Analog the Prairie Dog simultaneously served as SPN’s mascot and an armrest as C.J. Moore (left) visited with Cory MacVie.
Startup Weekend Kansas City‘s opening pitches took place Friday night, but the event’s opening pitchers — or pints, at least — were enjoyed Thursday at The Cashew, where Startup Weekend Kansas City (SWKC) sponsored the first Silicon Prairie News Meetup this year in Kansas City.
Throughout the evening, an estimated 100 people made their way to the second floor of The Cashew, a Crossroads District watering hole, for a meet-and-greet that served as the unofficial opening for SWKC. Jeff Slobotski and Royce Haynes took a moment to welcome the crowd on behalf of SPN and SWKC, respectively. A 54-second ice-breaker followed (its duration served as a subtle nod to the 54-hour event that followed), and then guests mingled the evening away, making new acquaintances and reconnecting with old ones.
Below are a few photos from the event, which was made possible by SWKC’s generous sponsorship. Startup Weekend Kansas City is a 54-hour event that focuses on building a web or mobile application that could form the basis of a credible business over the course of a weekend. The weekend brings together people with different skillsets – primarily software developers, graphics designers and business people – to build applications and develop a commercial case around them. You can learn more about SWKC by visiting its website, and you can find complete coverage of this weekend’s event here on Silicon Prairie News.
Views of the Crossroads District and the dowtown Kansas City skyline provided a backdrop for the meetup.
Fresh off a trip to Washington D.C. for the signing of the JOBS Act, Mike Farmer (center) caught up with Mary Noulles (left) and Corey Johnson.
Jayme Thomason (from left), Chris Cooley and Blake Miller shared a laugh during the meetup.
Tim Banks (from left) and Matt Obrender, part of a sizable Red Nova Labs contingent at the the meetup, paused for a photo with Caleb Markovich.
SWKC participant Cory MacVie (left) and organizer Royce Haynes chatted about the upcoming event.
The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation’s Nick Seguin (left) visited with Ryan Tinker of Leap.
SWKC’s Adam Coomes (left) and SPN’s Jeff Slobotski were all smiles as their teams collaborated on the meetup.
Credits: Photos by Brittany Mascio and Michael Stacy.