Startup Weekend Brisbane | Creative Tech

    Friday, March 18 - 20, 2016

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Startup Weekend Brisbane | Creative Tech

Friday, March 18 - 20, 2016

Friday, March 18 - 20, 2016
Event starts at 6:00 pm

QUT Creative Enterprise Australia
The Glasshouse, Level 4, Z2, Creative Industries Precinct
Cnr Kelvin Grove Rd and Musk Avenue, Kelvin Grove
Brisbane, Queensland 4000

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Startup Weekend Brisbane | Creative Tech | 18-20 March

What a weekend it was! The 54-hour frenzy saw hackers, hipsters and hustlers come together for a weekend-long sprint to hack, hustle, pivot, and validate a startup idea at Australia’s first ever Startup Weekend for Creative Tech hosted by QUT CEA.

Here’s a quick recap: In one weekend we had 115 attendees, 44 new ideas pitched, 14 teams formed with great viable pitches, 56 inspiring mentor sessions, 5 judges give feedback; all fuelled by 208 coffees, 160 tacos, 110 pizzas, and a whole lot of hustle!

Check out our media release and photos on our Facebook page. Get tagging! You'll find all the #SWCreativeTech activity on Twitter/Instagram and our highlights reel will be released on YouTube in the coming weeks!

Thanks to our amazing sponsors we were able to put together valuable prizes packs to help the winning teams continue what they started during the weekend!

Creative Tech Overall Award went to SharIO! Prize valued at $6,500
SharIO – a platform that allows musicians to trade, share or swap musical instruments and equipment

Community Spirit Award went to Splash Zero! Prize valued at $1,580
Splash Zero – board shorts with an in-built waterproof pocket to keep your valuables safe while swimming

Most Innovative Award went to DiscoveredFM! Prize valued at $2,200
DiscoveredFM – a music streaming service that connects artists and venues, and lets users rate musicians

Moon Shot Award went to 
Transactly! Prize valued at $240
Transactly – a deep-learning AI that intelligently tracks your spending and gives you personalised financial advice


Calling all hackers, hustlers and hipsters!

Do you have a bright 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 will be hosting Australia’s first ever Startup Weekend for creative tech!

Startup Weekend 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 just 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. 
So come join us, and bring your idea to life!

What you'll get with your ticket...

  • 7 delicious meals over the course of the weekend
  • All-you-can-drink coffee
  • Free 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 & entrepreneur friends 
  • Creative coworking space in the heart of QUT's Creative Industries Precinct
  • Opportunity to win some cool prizes
  • An awesome portfolio piece

What is creative tech?

Creative tech combines technology, psychology, art and design to help create more immersive, entertaining, personalised, multi-sensory experiences. This connects the physical and digital world in completely new ways by creating immersive and integrated experiences that are changing and disrupting the way people interact.

Examples of creative tech include multi-sensory experiences made using computer graphics, new media art, virtual reality, augmented reality, 3D printing, the Internet of Things and wearable technology.

Is my idea or solution relevant to creative tech?

We encourage cross cutting ideas across a wide range of areas including art, fashion, screen, advertising, product design, digital media, multimedia, games, computing, robotics, engineering and electronics.

This Startup Weekend is designed to collide new ways of combining creative and technical skills to create cross-disciplinary business ideas in a fun and interactive way.

Different examples of creative tech companies include Shoes of Prey, Metaverse Makeovers, Shapeways, Holition, Ringly, Oculus Rift and many others.


Friday March 18th

6:00 pm
Doors open
Meet and greet

6:30 pm
Arrive at the venue and get checked in, drinks & networking

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 19th

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
Check-In & Coaches Arrive
After-lunch check-in, status reports. Coaches help teams one-on-one from 1-5pm. 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 20th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

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

12:00 pm

1:00 pm
Coach Meetings
Coaches arrive and will be available from 1-4pm… 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

Steve Baxter
Entrepreneur, investor, and ‘Shark’ on Shark Tank Australia

Tech start-up multi-millionaire Steve Baxter is a proud Queenslander, born in the remote town of Cloncurry and raised in Emerald in the State’s central highlands. 

