Startup Weekend Cairns

    Friday, November 13 - 15, 2015


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  4. Judges
  5. Coaches and Mentors
  6. Sponsors
  7. Organizing Team
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Startup Weekend Cairns

Friday, November 13 - 15, 2015



Friday, November 13 - 15, 2015
Event starts at 6:00 pm

“The Queenslander” Level 1 in S Block - Cairns TAFE
Gatton Street
Manunda
Cairns, Queensland 4870

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This event is supported by the Department of Science, Information Technology and Innovation.

STARTUP WEEKEND EXPLAINED IN 90 SECONDS.


This time round we are tweaking our Startup Weekend. This time we would also like to encourage existing businesses to bring their team along to spend a weekend working on an idea. 

This time round we are calling it... Startup & Innovation Weekend

  • If you are a business owner and you want to bring your team in for the weekend, to learn innovation... register today 
  • If you are someone who has a business and wants to learn how to launch a new product / service or test a new idea... register today.
  • If you are part of a corporation / government agency and you want to learn how to do innovation... register today
  • If you are an inventor and you want to learn how to commercialise it... register today
  • If you have an idea and you want to learn how to develop it.. register today
  • If you have no idea (haha) but are wanting to learn about how to start a business... register today 
  • If you have no idea, but just want to hang out with some cool people... register today
  • If you are a student and you want to be an entrepreneur... register today

Startup & Innovation Weekends are weekend-long, hands-on experiences where entrepreneurs and aspiring entrepreneurs can find out if startup ideas are viable. On average, half of Startup Weekend’s attendees have technical or design backgrounds, the other half have business backgrounds. Drinks will be served Friday & Sunday night. There will also be food provided for the entire weekend

Beginning with open mic pitches on Friday, attendees bring their best ideas and inspire others to join their team. Over Saturday and Sunday teams focus on customer development, validating their ideas, practicing LEAN Startup Methodologies and building a minimal viable product. On Sunday evening teams demo their prototypes and receive valuable feedback from a panel of experts.

Call us biased, but we think that there are dozens of reasons why you should come to a Startup & Innovation Weekend! 

Since we know your time is valuable, we’ll only list the top six:

1. Education: 
Startup & Innovation Weekends are all about learning through the act of creating. Don’t just listen to theory, build your own strategy and test it as you go.

2. Build your network:
This isn’t just a happy-hour. Startup & Innovation Weekend attracts your community’s best makers and do-ers. By spending a weekend working to build scalable companies that solve real-world problems, you will build long-lasting relationships and possibly walk away with a job or even an investor.

3. Co-Founder Dating:
We all know it’s not just about the idea – it’s about the team. Startup Weekend is hands down the best way to find someone you can actually launch a startup with.

Learn a new skill: 
Step outside of your comfort zone. With a whole weekend dedicated to letting your creative juices flow, Startup & Innovation Weekends are perfect opportunities to work on a new platform, learn a new programming language, or just try something different.

4. Get face time with thought leaders: 
Local tech and startup leaders participate in Startup & Innovation Weekends as coaches and judges. Get some one-on-one time with the movers and shakers in your community.

5. Save money & get stuff:
Startup & Innovation Weekends cost between $65 (earl bird rate) and $99 (less for students). Your ticket covers seven meals, snack, access to exclusive resources from our sponsors, and of course, all the coffee you can drink.

6. Join a global community:
Join over 45,000 Startup Weekend alumni, all on a mission to change the world.
 

Your Startup / Innovation DREAMTEAM will ideally include: 

  • Hipster: Designer / creative genius. They’ll make sure the final product is cooler than anything else out there. Your key question for the Hipster: Is this cool? 
  • Hacker: Programer / developer / engineer. The Hacker is the magician behind the functionality of your product. Your key question for the Hacker: Can you make it do this? 
  • Hustler: The Hustler doesn't know what "no" means and sees the result in terms of profit margins. Your key question for the Hustler: How do we make money from this? 
  • Administrator: Coordinates all team member activities, budgets and timelines. 
Think global, start small. 

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EVENT SCHEDULE

Friday November 13th


6:00 pm
Registration, dinner and networking
Arrive at the venue and get checked in


6:30 pm
Our MC fires the gun. We're off
Startup Weekend is underway. Time to run you through the schedule and answer all your questions


7:00 pm
Welcome by Curtis Pitt MP
Innovation in FNQ


7:15 pm
Our VERY special guest
Prepare to be BLOWN away


7:45 pm
Pitches Start
Optionally line up to give your 1-minute pitch


8:15 pm
Voting
Attendees vote for the top pitches


8:45 pm
Form Teams
Teams start forming and get to work


11:55 pm
Time to pull up stumps
Teams grab some rest, ready for a MASSIVE weekend

Saturday November 14th


8:45 am
Breakfast
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee


9:05 am
Damian Zammit - Agile Planning
Creating your agile plan. What is the problem you are solving?


