Youth Startup Weekend Mackay 2017
Friday, October 6 - 8, 2017
Friday, October 6 - 8, 2017
Event starts at 4:00 pm
Split Spaces, CQUniversity Mackay City Campus
133 Wood Street
Building 4, Level 2
Young entrepreneurs are invited to Startup Weekend Youth Mackay to take an idea from nothing to something, pitch to prototype, in 3 days.
Any student interested in startups, launching a business, entrepreneurship, or creative problem solving is encouraged to register.
Startup Weekend will propel students to launch creative business ideas by practicing the “Lean Startup” process. Students will pitch ideas, form teams around the top ideas, conduct customer research, and work intensely to build a prototype that illustrates the potential of their business. Startup Weekend culminates in a Shark Tank style pitch competition where teams present their business and demonstrate their prototype to a panel of local entrepreneurs.
Startup Weekend demands teamwork, creativity, determination, and focus from all participants! While each team will have access to an adult coach, every team will be expected to manage itself in order to optimize time.Powered by Google for Entrepreneurs, Startup Weekend is a global grassroots movement of passionate entrepreneurs on a mission to inspire, educate, and empower communities to launch life changing ideas. It is the largest community of passionate entrepreneurs in the world, having hosted 2000+ events in 200+ countries since 2007.
All Startup Weekend events follow the same basic model: anyone is welcome to pitch their startup idea and receive feedback from their peers. Teams form around the top ideas (as determined by popular vote) and embark on a three-day frenzy of business model creation, coding, designing, and market validation. The weekend culminates with presentations in front of local entrepreneurial leaders with another opportunity for critical feedback!If you want to put yourself in the shoes of an entrepreneur and contribute to a more sustainable world, be part of Youth Startup Weekend Mackay.
Friday October 6th
Saturday October 7th
Sunday October 8th
Jarryd has experience in Marketing, Sponsorship, Business management, Business development, the Mining industry and Business ownership proficiencies, which are all supported by his further studies in gaining trade qualifications and University degrees in Business majoring in Marketing and Graphic Design.
Specialties: Creativity, Innovation, Entrepreneurship, Sponsorship, Marketing, Promotions, Idea development, External opinion appraisals, Idea and Concept development, Activation, Experiential
Chris has experience in the world of advertising agencies, IT and Telco Management and has previously held an elected role on Mackay Regional Council. He is current Chairman of City Safe Mackay, a taskforce that looks out for kids in our city.
Sarina Sugar Shed Co-ordinator / Sarina Motor Inn Owner / Farm Stay, Animal Nursery Owner/Operator
In 2005 Glenys was employed as the Project Manager to establish the Sarina Sugar Shed as a tourism attraction. She has continued her role as the Co-ordinator of the multi Award winning attraction which now attracts over 16,000 visitors per year.In 2009 they purchased the Sarina Motor Inn Hideaway Restaurant which they still own. She has taken on other challenges of opening bars and restaurants in the region hence demonstrating her commitment, passion and belief in our region and the industry.
Glenys enjoys the challenge of building successful businesses from scratch
Coaches and Mentors
With more than a decade in marketing and strategic media roles, Jade followed her passion for supporting regional businesses with the creation of Rebel Marketing in 2015. Through Rebel, Jade provides marketing, digital media and communication functions to businesses and not-for-profits in regional Queensland, through tailor-made strategies created in close collaboration with her clients.
Having coached and mentored with businesses from start-ups to multi-nationals, movie stars, pro golfers and more than a handful of gazillionaires, Lyn’s passion now lies in working with the “hungry” … Hungry for support, acknowledgement, recognition, clarity, direction and success.
Lyn now works with entrepreneurs to help them discover potent and persuasive ways to speak about themselves and their products or services…so they can stand out, broadcast their brilliance and gain success.
In her spare time Lyn also consults to Vosky Bodies as a health and nutrition coach and she is in demand as a judge at bodybuilding competitions throughout Australia.