He left school at 15 and joined the Army, enlisting in its apprenticeship program. There, he became an engineer working in the field of electronics, telecoms and guided weapon systems.

In 1994, at the age of 23, Steve put his life savings of $11,000 on the line to launch his first start-up, the pioneering internet service provider SE Net, from the spare room of his Adelaide home.Servicing more than 35,000 customers, SE Net was eventually acquired by Ozemail/UUNet under the stewardship of its founding Director and now Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull.

In 2001, Steve teamed with a schoolmate to launch his second start-up, PIPE Networks. Eight years later they sold it to the TPG Group for $373 million.Steve spent a year working with Google in California in 2008, leading a project to deliver high-speed telecommunications systems across North America.In the past three years he has become a major early-stage investor in Australian start-ups, helping to launch a host of companies which together boast a valuation of more than $100 million.

Three years ago, Steve launched River City Labs in Brisbane, a leading co-working community to encourage entrepreneurs in Queensland.

In 2013 he co-founded Right Pedal Studios, a mobile gaming accelerator, and StartupAUS an advocacy group for Australian tech startups.

In 2015, Steve joined SharkTankAU as one of the 5 "Shark" investors. 

Elaine Stead
Investment Director at Blue Sky Funds

Elaine is the Investment Director at Blue Sky Venture Capital and is responsible for the management of the Blue Sky venture capital fund and portfolio for Blue Sky. Established in 2012, the venture capital division has expanded to bear its second fund, VC2014, and over $40 million in assets under management across a broad range of industry sectors.

Elaine has worked for a number of years as a venture capitalist and management consultant to the venture and industry across Australia and the United States. As an Investment Manager at CM Capital Investments, a venture capital fund with $250 million under management and a dual focus on healthcare and digital technology, Elaine focused on investment origination, portfolio management as well as portfolio company performance. Elaine has also worked in strategic management consulting, with both NASDAQ and ASX listed and private companies based in Australia and the US.

Originally trained as a stem cell biologist, Elaine has since spent the last decade within the innovation and investment spectrum, initially in technology commercialisation assisting public institutions and founders translate and commercialise their technology across a broad range of industry sectors including agriculture, healthcare and IT.

Michael Smellie
Chairman, QUT Creative Enterprise Australia

Michael’s career in the music business spans more than 25 years and across five continents as former Global Chief Operations Officer of Sony BMG, Asia Pacific Head for BMG, and Managing Director of Polygram and rooArt in Australia.

As COO for BMG worldwide, he directed the company through some turbulent years and was an integral part of negotiating and implementing the merger with Sony Music. He was appointed COO of Sony BMG in 2004 before leaving in 2005 to return to Australia. Until the end of 2008, he was President of Media Development, Asia Pacific for German media giant Bertelsmann.

He is an investor, adviser and board member to a number of start-up creative businesses in Australia and the United States.

Drew Koven
CEO, The Beach People

Drew Koven is the current CEO and Director at The Beach People. He is a long-time entrepreneur, active investor and advisor to eCommerce, fashion, healthy foods and consumer product businesses. Drew was formerly the senior Omnichannel retail executive at market leading brands including: Guess Jeans, Steve Madden, FreshDirect and Melissa & Doug Toys. He has his finger on the pulse of today’s global retail environment and the ins-and-outs of starting and growing businesses. He is married with two sons and works out of Australia and Los Angeles.

Professor Carol Dickenson
Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor, QUT

Professor Carol Dickenson AM is Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor at Queensland University of Technology. QUT’s six faculties, its research institutes and the Caboolture Campus report to the Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor and the Portfolio includes responsibility for academic staffing and enterprise bargaining. Professor Dickenson is Chair of University Academic Board.    Prior to her appointment as Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Professor Dickenson served as QUT’s Registrar for ten years and possesses a unique set of skills honed during extensive experience across academic, consulting, government, HR, and executive management roles. Carol’s external roles include: Elected Member, AHEIA Executive Committee; Member of the Universities Australia Standing Group for Quality; Member, Universities Australia D/PVC (A) Group; Member, ATN DVC (A) Group; Member, Chairs of Academic Boards; Chartered Member – Australian Human Resources Institute (AHRI); Member – AHRI National Certification Council.

