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A complete rundown of the 30-plus events of One Week KC

Kansas City June 18, 2012 by Michael Stacy Only 15 days until Big Omaha. Get your tickets before they sell out!

One Week KC is officially underway. The nine-day series of events designed to inspire, educate and connect Kansas City entrepreneurs began this morning at the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation with the One Week KC Kickoff and Startup@Kauffman Demo Day.

But those two events are just the tip of the entrepreneurial iceberg Kansas City will encounter over the next nine days. Because the 30-plus events taking place are too much to pack into our normal Monday events post, we have a separate rundown of the One Week KC calendar below.

For more about the calendar of events, see One Week KC's website. For more on the motivations behind and goals for the inaugural event, see our story from last week: "One Week KC aims to promote city's big entrepreneurial aspirations."

Today

One Week KC Kickoff

9-9:30 a.m. at the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation (4801 Rockhill Road)

One Week KC will start with a kick-off event at Kauffman Foundation. Opening remarks will be made by Cameron Cushman, senior analyst of the Kauffman Foundation; Senator Jerry Moran (R-Kan.); Jim Heeter, president and CEO of the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce; Jo Anne Gabbert, entrepreneur and project manager for the Big 5 entrepreneurship initiative; and Adam Coomes, entrepreneur and Big 5 steering committee member.

Startup@Kauffman: Demo Day

9:30-11:30 a.m. at the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation (4801 Rockhill Road)

Calling all Kansas City Entrepreneurs! Here’s your opportunity to present your business and connect with a room full of talented advisors, mentors, and partners. Pitch your company and show the community the outstanding startups in our own backyard!

Startup@Kauffman: Lunch and Learn

Noon-1:30 p.m. at the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation (4801 Rockhill Road)

Sales is the single largest function in business. Across the globe, in economies big and small, selling is the very engine of commerce and industry. Internationally acclaimed author Philip Delves Broughton and author of The Art of the Sale will share his thoughts on the methods used by sales gurus from around the world.

Startup@Kauffman: Workshop

1:30-5:30 p.m. at the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation (4801 Rockhill Road)

Whether you're a new, young or established company, during Startup@Kauffman we want to help you solve your problems. After Demo Day and lunch, join us in Kauffman Labs for an afternoon of co-working, networking and hacking whatever problems are keeping you up at night. We'll have seasoned entrepreneurs, mentors and advisors on-hand offering counsel on your legal, marketing/communications, sales, talent and pitching problems and concerns.

Big Idea Exchange

4:30-6:30 p.m. at Boulevard Brewing Company (2501 Southwest Blvd.)

Join The Chamber for our next Big Idea Exchange on The Chamber’s Big 5 Entrepreneurship Initiative. You and our esteemed panel have the opportunity to give your input on why this is important to Kansas City, our economy and our region. What resources do local entrepreneurs still need? How does Kansas City attract and retain talent? What does “America’s most entrepreneurial city” look like?

Startup@Kauffman: Happy Hour

5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation (4801 Rockhill Road)

Join us for drinks and munchies as we reflect a day full of activities around entrepreneurship, innovation and inspiration.

JavaScript: The assembly Language of the Web

6:30-8:30 p.m. at Barkley (1740 Main St.)

JavaScript can be both awesome and terrible. We’ll talk about the history of generating JavaScript and then work through some quick exercises in two languages that can produce JavaScript as output: CoffeeScript and Dart. Then, we’ll compare the two and look where they are headed.

Geek Night

7-9 p.m. at Snow & Company (1850 Wyandotte St.)

Bring a laptop or not. Come work or chat. Grab a drink and enjoy the company of awesome KC geeks.

Tuesday

Coffee & Design

7:30-9 a.m. at Cremalab (1815 Central St.)

Come have coffee, breakfast, and talk about all aspects of graphic and web design - from UI to UX.

Google for Small Businesses 101

Noon-2 p.m. at the Historic Lincoln Building Atrium (1601 East 18th St.)

The Black Economic Union of Greater Kansas City is partnering with Google to introduce the innumerable products available to small businesses.

Crowdfunding Your Business with Rachael Qualls (Tech ESP)

5:30-7 p.m. at Polsinelli Shughart (700 West 47th St.)

