Startup Weekend EDU Cairns

    Friday, July 27 - 28, 2018


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Startup Weekend EDU Cairns

Friday, July 27 - 28, 2018



Friday, July 27 - 28, 2018
Event starts at 8:00 am

Level 2, Queenslander Restaurant
S Block, TAFE North QLD
Gatton Street
Cairns, QLD 4870

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Startup Weekend Education

Startup Weekend Education, is a two day event focusing on entrepreneurial skills development of teachers, equipping and empowering them with the tools and knowledge to educate our young leaders of tomorrow.

BLA in partnership with theSPACE, a multi award winning startup and innovation hub, have identified the unique and much needed opportunity to address this gap through facilitating a two day work-shopping event – Startup Weekend Teachers.
During the event, teachers will be immersed in the startup and innovation culture, complementing their existing academic knowledge with the practical application of entrepreneurship. The project will provide teachers with life changing opportunities to further enable and empower their students to future proof careers of tomorrow. Participation in the event will significantly contribute to the Education Queensland annual professional development requirements of teachers. Entrepreneurship skills development during this event will include:
• enhanced soft skills
• working with technology educators and innovators and their equipment
• consulting with entrepreneurial mentors from across the region
• collaborating with startups, entrepreneurs and industry employers
• participate in tactile learning opportunities
• Imparting facilitation techniques for tactile learning of entrepreneurialism to students
 
Key Aims and objectives
Startup Weekend Education aims and objectives are:
• Address the gap in teacher professional development to better align with industry requirements
• Equip, empower and motivate regional teachers with entrepreneurial skills to impart to students as they work towards future proofing their career
• Development of soft skills to share with students and improve students’ employability skills, including but not limited to:
o pitching
o problem solving
o agile planning
o ideas screening
o market validation
o minimum viable product
o stakeholder and community engagement

• Enhance regional employment and traineeship opportunities for students
• Provide connection into the start-up ecosystem for their students, our budding entrepreneurs of tomorrow
• Provide a regional forum where mentors, industry specialists, educators and local entrepreneurs can collaborate and network
• Provide access and opportunity to assisting students to develop and commercialise innovative products and services
• Provide access and opportunity to teachers and students for further experience-based learning through incubators and innovation hubs such as theSPACE Australasia
• Build team cohesion and entrepreneurial community across multiple schools
 
Outcomes of the Startup Weekend Education will include:
o Deliver capacity building within the Queensland startup ecosystem
o Develop quality collaborations between organisations in the startup community
o Strengthening Queensland’s startup capability to foster growth and productivity in regional Queensland startup community
o Greater contribution to the economic development and self-sufficiency of the Far North Queensland area
o Ignite motivation, innovation and empowerment for startups in regional areas
o Providing a demonstrable platform to showcase Government support for regional areas
o Build capability within Queensland's young startup community
o Foster growth and productivity of the Queensland startup ecosystem and the regional economy more broadly
o Improve employment opportunities for Queensland youth now, as well as jobs for the future
o Greater comprehension passed onto youth of the economic and self-sufficiency capabilities of our regional area
o To build, attract and retain young entrepreneurial talent in Regional Queensland
o Create collaboration opportunities

For more information you can email cairns@startupweekend.org or call 074015 2517

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EVENT SCHEDULE

Friday July 27th


8:00 am
Registration
Arrive at the venue and get checked in


8:30 am
Welcome & Speakers
Review agenda for the weekend and introduce speakers, coaches, and community leaders


9:00 am
Guest Speaker: Flint Tolley
Hear the story of how Flint Tolley started his business Backyard Blasters


9:20 am
Guest Speaker: James Milaras
Hear the story of how James has built his business the Joker and the thief


9:40 am
Pitch Fire
All attendees will have the opportunity to pitch an idea - 1 minute pitches


10:10 am
Team Formation
Start to formalize teams and take an inventory of skills. Be honest, and direct about what resources and skills are needed for the weekend.


10:40 am
Agile Planning and Market Validation
Troy Haines will guide attendees through the process of using Agile Planning to map out their ideas


12:00 pm
Working Lunch
No time to stop - eat and work


12:30 pm
Hustle, Hustle, Hustle
Mentors are available to support teams to develop their ideas into opportunities


2:45 pm
IP & Legal with Donna Patane
Structures and IP for startups with MacDonnells Law - Donna Patane


4:00 pm
Finish for the day
Go get some rest ready for a huge day tomorrow

Saturday July 28th


8:30 am
Begin Work
Do you have any traction with your idea? Paying customers?


11:30 am
Working Lunch
No time to stop - eat and work


12:00 pm
Pitch Training
Guest Speaker will help teams prepare for their final pitches this afternoon


2:00 pm
Tech Check
Check in to see if you are ready for pitches


2:30 pm
Guest Speaker: Powershot App
Learn the story and hear from the team that developed Powershot App


2:45 pm
Final Pitches
Time to show the world what you've been working on


3:30 pm
Wrap up and close
You did it! 2 days to create a business



Speakers


Troy Haines
Cofounder of Cairns Innovation Hub

Troy is the founder of theSPACE, a Startup & Innovation hub which brings together budding entrepreneurs and innovators, to share, learn, connect and grow. theSPACE features a Coworking space, meeting rooms, access to coaching/mentoring and capital raising.