Coaches and Mentors

Greg Hearn
Director of Commercial Research and Development, Creative Industries Faculty at QUT

Greg Hearn is Director of Commercial Research and Development in the Creative Industries Faculty at QUT. Greg’s key skill is connecting people, ideas, and R&D funding. With qualifications in psychology, communication and media, Greg has also extensive high level planning and facilitation skills in strategy, team building and conflict resolution. He has worked in various projects with R&D organisations, private industry and public sector organizations over 3 decades. Key among these are British Airways, PWC, Thiess, Telstra, Australian Federal and State Agencies (e.g. ATO, DCITA, DEWAR, Queensland Transport and Health) and Brisbane Airport Corporation. Greg teaches regularly in the QUT Executive Masters programs for the defence sector.

Stephen Phillips
CEO Mawson Robotics, ex Twitter, We Are Hunted

Stephen Phillips is a Brisbane local who led We Are Hunted, the popular music search company that entertained millions of fans worldwide, and sold to Twitter in 2012. He worked at Twitter in Product and Engineering through the company's listing on the NYSE. His new company Mawson Robotics aims to design intelligent machines to grow Australia’s most valuable industries. 

Kylie Lamprecht
Partner at Pitcher Partners

Kylie Lamprecht is a Partner at Pitcher Partners and has been providing specialist accounting and business advice to her clients for the last 20 years. Kylie’s strength is her focus on client relationships and working hand in hand with her clients on all taxation, accounting, structure, strategic and business requirements. Kylie is passionate about helping clients who are creative and innovative in their business activities.

In her advisory role, she supports and project manages all statutory compliance requirements, whilst ensuring a balanced and commercial outcome is achieved.

This may include providing advice to businesses (start up to established businesses) across a range of areas including investment options, strategic business planning, cashflow and financial control options, financing, structuring, succession planning and exit strategies.

Kylie’s plays a vital role in helping her clients developing successful and sustainable businesses.  Kylie focuses on business solutions in terms of operations, financial, administration and taxation considerations. Kylie keeps the goals of the business owners front of mind.

Marcus Foth
Professor, Urban Informatics - ‎Queensland University of Technology (QUT)

Professor Marcus Foth is founder and director of the Urban Informatics Research Lab, i/Director of the QUT Design Lab, and Professor in Interactive & Visual Design, School of Design, Creative Industries Faculty at Queensland University of Technology. Marcus’ research focuses on the relationships between people, place and technology. He leads a cross-disciplinary team that develops practical approaches to complex urban problems. He adopts human-computer interaction and design methodologies to build engagement around emerging issues facing our cities.  Marcus received a Queensland Young Tall Poppy Science Award 2013, and was inducted by the planning, design and development site Planetizen to the world’s top 25 leading thinkers and innovators in the field of urban planning and technology.

Dean Brough
Dean Brough, QUT Creative Industries Head of Studies (School of Design) and Senior Fashion Lecturer

Dean is a highly experienced educational and industry fashion professional with the ability to explore, resolve and fabricate new apparel designs.  His applied research is centred on the intersection of health and design, with a focus on performance and protective apparel in sub-tropical climates. Dean is also currently investigating bio-textiles – creating textiles from living bacteria to potentially grow your own apparel. Alongside this, he has also investigated threshold positions for design innovation - the creative practice from this research received a Design Institute of Australia Award. His creative practice has been exhibited at numerous prestigious art and design venues, both nationally and internationally, including Queensland Art Gallery, ARC Biennial and Mercedes Benz Fashion Festival.

Chris Carter

Chris Carter is a Senior Lecturer and Study Area Coordinator in the Film, Screen, and Animation discipline at QUT. His background in software engineering for multimedia has focused his professional and teaching experience around technological innovation in the fields of animation, games and visual effects. Chris is also the cofounder and owner of an award winning and industry leading online retail business. His online store continues to disrupt an otherwise traditional retail sector through the application of creative online technological solutions. 

