Techstars Youth Startup Weekend Las Vegas 2017

    Friday, January 19 - 21, 2018


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  5. Coaches and Mentors
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Techstars Youth Startup Weekend Las Vegas 2017

Friday, January 19 - 21, 2018



Friday, January 19 - 21, 2018
Event starts at 6:00 pm

West Career & Technical Academy
11945 W Charleston Blvd
Las Vegas, Nevada 89135

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Call For Youth Startup Weekend Las Vegas

Middle and High School students who have Ideas and want to create Solutions or they just want to learn more about the Startup Culture, Love Coding, Web Design or You just want to try something new - THIS IS A MUST ATTEND EVENT.

Startup Weekend is a global movement that already had inspired many projects, and it was the meeting point of many teams in the field of technology.
This weekend will help you understand the power of technology, the power of mentoring and how all this can support you to bring your ideas to reality.
It is the right place to try out and see for yourself and how technology can impact your life at any age.

Startup Weekend together with Zedu Plus  West Career and Technical Academy and Revive bringing to you this incredible opportunity to Las Vegas.
Join Us, 
It is the weekend about you and your ideas, solutions and your way.
You will have the freedom of creation and the opportunity to meet people to join a team.
Come test your ideas and have an experience you'll never forget. We lined up for you an amazing roster of mentors, supporters, great food, and awesome prizes. 
We can't wait to see you!

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EVENT SCHEDULE

Friday January 19th


6:00 pm
Registration
Arrive at the venue and get checked in


6:30 pm
Dinner&Icebreaker
Let`s warm up and get to know each other with a cool icebreaker game and in meanwhile share some great food!


7:00 pm
Welcome & Speakers
Welcome and Keynote Speech: Dr Sean Wise is a Canadian mentor capitalist (mentor to young firms), international business speaker, business columnist for The Globe and Mail, author, partner at Ryerson Futures Inc, and as a consultant for CBC on the venture reality show Dragons' Den. ‎Writing · ‎The Naked Entrepreneur


7:30 pm
Pitches Start
Optionally line up to give your pitch


8:00 pm
Voting
Attendees vote for the top pitches


8:15 pm
Form Teams
Teams start forming and discussing ideas


8:45 pm
Katy Toma
" Dream Big:" Some useful tips from a "Startup Veteran"


9:00 pm
End of the Day
We wrap up for the day and meet the next morning!

Saturday January 20th


10:00 am
Breakfast
Arrive, simple breakfast


10:30 am
Begin Work
Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend


12:00 pm
Check-In/ Mentoring Session
Check-in, status reports, call for help and Mentor 10 minutes


1:00 pm
Lunch & Speaker Elliott Liu "
"The Power and Importance of Continuous Learning"


2:00 pm
Pitch Training
We will have a 20 minute presentation about how to build a perfect pitch, after will schedule each team one one by one for training with Pitch Mentor


4:30 pm
Dinner+ Speaker+ Wrap up
Eric Lassard "You Own What You Know"

Sunday January 21st


10:00 am
Breakfast
Arrive, simple breakfast


12:00 pm
INTERNATIONAL CALL FROM NZ
Live at Youth Startup Weekend Dan Milward from Gamefroot


12:30 pm
PICTH PERFECT with Medin Gebrezgier
"Wake Up and Win!" Winner of COX Startup 2017!


2:00 pm
Presentation Prep & Tech Check
Final hours of worktime should be focused on perfecting your presentation, tech-check for final presentations also takes place


3:00 pm
Grab a Bite and Gear Up
Will grab some power for body and mind!


4:00 pm
Final Presentations


5:00 pm
Judging & Awards



Speakers


Medin Gebrezgier
Founder/ Managing Director

Medin Gebrezgier is a Las Vegas born entrepreneur. He is the Co- Founder and Marketing Director for Revive Brand Co. He has experience working for the Nevada Small Business Development Center. His time there was spent as a Business Counselor guiding hundreds of businesses in the Las Vegas area. His key skill is helping brands find their voice and realize their vision. Medin has appeared on National TV in the show "Steve Harvey's Funderdome" which is a product pitch competition. Revive's product was the "GAME BAG"  a basketball carrying bag which won the Grand Prize of $20,000. Also, winner of the "Get Started Las Vegas" Business pitch competition for $20,000 in cash and services. Medin is bringing all of his experience in entrepreneurship and pitching to Start up Weekend this November!


