We’ve got a whole slew of great Vegas Tech startup events happening in the beginning of August. I know it’s hard for many people to keep up with all of the various Vegas Tech events that are happening. It’s a really dynamic time to be part of the community. Plus, many of the events get announced just a few days before the event. With that said, I wanted to point out a couple of the exciting events coming up. Events like these is what makes the Vegas Tech startup community so great.
A few of the events (in order of occurrence):
Downtown Speaker Series – There are two great speakers lined up for Friday and Saturday this week. On Friday they have the legendary magician David Copperfield speaking. On Saturday they have Jane Poynter speaking. While the name might be as familiar, I expect she’ll be possibly even more interesting than David Copperfield since she lived a magical 2 years in the biosphere 2 and is working on space technology and tourism in Downtown Las Vegas along with Inspiration Mars. I’m so mad I’m out of town for these.
Vegas Tech Week – The website for this is still not updated, but it happens the second week of every month. So, for August this will be 8/7-8/10. They do have the registration for the Thursday speakers up. I love the lineup. I’m really looking forward to Chris Kelly, Former Chief Privacy Officer of Faceook, Frank Addante, Founder of the Rubicon Project, Andrew Hyde, Founder of Startup Weekend (and a startup junkie), and Leigh Ferreira, Formerly of TED and Now at IAB. I love the mix of areas and the quality of the people. Should be a great event.
Startup Weekend Las Vegas – This is a special Startup Weekend since it’s paired with SXSW V2V. In fact, three members of the winning team will represent their group at V2V. The event is from August 9th to August 11th. Plus, those participating will get a chance to meet and pitch to Steve Case, co-founder of AOL and now an investor. Kate Rutter, co-founder of Luxr will also be their speaking to those that participate. Plus, they’ll have a stable of other coaches and mentors there to help you through the weekend. You can find more details on Startup Weekend Las Vegas and register for the event. If you’ve never been before, this seems like a good time to try it out. If you can’t go the whole weekend, it’s fun to also go and observe the pitches and presentations.
SXSW V2V – For those not familiar with this event, it’s SXSW Interactive’s first foray into hosting an event outside of Austin. You can read a lot more on the SXSW V2V website. There are quite a few Vegas Tech speakers at the event including Vegas Startups very own Rick Duggan with his 12 year old son Ethan Duggan. Plus, there are some really awesome evening events planned as well. You’ll see that many of those events are happening downtown so people attending the conference can get a feel for another side of Las Vegas. Hopefully they’ll get a chance to meet many of us local vegas entrepreneurs at the event as well.
I could dedicate a whole post to each of these events and no doubt there are other events I haven’t listed, but time is short. How cool that you can have David Copperfield, Chris Kelly, Steve Case and Ethan Duggan all hanging out in the Vegas Startup community? What an amazing community!