My apologies. The Kinect seminar today is free, but only if you've purchased a ticket for the rest of Startup Weekend. From the registration site<http://mega.startupweekend.org/tickets/>:
"This needs to be purchased in addition to another paid ticket to participate in Mega Startup Weekend."
I did not notice that before today.
From: email@example.com [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org] On Behalf Of Matt Harrington (SF)
Sent: Wednesday, April 11, 2012 17:07
Subject: Kinect training from Microsoft on Friday, Apr 13, 3-5 PM in Mountain View
Friday, Apr 13
3 -5 PM, registration begins at 2 PM
Microsoft, 1065 La Avenida Bldg 1, Mountain View
Microsoft is hosting Startup Weekend<http://mega.startupweekend.org/> from Friday, Apr 13 to Sunday, Apr 15. The 3 categories this year are robots, gaming, and mobile.
On Friday, Apr 13, from 3 -5 PM there will be a special training session given by the development lead for the Kinect for Windows SDK. It's targeted towards experienced developers who are new to Kinect/Kinect for Windows, taking folks through the sensor capabilities and the APIs required to bootstrap. At the same time but in other rooms, there will be training for Windows 8 and robotics. Register above for the training sessions. They're free, but the rest of Startup Weekend requires a paid ticket.
Staying for the full weekend is worthwhile. If you've wanted to form a Kinect related startup but needed to meet like-minded people, this might be a perfect opportunity for you. Since there's an entrance fee, the quality of participants tends to be quite high. From the site:
"Startup Weekend is an intense 54 hour event which focuses on building a web or mobile application which 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."