The 2012 Technology Entrepreneur Speakers Program (ESP), highlights the region’s most innovative technology business leaders as they discuss ideas and opportunities for the future generation of entrepreneurs. The series highlights experiences, lessons learned and unique issues and challenges faced by entrepreneurs in the creation of a new enterprise.

Python KC Meetup

7-9 p.m. at Salva O'Renick (1810 Cherry St.)

Join Python developers, enthusiast and hackers of the Kansas City Metro Area and surroundings.

Silicon Prairie News Pub Quiz

The Beacon (5031 Main St.)

Question: What's better than getting together with your favorite entrepreneurial friends for libations and the chance to show off your vast knowledge of subjects ranging from startups to pop culture? Answer: The chance to win some fantastic prizes while doing all that, of course.

Wednesday

iKC

8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at H&R Block World Headquarters (1 H&R Block Way)

iKC, the premier conference on innovation and entrepreneurship, was born out of a merger between two successful events – the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce’s Innovation Conference and Think Big Partners’ Think Big Kansas City Conference. iKC is a day-long event that will feature exhibits, breakout sessions, expert speakers, Fire Up pitches, Inspire Talks, networking opportunities, and an after-party at the Kansas City Power & Light District.

Thursday

KC Roundtable

7-8:30 a.m. at First Watch (1022 Westport Road)

KC Roundtable is in existence to provide 20 and 30-something Kansas City entrepreneurs with a group of peers to support and collaborate on each others' businesses.

Digital Storytelling Forum

8-4 p.m. at American Heartland Theatre (2450 Grand Blvd.)

Are you a story writer? A videographer? A software designer? A web designer? Are you an entrepreneur? If so, the Digital Storytelling Forum is your opportunity to learn about the future of this industry, how to do it and why.

Agile KC: Software Based Startups, Hitting the Ground Running

11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at the Kansas City Public Library Plaza Branch (4801 Main St.)

Software start ups offer unique opportunities and challenges. Overhead costs can be lower but balancing technical risks and rewards can be challenging. Join Martin Olson of Silicon Prairie Solutions, Inc. and president of the Agile KC group to discuss some of the aspects related to software start ups.

SMCKC Happy Hour: Mobile Gaming Night with Verizon

5:30-7:30 p.m. at Johnny's Tavern (1310 Grand Blvd.)

Gamers, unite—this happy hour is for you! Join us on June 21 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Johnny’s Tavern in downtown Kansas City’s Power & Light District for an evening of drinks and hors d’oeuvres while we explore games on a variety of platforms. Verizon will supply the devices and stream the output to various TVs set up at Johnny’s, so those who aren’t playing can still enjoy the action.

Startup Job Fair

5:30-8:30 p.m. at Union Station (30 West Pershing Road)

Why are you doing a Job Fair for Startups? Startups have unique issues when it comes to hiring employees. Specifically most startups don't have the bandwidth to deal with the deluge of resumes that come when posting job openings. That's why StartupJobFair is set up to alleviate these issues and ensure that both the recruiters and the job seekers have a great experience.

GoMobileKC

7-9 p.m. at Bizperc (1800 Baltimore Ave.)

The devices we carry are no longer “phones” but, instead, they are a conduit and connection to a much larger world. Today, professionals are using mobile to learn, communicate, coordinate and inspire, ultimately changing our behaviors and who we are. GoMobileKC will be the city-wide nerve center as our participants learn, share and lead in this new paradigm. Join us and be catalysts for change at GoMobileKC.

Friday

Biz2Biz Networking Workshop: Learn how to network better

8:30-10 a.m. at City Union Mission (1100 East 11th St.)

Have coffee and get coached on how to be a better networker. Hosted by Biz2Biz.

Startup Waffles

9-10:30 a.m. at Bizperc

Startup Waffles was started by the StartupDigest co-founders Chris & Brendan to bring together founders and hackers for tasty breakfast and great conversations.

Youth Entrepreneurs Final Presentation Event

3-5 p.m. at The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation

Two teams (comprised of Youth Entrepreneurs alumni) will be presenting marketing pitches they created specifically for the roll-out of the 2012 Chevy Malibu; manufactured here in Kansas City. The panel of judges that will determine the overall winner will consist of executives from GM.

Venture Fridays

4-6 p.m. at Red Nova Labs (4830 Rainbow Blvd.)

