Startup Weekend Youth Cairns

    Friday, November 10 - 11, 2017

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Startup Weekend Youth Cairns

Friday, November 10 - 11, 2017

Friday, November 10 - 11, 2017
Event starts at 7:30 am

S Block, TAFE Cairns
Gatton St
Cairns, Queensland 4870

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Start a Business in 2 |Days

Startup Weekend Youth, is a two day event on Friday 10th and Saturday 11th November, during Global Entrepreneur Week. Students from dozens of FNQ schools (approximately 100-150 students aged 12 – 18) will attend and/or participate in, this event. Note: Students are not able to attend independently of their school. Registrations are to be made by a teacher/representative of the school.

The project will provide youth with life changing opportunities, as they:
  • learn soft skills
  • work with technology educators and innovators
  • consult with mentors
  • collaborate with entrepreneurs and industry employers
  • participate in tactile learning opportunities
  Startup Weekend Youth aims and objectives are:  
  • Equip, empower and motivate regional youth with skills to work towards future proofing their career
  • Provide a regional forum where mentors, industry specialists, educators and local entrepreneurs can collaborate
  • Provide real life coaching and entrepreneurial skills
  • Development of soft skills to improve employability skills, including but not limited to:
    • pitching
    • agile planning
    • ideas screening
    • market validation
    • minimum viable product
    • stakeholder and community engagement
  • Provide opportunity to contribute towards building a start-up ecosystem for our entrepreneurs of tomorrow
  • Provide access and opportunity to developing and commercialising innovative products and services
  • Provide access and opportunity to network with industry employers and mentors
  • Provide access and opportunity to experience-based learning through incubators and innovation hubs such as theSPACE Australasia
  • Encourage and support creativity and innovation to develop the participant's individual 'pitch'
  • Build team cohesion and entrepreneurial community across multiple schools
We encourage schools, teachers and students to get involved. Reminder students must be actively attending a school and accompanied by a teacher

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Friday November 10th

7:30 am
Arrive at the venue and get checked in

8:30 am
Welcome & Speakers
Review agenda for the weekend and introduce speakers, coaches, and community leaders

9:00 am
Pitch Fire
All attendees will have the opportunity to pitch an idea - 1 minute pitches

9:30 am
Attendees vote for the top pitches

9:50 am
Agile Planning
Damian Zammit of theSPACE Cairns will guide students & teachers through the process of using Agile Planning to map out their ideas

10:25 am
Market Validation
Alistair Hart - Local Entrepreneur will guide students & teachers through the Market Validation process

11:00 am
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

11:15 am
Hustle, Hustle, Hustle
Mentors are available to support teams to develop their ideas into opportunities

12:00 pm
Working lunch
No time to stop - eat and work

12:30 pm
Hustle, hustle, hustle
Mentors are available to support teams to develop their ideas into opportunities

3:00 pm
Afternoon Tea
Keep going

6:00 pm
Eat food, share ideas, practice pitches... Working dinner for most

8:00 pm
Wrap up for the night
Go get some rest ready for a huge day tomorrow

Saturday November 11th

8:30 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

8:45 am
Begin Work
Do you have any traction with your idea? Paying customers?

10:30 am
Pitch Training
David Burston - Confidence Unlimited will help teams prepare for their final pitches this afternoon

12:00 pm

1:00 pm
After-lunch check-in, status reports, call for help. Mentors available

4:00 pm
Final Pitches
Time to show the world what you've been working on

5:50 pm
Final Wrap up and close
You did it! 2 days to create a business

6:00 pm
Informal Dinner & Networking
Opportunity for teams to take a breath and enjoy the glow of their achievements


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. 

Alistair Hart
Managing Director Mangoesmapping & Global Evangelist for Mappt.

Alistair first explored his entrepreneurial roots as an 8 year old, picking field mushrooms on the family sheep farm and selling them to passing vehicles on nearby Highway One. After a successful exit (enough $ for a few showbags), he went on to establish his first regular business as a gardener/handyboy as a twelve year old - a pursuit from which he derived a real income on leaving school.
Alistair recently launched his own company, Mangoesmapping, based here in Far North Queensland and is also the Global Evangelist for Mappt, a disruptive Australian mapping app for Android tablets. Mappt is owned by Takor Group which is soon to be listed on the Australian Stock Exchange (ASX).
Alistair enjoys combining the cut and thrust of business with exploring customer insight, and is intrigued by transformative innovation, disruptive business models and all the opportunities offered in this digital era.
Currently managing his own company, Mangoesmapping, Alistair enjoys combining the cut and thrust of business with exploring customer insight, and is intrigued by transformative innovation, disruptive business models and all the opportunities offered in this digital era.

Coaches and Mentors

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 ( 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.

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.

David Burston
Confidence Unlimited

Confidence Unlimited runs one day "Professional Communication" workshops plus a range of shorter courses, for developing confidence and leadership abilities in individuals and employees. 

David holds the voluntary position of Pitch Master at The SPACE, a start-up business incubator in Cairns, assisting entrepreneurs to hone their pitching skills. He also coaches the TEDx JCU speakers as well as many individuals in developing their presentation skills.

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