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The Startup Weekend Las Vegas Team is pleased to announce the winners of the 5th #SWLV!

In 1st place we have:


A cause marketing platform that makes it easy for people to raise money for the causes they care about. Not everyone has the time or money to give back to the community as much as they would like. Unite Me lets users give while they live by allowing them to visit great local businesses where a portion of what they spend is donated back to a cause of their choice.

Uniteme Team

Uniteme Team

In 2nd place:


A white label hotel booking solution for event organizers looking to keep their attendees close to their tradeshow, conference or concert/event.

Room Champ Team

Room Champ Team

In 3rd place we have:


Making product registration as simple as a barcode or QR code scan with your mobile device, which then creates a communication and registration channel between the buyer and the manufacturer or retailer of a product.

Scan Register Team

Scan Register Team

As an Honorable Mention:


A site created to locate break-outs of the influenza virus. Through a few questions to find out demographics/your flu information, we send anonymous information to the CDC and Southern Nevada Health District. We also provide you resources to guide you on your path to getting better. You can “Check-In” to your flu, and share it on facebook!

Flu Buddies Team

Flu Buddies Team

And lastly, best design went to:


A community-driven social media application that enables users to discover, rate and share outdoor locations and activities.

Adventure Tell Team

Adventure Tell Team

Congratulations to all the winners and keep hacking, plugging and pitching!

– Startup Weekend Las Vegas Team




May 3
  • Registration Starts
  • Dinner & Networking
  • Welcome & Speakers
  • Pitches Start
  • Attendees vote for the top ideas
  • Teams start forming and discussing ideas
  • 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


May 4
  • Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee
  • Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend
  • Lunch
  • Call for needs & skills
  • Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!
  • Dinner
  • Mid weekend check-in, status reports, call for help
  • Finished for the day. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow


May 5
  • Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee
  • Call for help (this is self motivated, so don’t be shy)
  • Lunch
  • Coaches arrive… ASK QUESTIONS
  • Gut check. Start prepping for presentations
  • Dinner
  • Judging & awards
  • Wrapup
  • Go home!
Platinum Sponsors

Rob Meadows

CEO and founder of Originate

Rob Meadows is the CEO and founder of Originate, a venture-based global software fund & accelerator launched in 2007. Rob stands by the principle that the most important element for success in any venture is finding smart, self-driven talent and trusting them to succeed. Originate has built a portfolio of over thirty companies by investing capital along with an elite team of engineers and business experts in high potential startups. To fully align its employees and partners, Originate sets aside 20% of the upside it earns in every partnership and passes it through to the employees that helped create the success. Originate operates in 7 cities across the US, Sweden, and China (including Las Vegas), and employs more than a hundred elite software developers and entrepreneurs.

Rob also served as Co-Founder/CTO of several successful startups including NewAer, Best of All Worlds, and Stateless Networks, and sits on the board of several other companies. Prior to Originate, Rob founded Lumitrend, a mobile content management platform provider. Lumitrend was acquired by Asurion in 2006 and the technology is used by 20+ global carriers on over 100 million mobile devices. Rob is a Las Vegas native and began his career as a software developer at IBM and as a software architect at Slam Dunk Networks. He holds a Master’s degree in Computer Science from the University of Arizona and still enjoys writing code.

Gold Sponsors


Partner, Vegas Tech Fund   |  

He's an entrepreneur, angel investor and car nut. As a founder of SchoolCenter, an edtech content management platform he was able to complete the cycle from struggling startup through exit. The company sold in 2011 and is now part of Blackboard, Inc.

During the transition he was able to get a crash course on current startup techniques as an investor and the executive director for the seed accelerator program BoomStartup . This TechStars Network affiliate program was ranked one of the top 15 accelerators in the country.

His current position as a partner with the VegasTechFund allows him to help empower amazing founders and startups passionate about building community in downtown Las Vegas.

Aron Ezra

VP of Mobile, Bally Technologies, Inc.   |   LinkedIn

Aron is an entrepreneur and angel investor with an outstanding track record of building teams, developing new product lines, and closing deals. His most recent startup was MacroView Labs, where he served as CEO and grew the company into one of the top mobile enterprise developers across multiple verticals. He sold MacroView to Bally Technologies in 2011, and is currently overseeing the company’s global mobile business. Additional past highlights include serving as Senior Vice President at Hill & Knowlton, a leading communications firm, and as a Director at The Advisory Board Company, a healthcare consulting firm based in Washington D.C.

