Today’s the day!

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Hello again Startup Weekend friends

Before we announce the prizes that are up for grabs this weekend, a newsflash for anyone on the Wait List who is still keen to get involved at Startup Weekend Perth… Due to personal circumstances a couple of participants have been forced to withdraw at the last minute – if you can commit to the weekend at short notice and are desperate to ply your wares at #SWPerth please call Sam Birmingham on 0413 249 877 ASAP. It’s first in, best dressed on these tickets, so don’t delay!

Now, onto the prizes…

In recognition of the importance of designers and developers to the startup ecosystem, we’re pleased to announce specific prizes for the standout participants in each of those categories. Thanks to HPC Data Centres the best developer will win a hosted VM environment for a period of 6 months, up to the value of $200 per month (total prize value up to $1,200), including technical help and guidance to deploy the machine. And for the standout designer, fellow silver sponsor FluidUI has donated a lifetime expert level account for their design service (valued at $1,290 per year), making it easy to prototype mobile apps to your heart’s content!

As we mentioned earlier this week, all #SWPerth participants are invited to try out the service at www.fluidui.com/editor. Register for a free account and you are entitled to a free upgrade – simply email the Fluid UI team once you have created your account and quote the promo code “SWP709”.

On the topic of benefits that are on offer to all #SWPerth participants, global Startup Weekend sponsors provide a range of benefits, such as Amazon Web Services, who have donated a $50 credit for each team to use over the course of the weekend. Our hosts for the weekend Spacecubed have embraced that spirit, offering people who sign up for Spacecubed Community Membership ($22.50 per month) their next month of Unlimited co-working for free.

Spacecubed has also made a big contribution towards the prize that our judges will be awarding on Sunday night, with all members of the winning team enjoying Unlimited co-working for 3 months, so they can keep building their project and get it to market. Among other things, this will give them access to the Office Hours program, which has a number of Venture Capitalists available for mentoring along with other key areas of support.

On top of all that, the winning team will receive a Windows Phone care of the good people at Microsoft, plus a bunch of other gizmos and gadgets, from Amazon Kindles to iPod Touches. And we’ve also got a bunch of books, swag and shirts to giveaway – not to mention the awesome learning experience that everyone is going to enjoy!

Remember, registration starts from 6pm sharp at Spacecubed, 45 St George’s Terrace. We’ll have some drinks to calm your nerves and a light dinner will be served until 7:15, at which point we’ll clear the stage for our facilitator Dave Moskovitz to kick things off. Pitches will begin shortly thereafter so don’t dilly-dally!

If you are still unsure about any elements of the weekend, please check the schedule on our website and see what you need to bring. Check out the rest of the blog if you need last minute pitch tips, or want to swot up on the lean canvas and some of the other tools at your disposal before, during and after the event. As always, if you have any questions please email perth@startupweekend.org or jump on the SWPerth2012 Yammer network and ask the crowd.

See you at Spacecubed tonight, 6pm sharp!