9:30 am
Roy Wybrow - Customer validation
The customer validation process. Build, measure, learn


10:00 am
Coach Meetings
Coaches will be around all weekend. They are here to help... Use them!


12:00 pm
Lunch


1:00 pm
Check-In
After-lunch check-in, status reports, call for help


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


3:30 pm
Sasha Vleeshouwer
Intellectual Property and legal considerations for entrepreneurs - presented by MacDonnells Law


6:30 pm
Dinner


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


11:00 pm
Venue closes
Venue closes for the day. If teams are REALLY committed they can hit a cafe. We'll give you some suggestions

Sunday November 15th


8:45 am
Breakfast
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee


9:00 am
Game on
Start bringing your pitch together


12:00 pm
Lunch


12:30 pm
Pitch Practice
An opportunity to have an initial run through your pitch to ensure you are on the right track and get some feedback


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


4:30 pm
Tools down and dinner
All work to be completed... break for dinner prior to final pitches


5:00 pm
Final Presentations


6:30 pm
Judging & Awards


8:00 pm
Wrap-Up


8:30 pm
After party
Celebrate the wins and learning from the weekend



Speakers


Curtis Pitt
Member for Mulgrave. Treasurer, Minister for Employment and Industrial Relations and Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships

Born in Cairns Base Hospital and raised in Gordonvale, Curtis Pitt continues his family’s long history of service to the Far North.Having attended Gordonvale Primary School, Gordonvale High School, St Mary’s College Woree, he has a Bachelor of Arts (Politics) from James Cook University in Cairns.Curtis is a person of integrity and believes strongly in family values.  He is a hard worker who uses his drive and enthusiasm to serve the Mulgrave electorate and put the Far North first.  Curtis and his wife Kerry have had four children – Isabel (deceased), five year-old Tristan, three year-old Layla, and two year-old Kobi.


Dr Ken Chapman

CEO of Skyrail-ITM who led the development of the innovative Skyrail Rainforest Cableway. Executive director of the Chapman Group and a director of Amalgamated Holdings Ltd. Chairman of FNQ Hospital Foundation, Skyrail Rainforest Foundation and a director of Aquis Entertainment Ltd.


Troy Haines
Director, Startup & Innovation Coach

Troy is the founder of theSPACE, a Startup & Innovation hub which brings together budding entrepreneurs and innovators and connects them to skills and resources. theSPACE is based in Cairns and features a Coworking space, meeting rooms, coaching/mentoring and capital raising.

The founder of four entrepreneurial startups and one successful exit, Troy coaches entrepreneurs and innovators throughout the commercialisation process from idea screening through to growth and exiting.


Damian Zammit
Cofounder / COO theSPACE Australasia

theSPACE Australasia   ·          Damian works with businesses to create and implement change management strategies and plans to maximize employee adoption and usage and minimize resistance. These processes drive faster adoption, higher ultimate utilization and greater proficiency of innovation techniques.   As a Business Coach and accredited trainer in Business and Management, Damian delivers nationally recognised programs and tailored training. 





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.


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.


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


Mark Matthews

Mark has worked in private and public enterprise, government, not for profit and community organisations in Australia, Indonesia, Malaysia and Fiji.He has experience in advocacy at the national and regional level in the Pacific, economic development, strategic planning, and project management and implementation. He has held leadership roles at the national and regional level in the Pacific. Mark was awarded a Conspicuous Service Medal in the Queens Birthday Honours List in 1999, for service in humanitarian relief operations in Irian Jaya (West Papua).Mark has an interest in leadership development, social responsibility, arts and entertainment.


Colin Ford

Colin is an entrepreneurial professional, with 25 years’ leadership and management experience in technology based companies.  He has started and sold his own ICT business, worked closely with venture capitalists and has functional expertise in strategy development, project delivery and business development.  In addition to his own start up he has delivered software and hardware innovation programs with a number of global corporates including the European Space Agency (ESA), Boeing and Fujitsu.  A strong believer in fostering entrepreneurial talent and encouraging innovation in all its forms Colin is keen to see what Far North Queensland has to offer.


