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FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) about Startup Pirates HW Edition.

FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) about Startup Pirates HW Edition.

Startup Pirates Lisboa 1st Hardware Startup Pre-Accelerator is an intensive 8 days event from December 12-19, 2015. You can go from idea to working prototype!  The event is limited to 30 participants who will be selected from all the applications. To ensure you’re one of the lucky 30 you must prove yourself a true Pirate! As a Pirate you will pitch your ideas, work in a team, explore creativity, participate in hands-on workshops and so much more. Apply now: http://lisboa.startuppirates.org/

Please read this FAQ:

How much does the program cost?

Applications are free. The program is also ***FREE***
There is a 99€-134€ (early bird) registration fee to show your commitment but, we will reimburse you at the end of the program, provided you actually attend the entirety of the program.

The discount for early birds is until the end of Sunday, portuguese time, right? And does the price (99 euros) include VAT (IVA)?

Until midnight Monday (November 30th), Lisbon time. Yes, all prices include VAT.

I have exams/ classes/ bosses... can I skip part of the program?

Yes, you can skip up to one entire day (one morning + one afternoon) spread along the entire week. But, you'll learn more in this week startup bootcamp than entire year listening to your boring teachers at Uni.

OK. Where can I apply?

At our website: http://lisbon.startuppirates.org/

What kind of profiles are you looking for?

Visionaries, Designers, Reality distoritioners.
Industrial Designers (all kinds of designers really!)
Managers & Bullshiters Marketeers
Entrepreneurs & Hustlers
Inventors & Creators
Engineers & Solver
Mechanics & Makers
In a nutshell, everyone with ideas and energy to work hard for a week! No age limits.

Is this an event with a lot of portuguese people or mostly foreigners?

Most participants (60%) are portuguese, the rest are foreigners coming mostly from European countries.

Is the entire program in English, including the working sessions?

Yes, the entire program is in English.

Do I need to have experience in hardware? I don't have any technical knowledge, I study marketing management. Maybe I could add value in other ways, like ideas, strategy, marketing...

You don't need any hardware experience. Managers & Bullshiters Marketeers are more than welcome: what would Steve Wozniak do without Steve Jobs?

Is it mostly technical people? I don't want to be the only one who doesn't have those skills.

You won't be alone. Magic happens when we have  40% geeks, 30% designers, 30% entrepreneurs/ managers/ etc.

Is it usually full of teams or is there also a lot of people applying alone?

Most people apply alone, about 25% will be teams.

What should I bring?

  • Laptop
  • Power cord
  • Business cards
  • Camera – take pictures and video!
  • Optional: A second monitor, keyboard, electronics, etc…. set yourself up to be productive!
  • Lots of creative energy!

How do I prepare?

  • Do some research. Market research and background information will give you a better understanding of the probelm your trying to solve.
  • Practice your pitch. You'll have 60 seconds to persuade other attendees to join your team. Make it clear, concise, and convincing!
  • Get some rest.
  • Bring a friend! Events are better with good company 

Will I have any electronics or other materials available like (breadboard, resistors, capacitors, etc?

Yes. Each team will receive the following:

1x Verbatim 16GB SDHC Card Class 10
1x Power Supply 5V USB 2A 10W
1x WIFI Module for Raspberry Pi B+
1x USB 2.0 Cable Type A to Micro B 5-pin
1x ATTINY45-20PU
1x Breadboard 400 Points Clear
1x 10 Pin Male - Female Splittable Jumper Wire
1x 10 Pin Male - Male Splittable Jumper Wire
1x Crocodile clips Test Leads - Multicolored 5 Pack
1x Led Value Pack (50pcs)
1x LED 5mm - Clear RGB CC
1x Mini Push Button Switch
1x Linear Taper Potentiometer
1x Raspberry Pi2
1x Arduino Uno

Shared equipment:
3xSMARTEVERYTHING IoT http://www.smarteverything.it/

Will I have an oscilloscope, and heavy equipment like laser cuters, etc?

No, but the teams will have access to the EDP FabLab, and they can use it there - otherwise bring your own materials, equipment.

What is Pirate Fitness?

Pirates doing fitness :)

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