Startup Weekend Brisbane | Creative Tech

    Friday, March 2 - 4, 2018

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Startup Weekend Brisbane | Creative Tech

Friday, March 2 - 4, 2018

Friday, March 2 - 4, 2018
Event starts at 5:00 pm

QUT Creative Enterprise Australia
Z1 + Z2 | QUT Creative Industries Precinct
Cnr Kelvin Grove Road & Musk Avenue
Kelvin Grove, QLD 4059

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Your creative startup in 54 hours

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Do you have a bright creative idea that could disrupt an industry? Know how to turn problems into solutions? Think you have what it takes to launch a business idea in a weekend? Then, listen up. QUT Creative Enterprise Australia (CEA) will host Australia’s only Startup Weekend for creative tech!

#SWcreativetech is a 54 hour event where hackers, hustlers and hipsters from creative and tech come together to make their business idea a reality. It's a high energy weekend, where you'll be able to meet new people, pitch an idea or join a team, and launch a business, all in one weekend.
Join forces with other developers, designers, entrepreneurs and technologists to build real solutions to the world's most pressing problems in one crazy weekend and get a taste of what it's like to be an entrepreneur. Fuelled by knowledge, passion, enthusiasm (and some great food and drink!), it’s a fantastic way to make great ideas happen.

What’s included in your ticket

  • 7 delicious meals over the course of the weekend
  • Snacks and refreshments
  • Startup Weekend t-shirt
  • Opportunity to pitch in front of top founders
  • Access to some of the Australia's best startup mentors
  • A network of new local developer, designer, educator, student & entrepreneurial friends
  • Creative coworking space in the heart of QUT's Creative Industries Precinct
  • Opportunity to win some cool prizes
  • An awesome portfolio mention
In addition, our supporters at Arc Hardware Incubator will be available for mentorship and provide access to their facilities - great for anyone looking to build a physical prototype for their creative tech idea. 3D printing anyone? Arc is a new kind of innovation space designed to help startups streamline the development and commercialisation of their innovative hardware products.

We are also proud to announce that we will have VIVE and Oculus VR sets available during the weekend to develop the next cool application in virtual reality! Equipment and mentorship is provided my members of the Brisbane XR team; a group of local Virtual Reality and Mixed Reality companies that have come together to support and unite innovation and creativity in all of us.

What is creative tech?

In its simplest form, creative tech is the intersection of creativity and technology. Through the interplay of cross-cutting ideas in art, fashion, screen, advertising, product design, digital media, multimedia, games, computing, robotics, engineering and electronics, creative tech is connecting the physical and digital worlds in completely new ways.

Areas where creative entrepreneurs are at the forefront of tech adoption include:
  • Wearable technology
  • Digital media
  • Music tech
  • Film tech
  • Virtual and augmented reality
  • Internet of things
  • Fashion tech
  • Virtual marketplaces
  • 3D printing
  • Robotics
  • Multi-sensory experiences
Right across the sector, creative tech startups are continually one step ahead as new technology is developed with a creative mindset. While the potential of this new arena is still being fully realised, already companies including Canva, Cardly, Oculus Rift, Shoes of Prey, Unity Technologies and Holition are leading the way.
These organisations operate on scalable models that not only improve accessibility to their products and services, but also deliver integrated user experiences...And this is just the beginning.


Friday March 2nd

5:00 pm
Doors open

5:30 pm
Registration underway
Arrive at the venue and get checked in

5:45 pm
Dinner and networking
Eat food, share ideas, practice pitches, get to know fellow participants

7:00 pm
Event commences — welcome & speakers
Review agenda for the weekend and introduce speakers, coaches, and community leaders

7:30 pm
Pitches start
Optionally line up to give your pitch

8:30 pm
Attendees vote for the top pitches

9:00 pm
Teams are formed
All attendees are encouraged to find a team for weekend

9:15 pm
Begin work
Teams start working together

10:00 pm

Saturday March 3rd

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

9:30 am
Begin Work
Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend

12:00 pm

1:00 pm
After-lunch check-in, status reports, call for help

2:00 pm
Coach Meetings
Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!

