UP Summit

Las Vegas May 29 - June 1

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About the UP Summit

The UP Summit is the largest grassroots gathering of startup community leaders from across the planet. In its fourth year, the UP Summit will bring together community leaders from around the wolrd across a variety of programs.


Location: Downtown Vegas

Imagine a place that showcases the ideal community that empowers entrepreneurs - it's Downtown Las Vegas. A place dreamed up by Tony Hsieh, CEO of Zappos, the Downtown Project is a group of passionate people committed to helping transform Downtown Las Vegas into the most community-focused large city in the world. By bringing the UP Summit to Downtown Las Vegas, you will be able to feel and touch the power that a physical space has in a thriving community.

Staying at Downtown Grand: downtowngrand.com

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Summit Events Schedule



Thursday May 29


Registration & 3M Lounge*
  • 8:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Join us during free time at our lounge at the Downtown Grand, located on the first level behind check-in. Drinks on hand thanks to Coca-Cola, come to refresh and re-energize! For registration please bring a form of identification with you. Make sure you come prepared ready to select your experiences for the next three days as you will be planning out and selecting your track. See you there!

Fun Experience: Zappos Tour
  • 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Join us for a tour at the fabulous new corporate headquarters of Zappos in Downtown Las Vegas, Nevada to learn about the Zappos Family culture. Meet in the Lobby at Zappos. Sign up by May 20 - Limited Spots Available.

Fun Experience: Switch SUPERNAP Tour & Communitycation Lunch at Switch InNEVation Center
  • 9:30 AM - 1:00 PM

Switch SUPERNAP is the recognized world leader in data center ecosystem design, development and mission critical operations. SUPERNAP houses servers such as eBay, Zappos, intuit, and many more. Join us on an exclusive tour of this massive facility. After the tour, head over to the Switch InNEVation center, home to all of our Las Vegas Startup Weekends, for Communitycation lunch! Note: You'll recognize the keynote speaker at the lunch! Meet outside to board the shuttles at 9:30am. Sign up by May 20 - Limited Spots Available.

Fun Experience: Downtown Project Tour
  • 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

See what is going on around you while you're here! Tours last just about an hour and are the most up-to-date download on what we are working on at Downtown Project. Meet in the Lobby of The Ogden. Sign up by May 20 - Limited Spots Available.

Fun Experience: Downtown Project Tour
  • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

See what is going on around you while you're here! Tours last just about an hour and are the most up-to-date download on what we are working on at Downtown Project. Meet in the Lobby of the Ogden. Sign up by May 20 - Limited Spots Available.

Fun Experience: Zappos Tour
  • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Join us for a tour at the fabulous new corporate headquarters of Zappos in Downtown Las Vegas, Nevada to learn about the Zappos Family culture. Meet in the Lobby at Zappos. Sign up by May 20 - Limited Spots Available.

Fun Experience: Downtown Project Tour
  • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

See what is going on around you while you're here! Tours last just about an hour and are the most up-to-date download on what we are working on at Downtown Project. Meet in the Lobby of The Ogden. Sign up by May 20 - Limited Spots Available.

Late Arrivals Registration
  • 9:00 PM - 11:00 PM

For our late arrivals, we'll open up registration during the Opening Party so you can hop on over to quickly pick up your information. The Gold Spike is just a block away, so it will only take you a few minutes! For registration please bring a form of identification with you. Make sure you come prepared ready to select your experiences for the next three days as you will be planning out and selecting your track. See you there!

Friday May 30


Learning Experience: Sprint Presents: CIT Roundup: Stories from the Corporate Innovator's Track
  • 10:00 AM - 10:45 AM

Goal: Hear about what happened at the Corporate Innovator's Track which took place right before UP Summit. Learn a little about how Corporations internalize innovation and how you can get engaged with them in your community. You Should Attend This Session If......you have corporations in your community that want to step up their involvement with startup weekend or innovation.

Learning Experience: Vertical SW: A Dive Into The Depths of a Theme
  • 11:00 AM - 11:45 AM

Goal: Strengthen your next SW with a theme by taking full advantage of best practice from around the world. You Should Attend This Session If...you want to create awesome Startup Weekends with a theme, you want to take advantage of the special sponsor-opportunities that at verticals offers, you want knowhow on how to cultivate the business potentials of specialists attracted to a Startup Weekend theme, if you want to share the tips and tricks of verticals, if you are curious about fresh experiences from Denmark and Germany (Themes: Health, E-commerce/Lifestyle, Politics and more)

Learning Experience: Startup Culture Mastermind with Delivering Happiness
  • 11:00 AM - 11:45 AM

Goal: To gain immediate feedback and learn about best practices in creating a unique culture for your startup. You Should Attend This Session If..."If you get the culture right, most of the other stuff like delivering great customer service or building a long-term enduring brand will just happen naturally on it's own." - Tony Hsieh - If you're passionate about company culture, interested in creating an enduring brand and want to connect with others like you, be there!

