Startup Weekend Cairns

    Friday, November 21 - 23, 2014


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Startup Weekend Cairns

Friday, November 21 - 23, 2014



Friday, November 21 - 23, 2014
Event starts at 6:30 pm

theSPACE Cairns
187 Mulgrave Road
Bungalow, QLD 4870

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It's back... Don't miss the opportunity to be involved. Startup Weekend Cairns

Startup Weekend is a 54 hour event that brings together Cairns designers, developers, entrepreneurs, and experts from all domains to do amazing things.

Cairns’s second Startup Weekend will be an opportunity to learn the basics of founding startups and launching successful ventures.  Through weekend-long, hands-on experiences entrepreneurs can find out if startup ideas are viable and learn from being immersed in the process of moving an idea to market.

The first Startup Weekend in Cairns was a high-energy, dynamic and creative event that brought together like-minded business creators for 54hrs of pitching, learning, team development, mentoring, designing, pivoting and startup creation. 50+ budding entrepreneurs (the youngest being 13 and the oldest being 65) and supporters gathered for a weekend long frenzy of building startup businesses with the help and guidance of experienced mentors.



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EVENT SCHEDULE

Friday November 21st


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


6:30 pm
Dinner & Networking
Eat food, share ideas, practice pitches, get to know fellow participants


7:00 pm
Graeme Wood - Official Open
Founder of Wotif which recently was acquired for $703 million


7:20 pm
Darryl Posgate - PAKYAK
Darryl Posgate winner of Startup Weekend # 1 shares where PAKYAK is today


7:30 pm
Welcome & Speakers
Review agenda for the weekend and introduce speakers, coaches, and community leaders


7:45 pm
Pitches Start
Pitch Fire - 1 minute to pitch your idea


9:00 pm
Voting
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 November 22nd


9:00 am
Breakfast
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee


9:00 am
Roy Whybrow - Lean Canvas Presentation
Create your agile plan for the weekend


9:20 am
Alistair Hart - Lean Startup
Lean startup, customer validation presentation


9:40 am
Teams get to work
Get out of the building and learn!


12:00 pm
Lunch


1:00 pm
Check-In
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!


3:00 pm
Nathan Finney - Crowe Horwath
Must know tax strategies for Startups, including the NEW federal tax breaks.


3:30 pm
Donna Patane - Founders Presentations
Founders agreements, entity options, shareholders agreements, etc...


6:30 pm
Dinner


7:30 pm
Check-In
After-dinner check-in, status reports, call for help


10:00 pm
Wrap-Up
Finished for the day. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow

Sunday November 23rd


9:00 am
Breakfast
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee


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


12:00 pm
Lunch


12:30 pm
Pitch practice
Coaches arrive…time to sharpen the saw!


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
Dinner


5:00 pm
Final Presentations


7:30 pm
Judging & Awards


8:30 pm
Wrap-Up


9:00 pm
Go Home!



Speakers


Graeme Wood
Digital Entrepreneur & Founder of Wotif

Graeme Wood is a digital entrepreneur of over 30 years’ standing. In 1999, he founded the online travel website Wotif.com and he remains happily involved with a number of start-ups. He also founded Wotnews, which pivoted into We Are Hunted, a music recommendation website that was sold to Twitter in 2013. Graeme provides support through the Graeme Wood Foundation. His philanthropic interests include environmental sustainability, the arts, and public interest journalism through Guardian Australia. He is passionate too about the transformative power of the arts for young people. In 2011, he founded Artology, whose goal is youth development and social change through the arts. Combining his interests in conservation and youth development, Graeme founded the Brisbane based not-for-profit Wild Mob, giving young people the opportunity to participate in conservation work and environmental education while experiencing some of Australia’s most iconic wilderness destinations. Graeme was made a Member of the Order of Australia in 2012. He was Suncorp Queenslander of the Year in 2008, has received an Honorary Doctorate of Economics from the University of Queensland.


Donna Holm
Owner, Holm Made Toffee Co.



Alistair Hart
Managing Director Mangoesmapping & Global Evangelist for Mappt.

Alistair first explored his entrepreneurial roots as an 8 year old, picking field mushrooms on the family sheep farm and selling them to passing vehicles on nearby Highway One. After a successful exit (enough $ for a few showbags), he went on to establish his first regular business as a gardener/handyboy as a twelve year old - a pursuit from which he derived a real income on leaving school.
Alistair recently launched his own company, Mangoesmapping, based here in Far North Queensland and is also the Global Evangelist for Mappt, a disruptive Australian mapping app for Android tablets. Mappt is owned by Takor Group which is soon to be listed on the Australian Stock Exchange (ASX).
Alistair enjoys combining the cut and thrust of business with exploring customer insight, and is intrigued by transformative innovation, disruptive business models and all the opportunities offered in this digital era.
Currently managing his own company, Mangoesmapping, Alistair enjoys combining the cut and thrust of business with exploring customer insight, and is intrigued by transformative innovation, disruptive business models and all the opportunities offered in this digital era.


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.


Darryl Posgate
Director Inspection Apps

Darryl was the winner of Startup Weekend 1 in August, is co-founder of www.inspectionapps.com This business has been running successfully for 5 years from a 'ground zero' start up in 2010. Inspection Apps has many Government clients, is expanding into the UK and US. Mypoolinspection has conducted about 14,000 pool fence inspections using Inspection Apps technology and around 25 pool fence inspectors in QLD and NSW. Darryl's experience is drawn from getting out there and giving it a crack! "I am bringing two sets of trousers to this weekend, because start up's excite the pants off me!" If I can help people channel their enthusiasm on the right areas and potentially avoid some the pitfalls I have stumbled into, the weekend will be a success. I look forward to speaking with everyone!