6:30 pm

7:30 pm
After-dinner check-in, status reports, call for help

10:00 pm
Finished for the day. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow

Sunday March 4th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

10:00 am
Coaches arrive. Final opportunity to ask questions

12:00 pm

12:30 pm
Coach Meetings
Coaches arrive… ASK QUESTIONS

3:00 pm
Presentation Prep & Tech Check
Final hours of worktime should be focused on perfecting your presentation, tech-check for final presentations also takes place

4:00 pm

5:00 pm
Final Presentations

7:30 pm
Judging & Awards

8:30 pm

9:00 pm
Go Home!

Event Judges

Professor Margaret Sheil AO
QUT Vice-Chancellor

Professor Margaret Sheil AO FTSE FRACI FANZSMS has a PhD in Physical Chemistry (1988) from the UNSW and is recognised for her distinguished service to science and higher education, as an academic administrator, through significant contributions to the national research landscape for funding and evaluating research. She has served on numerous advisory boards and committees and provided expert advice to government, and is currently a Director of ANSTO. Professor Sheil’s previous roles have been as Dean, Faculty of Science, University of Wollongong (2001-2002); Deputy Vice Chancellor, University of Wollongong (2001-2007): CEO of the Australian Research Council (2007-2012); and Provost and the Chief Academic Officer of The University of Melbourne (2012-2017). Professor Sheil commenced her appointment as Vice-Chancellor and President of QUT from February 2018.

Brett Chenoweth
QUT CEA Chairman

Brett brings a wealth of major international experience across media, technology, entertainment, investment and telecommunications. Brett is Chairman of Madman Entertainment, Chairman of Yellow Pages Group, Chairman of The Advisory Board of HRL Morrison & Co., a Principal of the Bombora Group, an Independent Board Director at Surfing Australia, Sellable and eftpos Payment Australia and Chairman of Canberra Data Centres. Brett has formerly served as Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of APN News and Media and has held senior executive roles at the venture capital firm Silverfern Group, Telecom New Zealand, Publishing & Broadcasting Limited, ecorp, ninemsn and Village Roadshow.

Garry Visontay
Partner at Right Click Capital

Garry Visontay is an Australian entrepreneur who has successfully started 5 businesses in a variety of industries. He is a General Partner at Right Click Capital, an investment firm that specialises in identifying and investing in high-growth, early-stage Internet-based businesses; cofounder and Chairman of RecruitLoop, a global online recruitment platform; Chairman of Oneflare, Australia’s most innovative local services marketplace and past Chairman of DesignCrowd, the largest online marketplace for graphic design in the world. 
Garry is a mentor at UNSW Student Entrepreneurs, Sydney University's Incubate Accelerator Programme and a Global 100 Top rated mentor for the Founder Institute. He has been a guest speaker at numerous co-working spaces on start-up funding and investor pitching and served as a judge at numerous start-up events including the Australian Graduate School of Management's MBA program, Asia-Pacific Challenge MBA Case Competition, Founder Institute, Startcon, UTS’s Project Pitch, Seedstars, FlashHack, Generation Entrepreneur, CSIRO’s ON Accelerate and North Sydney Innovation Network.

Cole Wilkinson
Partner at Pitcher Partners

Cole has a depth of experience working with clients ranging from start up technology ventures to large private companies and Australian subsidiaries of international listed corporations. His services provided to these clients go beyond the required compliance activities, with an in-depth understanding of their business and industry allowing Cole to provide more meaningful advice on a variety of financial management, business and taxation matters. This deep understanding of client’s affairs also provides a stronger base to assist clients with the capital raising process, 3 way modelling and other management reporting requirements to assist them in building successful businesses.

Michelle Eastwell
Partner at HopgoodGanim

Michelle is a corporate lawyer with extensive experience in mergers and acquisitions, capital markets transactions and alternative fund raisings. In addition, Michelle works closely with her clients to assist with corporate governance issues and regulatory compliance as well as negotiating significant commercial agreements and providing commercial advice on business critical matters. With clients across a range of sectors, Michelle works with companies listed on the ASX and other stock exchanges as well with unlisted companies, including emerging businesses. Michelle has a specific interest in the technology, financial services and education sectors. Michelle prides herself on the relationships she has with clients and is committed to working alongside her clients in the long term and contributing to their growth and success. Michelle holds qualifications in Laws (Hons) and Commerce (Law, Accounting & Finance) from Griffith University.