Matt Hanson

Matt is a Director of Inspection Apps, which he founded with Darryl. Matt works closely with clients to develop User-interface designs, and consults to achieve efficiencies and productivity for clients. Before founding Inspection Apps, Matt worked in the inspection industry (inspecting buildings, machinery, works sites, and lots of others, for insurance purposes). He also has a Business Degree, all sorts of insurance qualifications and holds a Directorship on a Public Company Board.Having seen a wide range of IT systems for completing inspections in the past, and seeing how clunky they were, Inspection Apps was founded to introduce something new and workflow-friendly. Matt lives in Cairns (commonly known to locals as "Gods Country") with his wife and two kids, Holly & Cami.


Councillor Terry James

A third generation Cairns resident, Cr Terry James is currently the Deputy Mayor and Chair of the Planning and Economic Committee of Cairns Regional Council. Councillor James has been in Local Government for 12 years. Cr James has successfully operated a building design business in Cairns for 37 years and as a businessman and ratepayer, he has extensive knowledge of the region and the business sector. 


Rob Pyne
Member for Cairns

Born in Gordonvale and raised in Edmonton, Rob is certainly a local. He worked in various professions after leaving school, including the Public Trustee, where he was employed until breaking his neck in an accident in 1991, becoming a quadriplegic. Rob then decided to study to assist him to re-enter the work force, completing a BA in History and Politics at JCU and a Law Degree at QUT.Rob worked at JCU from 2000 – 2007, resigning to campaign full-time for Council. He was successful and now works full time as the Division 3 Councillor on Cairns Regional Council. He has also volunteered for a number of community bodies, serving on the following positions:
  • President of JCU Cairns Student Assoc.
  • President of Rights in Action
  • Director of the Australian Quadriplegic Association
  • Member of the Disability Council of Queensland
  • Member of the Physical Disability Council of Qld
  • Member of the Physical Disability Council of Australia


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.


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.


Mark Phillips
International Business Mentor – Serial Entrepreneur

Mark is an Australian Entrepreneur, Investor & Mentor who has launched 4 startups and is a firm believer that innovation is the key success factor for high growth businesses.  As a qualified Chartered Accountant Mark has had a successful career as an international gymnast, IT consultant, salesperson & manager with KPMG, Apple and Microsoft as well as an entrepreneur in his own startups.

His first startup went global within 2 years and opened a Silicon Valley office in 1995. Another received a $7.5m buyout offer on Launch Day. Mark has been responsible for over $250m in sales and has worked with a number of Global Leaders and Heads of State around the world.

Known for his business creativity, IT aptitude and relaxed style (and hence his brand ‘business in bare feet’) Mark operates from Queensland, Australia where he mentors innovative Executives, Founders & NGOs around the globe.  Mark is an avid aviator, hot air balloonist, adventure motorcyclist and traveller who has visited & worked in around 100 countries.


Komal Bandhi
Lead Programmer @ PI Data

Komal Bandi, a local programmer in Cairns, graduated from James Cook University in 2011 with masters in Information Technology and Business Administration. He now runs an IT consulting business (www.pidataconsulting.com.au) specializing in programming, system automation, business dashboards and systems integration. Apart from the daily routine, I enjoy doing salsa, capoeira, reading books and having a lovely time with friends. During the startup weekend; I will be helping participants with Website and APPS mockups, building landing pages and helping with social media.


Dr Brian Hur
Entrepreneur

Brian is a technologist, veterinarian, and serial entrepreneur.  He has had various roles at startups from engineer to CEO of just starting bootstrapping companies to larger startups just before they IPO.  Last year he founded VetPronto and was part of the YCombinator Winter 2015 batch in Silicon Valley. 


Jane Polak Scowcroft
Business Change Manager, Cairns Digital Hospital Program

Analog by birth, digital by design. A problem-solver with a purpose, I relish the opportunity to create positive disruptive change. My experience covers the breadth of large multi-national companies, start-ups, tertiary education and healthcare, where I've sought to balance creativity and innovation to achieve results-based outcomes.


Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Startup Weekend Cairns team is grateful for the support of local community partners without whom this event would not be possible.
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Signature Sponsors

This event is supported by the Department of Science, Information Technology and Innovation. https://www.qld.gov.au/dsitia/

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Organizing Team

Techstars Startup Weekend Cairns is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
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  • Troy
    Haines
  • Damian
    Zammit
  • Karen
    Ross
  • Barbara
    Maekl
  • Darren
    Barber

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. 


Damian Zammit
Cofounder / COO theSPACE Australasia

theSPACE Australasia   ·          Damian works with businesses to create and implement change management strategies and plans to maximize employee adoption and usage and minimize resistance. These processes drive faster adoption, higher ultimate utilization and greater proficiency of innovation techniques.   As a Business Coach and accredited trainer in Business and Management, Damian delivers nationally recognised programs and tailored training. 




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