Jordan’s areas of specialisation include compulsory acquisition of land, purchasing property assets for clients, asset management and valuations of a wide range of specialised assets.
Jordan is the founder of YP (Young Professionals) Mackay - a social group for like-minded entrepreneurs, business owners and professionals from a range of careers and industries.
Jordan is a Non-Executive Director of the Greater Whitsunday Alliance (GW3) – a key economic development agency and a strong advocate with a committed regional focus. He is also a volunteer Director of the Mackay Community Foundation.
In June 2015, Jordan was awarded a place on the prestigious ‘AIM30’ list. The AIM30 is made up of 30 outstanding managers and leaders under 30 years of age from across Australia, who have excelled in their chosen careers and already left their unique mark on the management profession.
Steven completed a PhD in the field of human-computer interaction with the Australian National University in 2003. His research expertise has led to opportunities such as mentoring research teams in Chile and Argentina for community ICT projects sponsored by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
Steven is a member of the Register of Experts for the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA), and he serves as an international specialist for the Hong Kong Council for Accreditation of Academic and Vocational Qualifications.
Community engagement is an important part of Steven’s work, and he regularly conducts digital media workshops with school students and community groups. In 2016 he was inducted into the Advance Queensland Community Digital Champions program.
Dennis co-founded and runs a not for profit association that hosts Hackathons, Startup Weekends and Mentoring events, and helps develop websites for other not for profit groups.
He is a member of the Mackay I.T. Network, and other interests include industrial control systems information security, WordPress development, software, space exploration, and renewable energy.
• Bachelor of Electrical Engineering, Central Queensland University, 2003
• Advance QLD Digital Champion Round 2 Winner
• UETTDRRF06B Rescue from a Live LV Panel, HLTCPR211A Perform CPR, QLD & WA Construction Blue Card, RIIRIS301A, RIIOHS301A, RIICOM301A, HLTAID001, HLTAID003, + more
• PLC - AB Studio 5000/RSLogix 5000, RSLogix 500, Schneider Unity Pro, Concept, ProWorx, Advantys, SCADAPack Telepace/Isagraph, GE Proficy, Koyo, Omron CX Programmer, Syswin, Automation Direct – DirectSOFT, Mitsubishi GX Developer, Siemens S7 Simatic
• HMI/SCADA - AB RSView/FactoryTalk SE/ME, Schneider CitectSCADA/Vijeo Citect, Wonderware Intouch/Archestra
• Asset Management/Version Control – Allen Bradley (AB) AssetCentre, MDT, Git
• Virtualisation – VMWare Workstation, ESXi, VSphere, VirtualBox
• Relays – Schneider Sepam SFT, ABB PCM 600
• Communications – Prosoft, Anybus, Redlion Crimson, AB RSLinx, RSNetworx, Freewave, Trio, AustDac, Edac, Moxa, Cisco, Ubiquity, Modbus, DeviceNet
• Drives – AB DriveLogix, Danfoss, Fuji Frenic
• Drafting/PCB Design – OrCAD, AutoCAD
Software languages / Web development
• IEC-61131-3, MATLAB, C++
• HTML, SQL, PHP & Wordpress Development
Event Sponsors, and Partners
The Youth Startup Weekend Mackay 2017 team is grateful for the support of local community partners without whom this event would not be possible.
Learn how to become a sponsor here.
Proudly supported by the Advance Queensland initiative. Designed to build, attract and retain young entrepreneurial talent, the program funds eligible organisations to deliver events and activities that build entrepreneurial and startup skills in young Queenslanders.
Techstars Startup Weekend Mackay is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
Learn how to get involved here
As an avid supporter in the startup scene, Chris has participated in 3 separate Startup Weekends, coming in 2nd place twice. Moving forward, Chris has been elected to the Startup Mackay Management Committee as the Secretary and has jumped on board the Startup Weekend Youth Mackay as an organiser.
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