Startup Weekend Gold Coast (Health)

    Friday, June 17 - 19, 2016

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Startup Weekend Gold Coast (Health)

Friday, June 17 - 19, 2016

Friday, June 17 - 19, 2016
Event starts at 5:30 pm

Red Zone (G40), Griffith University
Parklands Drive
Southport, Australia

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Startup Weekend Health

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, wearables, 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 and the Gold Coast to play a role in this innovation.  Startup Weekends are a way of doing just that. 

What is Startup Weekend?
Startup Weekend is a 54-hour whirlwind event where you get to be part of building a business in a weekend, Silicon Valley style.  It's about pitching, business model creation, coding, designing and market validation. The weekend culminates with presentations in front of a panel of judges and an opportunity to win great prizes. 

All Startup Weekend events follow the same basic model: anyone is welcome to pitch their startup idea and teams organically form around the top ideas. All ideas, applications and platforms are welcome – remember that the sky is the limit!
How does it work? 
We're mashing the geeks with entrepreneurs and everyone in between, and locking them in a building together for a weekend, pouring in a heap of caffeine and free food, to see what new ideas come out the other end.This 54 hour event brings together creatives, technologists, designers and developers to experiment with rapid idea generation, Silicon Valley style.  

It is a fast-paced and highly creative event that challenges everyone who attends to make innovative new projects in 54 hours. 

Who can attend? Anyone. 
Whether you're 8 or 88, a painter, actor, software engineer, writer, graphic designer, geek, entrepreneur, photographer, musician, programmer, museum curator, or startup specialist. Whether you have an idea, or have no idea. Everyone is welcome. (We even allow bankers and used-car salesmen to come along!) 

What you will get out of it 
The professional and personal challenges, the high and lows, the failures and the success? Startup Weekend  is a global grassroots movement of active and empowered citizens who are learning the basics of founding startups and launching successful ventures or products.  Whether participants found companies, find a cofounder, meet someone new, find a creative collaborator, or learn a skill far outside their usual 9-to-5, everyone is guaranteed to have a heap of fun, and to leave the event better prepared to navigate the chaotic but fun world of startups. If you want to put yourself in the shoes of an entrepreneur, register now for the best weekend of your life! 

Have a look at some video footage from March 2016 when Brisbane played host to Australia's second Startup Weekend for Health - March 2016 Brisbane Startup Weekend (Health)

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Friday June 17th

5:30 pm
Arrive at the venue and get checked in

6:00 pm
Dinner & Networking
Eat food, share ideas, practice pitches, get to know fellow participants

6:30 pm
Introduce speakers, mentors, and community leaders. Review agenda for the weekend

7:00 pm
Pitches Start
Optionally line up to give your pitch

8:00 pm
Attendees vote for their favourite pitches

8:15 pm
Form Teams
Teams start forming and discussing ideas

8:45 pm
Team Work Time
Start to formalise 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

10:00 pm
Finished for the day. Teams may nominate to continue working at an alternative location

Saturday June 18th

8:30 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

9:00 am
Skills Workshop #1
Lean 101 - Business Model Canvas - Customer Interview Skills

9:30 am
Team Work Time
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
Mentor Meetings
Mentors help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!

6:00 pm

7:00 pm
After-dinner check-in, status reports, call for help

10:00 pm
Finished for the day. Teams may nominate to continue working at an alternative location

Sunday June 19th

8:30 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

9:00 am
Skills Workshop #2
Pitching - Presentation Skills

9:30 am
Mentors arrive. Final opportunity to ask questions

12:00 pm

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
Team Pack-Up
Move out of break-out rooms

5:00 pm
Guest Registration & Dinner

6:00 pm
Team Presentations

7:30 pm
Judging & Awards

8:00 pm
Go Home!