As a frequent guest speaker on a wide range of business and future technology topics, Aron has been invited to give more than 800 presentations at conferences around the world. He has won numerous honors from organizations ranging from The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences to Harvard University. Seven Magazine named him one of 2012’s Most Intriguing people in Las Vegas, and the Las Vegas Business Press named him one of 2012's Top 10 Rising Business Leaders in the city.

He graduated from Princeton and is a big believer in the Vegas Startup scene!

Jason Mendenhall

Executive Vice President, Cloud at Switch   |   LinkedIn

Bryant Quan

Executive Vice President

Bryant is the Chief Product Officer and Executive Vice President for Slickdeals, a top #100 US Web Property who's mission is to save people money. There, Bryant heads up the Las Vegas Headquarters and is responsible for all product and tech development.
Bryant has a unique perspective that combines proven technical ability and management experience that stems from his early career, building from Web Design to Datacenter Consulting. As the former Chief Executive Officer for Slickdeals, he used his talent to lead the company to a several hundred million dollar valuation and a successful investment in just three years. He definitely still likes to get his hands dirty, pumping out designs in Photoshop and solving programming issues.
Trading one desert for another, Bryant originally hails from Phoenix, Arizona where he received his Masters of Business Administration and Bachelors in Management Information Systems from the University of Arizona. Bryant also regularly sits on boards and non-profits and volunteers in law enforcement doing things like search and rescue. He now is happy to call Las Vegas his home, and plans to be a resource to the Las Vegas tech industry and help aspiring entrepreneurs and developers.

Silver Sponsors

Janet B. Runge, Ph.D.

Global Entrepreneurship Experience Coordinator   |   LinkedIn

Dr. Janet Runge focuses on entrepreneurship at UNLV. She completed an M.BA. at the
University of New Orleans and her Ph.D. at Louisiana State University. She works with start-ups, small businesses, family firms, and not for profits and is a frequent speaker and consultant. Dr. Runge has put entrepreneurship on the map at UNLV, specifically she
• Designed and directs the signature UNLV College of Business scholarship
program, the Global Entrepreneurship Experience, including program structure, course delivery, and student recruitment
• Founded the UNLV Center for Entrepreneurship
• Developed a major and minor in Entrepreneurship
• Delivered the first entrepreneurship course ever offered at UNLV
• Developed and delivered the first programming for Entrepreneurship Week in southern Nevada in 2007 and supported programming for subsequent E-Week celebrations for UNLV and the community.
• Mentored and advised 70 teams in the Nevada Governor’s Cup Business Plan
Competition, including 18 finalists and 5 Governor’s Cup Winners. Received the inaugural Outstanding Advisor Award
• Established a Business Plan Competition for high school students in 2002 and continues to judge for the statewide competition.
• Continues to mentor former students throughout the start and growth of their businesses and careers

Terence Carroll

Co-founder and CTO at LaunchKey   |   LinkedIn

Devin is a Co-founder and CTO at LaunchKey (, a startup founded last year at Startup
Weekend Las Vegas #3. After many years in the corporate world he decided to return to his entrepreneurial roots. He is a developer with a Business degree and specializes in architecture, system
administration and security.

Fletcher Whitwell

Vice President of Media and Digital Activation   |  

Fletcher is the chief architect of R&R’s diversely talented media and digital activation department, which extends across the company’s seven offices. This group of on- and off-line media specialists solves business challenges with integrated plans that reach across the spectrum of communications outlets. From breakthrough content integrations and unique partnerships that pump millions of dollars into clients’ promotional budgets to keeping messages relevant and immediate through strategic new media, social marketing and online extensions, Fletcher’s team engages and motivates audiences.

He has overseen integrated partnerships for the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, with such top brands as the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue, ESPN, E! and CBS Radio. His work in sectors as diverse as travel, utilities, law enforcement and nonprofit has been widely recognized, earning R&R the four most prestigious national media awards – Adweek Buzz, MediaPost Creative Media, Mediaweek Plan of the Year and OMMA Integrated Online Award. He is also committed heart and soul to the Human Rights Campaign for which he is a local board member.

