here is an excerpt from the article linked above
If you thought Startup Weekend was a hackathon, you’d be about half right. According to a recent report, the event’s focus has shifted from executing clever tech tricks to solving problems in a community. It’s an exercise in practical entrepreneurship rather than pure coding.
The nonprofit’s annual report, released last week, shows huge growth for the still-young organization. Nearly 36,000 people have attended a Startup Weekend even, and 43 companies say they got their start there. But what’s more exciting than the stats is the future.
In the months and years to come, the Startup Weekend team hope to bring their tried-and-true formula for overnight entrepreneurship into new territory, including health, developing areas, education, government, arts and the environment.