Australia's Health Startup Weekend #2

    Friday, March 11 - 13, 2016

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  3. Speakers
  4. Judges
  5. Sponsors
  6. Organizing Team
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Australia's Health Startup Weekend #2

Friday, March 11 - 13, 2016

Friday, March 11 - 13, 2016
Event starts at 6:00 pm

Translational Research Institute Brisbane
37 Kent Street
Wooloongabba, QLD 4102

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Startup Health Australia gets the nation pumping in 54 hrs of life saving collaboration solving our very best problems

If you are inspired to change the world, come connect with kin spirits. During Australia's Startup Weekend for Health you will tap into the springs of innovation. Meet partners for your venture, learn the ropes of entrepreneurship, field test your idea in the fire which is the startup weekend experience. If you are not up for the whole weekend experience, you are welcome to join us on the opening night (Friday 11th March) or the closing night (Sunday 13th of March) to witness the range of ideas that has been transformed into real life solutions!

STOP PRESS  While the Weekend is not really about winning, we do have a Microsoft X Box up for grabs this year for the winner ..... 

The Challenge

The pressures on health innovation are clear: ageing population, chronic disease burden, escalating costs, mental health and indigenous health challenges. At the same time, shifts in technology - internet, devices, mobility, genetics etc. - are enabling new health service paradigms at an accelerating rate.   $5B is predicted to be invested in Health startups in the US in 2014. There will be massive change.  It is imperative for Queensland to play its role in this innovation.  Startup Weekends are a way of doing just that. 

What is a Startup Weekend?

Startup Weekend is a global phenomenon that has seen over 1000 events held in over 150 cities world wide.  At each Weekend, entrepreneurs, experts and builders come together for 54 hours to take an idea, form teams, validate and build a business, and pitch to judges.   Queensland has already hosted 8 Startup Weekends across the state. Check out a recent Sunshine Coast event in the video below to get a overview of a normal Startup Weekend. 

Is my idea or innovation relevant for this weekend?

We are welcoming ideas a across a wide range of areas including wellness and fitness, personalised medicine, mental health, acute care, primary care, remote care, allied health, indigenous challenges, public health, aged care...   Solutions can include  funding technology (eg. medical devices, smartphones/mobility/internet, wearables, self diagnosis..), big data analytics, telehealth, genetics, eHealth, process changes ...


To make sure we have a balance of skills and experience participants and the teams, we have different ticket types.  Please select the one that best matches your background.  
Full participant tickets include 7 meals and T-shirt and snacks.   Awesome value!!

Sponsors and Mentors are welcome.

This will be the first Startup Weekend solely focussed on Health in Australia! You can help be a part of making this a great success.

In the word's of Queensland's Chief Scientist, Dr Geoff Garrett:
"The human race is staring down the barrel of significant challenges, which science can help us address. In Queensland, we must continue to research and provide innovative solutions for particular opportunities and challenges we face. One of these challenges is in healthcare where cost increases, ageing population pressures and  rapid advancements in technology make this an area of great importance. 
This initiative - the Startup Weekend for Health -  is a great way for people to translate innovative healthcare ideas into real concepts, and it sounds like a lot of fun."


Friday March 11th

6:00 pm
Arrive at the venue and get checked in

6:15 pm
Dinner & Networking
Eat food, share ideas, practice pitches, get to know fellow participants

7:15 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

8:30 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

11:15 pm
Venue Closes
Go home, or move to a 24 hour cafe

Saturday March 12th

8:30 am
Door open
Begin work - Less talk, more action

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
Mentors Meetings
Mentors 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

11:15 pm
Venue Closes
Finished for the day. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow

Sunday March 13th

8:15 am
Doors open
Start work

9:00 am
Simple breakfast & coffee

10:00 am
Check-In and Mentoring
Mentors arrive. Final opportunity to ask questions

12:00 pm

4:00 pm
Presentation Prep & Tech Check
Final hours of worktime should be focused on perfecting your presentation, tech-check for final presentations also takes place

5:00 pm
Final Presentations

7:00 pm

7:30 pm
Judging & Awards

8:30 pm

9:00 pm
Go Home!


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.

Event Judges

Dr Chris Zappala
President, AMA Queensland

Dr Chris Zappala achieved his MBBS at the University of Queensland and underwent his advanced training at the Royal Brisbane Hospital. Dr Zappala worked for two years in London at the Royal Brompton Hospital where he began his interest and research in interstitial lung disease and secondary pulmonary hypertension. His research interests include examining how change in serial pulmonary function and chest imaging describe disease behaviour and predict survival in interstitial lung disease. Dr Zappala is a Physician Partner at Genesis Care and consults in both public and private practice in Brisbane, Maroochydore and Hervey Bay.  

Dr Judy Halliday
Senior Director, Commercial Engagement - Science, UniQuest B.Sc (Hons), PhD, GAICD

Judy has more than 25 years’ experience in the biotechnology field as both an academic and industry professional.  Judy joined UniQuest in 2007 and is currently a Senior Director in the UniQuest executive team. She is an inventor on granted patents and has been involved in multiple start-up and licensing transactions in the commercialization of university technologies. Judy is a director of a number of Aussie Colours Pty Ltd, Nexgen Plants Pty Ltd, Q-Sera Pty Ltd, QUE Oncology, Inc and is a member of the investment committees of the Medical Research Commercialisation Fund and Uniseed. 

Steven Dahl
Steven Dahl, Founder and Chief Executive Officer,

SmartClinics ( is a Brisbane based primary healthcare group redefining the primary healthcare experience for patients and GPs alike. 
Steven Dahl founded SmartClinics with a vision of making it everyday healthcare easier by reducing wait times and improving convenience and accessibility.
As the father of two young boys, Steven experienced first hand how difficult it can be to get in to see a GP and how long you have to wait. With his past experience in creating businesses that innovate in traditional industries Steven started SmartClinics with a fresh perspective. Using his business experience and leveraging technology to improve processes, SmartClinics has ambitious growth plans.
Steven loves working with the SmartClinics team to challenge the status quo in primary healthcare and to offer a valued service to patients.

Dr Clarence Tan
Ambassador, Asia Pacific at Singularity University

Dr Clarence N.W. Tan is currently the Asia Pacific Regional Ambassador for Singularity University. He is the founder of Bond Wireless, and CEO of private equity fund Austanco. Dr Tan was inducted into the Queensland Government Innovation Hall of Fame in 2014 and received the Queensland Government’s Entrepreneur-in-Residence Fellowship for 2010.  He was selected as a Queensland Innovation Champion for his outstanding achievement in leadership in the Queensland ICT sector in 2014.

He is an Adjunct Professor at Bond University and Griffith University and a founding member of the Gold Coast Angel Investors Group.  He currently mentors a number of companies and is a mentor at the iLab Accelerator. He has over 45 academic publications including a book, book chapters and peer-reviewed papers in the area of soft computing and mobile applications. In addition Dr Tan holds two patents in mobility technology.
Dr Tan obtained his Ph.D. from Bond University and his Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering (Computers) from the University of Southern California, where he went on to simultaneously complete a Master of Business Administration (Finance), and a Master of Science in Industrial and Systems Engineering.  Prior to his academic career Dr Tan has worked for a number of MNCs including Citibank in New York and Hong Kong, Xeroc EPC in the USA and Genreal Instruments in Malaysia. 

Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Australia's Health Startup Weekend #2 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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  • Maryam
  • Horst
  • Bernie
  • Luke
  • Lisa
  • Sarah
  • Ann


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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