The founder of 4 entrepreneurial Startups and one successful exit, Troy coach’s entrepreneurs and innovators through the commercialisation process from idea screening through to growth and exiting. 


David Burston
Confidence Unlimited

Confidence Unlimited runs one day "Professional Communication" workshops plus a range of shorter courses, for developing confidence and leadership abilities in individuals and employees. 

David holds the voluntary position of Pitch Master at The SPACE, a start-up business incubator in Cairns, assisting entrepreneurs to hone their pitching skills. He also coaches the TEDx JCU speakers as well as many individuals in developing their presentation skills.


Flint Tolley
Backyard Blasters

During his last year in Highschool Flint Tolley began selling toy blasters on ebay and has since grown a successful online business, Backyard Blasters, supplying a range of toy blasters to customers from all over the world. Enthusiastic and passionate about what he does he is always eager to learn something new and excited by the technology available to business’s as the world rapidly advances.


Donna Patane
Senior Associate

Donna Patane is a Senior Associate and a member of the MacDonnells Law state-wide Commercial team practising in intellectual property, commercial and property law. Donna’s practice involves advising clients on a wide range of matters including trade marks and intellectual property, information technology, franchising and management rights matters, residential and commercial conveyancing, business transactions, business structuring, corporate advisory, body corporate law and leasing.


James Milaras
Joker and the Thief

Details to come


PowerShot App
Founder

Elliot Bairstow (13 years) pitched the idea at a Start Up Innovation weekend in November 2015.  The team of Elliot, Cory Dent (13 years) and Hamish Howieson (14 years) were formed and attend weekly business meetings to develop the idea.  Jessica May (13 years) joined the team in May 2016 to help them with website development and the App.  The team successfully crowdfunded over $5000, built a website and have gathered a modest social media following.  In July 2016, Dr Jason Holdsworth, Professor at James Cook University added his talents to the PowerShot team by coding the technical aspects of the App.  The four PowerShot kids have been attending weekly coding lessons to learn to code certain parts of the App. The media have followed the group with interest.  This attention has come from local and state newspapers, magazines, radio and TV and online articles. The partnership has been formalised, business name registered and bank account opened. PowerShot App has won several awards including Qld iAward for Junior Students and National iAward. The lite version of the app was released on the App Store at the end of January 2018 for free download and the team are currently working on the next version to be released soon.

Event Judges


Angela Toppin

Angela Toppin, is currently Councilor, Mareeba Shire Council and recently retired as  Principal, Cairns State High School in Far North Qld.  She was a Business Teacher for 14 years at Mareeba State High School and was appointed Head of Department Business and Technology at Smithfield State High School in 1990.  During that time she was able to ‘drive’ many innovations in the area of Business Education.  She and her Team of very competent teachers were able to offer a very ‘dynamic’ curriculum which attracted enrolments from many  other schools in the Cairns area. During this time she was President of the Peninsula Branch of BEAQ.  During her presidency Angela focussed very heavily on professional development for Business Educators and collegial support.  It was an extremely active branch and very highly regarded by Principals’ and Executive Officers of Education Qld.   1993 – Appointed Project Officer for Women in Management Project for Peninsula Region.  During this time Angela developed a Regional Plan for women aspiring to leadership positions in educational leadership.  Established a very successful Association of Women Educators in Peninsula Region, which she chaired for six  consecutive years.   1994 – Appointed Deputy Principal at Mareeba State High School and  ‘spearheaded’ VET in Schools   In 1997 her daughter was diagnosed with the death threatening – meningiococcal septicaemea, which caused her to re-evaluate her career direction for several years.   1998 – Acting Principal, Dimbulah  P – 10 School.  Focussed on community engagement.   2000 – Acting Principal Atherton State High School and then appointed Principal at Malanda State High School.  2003 Appointed Principal, Mareeba SHS.    2011 – Appointed Principal Cairns State High School   Throughout her Principalship, Angela has focussed very heavily on community engagement with her School Community and in so doing has improved outcomes for her students in a variety of ways.  Her passion for education has seen her lead a very large school  with enrolments of 1650 – Cairns State High School.  A very complex school which offered a variety of  unique Programs of Excellence and the International Baccalaureate, as well as maintaining International Accreditation through the Council of International Schools   In 1993 her ‘passion’ for rural students saw her initiate the Business Liaison Association in Cairns, which focuses on school industry links.  With Angela’s drive and passion, this Association now offers a wide range of programs to approximately 9000 – 10 000 students annually. She has remained Chairman of this Association and has ensured its sustainability so that young people in Far North Qld are ‘given the opportunities’ to experience unique  programs’ with business and industry.   In 1993 she was awarded Corporate Woman of the Year through the Cairns Businesswomen’s Club.  A unique honour for a passionate educator!   In 1995 she was awarded The Paul Harris Fellow, The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International, for her work with the Business Liaison Association and Association of Women Educators.   In 2009  she was awarded the prestigious Leadership in Profession Award by the Qld Secondary Principal’s Association and was made a Fellow of the Business Educators Association of Qld for her long term dedication to Business Education in Qld. She was also awarded a Rotary International Pride of Workmanship Award for her leadership of Mareeba SHS.   In 2010, The Cairns Post listed her as one of the  Most Influential Woman in FNQ (Number 12).   In June 2016 Angela was awarded the very prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award by the Qld Secondary Principals’ Association in Brisbane by Director General of DETE, Dr Jim Watterston. The Award is in recognition of the significant contribution Angela has made to state education, and the work of Qld Secondary Principals’ Association over an extended period of time The Award honours and recognises the great contribution Angela has made to education throughout her professional career.   Angela Toppin sees herself as ‘Someone who makes a difference for young people’.  She continues to mentor and coach young people in leadership positions and is very passionate about expanding opportunities for students in rural and regional  areas.   She is passionate about continuing her work for youth as a Councillor – ‘they are the leaders of the future’ and we must invest in that future!  