Coaches and Mentors

Anna Rooke
Managing Director, Creative Tech Ventures Fund

Anna Rooke was the founding CEO of QUT Creative Enterprise Australia (CEA) and led the organisation for over a decade. Under her leadership, CEA established and expanded its offerings to include accelerator programs, the Coterie, Creative3 and the CEA Startup Fund.The CEA Startup Fund started its journey in 2013 and is Australia’s first early stage fund for creative ventures in Australia. Anna took a hands-on management of the portfolio including the role as Chairman of Fame & Partners Pty Ltd until February 2016, supporting the company from startup through to Series A investment.Anna has over 20 years’ experience leading commercialisation, incubation and business development initiatives in Australia and the UK, and has worked with companies spanning the fields of biotechnology, information technology, and the creative industries. Prior to her relocation to Australia in 2006, she was the Director of the UK’s first National Science City and created the first $1m ‘proof of principle’ fund in Yorkshire to enable entrepreneurs to exploit their commercial potential.Anna is passionate about building a vibrant and scalable creative industries sector in Australia. In July 2018, she was appointed as the Managing Director of the Creative Tech Ventures Fund and as a Non-Executive Director of CEA’s Board.Anna is also a member of the Advance Queensland Expert Panel, Queensland Startup Committee and a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Ant McCormack
Director, Strategic Development & Innovation — Changer Studios

Ant is a leader in digital content strategy and production. He has a unique set of skills and experience that sees him working with in both entertainment and advertising working with national and international advertising agencies and brands to produce creative, compelling and effective video content. At Changer, Ant is building the future of online content creation leading the development of unique projects including the delivery of the world's first YouTube Creator Incubator in partnership with YouTube and Screen Queensland.

Graham Ross
Founder — Kusaga Athletic

Graham Ross is the founder of Kusaga Athletic, pioneers in future fabrics and sustainable lifestyle apparel, and creators of the Greenest T-shirt on the Planet. As an established entrepreneur with a background in media, Graham recognised an opportunity to address the impact of climate change by reimagining the textile industry. Taking the principles of a circular economy and profit for purpose as its foundation, Kusaga Athletic is part of a new wave of socially focussed organisations using the power of business to create a positive impact on the world.

Karen Foelz
Founder — Spring and Grove

Karen is the Brisbane based founder of Spring & Grove, a naturally flavoured sparkling spring water with zero calories, zero sweeteners and zero preservatives. With food delivery the hot trend, Spring & Grove offers a convenient home delivery model in addition to traditional sales channels. A beverage entrepreneur and advocate for healthy living, Karen is passionate about entrepreneurship and innovation. In 2017, Karen was a finalist for the Women in Technology Sue Wickenden Startup Entrepreneur Award and the Women's Agenda Emerging Entrepreneur Award. Karen is deeply involved in the evolution of the startup ecosystem at QUT, contributing to the university wide initiative to significantly grow the support for student, alumni and staff founders. Inspired by the maturing startup space at QUT and in Brisbane, Karen decided to launch Spring & Grove, her second startup. Karen previously founded Brisbane’s first subscription flower delivery service, Urban Bloom.

Lex Van Cooten
Immerse Enterprise

Lex began his career in virtual reality in 2014 as an early developer for Oculus Rift hardware. He has since built a company called Immerse Enterprise, with a team of senior game developers and engineers, to offer corporate client services with an emphasis on utilizing virtual and augmented reality technologies for real world solutions. Quickly realizing the potential applications and progressed hardware opportunities he launched one of the first virtual reality meetups in Australia to bring awareness of the re-emerging technology to the local community and to find developers to work with. This monthly meetup is still going today, the Brisbane XR Network (BXRN). Having worked with clients such as Hyundai, BUPA Insurance, Endeavour Foundation and Queensland Urban Utilities the IE team has vision to bring this technology to the masses through practical, real world applications. These applications include virtual test drives in new cars, staff training experiences, interactive multiplayer environments, disabilities assistive training and heritage building restoration.

