Startup Weekend Las Vegas

    Friday, November 20 - 22, 2015


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  3. Speakers
  4. Judges
  5. Coaches and Mentors
  6. Organizing Team
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Startup Weekend Las Vegas

Friday, November 20 - 22, 2015



Friday, November 20 - 22, 2015
Event starts at 6:30 pm

UNLV
Beam Hall (BEH)
4505 S. Maryland Pkwy
Las Vegas, NV 89154

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Go Global! Startup Weekend returns to Vegas

The Latest Edition of #SWLV Is Here!

Startup Weekend is back and this time it's Global! Grab your friends and join us!!

Come start a company, learn something new, test your developer skills, maybe meet your future co-founder – either way you’ll have the most fun you’ve ever had! Startup Weekend is a 54-hour event where developers, designers and business folks come together to pitch an idea and launch a business, all in one weekend.  It is a great opportunity to test startup ideas, meet potential co-founders, build the community in Las Vegas and launch your next startup!
Las Vegas Startup Weekend (SWLV) follows a basic model: anyone is welcome to pitch a startup idea and receive feedback from peers. Teams organically form around top ideas, as determined by popular vote. Each team has 54 hours to create a business model, code, design, and determine market validation. The weekend culminates with presentations of top ideas to  entrepreneurial leaders and venture capitalists.

We will start with registration, dinner, and pitches in the Tam Alumni Center (TAC) and move to Frank and Estella Beam Hall (BEH) when work gets underway. Parking is available anywhere on campus on Friday through Sunday night. Here is a link to a campus map for parking and building location information: http://www.unlv.edu/maps/campus

November 20, 21, and 22, 2015
University of Nevada, Las Vegas

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EVENT SCHEDULE

Friday November 20th


6:30 pm
Registration
Arrive at the venue and get checked in


7:00 pm
Dinner & Networking
Eat food, share ideas, practice pitches, get to know fellow participants


7:20 pm
Welcome & Speakers
Review agenda for the weekend and introduce speakers, coaches, and community leaders


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


9:00 pm
Voting
Attendees vote for the top pitches


9:15 pm
Form Teams
Teams start forming and discussing ideas


10:00 pm
Begin Work
Start to formalize teams and take an inventory of skills. Be honest, and direct about what resources and skills are needed for the weekend. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow

Saturday November 21st


9:00 am
Breakfast
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee


9:30 am
Begin Work
Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend


12:00 pm
Lunch


1:00 pm
Check-In
After-lunch check-in, status reports, call for help


2:00 pm
Coach Meetings
Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!


6:30 pm
Dinner


7:30 pm
Check-In
After-dinner check-in, status reports, call for help


10:00 pm
Wrap-Up
Finished for the day. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow

Sunday November 22nd


9:00 am
Breakfast
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee


10:00 am
Check-In
Coaches arrive. Final opportunity to ask questions


12:00 pm
Lunch


12:30 pm
Coach Meetings
Coaches arrive… ASK QUESTIONS


3:00 pm
Presentation Prep & Tech Check
Final hours of worktime should be focused on perfecting your presentation, tech-check for final presentations also takes place


4:00 pm
Dinner


5:00 pm
Final Presentations


7:30 pm
Judging & Awards


8:30 pm
Wrap-Up


9:00 pm
Go Home!



Speakers


Ray Garza

For over 30 years, Ray Garza has been considered to be one of the top branding, image-making and corporate marketing experts; having successfully marketed some of the largest Fortune 500 Companies in the US and abroad. Some of the Fortune 500 Companies and entertainment celebrities that Ray has personally represented and/or marketed include McDonald’s, Coca-Cola, Disney, Anheuser-Busch, Kraft General Foods, S.C. Johnson, PepsiCo International, Procter and Gamble, Universal Music, Oscar De La Hoya, The Rolling Stones, Rod Stewart, Neil Diamond, Willie Nelson and Vicente Fernandez, just to name a few. Ray’s agency was also selected by FIFA to produce the World Cup Qualifying Game, which qualified the US National Team to participate in the World Cup for the first time in World Cup history. Ray literally produced 7 international friendly games for FIFA with games averaging no less than 40,000 people and up to 85,000. Ray has also produced major sports, music and City/cultural events that have literally reached millions throughout the US and tens of millions worldwide. Ray has won numerous awards for his agency’s creative services including top agency in the nation and numerous keys to major metropolitan Cities throughout America; specifically, for his very successful cultural events and televised spectaculars that have positively impacted the economy of the markets that he has worked. Ray and his agency continue to creatively, strategically and effectively help companies build and market their brands; while also working on numerous music, television, film and international online projects.

Event Judges


Heather Wilde
CTO, ROCeteer

Heather Wilde was the eighth employee of Evernote, where she oversaw the company’s growth from thousands to 100 million customers. She's published popular games, trained Fortune 500 brands, advised hundreds of startups, and managed some major nonprofit programs. Now, as a fractional CTO through her own company ROCeteer, her award-winning work keeps the "Unicorn Whisperer" constantly traveling across the globe to find the next unicorn.


Geoff Sanders
CEO, LaunchKey

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. 


