This is a Las Vegas Developers-sponsored event!
If you've never done a Startup Weekend they are incredibly fun, stressful and rewarding. Developers are always in great demand, as are UI designers, web designers and sysadmins who can set up services quickly. You'll take a concept from pitch to presentation in just 54 hours; the top three entries receive prizes.
Las Vegas Startup Weekend is where local startups Rumgr and Launch Key got their initial funding. And you get to hack away for the weekend in the awesome Switch InNEVation Center and be fed three meals a day!
The schedule is posted here: http://lasvegas.startupweekend.org/
Here's the official summary:
Ever wondered what it takes to be an entrepreneur?
The professional and personal challenges, the high and lows, the failures and the success?
Startup Weekend (http://startupweekend.org) is a global grassroots movement of active and empowered entrepreneurs who are learning the basics of founding startups and launching successful ventures. It is the largest community of passionate entrepreneurs with over 400 past events in 100 countries around the world in 2011.
The non-profit organization is headquartered in Seattle, Washington but Startup Weekend organizers and facilitators can be found in over 200 cities around the world. From Mongolia to South Africa to London to Brazil, people around the globe are coming together for weekend long workshops to pitch ideas, form teams, and start companies.
All Startup Weekend events follow the same basic model: anyone is welcome to pitch their startup idea and receive feedback from their peers. Teams organically form around the top ideas (as determined by popular vote) and then it's a 54 hour frenzy of business model creation, coding, designing, and market validation. The weekends culminate with presentations in front of local entrepreneurial leaders with another opportunity for critical feedback.
Whether entrepreneurs found companies, find a cofounder, meet someone new, or learn a skill far outside their usual 9-to-5, everyone is guaranteed to leave the event better prepared to navigate the chaotic but fun world of startups. If you want to put yourself in the shoes of an entrepreneur, register now (http://www.swlv.eventbrite.com) for the best weekend of your life!