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 6:30 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

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.

Unsure if Startup Weekend is right for you? Join us for an online AMA (Ask Me Anything) to find out more about the event and explore ideas you may want to bring to the weekend!

Friday 23 February, 12.15pm-1pm,


Friday March 2nd

6:30 pm
Arrive at the venue and get checked in

7:00 pm
Dinner & Networking
Eat food, share ideas, practice pitches, get to know fellow participants

7:20 pm
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

9:00 pm
Attendees vote for the top pitches

9:15 pm
Form Teams
Teams start forming and discussing ideas

10:00 pm
Begin Work
Start to formalize teams and take an inventory of skills. Be honest, and direct about what resources and skills are needed for the weekend. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow

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

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.

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The Startup Weekend Brisbane | Creative Tech team is grateful for the support of local community partners without whom this event would not be possible.
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Organizing Team

Techstars Startup Weekend Brisbane is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
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  • Isaac
  • Philippe
  • Christina


Philippe Ceulen
Programs Manager at Creative Enterprise Australia

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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