News briefs for Oct. 24-30

News briefs for Oct. 24-30

Juneau Startup Weekend coming

Juneau Startup Weekend will be Nov. 16-18 at University of Alaska Southeast, 11066 Auke Lake Way.

The event that brings together entrepreneurs, designers, developers, startup enthusiasts, and people with passion, to participate in 54 hours of taking business ideas from concept to launch.

Local mentors, business owners, founders, CEOs, and more will be on hand to provide guidance and expertise along the way.

On Friday night, attendees will pitch their startup ideas to the group in 60 seconds or less. Diverse teams will then form around the most popular ideas. The rest of the weekend will be spent talking with customers, doing market research, creating product prototypes, and preparing for the final presentation. By Sunday, teams will be ready to present their business idea in front of a panel of judges who will award prizes to teams who best embody the spirit of the event.

For more information on the event, as well as tickets to participate or observe, please visit: Tickets cost $25-$80.

Collaboration brings opera to students

A day before “The Princess Sophia” opened, students were able to see the opera.

The Juneau Lyric Opera and Orpheus Project, who commissioned the opera, presented a student performance of the opera Wednesday in the Juneau-Douglas High School auditorium.

Seventh through 10th-grade students saw the free performance of the opera, which has its official world premiere 8 p.m. Thursday.

The opportunity was made possible by support from the Juneau Arts and Humanities Council, the Alaska State Council on the Arts, the Juneau Community Foundation, and several individual donations from members of the Juneau community, according to a JLO press release.

Art competition is accepting submissions

The Celebrate the West 2019 art competition is accepting submissions.

The competition is open to high school students in the Western Governors’ Association’s active-member states, including Alaska.

For the competition, students submit an original two-dimensional artwork that conveys what your state means to them, how they are artistically inspired by your state, or the uniqueness of living in the West. Students may draw inspiration from your state’s history, landmarks, natural resources, National Parks or Monuments, current or historical events, people, community, and culture.

Original artwork is defined as artwork which is unique in concept, design, and execution, and is created directly and personally by the Student. Original work is not a copy or imitation.

Finalists will be displayed at the WGA Governors’ Annual Meeting to be held in Vail, Colorado, June 10-12, 2019. Finalists will compete for first, second and third place awards voted on by meeting attendees, which include governors and their staff, U.S. Cabinet members and WGA sponsors. First place award is $1,200, second is $750, and third will be awarded $500, and $200 will be awarded to each remaining state finalist. Students’ artwork will be returned following the competition.

Students may also have the opportunity to have their artwork displayed in their home state’s capitol building and meet with their governor.

To enter, students submit an entry form and a digital copy (PNG, JPG, PDF, BMP, TIF) of their artwork via email to Entry forms are available at For more information call( 303)-623-9378. The deadline for entry is April 28, 2019.

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