Eric Lassard
Co-Founder

Social Entrepreneur Author of From Dublin to Silicon Valley

Winner of Audience Award SVOD 2016 Silicon Valley.
Developer & Designer


Elliott Liu
Product Manager

Elliott Liu is currently leading product strategy, development, and operations for SmartEar, a small startup based in San Francisco.  Prior to SmartEar, he was CEO of Ryan’s Play, a mobile sports entertainment platform.  Elliott began his professional career with Caesars Entertainment, serving a variety of roles, from Gaming Analyst to GM of a multimillion dollar food and beverage operation at age 24.  Aside from business, Elliott is also an internationally-renowned chess player, and has been featured in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, and on YouTube series such as Brian Brushwood’s Scam School and the X Chess Championship, in which he emerged victorious.  Additionally, he won the 2005 Under 16 U.S. Championship, the gold medal in the 2006 Under 18 Pan-American Games, and had his own day proclaimed by the city of San Diego on April 25, 2006 after playing in that year’s U.S. Championship.Elliott loves teaching and mentoring those in the younger generation, and he is excited to be participating in the Techstars Youth Startup Weekend with his good friend and colleague Richard Ling.  Elliott has a degree in Human Biology from Stanford University. 

Event Judges


R Blank
Founder


R Blank is an entrepreneur, technologist & author who has designed, developed, managed and produced innovative and outstanding internet applications for over two decades, and excels at applying a mix of strategic, creative and operational thinking to devise clever and effective solutions for business challenges.

Currently, he is CEO of SYB, which designs, manufactures and sells products that make it easy and affordable for people to reduce their exposure to wireless radiation from devices like cell phones and laptops.

He is also on the affiliate faculty at the University of California, Santa Cruz in the Digital Arts and New Media (DANM) program. Previously, R served on the faculty of the University of Southern California Viterbi School of Engineering, where he taught multiple courses in interactive media. 

This follows a career spanning 20 years in software development at firms including Almer/Blank and VideoRx where he produced custom digital experiences for numerous blue-chip brands including Apple, NBC, Toyota, Disney, Microsoft, the NFL, Ford, IKEA and Mattel.

Previously, R founded the LA Flash Adobe User Group (which he managed over seven years to become the largest such group in the world with over 3,000 registered members), and he co-founded Wildform where he co-created Flix, the first video encoder for Flash (eventually sold to Google). He has authored numerous articles, videos and books in software and technology.

R has an MBA in Entrepreneurship from UCLA Anderson School of Management and an undergraduate degree in History from Columbia University.


Ethan Duggan
Student

Currently a junior at Advanced Technologies Academy in the Computer Science program, Ethan began coding at age 11. By 12, he had written mobile apps for Android and iPhone. He was the youngest developer ever to launch an app at SXSW. He later spoke on entrepreneurship and startups at SXSW V2V and at CTIA


Christina Aidam
Founder

Christina Aldan is a TEDx speaker, trainer, and digital advertising consultant whose boutique agency, LG Designs, offers businesses brand consulting and creative content for everyday media. With over a decade of experience in the digital advertising realm, Christina is highly regarded for her approach to business, partnering with clients to find unique strategies that ensure their advertising goals are met. Christina builds connections through her keynote addresses, training workshops, and technological education. She uses these tools to help individuals and businesses cultivate value in everyday media. She has presented trainings for the Microsoft MVP community, among others. She also served as Chief Marketing Officer for PrayerSpark and as Marketing Coordinator for Starmark1. Christina uses her charisma and expertise to inspire others by mentoring women in business like herself. She also has sat on state and local boards supporting women in tech, entrepreneurship, and children with learning disabilities.
She is the recipient of the Las Vegas Women in Tech Community Service Award, the Distinguished Woman of the Year Award in STEM, and the Stevie Award for the category of Women Helping Women. LG Designs was voted by ACQ5 Magazine’s voters as Company of the Year (Nevada Brand Management) and Nevada Gamechanger of the Year. Learn more at: ChristinaAldan.com.


Jeanie Haddox

Jeanie Haddox is the Specialty Leasing Manager for Downtown Summerlin. She is responsible for managing specialty leasing for the 106-acre, 1.6 million-square-foot development, which represents the first phase of Downtown Summerlin.  In her role as Specialty Leasing Manager, Jeanie is responsible for managing all common areas and short-term leasing initiatives. Her mission is to deliver a program that complements the permanent leasing merchandising plan for the retail component while focusing on new business development, events, sponsorships, advertising and other alternative revenue strategies.  Jeanie has over 15 years of retail industry experience. She is a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC). She serves on the board of New Vista, is a Steering Team Member to West Career and Technical Academy, and is involved with several other local nonprofits.  Most recently she has been awarded 2016 Business Person of the Year and 2016 Visual Victory Winner. 


Coaches and Mentors


Angie Torres
Founder

Relationship Architect/Program Developer and Entrepreneur
Life Changing Solutions, LLC

I believe in partnerships and generating movement by cultivating relationships with people who have a deep passion for their work, and community. In the last 18 years, I have served the Las Vegas community in many areas of social work and mental health. I have a Bachelor's in Human Services and minored in Business, a Master’s in Mental Health Counseling, and Certified as a Personal Development Trainer; this combination of education and experience allows me to truly see the potential to create the extraordinary. My true passion is to support the youth and inspire them into becoming visionaries. 



