other finalists at Startup Arena Singapore have gone on to secure seed funding – namely GushCloud and Phroni.
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