About 60 people attended Techstars Startup Weekend in Las Vegas.
Second place went to Mike Ziethlow for Developers.vegas, which he described as a directory of the “best software developers in Las Vegas for contract work, full-time employment or co-founding opportunities.”
Third place went to Trigger Tracker, a phone app that helps the user discover individual triggers for specific medical conditions. Tyler Kreft, who was on the four-person developer team, said he learned a lot from Startup Weekend, like “the importance of simplifying and solidifying an idea to get your vision clearly explained to the public, the true difficulty of trying to solve a problem that appears simple on the surface and the importance of moving quickly with a time constraint.”
Weekend, Kenny Eliason, said he hopes to organize additional events throughout the upcoming year.
“One of the problems with these kinds of events is they don’t get a lot of traction if they don’t happen all of the time,” he said. “Also, it’s a big commitment to set aside a whole weekend for people, so we can make smaller events to help keep startup ideas churning out of Las Vegas.”
Eliason said it is helpful for entrepreneurs to have as much practice as possible in pitching their ideas.
Byrne agreed that more Startup Weekends would benefit the Las Vegas startup scene.
“All those people that spent around 50 hours together, they learned so much from each other,” she said.
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