Startup Weekend Melbourne 2019: Sustainability

    Friday, May 10 - 12, 2019

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  5. Organizing Team
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Startup Weekend Melbourne 2019: Sustainability

Friday, May 10 - 12, 2019

Friday, May 10 - 12, 2019
Event starts at 5:30 pm

Melbourne, Victoria

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A weekend for change agents and people of action!

Very Early Bird tickets on sale now!

Startup Weekend Melbourne is back! If you're not familiar, Startup Weekend is a 54-hour event where developers, designers and business development folks come together to pitch an idea, validate it, and launch a business, all in one weekend. 

It's a great opportunity to test startup ideas, meet potential co-founders, build your community in Melbourne and launch your next startup!

Innovation is change that creates value

Our theme this year is Sustainability.

We believe entrepreneurship is the single greatest force in making the world a better place. We are encouraging entrepreneurs from all corners of Melbourne (and the world!) to come out, participate, and create ideas and opportunities that drive real-world social change.

What do you need to bring?

Lots of energy!

You'll pitch your own idea or listen to others, then vote on the most interesting ideas and form teams with diverse skill sets. You can come with friends, but you’ll get the full experience if you participate in separate teams. Remember, it’s all about the team.

Your idea should be something you have not previously worked on. The idea you pitch and the problem you set out to solve can span social, educational, financial, environmental, or other issues, with a focus on sustainability.

Over the course of the weekend you'll be challenged to create a prototype of your MVP, or minimum viable product, that fits the needs of your target customer. You'll get feedback, iterate, and likely pivot your approach entirely!
Important: You cannot have previously 
worked on your idea.

Techstars Startup Weekend is a full weekend long experience. Your ticket includes:
  • 7 full (and delicious) meals over the course of the weekend
  • Benefits and discounts from our global partners
  • One-on-one time with amazing mentors
  • A new network of developers, designers, and entrepreneurs eager, like you, to change the world.
  • All the internet and coffee you can consume.
Watch the video below to see what you can expect, and if you’re feeling inspired make sure you follow our Facebook page to receive notifications about ticket sales. 

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Friday May 10th

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
Welcome & Speakers
Review agenda for the weekend and introduce speakers, coaches, and community leaders

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

8:00 pm
Attendees vote for the top pitches

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

9:00 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 May 11th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

9:30 am
Begin Work
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
Coach Meetings
Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!

6:30 pm

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

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

Sunday May 12th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

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

12:00 pm

12:30 pm
Coach Meetings
Coaches arrive… ASK QUESTIONS

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

5:00 pm
Final Presentations

7:30 pm
Judging & Awards

8:30 pm

9:00 pm
Go Home!


Hugh Williams
Founder, Advisor, Professor, Former Tech Exec

Hugh Williams has had a career in three parts as an entrepreneur, professor, and technical executive. His technical expertise is in search engines and matching technologies, marketplaces, web services, mobile technologies, and data science.

Hugh recently co-founded a not-for-profit venture that helps high school teachers confidently teach coding. He is also an Adjunct Professor and Distinguished Fellow at the Melbourne Business School, a non-executive director of Redbubble, an Adjunct Professor at RMIT University, and an advisor at Domain, Doordash, Expert360, Photobox, and Ocado Technology.

He was previously the Vice President of Google Maps at Google, and he has also held executive roles at eBay, Microsoft, Tinder, and Pivotal. Prior to that, he spent over 10 years researching and developing search technologies, and 5 years running his own startup and consultancy.

He has published around 120 works, mostly in the field of Information Retrieval. He is one of the inventors of Infinite Scroll, and he holds 33 US patents and has over 25 pending. He has a PhD from RMIT University in Australia.

In what remains of his time, Hugh likes running, cycling, and swimming. He’s a Seattle Mariners and Richmond Tigers fan too. He was very happy when the Tigers won the 2017 flag. He is resigned to the Mariners never winning the World Series.

Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Startup Weekend Melbourne 2019: Sustainability 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.




Organizing Team

Techstars Startup Weekend Melbourne is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
Learn how to get involved here

  • Aainaa
  • Robbie
  • Marek
  • Gemma
  • Anton
  • Avni
  • Myles
  • Nadine

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