Debbie-Ann Bender
Chief Executive Officer, Cairns Chamber of Commerce

Debbie is recognised as an individual that possesses high levels of positivity, directness, determination and humour – along with the genuine desire to empower others and really make a difference to the community as a whole.   With over 15 years experience, Debbie has the proven ability to drive outcomes and engage effectively with a range of government, business, and industry and community stakeholders; along with experience working in a range of sectors, such as retail and commercial. Key areas of achievement include strategic planning; change management; stakeholder engagement; productivity improvement; commercial expansion / business development; risk management; organisational re-structure.   Debbie completed her Master of Business Administration in 2014 at JCU Cairns and has been invited to work with The Cairns Institute and JCU on The Cairns Institute Advisory Board, which has been recently established to advise James Cook University and the Institute on strategic and academic matters.


Coaches and Mentors


Roy Wybrow
Lecturer at JCU School of Business: Project Management & Entrepreneurship

Started career at Aircraft Research & Development in DSTO Edinburgh SA in 80’s where worked on GRU project, F111 Digitalization project, Jindalee Project and later F18 & BlackHawke selection project In 90’s was design manager and later project manager in an innovative special purpose machine engineering firm winning 3 beyond 2000 awards. In 1992 while in this company developed and oversaw the introduction of interactive webpages where clients could amend in real time projects. This came from intranet project (1991) which saw design and factory workshop being networked to allow real-time amendments of autocad drawings. Another project in 1993 saw the introduction (working with Westpac) of over-the-net automatic salary & invoice payment & banking system. From here was head hunted by BHP International as a greenfield project manager. This lead to a career in mid 90’s as a contracted Management turning around failing businesses to profitability in various countries for various large corporations. This career was cut short due to political unrest and advise to leave which forced Roy back to Australia and landed in Cairns. Upon arriving in Cairns (2001) gained MSCE qualification and worked setting up national ERP systems for Solution accounting software company as well as an MBA. Upon completing the MBA was asked to develop statistics program for JCU SOB (Due to physics & Maths qualifications from Flinders university in 80’s). 2005 developed a project management and entrepreneurship subjects that are more applied. In the Entrepreneurship subject students create start-ups to pitch at a Dragons Den format. Both are still running.


David Burston
Confidence Unlimited

Confidence Unlimited runs one day "Professional Communication" workshops plus a range of shorter courses, for developing confidence and leadership abilities in individuals and employees. 

David holds the voluntary position of Pitch Master at The SPACE, a start-up business incubator in Cairns, assisting entrepreneurs to hone their pitching skills. He also coaches the TEDx JCU speakers as well as many individuals in developing their presentation skills.


Nancy Johns
Director - Trest Enterprises NEIS Manager, Business Trainer, and Mentor

Passionate about all things business, I have worked tirelessly over the last 20 years studying business and getting hands-on experience in both small business and at large corporates. Areas of expertise are project management, strategic planning, new business development, team building, change management and leadership development. 


Organizing Team

Techstars Startup Weekend Cairns is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
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  • Angela
    Toppin
  • Loraine
    Healy
  • Troy
    Haines

Facilitators


Troy Haines
Cofounder of Cairns Innovation Hub

Troy is the founder of theSPACE, a Startup & Innovation hub which brings together budding entrepreneurs and innovators, to share, learn, connect and grow. theSPACE features a Coworking space, meeting rooms, access to coaching/mentoring and capital raising.

The founder of 4 entrepreneurial Startups and one successful exit, Troy coach’s entrepreneurs and innovators through the commercialisation process from idea screening through to growth and exiting. 


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