Fun Experience: Hoover Dam & Lunch: Presented by The Kauffman Foundation
  • 12:00 PM - 4:45 PM

Walk on top of the Hoover Dam and explore all that it has to offer - learn about the history and the significance of the Dam. This experience departs via shuttle at 12:15pm from the Downtown Grand parking lot and returns at 4:45pm. This is the only experience that will shorten your Learning Experience time so please plan ahead. This experience also has lunch included so no need to grab something to eat before. Signup takes place during registration - this experience is free.

Fun Experience: Trapeze
  • 12:30 PM - 4:00 PM

Fly high in the sky and share a new experience! Join us for Flying Trapeze Lessons from instructors at Trapeze Las Vegas. Trapeze Las Vegas is the ultimate destination for high-flying fun and one-of-a-kind circus adventures right in the heart of the Entertainment Capital of the World. This experience departs via shuttle at 12:30pm from the Downtown Grand parking lot and returns at 4:00pm. Signup takes place during registration - this experience has a cost affiliated which can be paid for upon signup.

Fun Experience: The Wild West Experience
  • 12:30 PM - 4:00 PM

Here are just some of the things you'll experience while at Stoney's Rockin Country: Line Dancing Lessons, Mechanical Bull Riding, Southern Cocktails, BBQ, and much more! Join us for a quintessential "Wild West" experience. This experience departs via shuttle at 12:30pm from the Downtown Grand parking lot and returns at 4:00pm. Signup takes place during registration - this experience has a cost affiliated which can be paid for upon signup.

Fun Experience: Startup Poker 2.0: Presented by SendGrid
  • 12:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Whether you've never played in your life or are a celebrity poker player, Startup Poker 2.0 is for you. Low stakes, lots of fun, good laughs - lead by Startup Poker 2.0's Bob Crimmins and sponsored by Sendgrid, this event is sure to be a great time. This experience begins at 12:30pm at the Learning Village and ends at 3:30pm. Signup takes place during registration - this experience is free.

Fun Experience: Canyon Rim Horseback Ride: Presented by The Kauffman Foundation
  • 12:45 PM - 3:30 PM

Join us on horseback to see the beautiful nature that Nevada offers. From 5,000 ft., the trail offers colorful panoramic views of red sandstone canyons, the majestic Spring Mountains, the multi-colored canyon floor, ancient caves, desert landscape, geological formations and wildlife. This experience departs via shuttle at 1:00pm from the Downtown Grand parking lot and returns at 3:30pm. Signup takes place during registration - this experience has a cost affiliated which can be paid for upon signup.

Fun Experience: Dig This
  • 12:45 PM - 4:00 PM

Haven't you ever wanted to play on a playground...in a bulldozer!? Dig This allows you the chance to operate a state-of-the-art "Caterpillar" D-5 track-type bulldozer or 315CL hydraulic excavator. If you choose to take on the bulldozer, you'll get to dig trenches, ride over tall mounds and push gigantic boulders. This experience departs via shuttle at 12:30pm from the Downtown Grand parking lot and returns at 4:00pm. Signup takes place during registration - this experience has a cost affiliated which can be paid for upon signup.

Fun Experience: Indoor Skydiving
  • 12:45 PM - 3:30 PM

Achieve the dream of human flight! Joins us at America's first indoor skydiving facility built in 1982. The experience is similar to skydiving with the addition of a mesh trampoline floor and foam padded walls. Guests are able to simulate the freefall aspect of skydiving without the use of an airplane or parachute. This experience departs via shuttle at 12:30pm from the Downtown Grand parking lot and returns at 3:30pm. Signup takes place during registration - this experience has a cost affiliated which can be paid for upon signup.

Fun Experience: Big Bus Private Tour of Las Vegas
  • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Check out the famous Las Vegas strip and learn the history of what makes Vegas, well, Vegas! Your open-top bus tour takes you to all of the famous landmarks on the Las Vegas Strip. Along the way, learn about the Las Vegas story through the history and facts provided by the entertaining tour commentary. This experience departs at 1:00pm from the Downtown Grand parking lot and returns at 4:00pm. Signup takes place during registration - this experience is free.

