The UP Summit Village

Core Team Yoga sessionWe are entering our last day of UP Summit, a weekend experience bringing 500 people together from all over the world to Downtown Las Vegas. The event travels to different cities each year, including Rio de Janeiro in 2013 and Austin in 2012, and very much feels like a family reunion as the attendees are all together only once per year.

We started discussions about event production for UP Summit last August, shortly after I moved to Las Vegas after falling in love with what was happening with Downtown Project and the surrounding community. The overall idea was to offer times for the attendees to come together to learn from each other, as well as explore Las Vegas and have fun with other attendees. This idea was very exciting as it gave us a chance to pull some really fun Vegas experiences together for attendees from all over the world to participate in.

UP Summit kicked off on Thursday with registration and moved into Container Park for the kickoff keynotes and presentations. Even in the 108 degree heat, it was a big hit as everyone was so excited to kickoff the Summit an see their world-wide family. The schedule for UP Summit is packed with learning experiences, fun experiences, dinners, parties, tours, and down time for people just to hang out and exchange ideas.

UP Summit kicks off

As I walked back from checking the site for the Family Dinner this evening, I realized that there are a lot of groups involved to make this weekend magical for UP Summit. It really does take a village and we’ve been so happy working with these villagers and want to say a HUGE thanks to:

  • Victoria Schramm and Joey Pomerenke at UP Global–for starting the conversation bringing the group to Las Vegas!
  • Zach Ware, Sara Vainer, Andy White, and Matt Dengler–for your support in making this happen and getting the local Downtown Vegas community excited.
  • Downtown Grand–for housing the guests and for making the Google for Entrepreneurs Carnival go off smoothly!
  • Learning Village, Container Park, Gold Spike, Club Azul, The Window, Western Hotel, Inspire Theater and Scullery–for great event space to welcome all of the UP Summit attendees for learning experiences, breakfasts, lunches, and dinners.
  • Walden Media–for taking care of all of our AV needs!
  • Classic Party Rentals–for building a tent and bringing amazing furniture to set the tone for the Family Dinner.
  • RSVP rentals–for additional chairs, tables, and trash cans.
  • The Hit List–for providing great food trucks for the opening night dinner.
  • Divine Events catering–for feeding the masses at the Family Dinner.
  • Rachel’s Kitchen and Bin 702–for catering needs for special events throughout the weekend.
  • Cort Events Rentals–for bean bags and floor spots!
  • Events with a Twist–for keeping the bar flowing at the closing party.
  • Totally Mod–for lounge furniture at the closing party.
  • United Rentals–for generators and AC at the Family Dinner!
  • Posh Potties–for a pleasant bathroom experience at the Opening and Family dinners.
  • Morgan Specialties–for making awesome swag kits!
  • Canary Marketing–for great wristbands that allow us to easily identify where in the world people are from.

And a special shout out to my team, Maria, Debbie, Megan, and Lindsay, for being completely on every aspect around this event, both leading up to and onsite, to ensure the best experience possible for the UP Summit attendees.

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