Genevieve O’Reilly
Former Director of People and Culture at O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat

Pitching 101   
Genevieve is an expert in Human Resources, and a professional speaker and lecturer, perfectly matched to present Pitching 101 – how to succinctly and professionally pitch the vision.
  Genevieve is the Former Director of People and Culture at O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat.  She continues to lecture at Bond University in Management subjects such as Organisational Behaviour and Human Resources, and has developed curriculum for subjects such as Risk Management in Tourism, Business Events, Event Personnel and Customer Service Delivery.

Treslaye West
Program Coordinator at ilab Accelerator

Lean 101
Treslaye’s technical experience, legal knowledge and customer focused project delivery combined with his passion for entrepreneurship and startups will be translated into Lean 101 – how to translate highly technical information and deliver it simply, effectively and in a compelling format for key decision makers. 

Event Judges

Professor Helen Chenery
Executive Dean, Faculty of Health Sciences and Medicine, Bond University

Professor Chenery is a leading clinical researcher in language neuroscience and specializes in the area of language disorders that result from acquired neurological damage or disease.   She has published widely in the areas of speech pathology; the neurobiology of language; the impact of neurobionics including Deep Brain Stimulation on language and cognition; eHealth/mHealth practice; health workforce innovation and reform; and inter-professional learning and practice.  

Professor Chenery has extensive strategic and operational experience in executive leadership roles within the higher education and health sectors, most recently as Professor and Director of the Asia-Pacific Centre for Neuromodulation at The University of Queensland (UQ) and prior to that as Deputy Executive Dean (Academic) in the Faculty of Health Sciences at UQ.   She has taught over 4,000 students in her career including the supervision of 25 Research Higher Degree students. She is currently a Chief Investigator on an Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence entitled The Dynamics of Language and holds other ARC and competitive grants. Professor Chenery is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and is a non-executive Director on the board of the Cerebral Palsy League (Qld). Most recently, Professor Chenery was appointed as a Board member of the Gold Coast Hospital and Health Service.

Philip Nowell
Medical Device Industry Maven

Phil’s career fuelled an interest in medical technology, generating a knowledge & insight into how products are created and developed, how innovation can offer great patient & community benefit. Phil has extensive experience turning ideas into innovations and then applying entrepreneurial principles to global commercialisation. With a personal belief that Australia can become a force in the global medtech market, Phil has a personal commitment to see that happen.

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. 

Hunter Walkenhorst
Business and Innovation Manager, Griffith University

Hunter is a Business and Innovation Manager at Griffith University and manages the commercialisation, intellectual property and enterprise activities associated with the digital and creative industries portfolios.  With a background in eCommerce, Data Analysis and Artificial Intelligence, Hunter has extensive experience in technology transfer, business development and commercial enterprise. He is devoted to successfully engaging industry, government, research, and academic sectors to create solutions that improve people’s lives and wellbeing.  

Prior to joining Griffith Enterprise Hunter founded The New Media Workshop, a small consultancy that assisted the Educational sector with their digital presence and communication. His career has also included roles with; Accenture, the world’s largest management consulting firm, Speedwell Media, one of Australia’s largest and most experienced web and mobile developers, and QUTbluebox, the Commercialisation Office of QUT, as well as teaching and learning positions within academia.

Coaches and Mentors

Armin Weiner
CTO MedSoft

Armin Weiner is a global industry leader in Healthcare systems and has both strong analytical skills along with extensive experience in providing next-generation Information System solutions to complex clinical / information / workflow problems.

Tim Barker
Research Governance Leader, Gold Coast University Hospital

Tim is an experienced medical device professional with management experience in both the healthcare and academic research sectors. Seeing the benefits that the very latest technology, procedures and clinical skills can bring to patients is what drives my interest in this field.

Michelle Lagana
Founder and Author, Had the Last Word

Michelle is a highly motivated, results-oriented business professional with more than 25 years’ experience working across commercial sectors, government and private enterprise, domestically and internationally. Her track record was recently reaffirmed with the successful launch of world‐first clinical cancer trials in Hong Kong. For this she was nominated for a Prime Minister’s Award (2011) and acknowledged in the Who’s Who of Australian Leading Women.