Fun Experience: Zappos Tour
  • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Join us for a tour at the fabulous new corporate headquarters of Zappos in Downtown Las Vegas, Nevada to learn about the Zappos Family culture. Meet in the Lobby at Zappos. Sign up by May 20 - Limited Spots Available.

Fun Experience: Red Rock Hiking
  • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Take in the splendor of the majestic Red Rock Canyon. A vast geological wonder with a 400 million year old history, this marvel of nature far exceeds one's wildest imagination. Follow your guide down the trail as he winds around the towering peaks, encompassed by the colorful desert landscape; all part of the magnificent Spring Mountains. This experience departs via shuttle at 1:00pm from the Downtown Grand parking lot and returns at 4:00pm. Signup takes place during registration - this experience has a cost affiliated which can be paid for upon signup.

Fun Experience: Mob Museum
  • 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM

Ever wondered what it was like to be a mobster in old Las Vegas? The Mob Museum showcases both sides of the notorious battle between organized crime and law enforcement. With high-tech theater presentations, iconic one-of-a-kind artifacts, and interactive exhibits, you can finally discover the whole truth and nothing but the truth! This experience begins at 1:30pm at the Mob Museum. Signup takes place during registration - this experience is free.

Fun Experience: Stitch Factory
  • 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Stitch Factory is a fashion incubator, co-working studio and creative community established to support emerging fashion designers. A game changer for the fashion industry, Stitch Factory's collaborative studio offers designers professional workspace, an inspiring community, and business mentorship. You'll get to make your own tote bag as a keepsake. This experience meets at Stitch Factory at 1:30pm and is finished at 3:30pm. Signup takes place during registration - this experience is free.

Fun Experience: Program Specific: Slotzilla for StartupDigest Curators
  • 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

If you think Vegas can't get any more thrilling, think again. Imagine soaring quickly through the air past neon signs and classic hotels under the world’s largest canopy and light show on the Fremont Street Experience while giving air-fives to the pedestrians below. That's what our StartupDigest Curators will be doing! This experience begins at 2:00pm at the base of Slotzilla and ends at 3:00pm. Signup takes place during registration - this experience is for StartupDigest Curators only and is free.

Learning Experience: Entrepreneurs Across Borders: Leveraging Experiences Across Your Community
  • 4:00 PM - 4:45 PM

Goal: Identify 30 high potential cities and get them activated for short term deployment, and get their feedback on the program and areas of improvement so they're bought into the program leaving the session You Should Attend This Session If...you're interested in being one of our first 30 pilot cities

Learning Experience: Measuring Impact: The Path to Sustainability
  • 4:00 PM - 4:45 PM

Goal: This session will help you discover tools for driving continuous program improvement, community and financial support and the outcomes that are aligned with your mission. You Should Attend This Session If...you're an UP Global community leader or run program that depends on external funding or sponsorship.

Learning Experience: Stories from the Startup Next Front-lines
  • 4:00 PM - 4:45 PM

Goal: Hearing from Facilitators who've run Startup Next on teams/cohort progress, value of the program for the community, structure and approach to run Startup Next and why it's different than Startup Weekend. You Should Attend This Session If...you are in a city that has an accelerator and are interested in bringing our pre-accelerator Startup Next program to your community (either as a Facilitator or Mentor) OR you want to get a sense of the background and persona needed to effectively run a Startup Next program.

Learning Experience: Programs in Troubled Times: War, Natural Disaster, Economic Peril, and More
  • 5:00 PM - 5:45 PM

Goal: Giving hope in troubled times. Using UP to drive forward hope and progress to connect to an international community. You Should Attend This Session If...you're into research, community development and the development of new economies/countries in trouble times.

Learning Experience: Google for Entrepreneurs Presents: "The Power of Marketing to Create the Future (or, how we do things at Google!)"
  • 5:00 PM - 5:45 PM

Goal: Hear how marketers at Google are using imagination to build the future! You'll also learn some of the methods used at Google to market your product or service. You Should Attend This Session If....you want to learn how imagination can create the future, or if you want to hear Google's approach to design and marketing!