Majella Edwards
Co-founder & CEO — Sortal

Majella Edwards is the co-founder and CEO of Sortal. She has a strong background in team leadership, collection management, software project delivery, user experience and design thinking. She is a qualified professional specialising in photo media and curatorial practice. Majella is currently working in her startup with her cofounder in the artificial intelligence and photographic sector after winning the Startup Weekend for Creative Tech in March 2017 and recently graduated from CEA's Collider Accelerator in 2017.

Peter Clowes
Founder & Creative Director — MAXART

Peter is the founder and Creative Director at MAXART, one of Brisbane’s leading virtual and augmented reality technology companies. Peter has worked with some of Australia’s and the World’s most recognisable brands, and has been invited to share his ideas on immersive technologies at conferences and seminars throughout Australia. The team at MAXART want to share their vision for spatial and collaborative computing with the world! To achieve this, they are building virtual (VR) and augmented reality (AR) applications that transform how we interact and engage with next generation of computers.

Scott Millar
Founder — BOP Industries

Scott Millar is the 17-year-old founder of BOP Industries, a Brisbane based holographic entertainment startup working to not only develop new and emerging technologies but to teach others to do the same. Scott and his team have designed and created a range of hologram displays (think Star Wars) ranging from the size of a phone and tablet, up to their life -sized, two metre tall units. In addition to this, Scott and his team have developed and run a range of workshops aimed at teaching people about new and emerging technologies in a fun, creative and interactive way. 

Starting his company as part of a year 9 business project, Scott has grown the company from selling key-rings at local markets to now running events and workshops across the country. 

Scott has had a range of experience in developing ideas and then taking them from concept to creation. He loves to work with other passionate people in developing their ideas and looks forward to mentoring at the Creative Tech Startup Weekend!

Shelli Trung
Expert in Residence & Investment Fund Manager — QUT CEA

Shelli Trung comes to CEA with a unique combination of corporate, entrepreneurship and investor expertise. In 2010, she founded a digital media publication based in New York, which was incubated at the New York Media Centre and subsequently acquired in early 2015. Prior to this, Shelli worked as a business improvement specialist serving organisations ranging from small boutique consultancies to large corporate banking. She primarily led the design of new technical and business capability, ensuring successful implementation through the development of communications tools and team training. Shelli has mentored on five accelerators globally with a focus on scaling capacity, growth hacking and capital raising. Her angel investments include graduates of Chinaccelerator, Startup Chile and DreamIt Ventures and is currently advising a number of early stage startups in Australia.

Tim Anderson
Co-Founder — FinTech QLD

Tim loves collaborating with people to develop powerful ideas that have a positive effect on the world. He loves tackling difficult problems and leans into complexity. From a corporate perspective, Tim was part of the select team tasked with establishing an Innovation Lab for Suncorp Group. He has also played a major role in the design and delivery of major technical projects, developed communications strategies to support structural and cultural shifts and more recently managed strategic risk through innovation and reinvention of the Suncorp Business Model. In the entrepreneurial ecosystem, Tim is co-founder of Fintech QLD, he runs a humble design consultancy and, in his spare time, organises and facilitates hackathons such as Techfugees Brisbane, AECOM's CityHack 16 and 17, Australia's first Homelessness Hackathon and Brisbane's inaugural Fintech Startup weekend.

Zac Fitz-Walter
Co-Founder — Eat More Pixels

Dr. Zac Fitz-Walter is a user experience designer who believes that we can learn a lot from video games. He takes the most popular games and unpacks them, looking at how they effectively align with motivational science and research. He uses gamification design techniques and principles to help make tasks more engaging and motivating. He’s applied gamification to many different areas including training, education, health, wellbeing, business and HR.

Ruari Elkington
Lecturer — QUT Creative Industries

Ruari Elkington is a lecturer within the Creative Industries faculty at QUT. His background is in screen content distribution and he has consulted for a number of online screen media distributors. His current research projects include co-learnings between YouTube creators and CI students and the education application of AR "handables" such as the Merge Cube. Dr Elkington is currently developing Altruistix, a social enterprise focussed on fundraising in the arts and culture sector. He has received Digital Brisbane's Lord Mayors Budding Entrepreneur funding in addition to being recognised as an AMP Tomorrow Maker in 2017.