Her key strengths incorporate:
- Collating strategic development and tactical implementation of initiatives to generate or expand market share
- Marketing, external and internal communications, stakeholder engagement
- Sustaining and increasing bottom line business profitability

Greg Beaver
Managing Director at 20 20 Innovations & Investments

Greg is a passionate start-up specialist with many years experience commercialising and resourcing new Australian technologies. 

He mentors and sits on the boards of a number of private and public companies and having been the co-founder of a couple of successful start-ups himself Greg has the empathy, battle scars and experience to make a difference in taking innovation from idea to commercial success.

Chris O'Halloran
Project Director (CPPD) | Project Management Consultant | Agile Coach | Project Manager

Founder and principal project manager of Striking Group and a qualified and Certified Practicing Project Director (CPPD), Chris is passionate about designing, planning and delivering bespoke project management solutions and realising global business objectives, improvements and organisational strategy.

Treslaye West
Program Coordinator at ilab Accelerator

Lean 101
Treslaye’s technical experience, legal knowledge and customer focused project delivery combined with his passion for entrepreneurship and startups will be translated into Lean 101 – how to translate highly technical information and deliver it simply, effectively and in a compelling format for key decision makers. 

Luke Cole
CTO ColeTEK Pty Ltd

Luke is a mechatronics and software engineer with a passion for robots, Linux, software, electronics, computer networks/security, penetration testing and web development. He is interested in understanding life through robotics; mimicking lifeforms with autonomous mobile robots through bio-inspired techniques.   Luke is the founder of coleTEK, a professional high-tech consulting and service-based firm, chiefly doing new product development (NPD) for entrepreneurs, inventors and companies. Luke is a member of the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) Engineering Course Advisory Group.

Hayley Tarr
Senior Associate, Minter Ellison - Gold Coast

Hayley has been working in the legal field since 2001, specialising in intellectual property since 2006.  Hayley is currently admitted as a Solicitor in Queensland, an Attorney in the State of New York (USA), and a Registered Patent and Trade Marks Attorney.  Hayley holds qualifications in laws and science, including Industrial Property Law, a Bachelor of Science (majoring in genetics), Naturopathy, Yoga Teaching, and Permaculture Design.

Hayley is a regular presenter, giving guest lectures at Bond University, mentoring at the River City Labs, presenting CLE’s for Minter Ellison, running training seminars for the Logan City Council and speaking at The Gold Coast Chamber of Commerce Business Showcase and The Craft Parlour.

Nick McLeod
Patent Attorney at Davies Collison Cave

Nick is a patent attorney specialising in the preparation and prosecution of patent applications in the areas of engineering, electronic devices and computer software, including their application to the medical field.   Nick graduated from the University of Adelaide with a double degree in Mechatronic Engineering and Maths and Computer Science in 2005 and worked in the defence industry for several years before becoming a patent attorney. After working for several years as a patent attorney in Adelaide, Nick moved to Brisbane to join the Engineering practice at Davies Collison Cave.   Nick has experience working across a range of technologies in the medical device field including matters relating to diagnostic systems, drug delivery technologies, electronic monitoring systems, orthopaedic implants, and bioelectrical impedance analysis.

Kim Hansen

Kim is a serial entrepreneur, innovation company leadership, startup investor, social community manager, World traveller, surfer and snowboarder.  He is an expert in leadership development, business strategy, company culture, handling responsibility, solving conflicts and challenges, cross-border communication and people management.  

Kim is the current CTO and partner to Impossible Labs whose clients include Google, Samsung, Roche, Intel, BMW, Nokia, BBC, German Bundestag. He has undertaken company development, top tier World-wide technology consultancy, startup mentoring, software architecture and engineering, user experience research and development.

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