Startup Genome Curator Donald Byamugisha shares information about the Kampala, Uganda startup community in this week’s “Startup Genome Highlights”.
A few weeks ago I wrote a post, “The value in bringing a movement to your city”, discussing one benefit of having your community participate in the type of programming that operates in many cities like 1 Million Cups, Startup Weekend and TEDx.
In addition to that benefit — creating a collective, national/global platform for a topic of importance — there’s a few other ideas I wanted to share as I thought more broadly about events like BarCamp, Ignite, Startup Drinks, Startup Grind, etc. that share an overall brand but are organized independently at the local level in cities around the world.
From time-to-time I hear local people push back on the idea of a new event or program launching in our community if it started elsewhere. The general concern is that by adding this to our local programming we’re giving in to a “me, too” complacency rather than taking on the tough task of designing something original and specific to our community. While I understand where that concern comes from I just never bought it. A few weeks ago, I realized the reason why.