Startup Weekend is an intense 54 hour event which focuses on building a web or mobile application which could form the basis of a credible business over the course of a weekend.

The weekend brings together people with different skillsets – primarily software developers, graphics designers and business people – to build applications and develop a commercial case around them.

The 2011 Dublin Startup Weekend took place between Feb 25th to Feb 27th. 21 ideas were pitches, the crowd voted for their favourite eight app ideas. 8 teams were formed to build out propositions., a platform for private galleries to publish information on exhibitions and paintings, emerged as the ultimate prize winner. intends to target the London marketplace, as the city has so many high-end private galleries that tend to exhibit emerging artists.

The 8 teams included:

# MyWebText: a solution for integration of facebook messaging and webtext
# SalesMate: a solution for road warrior salesman which is an iPad brochure which integrates with a purchasing system
# Gift It: a system which can enable a gifter to give multiple options in a tasteful way to a giftee, reducing the likelihood that the giftee would receive an unwanted gift
# Netocracy: a system to enable citizens to measure the performance of their government
# Doorstep Diary: a solution for people to easily record information from the doorstep (people who call out to homes for jobs, canvassers, etc)
# a restaurant focused service which can enable restaurants to offer attractive deals to loyal customers
# a simple mobile app which enables a person to track their bad habits (smoking, drinking, carousing with women, etc) so they can improve their behaviour
# a platform for galleries to publish exhibitions, art lovers to find specific paintings, learn what exhibitions are taking place around them, experience the exhibition online