Startup Weekend 2017: Meet The Facilitator!

Marion Desmazières 
Tech Business Developer, Amazon Alexa
Facilitator, Startup Weekend Las Vegas 2017

Marion is a tech business developer based in Seattle, WA. She runs developer education partnerships for Alexa, the voice service powering Amazon’s popular Echo devices. Before joining Amazon two years ago, Marion coordinated Global Startup Battle in 2012 and managed partner relations for Startup Weekend HQ in Seattle. She holds a Master’s in Business Management from EDHEC Business School and an MBA in Technology Commercialization from the University of Alberta. A Startup Weekend veteran, Marion has facilitated 20+ events in France, Canada, the US, Algeria and Morocco.

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LOCATION: Rob Roy’s Innevation Center
WHEN : Friday, November 10th – Sunday, November 12th
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 your community. Get tickets now!

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Hardware and Software Combined Nabs Power Plug the Win at Startup Weekend UNR!

Startup Weekend UNR (University of Nevada, Reno)

October 18th, 2015

1st Place: Power Plug 

This year’s winning team was Power Plug, a home automation device that allows you to turn off appliances in your house with your smart phone. The team, lead by Ben Hammel, was soldering and programming throughout the weekend to give the judges a full demonstration by turning on and off a light connected to their device in the back of the room with their smart phone.

2nd Place and People’s Choice Winner: Elephant Tracks

Since an elephant never forgets Elephant Tracks allows you to put wireless tags on your travel packing list items which sends an alert if you have left them behind. Go to www.elephanttracks.co and check out their video. Team led by Evan Thacker.

3rd Place: Gigity 

Swipe left to pass, swipe right to accept a job. Gigity allows job hunters to pick up “gigs” though their smart phone by swiping to review and accept small jobs. Payment is tracked and processed through the app interface. Team led by Max Thom.

Other Teams:

Zippy allows small local businesses to provide same day shipping and delivery by activating taxi and other drivers to deliver the goods. Through their platform small businesses can list available goods online and Zippy will arrange pickup and delivery.

Festival Doctors brings unique family friendly festivals to the Biggest Little City. Their first event being an international marionette festival.

Special thanks to UNR’s Innevation Center, EDAWN, UNR Ozmen Center for Entrepreneurship, UNR College of Journalism and College of Business for supporting the event. We’d also like to thank our fantastic speakers and coaches, Jonathan Lee, Matt Westfield, Colin Loretz, David Lewandowski and Alice Heiman.

Look out for the next Startup Weekend Reno that will be open to the broader public in April 2016. For more details and to stay up to date on entrepreneurial events subscribe to Reno’s Startup Digest, www.startupdigest.com/digests/reno

-SW UNR Organizing Team (Mignon Fogerty, Krysta Jackson and Bryan McArdle)

 

 








Top 5 Reasons to Attend Startup Weekend Las Vegas 2015

Startup Weekend Las Vegas (Apr. 10-12) at University of Nevada, Las Vegas is just four weeks away and it’s time you jumped in. Apart from visiting the entertainment capital of the world, here are the top 5 reasons why you should be there:

1. Expand Your Network
Entrepreneurs, developers, designers, and marketers will be there and you’ll want to connect with them. Local tech and startup leaders will be at Startup Weekend as mentors and judges.  Get some one-on-one time with the movers and shakers in Las Vegas.  Just look at our judging panel, it’s made up of four investors and two successful entrepreneurs. Plus, Startup Weekend is a great way to show off your skills and meet awesome talent in the community.

2. Re-Energize
Free your mind off the daily routine and feel inspired by working on a fast paced project or idea for the weekend. At Startup Weekend, attendees are excited to participate, work, and to help others create something great.

3. Work Outside of Your Box
“If you’re curious to test the waters as a front-end or backend developer for apps or websites, or if you have a skill for sales communication that you’d like to sharpen, this is the perfect opportunity to dabble. Startup Weekend is a learning environment and there are always people of different skill levels in attendance. Those attending with more experience are happy to teach others and give advice.” -Jaclyn Hudak, Ready Maker Design @JaclynHudak

4. Challenge Yourself
Are you an expert in website design and want to learn app development? Is there an area of design that you wish you had more experience in? Whether it’s creating apps, websites, logos, or marketing, you can join a team who needs you to create something quickly; a great way to challenge yourself and build new skills without the pressure to be absolutely perfect.

5. Build A Business
“The bottom line is that Startup Weekend is the best place to launch a startup. If you’ve had an idea in your head but haven’t done anything about it, there’s no better event to get started. You’ll be surrounded by really smart and driven people who want to work together on building something from the ground up. Maybe you’ll work on your idea, or maybe someone else’s idea will pique your interest. Startup Weekend is the place to validate a business idea, build a product and launch a startup in just 54 hours.” – Mike Chan, Co-founder of Ribl @mikewchan

Buy your tickets now here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/startup-weekend-las-vegas-nv-april-10-12-2015-tickets-15563160833








Top 5 Reasons to Attend Startup Weekend Vegas

Startup Weekend Vegas - Kevin Rose

Startup Weekend Vegas 2014 (Nov. 21-23) at the Innevation Center is just three weeks away and it’s time you jumped in. Apart from visiting the entertainment capital of the world, here are the top 5 reasons why you should be there:

1. Expand Your Network
Entrepreneurs, developers, designers, and marketers will be there and you’ll want to connect with them. Local tech and startup leaders will be at Startup Weekend as mentors and judges.  Get some one-on-one time with the movers and shakers in Las Vegas.  Just look at our judging panel, it’s made up of four investors and two successful entrepreneurs. Plus, Startup Weekend is a great way to show off your skills and meet awesome talent in the community.

2. Re-Energize
Free your mind off the daily routine and feel inspired by working on a fast paced project or idea for the weekend. At Startup Weekend attendees are excited to participate, work, and to help others create something great.

3. Work Outside of Your Box
“If you’re curious to test the waters as a front-end or backend developer for apps or websites, or if you have a skill for sales communication that you’d like to sharpen, this is the perfect opportunity to dabble. Startup Weekend is a learning environment and there are always people of different skill levels in attendance. Those attending with more experience are happy to teach others and give advice.” -Jaclyn Hudak, Ready Maker Design @JaclynHudak

4. Challenge Yourself
Are you an expert in website design and want to learn app development? Is there an area of design that you wish you had more experience in? Whether it’s creating apps, websites, logos, or marketing, you can join a team who needs you to create something quickly; a great way to challenge yourself and build new skills without the pressure to be absolutely perfect.

5. Build A Business
“The bottom line is that Startup Weekend is the best place to launch a startup. If you’ve had an idea in your head but haven’t done anything about it, there’s no better event to get started. You’ll be surrounded by really smart and driven people who want to work together on building something from the ground up. Maybe you’ll work on your idea, or maybe someone else’s idea will pique your interest. Startup Weekend is the place to validate a business idea, build a product and launch a startup in just 54 hours.” – Mike Chan, Co-founder of Ribl @mikewchan

Buy your tickets now here: http://lasvegas.startupweekend.org