Deb Polson
Interaction Design Academic and Producer - ‎Queensland University of Technology

For over 20 years Deb has been an interaction and interface designer in the fields of game and simulation design, experimenting and innovating in the vibrant intersections of design, research and industry in Australia, China, the US and UK. Deb has conceived, developed and deployed a number of multi-discipline projects that adopt new technologies and present complex data in playful ways that result in new insights for both the collaborators and the end users. To date, each project has provided an opportunity for emerging creative talent to develop new skills while collaborating with experienced experts from scientific fields and industry contexts.

Kaisu Christie
Head of Digital and Innovation at Bank of Queensland

Kaisu is Head of Digital and Innovation at Bank of Queensland, and responsible for defining and delivering the digitally enabled business strategy. and driving innovation culture and execution for the BOQ Group.
Kaisu is a strong technology business executive with over 20 years’ experience working globally for blue chip companies  like ING Bank, Nokia, SingTel/Optus, Origin Energy, and Bank of Queensland. Originally trained and worked in hospitality industry, and since then in  information management and business, Kaisu has developed her career moving from technical roles, to management and senior leadership roles – always being entrepreneur at heart having also run her own companies.

Kaisu is passionate about building successful  companies by developing people , and has always been active in coaching  & mentoring the next generation of leaders  and start ups. She is passionate about inclusive diversity, and making  positive change.

Her speciality is delivering transformational change via innovative operational and delivery models and business services.

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.

Peta Ellis

Peta Ellis is a Communications Professional with 15+ years’ experience in Marketing Communications, Media Relations, Publicity, Social Media Marketing and Public Profile Management.

Since 2012 Peta has worked alongside Steve Baxter, the founder of River City Labs to grow Brisbane’s Startup community by establishing RCL as one of Brisbane’s most prominent Coworking communities for Tech Startups , Entrepreneurs and industry mentors.

Known as a super connector in the Startup space, Peta believes that quality connections and valuable mentors make all the difference in the early stages.

She has worked closely with Startup companies and Entrepreneurs in the first stages of development focussing on idea validation, identifying customer markets, integrated marketing strategies, pitching for investment and effective media launch campaigns.

During the past 4 years she has founded and facilitated the Brisbane Sponsored Entrepreneur Program, RiverPitch, Brisbane Startup Pitch Group, 10 Digital Ladies Group, and hosted 5 StartupWeekends and Brisbane's first Startup Weekend for Women in 2015 as well as facilitating the first Lean Startup Machine Event for Brisbane in 2014.

Josh Anthony
General Manager, River City Labs

Josh is the General Manager of River City Labs. He was previously the co-founder and CEO of Agile Rostering, an online rostering and staff communication startup and the co-founder and CTO of Two Hoots, a consumer analytics startup. Josh loves helping founders get to market as fast as possible with an MVP and has organised or participated in over 6 startup weekends.

Aysegul Kayahan
Global Chair of Chapter Leads at The Forum for Expatriate Management

Aysegul Kayahan is an experienced company director and global mobility professional who has been investing in technology startups with Brisbane Angels Group since 2009. Aysegul has invested in 24 startups (and growing) across a variety of industries and is currently on the board of Five Faces (her first angel investment), Brisbane Angels Group and on the Advisory Board of ProcessPA. Aysegul believes the future success and sustainability of the Australian way of life is dependent on robust and globally scalable science and technology businesses. As part of her commitment to the startup community, Aysegul invests in startups (as part of Brisbane Angels) and mentors startups through the various accelerators located in Brisbane.

Aysegul has a couple of day jobs, running her business Relocation Specialists was well as the Australian Chapters of The Forum for Expatriate Management and chairing the global chapters of the community. Aysegul has been in the relocation and global mobility industry as an owner and manager since 1993.

