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2014 Winners of TechNevada Honors

This week was the TBAN organized TechNevada honors. It’s a great event that brings together the tech community to recognize some local Las Vegas tech companies. In case you missed the event, the 2014 Nominees and Winners (in bold) are listed below:

Technology Company of the Year:
Banjo
Smashmetrics/Revunit
Wedgies

Tech Product of the Year:
Zero Idle Battery
FSL3D, 3D printer

Entrepreneur of the Year Award:
Zach Ware, Project 100 and WIP
Sunny Tara, DocBeat
Frank Gruber and Jen Consalvo, TechCocktail

Most Promising Early Stage Start-up:
Skyworks Aerial Systems
Dooing
Paystr
Tealet

Tech Transplant of the Year:
Orderwithme.com
JusCollege
Moveline

At the event, a few other awards were given:
Technology Star in the Public Sector: Thomas Wilczek
Spirit Award: Downtown Podcast
Technology Executive of the Year: Jeff Oberschelp

It’s amazing to see how quickly the Vegas Tech community has grown. Congrats to all the nominees and winners!

April 25, 2014 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 15 electronic medical record and health IT blogs. He also founded the Pure TV Network of blogs. John recently launched two new companies: InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com, and is an advisor to docBeat. As part of the Las Vegas Tech startup community, John helped organize the highly successful inaugural Startup Weekend Las Vegas. He's also been a strong supporter of the Vegas Tech community including co-founding the VegasStartups.com blog. John is highly involved in social media, and can be found on Twitter: @techguy and Google Plus.

#VegasTech & SXSW – Day 1 – March 8, 2013

As many of you know, the #VegasTech community showed up in style at SXSW back in March. From one of the largest booths at the trade show to two amazing parties, the community was well-represented at the hippest tech conference in the world.

#VegasTech at SXSW

#VegasTech at SXSW (photo courtesy vegastech.com)

It all started with an idea from Gabe Shepherd to leverage the power of community to bring attention to Vegas as an up and coming tech center. Instead of each company trying to bring attention to themselves, we would put the community front and center. With a larger platform (everyone working together) more attention would be placed on Vegas, and consequently, more on the companies themselves as well. Trite, but a win-win!

I still recall the first meeting where Gabe pitched the idea to me. I don’t recall the exact date, but it must have been somewhere around March/April of 2012. We had dinner at Le Thai. Gabe pulled out what I believe was a boarding pass from a recent flight where he had sketched out the basic concept. I was simultaneously impressed and skeptical. At that point, VegasTech was only about a year old, and while it had made great strides since the first Jelly in April 2011, there was still a long way to go. And here Gabe was with an ambitious plan to not just attend SXSW as a community, but to make a splash at a very noisy conference. I offered up support and told him to go for it. To be fair, my time was constrained and I wasn’t able to do a lot of heavy lifting with the planning, though I did assist with getting the Technology Business Alliance of Nevada (TBAN) on board.

Fast forward a year later, and 140 VegasTech members descend on Austin. I arrived on the 7th with my family in tow (more on that later), with the official start of SXSW Interactive on March 8th. Originally titled “SxVegas” by this time the event had morphed into #VegasTech at SXSW. In addition, by this time, SXSW had announced SXSWV2V a SXSW event right here in Las Vegas (set for the Cosmopolitan Hotel on August 11-14).

Sessions that day ranged from “The Learn to Code Movement” to “Tales of US Entrepreneurship Beyond Silicon Valley” to “How Side Gigs & Hobbies Can Help Your Career”. These sessions gave great tips for entrepreneurs and budding developers. These sessions, combined with the larger keynotes, plus appearances from celebrities and tech investors (and some celebrity tech investors!) highlight the quality programming for which SXSW is known.

At the same time the sessions were underway, the #VegasTech booth was under construction by our amazing friends at Fuller Street. The trade show, set to start on Sunday, was to be a major focal point of the #VegasTech invasion of SXSW.

#VegasTech banner

#VegasTech banner raised high over trade show booth

The Fuller Street team taking a well-deserved break.

The Fuller Street team taking a well-deserved break.

Now, back to the family story. Some of you are aware that my son, Ethan, has become part of #VegasTech. Having taught himself to program at age 11 with the help of the #VegasTech community, Codeacademy, and other resources such as W3Schools and Stack Overflow, he had just finished his first app, LazyHusband. A few months prior to SXSW, we decided to make the trip as a family, launch Ethan’s app at SXSW, and help support the #VegasTech community. He even became a sponsor of the #VegasTech party. Coming as a family was an amazing experience, as Ethan got to attend several SXSW sessions, met Shaq, and did about a dozen media interviews. The flip side of this was that it was harder to attend the informal late night sessions, but it was a tradeoff I’d be willing to make again.

Please stay tuned for Part 2, where we continue preparations for the trade show and attend the SXSW V2V Meet Up.

July 1, 2013 I Written By

A veteran of six startups (one of which conducted a successful IPO), Rick Duggan is currently CTO of Sports Challenge Network, Inc., a VegasTech startup creating new technology for one of the world's most popular sports, ten pin bowling. Prior to joining Sports Challenge Network predecessor Rolltech, he was Director of Website Systems at Zappos IP, Inc.; Chief Technology Officer of Thinker, Inc., a Las Vegas-based provider of digital signage; and co-founder and VP of Engineering & Operations at Incanta. One of the first people involved in the VegasTech community, he acts as a community evangelist, mentor, and is co-creator of the VegasStartups.com blog. He is an advisor to VegasTech company LaunchKey, recently acquired by iovation.

Tech Nevada Honors Winners

Last night was an amazing TBAN event at the beautiful Moon Nightclub at the Palms. There was a huge #vegastech turnout along with a number of long time TBAN members. I’ve been going to TBAN for a lot of years and this is probably the best event that TBAN has hosted yet. Nice work to the team behind TBAN and the Tech Nevada Honors.

For those who missed the event. The following are a list of the Tech Nevada Honors winners:

Most Promising Early Stage Start Up
LaunchKey

Technology Company of the Year
VadaTech

Entrepreneur of the Year
Mio Babic, CEO iStream Planet

Vegas Technology Spirit Award
Shavonna Tiera

Product of the Year
Romotive

Tech Transplant of the Year
TicketCake

Technology CIO/CTO of the Year
Chris Nordling, MGM Studios

Technology Star of the Public Sector
Rob Lang

Technology Hall of Fame
Fred Cox

Congratulations to all the companies that were nominated and to the all the Winners!

February 28, 2013 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 15 electronic medical record and health IT blogs. He also founded the Pure TV Network of blogs. John recently launched two new companies: InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com, and is an advisor to docBeat. As part of the Las Vegas Tech startup community, John helped organize the highly successful inaugural Startup Weekend Las Vegas. He's also been a strong supporter of the Vegas Tech community including co-founding the VegasStartups.com blog. John is highly involved in social media, and can be found on Twitter: @techguy and Google Plus.

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