Let's take time to truly get to know one another...
The honest truth is that most members of Atlanta's start up community have never spent more than 10 minutes of quality down-time together; most have never met the family, or the significant others, of most other community members. We are simply too busy running around, building product(s) and hustling customers - we're acting like founders 99% of the time we spend together.
Well, we're not sure about you, but we've decided that we've "experienced" enough conferences and un-conferences. We needed the opposite of a Hack-a-Thon. We realized that we're craving an opportunity to truly spend some quality time together; to honestly get to know one another. Serenbe, seemed like the perfect combination of nearby resort and upscale camp. Start Camp was born.
Here's the deal, it's really simple. You bring your tent, the kids, a full cooler and smores and you will find a great Southern dinner, a big campfire and the Southern start up community in rare form. Come walk the trails, enjoy a guided tour of Serenbe, bring your rods and fish in the lake, share your Founders' Fables, visit the petting zoo and maybe even meet your next co-founder or next great hire. Registration is just $20 - including dinner and s'more supplies.
START CAMP 2013 is the afternoon of July 23 through the morning of July 24 at Serenbe in Chatt Hill, Ga.
"I can't wait for the s'mores eating contest!"Ethan Henderson
It's important for the Atlanta startup community to get together to have fun and relax - especially at events like Start Camp that let our kids and spouses join us and met all the great folks we work with.Scott Henderson - Hypepotamus
Breaking bread is more important than slapping backs.James Harris - N4MD
Inspired by the motto of Boy Scouts, we thought that it would be wise to provide a list of fun-facts that will help you make the most of Start Camp 2013. The cost of Start Camp 2013 is a start up friendly $20 per person. That includes your entrance, a plate at the Southern Dinner, participation in the Hypepotamus Start Up Academy graduation, space around the fire - including all the ingredients to make smores, and the ability to pitch your tent within the camp site.
Please remember to bring comfortable clothes and walking shoes. It's July in Georgia and we will be outdoors - Camp is always casual...
Yes, you can pitch a tent.
Knowing that most of us are in "start up mode", tents are more than welcome. We've reserved a huge open-air pavilion, just in case Mother Nature decides to rain on our Camp. The pavilion has restrooms and electricity. The best family or team tent wins a prize. And no, you can't sleep in your car.
There will be coffee in the morning.
The morning of the 24th we will walk the trail to the Blue Eyed Daisy (BED) for coffee and breakfast. To view the menu of the BED click here. Just for the record, they have awesome cookies and three layer cake.
Test Drive Google Glass.
N4MD will be loaning out its pair of Google Glass. Give them a spin, dream up an app, share your thoughts. Have wearable tech ideas or products that you would like feedback on? This time Mom can't stop you from bringing them to Camp.
Yes, there will be prizes.
The best musical performance (and yes, you can bring your guitar), the best Founder's Fable, and the best ghost story will all win prizes. There are a few rules for Start Camp - one of the most is important is that there is no interpretive dance allowed!
Camp is rain or shine.
The open-air pavilion that we have reserved will seat 150+ people and will easily accommodate our Southern dinner and the graduation; it even has a large fireplace, just in case we need to make s'mores under cover. If it rains, we will also be able to pitch tents under the cover of the pavilion. Be brave, have fun.
There is still room at the Inn.
We have reserved a block of rooms at the Inn at Serenbe for those that are "Tent Challenged". The rooms are really nice and run from $200 to $250 a night. They will go quickly, so if you're interested in a room give James Harris of N4MD a call (or better yet TXT him) @ 404.862.5858 - Please note that the sponsors have first dibs on the rooms.
What's on the menu for dinner?
Farm-to-Table family style dinner,
featuring world Marie's famous fried chicken
with seasonal side dishes.
Meet the Camp Sponsors.
We've been kicking this idea around for some time; and with lots of planning and a few favors called in, start camp 2013 was birthed.
N4MD is the creator of the Interest Server; a corporate curation platform that empowers corporations to gracefully gather, filter and share the best content on the web. The company is led by James Harris, Devyn Nix and Michael Seneadza. N4MD is a graduate of the first cohort of Ga Tech's Flashpoint program. N4MD was one of the first Flipboard-focused publishers and the Interest Server is one of the first content publishing platforms for Google Glass.
Hypepotamus is the open source talent magnet for the entire Atlanta tech startup community. "The Hype" produces collaborative media and events to connect Atlanta tech startups with talent, corporations, and media outlets. Scott Henderson is the Executive Director Hypepotamus and a long standing board member of South By South West (both Austin and Las Vegas).
Serenbe is a 1,000 acre community located less than 15 minutes from Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson Airport. It is a national model for the future of balanced development in the U.S.— focusing on land preservation, agriculture, energy efficiency, green building, walkability, high density building, arts and culture, and community living for multiple generations.