Startup Weekend Las Vegas 2018
Friday, November 16 - 18, 2018
Friday, November 16 - 18, 2018
Event starts at 5:00 pm
Rob Roy's Innevation Center
6795 S Edmond St
Startup Weekend Las Vegas
Friday night begins with dinner and networking, then ideas are pitched in an open mic format. You will vote for your favorite pitches, and from there, teams form to begin working on the top ideas. This is where your earlier networking comes in handy; you will want to build a team that has all the necessary skills and resources to help you achieve your team goal for the weekend.
On Saturday and Sunday, your team dives deeply into building out its idea. Coaches and mentors are available to help, so it’s encouraged that you to take advantage of their expertise!
Sunday evening is devoted to final presentations, during which time your team will present its developed idea to a panel of judges. Demo prototypes, wow the judges, and win awards!
Startup Weekend is the perfect place to see exactly what it takes to become a successful entrepreneur, meet other innovative people who might just become your co-founders or partners and test your ideas with some of the smartest business minds in the community. The full schedule is listed below. Reserve your spot today!
Friday November 16th
Saturday November 17th
Sunday November 18th
Geoff Sanders was the cofounder and CEO of LaunchKey, a cybersecurity company specializing in next generation mobile authentication. A rare mix of engineering and creative talent, Geoff has more than a decade of professional experience as a full stack developer, designer, and product manager with expertise in creating end-to-end custom interactive applications.Proudly self-taught since age 12, Geoff has a pedigree for technology as the 3rd cyber security CEO in his family and the son of a former lead engineer at Compaq. Prior to his career in technology, Geoff was a decorated cadet in the U.S. Air Force Reserve training to become a pilot and commissioned officer while concurrently on full-scholarship at The University of Texas at Austin studying electrical engineering. He began to turn heads in the technology arena after his stint in the Air Force Reserve when he started his first company wythaGy (as in “Geoff” with a ‘G’), a full-service web and application development firm with more than 60 clients across the U.S. and U.K. that he ran for five years.In 2013, Inc. Magazine included Geoff in their prestigious “30 Under 30” entrepreneurs list, and his military-related decorations include the Superior Performer Award (USAF) and Commander’s Commendation (CAP). Ever the Renaissance man, Geoff has also been recognized for his success as a professional photographer and accredited drummer.
LaunchKey was acquired by iovation in September 2016.
As Product Director of LaunchKey, Geoff leads the overall strategy, vision, and direction of the LaunchKey product at iovation.
In March, 2013 Ciara with Kim MacQuarrie co-founded a non-profit organization called Green Our Planet based in Las Vegas. Green Our Planet's mission is to raise money for green projects and to educate the public about the most pressing environmental issues facing the planet today. The overall goal is to help conserve, protect, and improve the environment through funding green projects and through education, which includes STEAM, nutrition and conservation education in K-12 schools. Since March 2013 Green Our Planet has raised over $2m, built 115 school gardens, won the American Honda Foundation grant to pay teachers to adapt PreK-5 STEAM curricula so it can be taught in the gardens. Green Our Planet won Public Health Hero of the Year 2014 awarded by the Health District of Southern Nevada; Community Organization of the Year 2014 USGBC; Ciara won Las Vegas Tech Woman of the Year 2015 and the Las Vegas City Compassionate Hero of the Year 2017.
Filmmaker & Executive Director, Lion Television
Coaches and Mentors
Event Sponsors, and Partners
The Startup Weekend Las Vegas 2018 team is grateful for the support of local community partners without whom this event would not be possible.
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Techstars Startup Weekend Las Vegas is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
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