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
Startup Weekend Brisbane | Creative Tech | 18-20 March
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!
THE WINNING TEAMS...
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!
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
SOLD OUT - TICKET ALLOCATION EXHAUSTED!
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
Saturday March 19th
Sunday March 20th
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 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.
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.
Coaches and Mentors
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.
Dean Brough, QUT Creative Industries Head of Studies (School of Design) and Senior Fashion Lecturer
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.
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.
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.
Head of Discipline, Creative Industries Faculty, QUT
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.
Learn how to become a sponsor here.
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.
Techstars Startup Weekend Brisbane is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
Learn how to get involved here
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.