Nathan Finney
Crowe Horwath Principal - Business Advisory

Nathan focuses on providing quality advice and service his clients can rely on. Nathan is a Principal of the Cairns office’s business services and taxation division. His focus is providing quality advice and service that his clients can rely on. Clients and experience Nathan has over ten years of experience advising clients ranging from high net worth individuals to SMEs and listed public companies across the construction, utilities, financial services, retail, not for profit, tourism and hospitality industries. Nathan has also spent time in a commercial environment holding senior management positions in both large private and listed public companies. Nathan has the following service specialisations: - Taxation of Partnerships, trusts and companies - Business performance monitoring and analysis - Tax planning and consulting - Financial modelling and analysis - Business management consulting - Business financing - Business acquisitions and disposals   Professional background Bachelor of Management, Newcastle University The Institute of Chartered Accountants - Member 

Event Judges


Richie Bates
Councillor for the CBD and Inner suburbs CRC

Richie Bates is the councillor for the CBD and Inner suburbs in Cairns Regional Council.  As Chair of the Council Water and Waste portfolio Richie is acutely aware of the need to be innovative and efficient in meeting the water, sanitation  and sustainability needs of a growing city.   While Richie’s background is in Telecommunications Engineering his passion is for cycling, and as Vice President of Cycling Queensland he is a strong advocate for active transport solutions and showcasing Cairns as a premier “Cyclesport Destination”


Dr John Hamilton (Ph.D)
Head Management & Governance, Director E-Business, College of Business, Law and Governance, James Cook University.

Professor John R. Hamilton (Ph.D.) researches competitiveness, innovation and strategic futures. He has extensive corporate national (and international) leadership and management experience. He consults on online and/or offline engaging interactive environments, and develops capabilities for business-consumer real-time interfacing. Current research interests include: corporate leadership, value-deliverance, social networks, corporate and virtual intelligences, cloud business scenarios, major-events management, tracking, and interactive learning. John manages the Acute Futures Group (AcuteFutures.com). It deploys international R&D task teams with software developers from Norway, Hong Kong, Singapore, and Australia). The Acute Futures Group uses its unique value-deliverance systems to create custom-built, experiential, skilling scenarios for global and futures-focused organizations.


Bob Cobavie

With over thirty five years’ experience in business, Bob has held Senior Executive level positions in large diversified Agribusiness Corporations as well as 14 years’ experience as a business strategist and corporate advisor to a vast range of business and industry types.  These industry sectors range from primary production and aquaculture, forestry, through tourism and hospitality, manufacturing, information technology, new innovation products and services, education, aviation, engineering, food manufacturing, building and construction, waste management, transport and logistics, and the Government sectors.   Bob specialises in agribusiness and he and his team have conducted research that has led to the production of a range of strategic reports that have helped the growth and development of the agribusiness landscape in the region for many years.  Bob also maintains a significant passion and enthusiasm for the journey of discovery created by research and development that goes into identifying new and innovative products and services, and the processes of commercialising the products and services that come from the R&D journey.  Consequently he and his team have developed significant knowledge and experience in assisting various innovative entrepreneurial individuals and companies with their planning and journey towards commercialisation.


Coaches and Mentors


Dr John Hamilton (Ph.D)
Head Management & Governance, Director E-Business, College of Business, Law and Governance, James Cook University.

Professor John R. Hamilton (Ph.D.) researches competitiveness, innovation and strategic futures. He has extensive corporate national (and international) leadership and management experience. He consults on online and/or offline engaging interactive environments, and develops capabilities for business-consumer real-time interfacing. Current research interests include: corporate leadership, value-deliverance, social networks, corporate and virtual intelligences, cloud business scenarios, major-events management, tracking, and interactive learning. John manages the Acute Futures Group (AcuteFutures.com). It deploys international R&D task teams with software developers from Norway, Hong Kong, Singapore, and Australia). The Acute Futures Group uses its unique value-deliverance systems to create custom-built, experiential, skilling scenarios for global and futures-focused organizations.


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.


Alistair Hart
Managing Director Mangoesmapping & Global Evangelist for Mappt.

Alistair first explored his entrepreneurial roots as an 8 year old, picking field mushrooms on the family sheep farm and selling them to passing vehicles on nearby Highway One. After a successful exit (enough $ for a few showbags), he went on to establish his first regular business as a gardener/handyboy as a twelve year old - a pursuit from which he derived a real income on leaving school.
Alistair recently launched his own company, Mangoesmapping, based here in Far North Queensland and is also the Global Evangelist for Mappt, a disruptive Australian mapping app for Android tablets. Mappt is owned by Takor Group which is soon to be listed on the Australian Stock Exchange (ASX).
Alistair enjoys combining the cut and thrust of business with exploring customer insight, and is intrigued by transformative innovation, disruptive business models and all the opportunities offered in this digital era.
Currently managing his own company, Mangoesmapping, Alistair enjoys combining the cut and thrust of business with exploring customer insight, and is intrigued by transformative innovation, disruptive business models and all the opportunities offered in this digital era.


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