Roddrick Reed

Roddrick Reed is a managing director at Rebel Venture Fund, a venture capital firm that operates in conjunction with University of Nevada-Las Vegas (UNLV) Center for Entrepreneurship. He is a senior at UNLV’s Lee Business School with a major in Finance.

Roddrick enjoys connecting with problem solvers in the local startup community, where he gets to work with ambitious and passionate entrepreneurs. His background includes founding an event planning startup in 2013 and serving as a logistics operations manager in the Nevada Air National Guard.


Coaches and Mentors


Shavonnah Tièra



Mary Bacon

Mary is an attorney at Fennemore Craig Jones Vargas. She focuses her practice in the areas of Emerging Business and Technologies, and Government Affairs. Mary has experience in a range of business services for both new ventures and existing businesses, including the following: 
  • Counseling on the selection of an appropriate business structure;
  • Forming corporations (which includes drafting articles of incorporation and bylaws (for both profit and non-profit organizations));
  • Drafting shareholder agreements;
  • Forming limited liability companies (LLCs), partnerships and joint ventures (including drafting the accompanying Operating, Partnership or Joint Venture Agreements);
  • Reviewing and updating corporate governance materials (such as annual shareholders and board of directors minutes) for existing businesses;
  • Reviewing contracts and leases;
  • Reviewing of legal documents currently in use by the client;
  • Conducting legal research on specific business problems or issues;
  • Reviewing the need for various business licenses and permits and counseling on compliance with specific local, State and Federal regulatory requirements; and
  • Contract drafting. 


Chris Walther

Mr. Walther’s practice encompasses a wide variety of corporate, commercial, transactional, and real estate legal matters, including corporate organization, governance, and restructuring; negotiating, drafting, interpreting, complying with, and minimizing risk under third-party contracts; aiding commercial lenders and borrowers in negotiating, documenting, modifying, and foreclosing on secured loans; and advising sellers, buyers, lessors, and lessees in acquiring, financing, operating, leasing, and selling commercial real and personal property.  Mr. Walther has also developed an extensive legal opinion letter practice.  In addition to his core practice, Mr. Walther enjoys helping his clients to identify and resolve the myriad litigation, labor, regulatory, gaming, intellectual property, tax, environmental, and other concerns that can arise for businesses of all types and sizes.


Janet Runge
Enrichment Coordinator for Entrepreneurial Programs, UNLV

Dr. Janet Runge focuses on entrepreneurship at UNLV. She works with start-ups, small businesses, family firms, and not for profits. Janet has put entrepreneurship on the map at UNLV, including designing and directing the signature UNLV Lee Business School scholarship program, the Global Entrepreneurship Experience, founding the UNLV Center for Entrepreneurship, and mentoring current and former students throughout the start and growth of their businesses and careers. 



Adam Englander
Director of Engineering

Adam Englander is the Director of Engineering at LaunchKey. Adam is passionate about technology and community. Adam founded the Las Vegas PHP User Group. He is currently the organizer of the Las Vegas Python User Group and the co-organizer of both the Las Vegas PHP User Group and Las Vegas Developers. Adam’s devotion to user groups reflects his strong commitment to the developer community in Las Vegas. Adam has decades of development and database experience as well as a wealth of knowledge in the tools and services offered by various hosting platforms.

Adam is a passionate supporter for and participant in Startup Weekend.  His current company, LaunchKey, was the winner of Startup Weekend Las Vegas #3. He also launched his own startup at Startup Weekend Las Vegas #4. Event though his own startup didn’t succeed, he strongly believes the experiences gained from that process were crucial in molding him into the person he is today.

Adam is excited to share the knowledge he gained from both his success and his failures with the teams at this Startup Weekend.



Organizing Team

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

  • Janet
    Runge
  • Gael
    Hancock
  • Todd

Facilitators


Michael Grema
TEDxLasVegas Organizer

Michael Grema is an entrepreneur and business professional. His work spans many sectors, including nonprofit, tech, production, convention, education, development, and finance. As a business strategist, he has helped young businesses find success through the creation of operational frameworks and creative marketing.  He works with the Clark County School District as an educator and coach, serving as a role model for students seeking to balance academics and athletics. In 2014, Michael led a team to deliver the first TEDx at UNLV. TEDxUNLV – “Flipping the Switch” was streamed internationally and showcased incredible ideas from leading thinkers. Currently, he works with the World Economic Forum in its local Global Shapers program, a grassroots driven movement to build and strengthen communities. Michael is a proud graduate of UNLV, earning degrees in finance and management.

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Michael Grema
TEDxLasVegas Organizer

Michael Grema is an entrepreneur and business professional. His work spans many sectors, including nonprofit, tech, production, convention, education, development, and finance. As a business strategist, he has helped young businesses find success through the creation of operational frameworks and creative marketing.  He works with the Clark County School District as an educator and coach, serving as a role model for students seeking to balance academics and athletics. In 2014, Michael led a team to deliver the first TEDx at UNLV. TEDxUNLV – “Flipping the Switch” was streamed internationally and showcased incredible ideas from leading thinkers. Currently, he works with the World Economic Forum in its local Global Shapers program, a grassroots driven movement to build and strengthen communities. Michael is a proud graduate of UNLV, earning degrees in finance and management.


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