Jamee Bateau
Founder/Programer

Hi, I'm Jamee Bateau aka Jameeface. My expertise is drawing simple yet expressive emojis. I created an online handmade jewelry store called Jameefaces and have been selling my products at First Friday for the last year. I wanted to show my emojis to a wider audience than just jewelry wearers, so I created an emoji app called JameeMoji that allows you to send a Jameeface via text or social media. My goal is to create the emojis that you didn't know you needed! ;)



Elliott Liu
Product Manager

Elliott Liu is currently leading product strategy, development, and operations for SmartEar, a small startup based in San Francisco.  Prior to SmartEar, he was CEO of Ryan’s Play, a mobile sports entertainment platform.  Elliott began his professional career with Caesars Entertainment, serving a variety of roles, from Gaming Analyst to GM of a multimillion dollar food and beverage operation at age 24.  Aside from business, Elliott is also an internationally-renowned chess player, and has been featured in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, and on YouTube series such as Brian Brushwood’s Scam School and the X Chess Championship, in which he emerged victorious.  Additionally, he won the 2005 Under 16 U.S. Championship, the gold medal in the 2006 Under 18 Pan-American Games, and had his own day proclaimed by the city of San Diego on April 25, 2006 after playing in that year’s U.S. Championship.Elliott loves teaching and mentoring those in the younger generation, and he is excited to be participating in the Techstars Youth Startup Weekend with his good friend and colleague Richard Ling.  Elliott has a degree in Human Biology from Stanford University. 


Mitchell You Bryant III
Founder

Founder of Nonprofit Organization Youth Outdoor Unity (YOU!) established in Houston, Texas.  The two brothers, Toriano Bryant, COO, and Mitchell Bryant, Executive Director, saw a need for change in their own community.






Launched in 1996, the organization serves under-represented, inner-city communities with outdoor outreach opportunities for youth and their families.  Enrollment includes students who are physically/mentally challenged, low-income, living in female-headed households, and experiencing homelessness. Their educational environmental and outdoor activities increase cooperative learning and engage youth in critical thinking while having fun in the process.

They have found that environmental education and increased outdoor activity has contributed to academic achievement in reading, writing, science and social studies.  Their programs foster youth physical fitness and youth leadership development, which increases the possibility of turning the Art of Living into Lifestyles. They have added 2 new projects to their program, Innovative STEAM Learning Program and The Youth of Texas/Youth of Nevada. "Our achievements," says Bryant, "do not come easily. We spend 85% of our time asking for your youth, not your money. Please, tell every child you know about us! Eventually, others will join in our efforts to reach out to our youth, your youth, their youth, and youth in general, by your example. Please Help US, Help YOU! HELP THEM!"
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Kalif Gordon
Founder

I was born in Kingston Jamaica on March 1, 1978 to two loving parents who provided me with the support, and guidance needed to make me the   Person I am today. There effortless love for me has enabled me to understand, and embrace opportunities to share what I had so organically.

My philosophy in life is to pass it forward, to the next child/person so that we can keep this contagious Love cycle going. I am extremely grateful for the chance to be apart of the cycle, and to be able to know that I contributed to the best purpose in life. LOVE!!!

Through my trials, and tribulations I have been pointed in the right direction to make a difference. My experiences in life have taught me to pass down what I have learned to help others.  We must all be united to help one another grow.


Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Techstars Youth Startup Weekend Las Vegas 2017 team is grateful for the support of local community partners without whom this event would not be possible.
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Signature Sponsors

In 2011 three guys from Las Vegas learned how to sew bags and accessories. We did it out of our garage in a small house in East Las Vegas. It took sacrificing everything to learn how to make products, then make a company and finally, make an impact. Since we started this brand we heard the same thing over and over.

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Organizing Team

Techstars Startup Weekend Las Vegas is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
Learn how to get involved here

  • Katy
    Toma
  • Eric
    Lassard
  • Kelli
    Compton
  • Kera
    Doorsey
  • Medin
    Gebrezgier
  • Rick
    Duggan

Facilitators


Jordan Rothenberg
Regional Manager

Jordan is a Regional Manager at Techstars, overseeing and supporting community leaders as they bring Startup Weekend, Week, and Digest to cities across the Western U.S. and Canada.

In a past life, Jordan was the cofounder of a natural food startup that simplified the smoothie making process, worked in advertising, healthcare IT, among a few other odd jobs. Jordan is from Milwaukee, WI, attended his first Startup Weekend in Madison, WI and is now based in Boulder, CO. He has an appetite for outdoor adventures, cars, and travel!


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