Mandy Thomas
‎Executive Dean, Creative Industries Faculty at QUT

Mandy is the Executive Dean of the Creative Industries Faculty at QUT. Formerly the Dean of Research Development at QUT, Professor Thomas is responsible for leading the Faculty in an important stage of its development as it consolidates its position as one of Australia’s premier locations for study across such fields as Architecture, Film, Media, Journalism, Interactive Visual Design, Creative Writing, Acting, Fashion, Music and Dance.
Professor Thomas is an anthropologist who has undertaken research in both Vietnam and Australia. She has published widely on the lives of Vietnamese people who live under a communist regime and has also worked extensively with migrant groups in Australia on the migration experience. Before joining QUT, Professor Thomas was Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research and Research Training) at the Australian National University in Canberra, and was the Australian Research Council’s Executive Director Humanities and Creative Arts from 2004-06.  She brings to the board her experience in executive leadership roles within the university sector.

Kaye Petherick
Director, External Relations, Creative Industries Faculty, QUT

Kaye’s background is as a project manager and  consultant delivering strategic planning, regional economic and industry development planning, market assessments and feasibility studies in Australia, New Zealand, the US, Europe and Japan.   Kaye has managed a range of projects in both the private and public sector in Queensland including in tourism, education, professional services, property development and the arts. Kaye joined QUT in 2001 and was part of QUT’s project management team for the Kelvin Grove Urban Village project until she took up a position in the Creative Industries Faculty in 2009.  In her roles with the Faculty, Kaye’s responsibilities have included business development, commercial consultancies, corporate education, continuing studies, partnerships and external engagement.

Melissa Witheriff
Senior Manager, Innovation and Strategy, CUA

As a passionate innovator, Melissa has found her calling in connecting people, ideas and opportunities.

She is a big picture thinker and if there is a better, more efficient or more engaging way to do something, she will be the first one off the blocks. Challenging the status quo is a favourite pastime and she always on the lookout for opportunities to learn, grow, achieve and excel.

Melissa is passionate about addressing problems worth solving. Sometimes this means daring to be different, taking risks and pushing the boundaries relative to the business environment. Coupled with the right balance of research, planning and strategic intent, Melissa believes this risk can equal reward both for the organisation its’ customers and partners.

With extensive experience in the commercial, government and NFP sectors, Melissa has a strong track record in innovation, enterprise social networks, program management, organisational development, business improvement, portfolio change management and leading business and people transitions.

Oksana Zelenko
Head of Discipline, Creative Industries Faculty, QUT

Dr Oksana Zelenko is Head of Discipline, Interactive and Visual Design. She is a design academic and researcher at the Creative Industries Faculty, Queensland University of Technology (QUT). Her area of expertise is in interaction and visual design for e-health applications with a specific interest in using participatory design methodology for researching and developing interactive health promoting resources for youth mental health and wellbeing. She is the editor of Design and Ethics: Reflections on Practice (2012, co-edited with Emma Felton and Suzi Vaughan) published byRoutledge.

Oksana led the design research team and the commercialisation process in the development of the ARC-funded QUT Online Visual Counselling Tools project, which resulted in a world-first e-counselling application to employ visual synchronous assisted and non-assisted counselling, currently in use by Australia’s largest youth counselling organisation, KidsHelpline. Oksana has produced a report on the potential of digital media to support youth mental health for Queensland Health and QUT Resilient Children and Communities Project (2002-2006). In 2001, Oksana was the invited speaker on the potential of digital media to support community resilience in pre- and post-disaster management at the national launch of Volunteering Queensland’s Disaster Readiness Index. Oksana’s broader practice includes the design and evaluation of interactive educational programmes for cross-cultural training of medical staff in remote regions across the Pacific, development of interactive counselling modules for Queensland Government and ongoing design consultancy in the not-for-profit sector. Oksana has presented the outcomes of her research nationally and internationally.

