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This article was published on January 15, 2009

    Swedish geeks gather for 24 hours to build 52 services

    Swedish geeks gather for 24 hours to build 52 services
    Ernst-Jan Pfauth
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    Ernst-Jan Pfauth

    Ernst-Jan Pfauth is the former Editor in Chief of Internet at NRC Handelsblad, as well as an acclaimed technology author and columnist. He a Ernst-Jan Pfauth is the former Editor in Chief of Internet at NRC Handelsblad, as well as an acclaimed technology author and columnist. He also served as The Next Web’s blog’s first blogger and Editor in Chief, back in 2008. At De Correspondent, Ernst-Jan serves as publisher, fostering the expansion of the platform.

    Be prepared for an avalanche of new Swedish start-ups. In about a week, in the middle of the dark Swedish winter, around 90 Swedish Internet entrepreneurs will combine forces for 24 hours and produce 52 new web services.

    tedvalentin
    Ted Valentin

    The 24-hours-to-build-a-start-up approach has been pretty popular, yet with the 24 hour business camp, the Swedes take it to another level.

    After a luxurious teppanyaki dinner, a good night’s rest, and some relaxation, the spa and conference center Hasseludden Yasuragi will be the scene for an army of Scandinavian geeks.

    Why? Because founder Ted Valentin, a Swedish internet entrepreneur, wants to encourage other people to build their own start-ups. He was inspired by the 24 hour dot com, a similar but smaller event that took place in Berlin in 2004.

    The whole event will be documented on the live blog, where videos and short interviews will be posted throughout these 24 hours.

    Let’s hope the new web services aren’t all Twitter mash-ups…

    (Hat tip: Henrik Berggren)