Startup Mackay Weekend Kicks Off

10/23/2015 | By Joel Cox

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Welcome to Startup Weekend Mackay!

The talent we have participating has blown the organisers, mentors and coaches away.

The start of the event was your traditional networking night, you know the kind with beers and food, and apparent networking, these guys know exactly what's coming, so they are in the grooming stages. We were lucky enough to have our special guest Cr. Chris Bonnano from Mackay Regional Council attend the evening.

Once all the formalities were done it was pitch time!  Some colour was lost in the faces of some of the pitchers as they waited inline for their time to shine.

Overall Startup Weekend Mackay had 13 pitches throughout the evening, and these potential pitchers soon discovered that 60 seconds to pitch the idea on the fly, wasn't quite enough time…though others sailed through with what seemed a lot of practice.

The Ideas: P2P real-estate sales | What fish are in a fishing spot you are going to | Educollate: students to student app | Life Coach, find the coach that meets your needs | phone reception booster | third option: stimulate the economy | Team Sustain, a carbon footprint measuring app | Aid Taskers: revenue to assist people in disasters | Pump Tracks - building better bike tracks.

Organised chaos ensued in the foyer while teams used all kinds of tactics to bring in the right participants for their idea - a microphone was used by one of the pitchers to get the attention of the room, if you have the tech…use it!   Everyone survived the culling, and 5 teams rose up from the ashes, and all participants were locked into teams, these teams are:

- No V - No violence smart portable device

- Aussie Bank Notes - Current trading value of coins & notes app

- Word Shop - photoshop for words, edits words before you post!

- Mikx Industri: IOT Fire/Smoke Alarm

- Natures Supermarket - A new twist on Organic sales.

How will the weekend fair for these Startup Weekend virgins? We are looking forward to the ride ahead.

Till next post.

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