Gavin Sade
Associate Professor, Creative Industries Faculty, QUT

Dr Gavin Sade is a designer in the field of interactive computational media, with a background in music and sonology.  He is currently the Head of Interactive and Visual Design in the Creative Industries Faculty at the Queensland University of Technology. Gavin holds a Bachelor of Music (Sonology) from the Queensland Conservatorium of Music, and a PhD in interactive media arts and sustainability. He has been creating interactive media systems and electronic art since 1990 when he began working with electronic music band Vision 4/5 and later with Keith Armstrong and the Transmute Collective.   In 2003 he formed Kuuki, a creative media collective, and has since lead the production of a number of high profile electronic artworks that have been exhibited in international settings. Gavin’s practice is guided by an ecological philosophy inspired by vegetarianism and the critical design philosophy of defuturing, and is a mix of electronic art and critical design.

Lex Van
Virtual Reality Developer, Co-Founder, Project Manager, Product Designer - ‎PickMee

Lex is founder and organiser of the Brisbane VR Club, a local based virtual reality group which hosts monthly meetups to promote immersive technology uses in all industries, from healthcare to education and beyond. With a passion for developing experiences Lex was one of the first in Queensland to gain access to HTC Vive and Oculus Rift head mounted displays ahead of their commercial releases mid this year. He is working on a platform to provide a broader capability of VR experience delivery in order to decrease costs of immersive experience development

Brian Richards
Taxation Advisor, Richards Advisory

Brian Richards is the principal consultant of Richards Advisory which is a specialist tax advisory consultancy. Brian has been providing taxation advices for some 40 years to accounting and legal firms in relation to their  client matters especially with regard to the establishment, transactional and exit strategies for small to medium enterprises. Brian has a particular interest and enthusiasm with regard the proper advice to his clients to ensure that the flexibility required to deal with growth and success are dealt with at the appropriate time.

Tim McLennan
CEO QUT Bluebox Pty Ltd

Tim McLennan is the CEO of the Queensland University of Technologies commercialisation arm, qutbluebox Pty Ltd.  He was previously the CEO of the International Energy Centre, a not for profit company established to develop education, research and leadership to support the transition to a sustainable low carbon future. He has over 25 years of experience in the broader resources sector including energy, water and aerospace and held senior positions in research and innovation management, commercialisation, international business development and strategic partnership management.  He has held senior roles in CSIRO including, Director of Business Development and Commercial for CSIRO’s mineral resources Flagship and Executive Manager of the Queensland Centre for Advanced Technologies.  He is a director of the Australian Federal Government’s Council of Australia Latin America Relations (COALAR), Vice Chairman of the Australian Latin American Business Council (ALABC) and Board member of the Australian Water Recycling Centre of Excellence Ltd and Deputy Chair of the Queensland Futures Institute energy subcommittee.  He was also a Board member of Austmine Ltd and the Resources Technology Innovation Centre.

Event Sponsors, and Partners

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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Signature Sponsors

QUT Creative Enterprise Australia (CEA) helps start, grow, scale and connect creative companies as Australia’s leading creative accelerator and investment fund. Since 2008, CEA has helped establish more than 40 startups, supported over 500 creative industries businesses and raised over $25 million in investment.

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Organizing Team

Techstars Startup Weekend Brisbane is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
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  • Anna
  • Mark
  • Gail
  • Rebecca
  • Becci
  • Carly
  • QUT
  • Indi
  • Angie
  • Thuy


Dwight Gunning

Dwight is an Australian software engineer and entrepreneur, currently based in The Netherlands. After a successful career as a technology consultant he shifted focus toward consumer tech products and startups. He has both founded and worked as an early employee at several startups, experiencing many highs and lows along the way. His latest project is a website publishing service called Knownly


Since participating and becoming hooked at his first Startup Weekend in 2010, Dwight has been involved with over twenty events across 4 continents. Dwight loves discussing innovative ideas, tackling business model risks, and brainstorming to overcome technical challenges. Be sure to connect at the event or any time via his website.

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Aaron Birkby
EIR @ RCL Accelerator

Entrepreneur In Residence at River City Labs Accelerator powered by muru-D.  Co-founder and CEO of Silicon Lakes. Startup Weekend Australia. Weekly tech segment on ABC Coast FM.14 businesses, 4 successful exits.

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