Before joining R&R, Fletcher served as associate media director at Starcom in Chicago, where he worked on key clients including Miller, Canon, Philip Morris, Kellogg, Sara Lee, Showtime, Heinz, Nintendo, Discover and Walgreens, among others. He also negotiated multiple cross-market unwired deals for Canon, Miller and Hallmark, securing extensive added-value opportunities including customized vignettes on the Today Show, Extreme Home Makeover and FOX NFL.

A native of Oxford, Mississippi, Fletcher earned a bachelor of arts degree in journalism and business from the University of Mississippi, where he also has been inducted into the University’s Hall of Fame.

Arthur Pin Tan

Attorney at Lightbulb IP   |   LinkedIn

Arthur (Pin) Tan practices patent, trademark, and copyright law, and has prosecuted numerous patent and trademark matters, securing intellectual property rights in the United States, Europe, and Asia. Mr. Tan admires the inventive and creative spirit, and has a passion for providing educating clients and others about intellectual property, giving lectures on patent, trademark, and copyright issues for various groups and organizations in the Las Vegas community.

Gina Bongiovi

Attorney, MBA   |   LinkedIn

Gina Bongiovi Bio

As one of the few native Las Vegans left in town, I'm proud to still call Las Vegas home. I'm also proud to call myself a Rebel, having graduated magna cum laude from the UNLV Honors College with a B.S.B.A. in marketing and minor in business law in 2001. In 2007, I was one of the first students to earn a dual law degree/MBA from the William S. Boyd School of Law and College of Business at UNLV.

In 2005, I started a marketing company and couldn't find a lawyer that was willing or able to help a startup like me. After hearing similar stories from other entrepreneurs, I decided I would dedicate my practice to serving small businesses. With my education and real-world experience, I provide my clients with business-minded legal advice that addresses all facets of business ownership. I serve as a consigliere to my clients, much like Robert Duvall's character in “The Godfather,” except with a lot less violence.

I helped found two nonprofits – Dress for Success Southern Nevada and Vegas Shepherd Rescue. Currently I serve as pro bono counsel for the Vegas Shepherd Rescue, Xemplar Advisory Board Member, LexisNexis Firm Manager Advisory Board Member, and Advisory Council Chair of Vegas Young Professionals.

Personally, I'm an animal-loving, wine-drinking, shoe-addicted yogi and dog mom who loves to cook, hike, and spend time by the ocean.

I am a member of the State Bar of Nevada, and the American Bar Association including the Young Lawyers Section, Solo and Small Firm Division, and Business Law Division.

I am admitted to practice in the United States District Court for the District of Nevada and all Nevada state courts.

Angela Abshier

co-founder/CEO   |  

Angela Abshier, co-founder/CEO of Gabuduck is responsible for bringing established entertainment talent to mobile content for kids. During law school Angela clerked at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC. It was during that time that she became committed to the rights of artists and musicians. She is a passionate advocate for artists and is constantly seeking balance between art, commerce, and technology.

Angela has held executive roles in casino gaming and managed global insights initiatives in the product development process for a major slot machine manufacturer. She has managed creative teams develop and deliver award winning innovation products in gaming.

In her role as CEO for Gabuduck, Angela utilizes her intellectual property law, business development, research and strategy experience and pairs it with her creative vision and drive toward innovation. Angela brings 20 years of business relationships in music, film, entertainment, and development.

Lauri S. Thompson

Partner at Greenberg Traurig

Lauri S. Thompson is a partner at Greenberg Traurig an International law firm, where she specializes in working with companies to protect and enhance their key brands and corporate images through strategic management of their worldwide trademark and copyright portfolios. She also works to help increase the visibility and value of their names and images, through trademark, copyright, and domain name registration and internet monitoring and enforcement. On the entertainment side, she works on issues related to live show production and audio visual works.

Ms. Thompson focuses on counseling clients in all aspects of their advertising and entertainment contracts. She helps license music and other content, as well as develops procedures for ownership of original content. She oversees the clearance, procurement and enforcement of intellectual property rights throughout the world including the protection and use of intellectual property on and off the Internet.

Ms. Thompson counsels clients to avoid disputes by helping them review materials for copyright, trademark and publicity rights issues. She has worked with various production companies, recording studios, advertising agencies, and media companies, advising them in the clearance of materials for use in film, television, advertising and Internet marketing. Ms. Thompson specializes in settling disputes over IP and entertainment issues, in an effort to avoid costly litigation and uncertain outcomes, when

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