Tylor Stewart
Chief Technology Officer at Fabric & Lead Developer at Binary Orange

Tylor is a Brisbane-based CTO of fintech startup, Fabric. He spent the earlier part of his life in a rural town, where he ran an IT business before moving to Brisbane. In the last few years, he has embedded himself in the Brisbane tech community, picked up a degree just for fun, and, most notably, helped found Code Network as the inaugural Vice President.  

Currently, Tylor is interested in financial data aggregation and the prospects it brings for both developers and users. It was this interest that led him to become cofounder and CTO of Fabric.  

Despite his quickly disappearing schedule, Tylor still makes time to attend local tech and startup events, where he engages with the community that brought him to where he is. Before startup life took over, Tylor took great pride in being a CoderDojo Mentor where his passion for seeing practical coding education come to the younger generation began.

Ian Perkins
CEO & Chief Strategic Advisor at Blurb Consulting

Ian is the Chief Strategic Officer of Blurb Consulting, a Brisbane based boutique strategic advisory business. He has 32 years’ experience in the fashion industry and has assisted companies in a myriad of industries, to position or reposition their brands in the marketplace and provide strategic advice towards building long term, profitable business solutions. Ian has had the privilege to mentor designers who have participated in CEA’s Fashion Accelerator, which have gone on to run successful fashion businesses. His first hand knowledge and understanding of all aspects of the industry, provide members with an honest and realistic view on what is required to position their products into the market.

Peter Laurie
Startup Mentor

Peter is a software engineering professional who focuses on delivery of projects to a high level of quality in an effective, efficient and elegant manner. He has been in the software industry for 17 years.

Peter is an electrical engineer by training, a software engineer by choice, a business analyst by necessity, and a consultant when required. He has a Bachelor Electrical Engineering, a Graduate Diploma of Computer Engineering, and an MBA that focused on Strategy and Entrepreneurship.

Peter runs a small software engineering firm called Junta. Junta focuses most of its energy on developing prototypes and proofs of concepts for people with great ideas or interesting problems.

Peter Nink
‎Principal, P3A Star

With a passion for creating new and useful things I have always been excited about applying my curiosity and engineering skills to interesting challenges.  From designing medical life support equipment to scientific devices for extreme environments and renewable energy solutions I managed to keep myself entertained over the last 30 years of my professional career. Today I am focussing on assisting my clients in the development of smart products that make a positive difference to the users and the environment.

Dr Tim MacTaggart
Chief Entrepreneur-in-Residence at QUTbluebox

Dr Tim MacTaggart has 25 years’ experience in business, including cleantech technology commercialisation and startup creation.  He is currently the QUTbluebox Chief Entrepreneur in residence and founder of an IoT startup, Smart Sensor Technologies.  With particular strengths in hardware commercialisation, startup formation, mentoring and program management, Tim brings a strong execution focus to QUTbluebox’s startup support programs, including as the manager of the University’s premier accelerator program and QUT Foundry co-working spaces. 

Sarah Smith
Co-Founder — Sortal

Sarah Smith comes to mobile development & entrepreneurship with a background in Software Engineering for companies like Nokia & Google, and over a decade of mobile device experience. Realizing a goal to develop independent games & apps, Sarah opened Smithsoft in 2012. In 2017 Sarah founded Artlife Solutions Pty Ltd with a team that won first prize first prize at the Creative Startup Weekend, and went on to win a spot in Collider Accelerator 2017 with a startup called Sortal - building revolutionary AI powered image software. With Sortal Sarah is responsible for all things tech including the scalable architecture, mobile implementation and deep-learning technology. Sarah is an international speaker and expert in creative teams and agile projects; mobile development and technical architecture for apps. She has worked for a decade in her discretionary time on diversity in hiring and helping women coders. Specialties: Swift/Obj-C, C/C++, Deep-learning, full-stack, iOS & Linux, Security, Perl, Python

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Philippe Ceulen
Head of Programs

Philippe is passionate about communities and technology. Cambodia was his home for the most part of his professional life, where he was active in building the startup ecosystem and running his coworking space The 1961. He co-founded the travel tech startup WOW, worked with Airbnb to grow the Cambodian market and has been a volunteer with Techstars for several years. His current focus is on accelerator programs for creative tech startups at Creative Enterprise Australia.

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