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
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Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Startup Weekend Gold Coast (Health) team is grateful for the support of local community partners without whom this event would not be possible.
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