Women's Dinner: Presented by Blackstone
  • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Join us for a dinner with female and male leaders, entrepreneurs, founders and advocates in celebration of women in entrepreneurship and UP Global's latest initiative, "Startup Women." Presented by Blackstone, this dinner features a keynote speech by Ari Horie, founder of Women's Startup Lab, as well as storytelling and guest speakers from the Startup Women advisory board, partners, and more.

Enterprise Dinner: Presented by Salesforce
  • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  • eat.

Want to learn about B2B and Enterprise verticals, and how companies like Salesforce are helping UP Global with verticals in the industry to create more companies in this realm. Join Ludo Ulrich from Salesforce for dinner and discussion. Sign up by May 25 - Limited Spots Available.

Youth Dinner
  • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Want to learn more about hosting and managing a Youth event? Eat, learn and discuss with the pros who have done it before! Sign up by May 25 - Limited Spots Available.

Saturday May 31


Learning Experience: Building Startup Ecosystems in Smaller Countries (Part 1)
  • 10:00 AM - 10:45 AM

Goal: Learn from each other about what works to get your startup ecosystem to take off in smaller countries using Startup Weekend and other UP Programs as a foundation. You Should Attend This Session If...you're from a country with less than 30m population, and you want to know what's worked and what hasn't worked in other smaller countries.

Learning Experience: Cohesion In Your Community: How to Collaborate Effectively with Other Community Builders, Organizations, and Programs in Your Community
  • 10:00 AM - 10:45 AM

Goal: To learn how to build a collaborative startup ecosystem and to recognize that importance of a collaborative environment is to the success of the overall startup community. You Should Attend This Session If...you are actively involved in a startup community and are looking for ways to create a more cohesive, collaborative, successful, and vibrant community where startups, entrepreneurs, and supporters can build a more successful ecosystem.

Learning Experience: Re-Imagining the Startup Weekend Model
  • 10:00 AM - 10:45 AM

Goal: A serious brainstorm that balances the simplicity of our current model with the learnings we collectively have to make an even more meaningful experience. You Should Attend This Session If...you want to contribute to the conversation on how to make a Startup Weekend a more meaningful experience for attendees and for community overall.

Learning Experience: Building Startup Ecosystems in Smaller Countries (Part 2)
  • 11:00 AM - 11:45 AM

Goal: Draw up action plans for how we can build better local startup ecosystems in smaller countries, sharing experiences and resources. You Should Attend This Session If...you're from a smaller country, want to use Startup Weekend and Other UP Programs as a foundation for developing your next wave of startups and leaders, and are prepared to put in the legwork to make it happen, supported by your amazing worldwide network of UP people.

Learning Experience: Seeding Investors: Unlock Sideline Capital and Get It Into Your Startups
  • 1:30 PM - 2:15 PM

Goal: Learn how to cultivate investors in your startup community and beyond. You Should Attend This Session If......you want more angel investors in your community, and if you want to understand how investors think and how they view the startup landscape.

Learning Experience: Bigcommerce Presents: How Should I Help Attendees Prepare For Crowdfunding
  • 2:30 PM - 3:15 PM

Goal: We will discuss the options around crowd funding and give you actionable insights and a checklist to lead you to success on your first campaign and assist with those around you who are looking to get started. You Should Attend This Session If...you have a business idea, you're interested in crowdfunding, or you are a Community Leader looking to help attendees get onto crowdfunding platforms after a program.

Learning Experience: Startup Diplomats: The Impact of Entrepreneurship on the Future of the World
  • 2:30 PM - 3:15 PM

Goal: Understand how our startup communities influence policy decisions, force the hands of diplomats and dictators, and shape futures around the world. You Should Attend This Session If...you’re interested in learning how to interact with governments and NGO’s as an entrepreneur, and how to better leverage your Startup Weekend organizer role as a form of diplomacy.

Fun Experience: Local Motors Tour
  • 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Local Motors is a place that operates an efficient, multinational Microfactory network in order to build game-changing products and deliver a world of vehicle innovations. Jam packed with the coolest innovations in vehicles worldwide, the Local Motors custom tour for UP Summit will be something you don't want to miss! This experience begins at 3:30pm at Local Motors and ends at 4:30pm. There is no signup required for this event.

Fun Experience: Local Motors Tour
  • 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM

Local Motors is a place that operates an efficient, multinational Microfactory network in order to build game-changing products and deliver a world of vehicle innovations. Jam packed with the coolest innovations in vehicles worldwide, the Local Motors custom tour for UP Summit will be something you don't want to miss! This experience begins at 4:30pm at Local Motors and ends at 5:30pm. There is no signup required for this event.







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