Venture Fridays is a simple but fun concept: The startup culture of Kansas City and surrounding areas is invited to gather at our private office lounge to discuss what we’re all thinking about, working on, needing help with, and might do for each other.

Beginners Python Workshop (Part 1)

6-10 p.m. at the University of Missouri-Kansas City (5110 Rockhill Road), 302 Flarsheim Hall

Get started with the Python programming language with local KC hackers. Join the Python KC Meetup Group.

Startup Party

8 p.m.-midnight at the Jones Pool (10 East 13th St.)

Come celebrate entrepreneurship in Kansas City! Have a few drinks and party with KC entrepreneurs and big thinkers. Adam Coomes is hosting a private party at the Jones Pool, sponsored by Sprint to provide everyone with free drinks and a super fun night.

Saturday

Maker Faire (Day 1)

9:30 a.m.-7 p.m. at Union Station

Maker Faire: Kansas City celebrates things people create themselves — from new technology and electronic gizmos to urban farming and “slow-made” foods to homemade clothes, quilts and sculptures. This family-friendly event demonstrates what and how people are inventing, making and creating. It brings together Makers, Crafters, Inventors, Hackers, Scientists and Artists for a faire full of fun and inspiration. Come see what others are making and be inspired to tap into your own creativity!

Beginners Python Workshop (Part 2)

10 a.m.-4 p.m. at the University of Missouri Kansas City, 302 Flarsheim Hall

Get started with the Python programming language with local KC hackers. Join the Python KC Meetup Group.

Startup Beers

7:30 p.m.-1 a.m. at McCoy's Public House (4057 Pennsylvania Ave.)

We are startup founders, employees, and supporters. We work hard, and every once in a while it is nice to get together without any work and just hang out. Come out, have a few beers and socialize with great people in Kansas City.

Sunday

Maker Faire (Day 2)

9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. at Union Station

Maker Faire: Kansas City celebrates things people create themselves — from new technology and electronic gizmos to urban farming and “slow-made” foods to homemade clothes, quilts and sculptures. This family-friendly event demonstrates what and how people are inventing, making and creating. It brings together Makers, Crafters, Inventors, Hackers, Scientists and Artists for a faire full of fun and inspiration. Come see what others are making and be inspired to tap into your own creativity!

June 25

Entrepreneurship in a Mobile World

Noon-1:30 p.m. at Union Station, Jarvis Hunt Room

Panel discussion with Allison Remsen of Mobile Future, Toby Rush from EyeVerify, a yet-to-be-named local policy maker, moderated by Jason Grill- former Missouri State Representative. Discussing the ideal environment for entrepreneurs whose businesses rely on mobile technology.

LABx: Tech Education Panel

6-8 p.m. at the University of Missouri Kansas City, 402 Flarsheim Hall

Labx will be hosting technology educational discussions in conjunction with several technology programs including the UMKC School of Computing and Engineering.

Startup Poker

6-9 p.m. at Bizperc

Startup Poker gathers together the absolute best entrepreneurial talent in Kansas City for an evening of Texas Hold’em. No laptops, no tech talks or sales pitches: just poker and excellent company.

Startup Brand Hacks

6-9 p.m. at VML (2020 Baltimore Ave.)

VML is hosting an event that will bring together KC creatives, entrepreneurs and marketers together for a night of networking, an expert panel and exciting announcements regarding startup/brand partnerships.

Geek Night

7-10 p.m. at Snow & Company (1850 Wyandotte St.)

Bring a laptop or not. Come work or chat. Grab a drink and enjoy the company of awesome KC geeks.

June 26

Startup Blitz

12:30-4:30 p.m. at Holiday Inn Kauffman Stadium (9103 East 39th St.)

Operation: Startup Blitz is a 12-month accelerator packed into 4 hours for entrepreneurs and an active think tank for Communities to identify how to make their community the number 1 entrepreneurial city.

Entrepreneur Day at the K

5-10 p.m. at Kauffman Stadium (1 Royal Way)

One Week will culminate on June 26th with Entrepreneur Day at The K where YOU and other local entrepreneurs will be celebrated. Join us as we honor you with a special pre-game announcement by Mayor James, The Johnson and Wyandotte County Council of Mayors, and other area Mayors.

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