Techstars Hardware Startup Weekend - Brisbane

    Friday, March 8 - 10, 2019


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  2. Schedule
  3. Speakers
  4. Judges
  5. Coaches and Mentors
  6. Organizing Team
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Techstars Hardware Startup Weekend - Brisbane

Friday, March 8 - 10, 2019



Friday, March 8 - 10, 2019
Event starts at 6:30 pm

Arc Hardware Incubator
3/186 Brunswick S
Fortitude Valley, QLD 4006

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Hardware Startup Weekend

The Hardware Startup Weekend is a 54-hour event where developers, designers, marketers, product managers and startup enthusiasts come together to share ideas, form teams, build products and launch startups. The unique aspect of this event is giving participants the opportunity to engage with a wide variety of cutting edge prototyping technologies to be able to develop physical products with 54-hours.

The event will kick off with a networking session followed by a pitching session, a popular voting session and a team creation session, all of which will take place on a Friday afternoon. The assembled teams will then have until Sunday afternoon to research, validate and prototype their ideas before pitching them in front of a panel of judges. During the weekend, a range of mentors will be available to provide ongoing advice and assistance to the teams. Following the final pitches, the best teams will be presented with awards and prizes.

This is a great opportunity to meet new people, develop ideas and learn about the startup ecosystem!Who is it for?It’s open to anyone and everyone to attend! In the past we have hosted a wide range of participants, including: designers, engineers, developers, coders, business minded individuals (finance, law and marketing), social scientists and experienced professionals.Whether you are a serial entrepreneur or new to the startup world, if you are motivated to build a product or startup and open to new ideas then the Startup Weekend is perfect for you.

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. 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 worked previously on your idea.


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EVENT SCHEDULE

Friday March 8th


6:30 pm
Registration
Arrive at the venue and get checked in


7:00 pm
Dinner & Networking
Eat food, share ideas, practice pitches, get to know fellow participants


7:20 pm
Welcome & Speakers
Review agenda for the weekend and introduce speakers, coaches, and community leaders


7:30 pm
Pitches Start
Optionally line up to give your pitch


9:00 pm
Voting
Attendees vote for the top pitches


9:15 pm
Form Teams
Teams start forming and discussing ideas


10:00 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 March 9th


9:00 am
Breakfast
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee


9:30 am
Begin Work
Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend


12:00 pm
Lunch


1:00 pm
Check-In
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
Dinner


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


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

Sunday March 10th


9:00 am
Breakfast
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee


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


12:00 pm
Lunch


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
Dinner


5:00 pm
Final Presentations


7:30 pm
Judging & Awards


8:30 pm
Wrap-Up


9:00 pm
Go Home!



Speakers


Victor Vicario
Founder & CEO - Arc / Vektor Innovation Pty Ltd

Entrepreneur Victor Vicario’s career has been dedicated to technology innovation for as long as he can remember. Fully immersing himself within several hardware startups, Victor is also
specialised in intellectual property law, and, in addition to directing technology powerhouse
Vektor Innovation, is currently undertaking his PHD in 3D Printing and Intellectual Property
Law through Queensland University of Technology. 
Passionate about the integration of technology in enabling startups to grow, Victor’s vision
through Arc is to provide businesses access to a vast range of machines and equipment, education, hands on training and industry mentorship.
Victor was admitted as a Solicitor to the Supreme Court of Queensland in 2012 and passionate about the continued transference of knowledge, guest lectures at QUT in
Intellectual Property Protection and Commercialisation.


Tiah Goldstein
Entrepreneurship and Innovation trainer/ Business Navigator, Start up Consultant

Tiah Goldstein, has over 25 years of international experience in the design, delivery, coordination, and evaluation of programs and processes, in the fields of leadership, entrepreneurship, social entrepreneurship, organizational change, professional development, and personal development. 
In the past 7 years, she has created an facilitated action based entrepreneurial educational programs for the nonprofit sector and private sector. She also has facilitated many of the Startup Apprentice programs and has acted as a mentor to the Gold Coast Mayor technology awards, startup weekend and ilab. 
Her expertise in mentoring at startup weekends is the big picture strategy areas and customer discovery/ validation process. Her favorite fruit is Mangos and she is allergic to incense.

Event Judges


Timothy Hui
Investment Analyst & Programs Coordinator at QUT Creative Enterprise Australia

Timothy is driven by community, helping entrepreneurs grow and startups build capacity. Timothy is the Founding Executive of QUT Starters – a Queensland University of Technology student society that worked towards fostering entrepreneurship, he later became the Director of Startup Hatch - a student pre-accelerator program turning them from observers into achievers. Tim is a graduate from QUT with a Bachelor of Business (Management) and Bachelor of Engineering (Medical). As a result, he approaches every business with a deeply analytical assessment and commercial viability in mind. Tim is now Investment Analyst and Programs Coordinator at QUT Creative Enterprise Australia. He was instrumental to establishing and operations of Collider Accelerator, and splits his time with CEA’s investment fund. Tim is an experienced Startup Weekend and hackathon organiser and participant. He is a regular facilitator in startup methodologies, growth marketing, and MBA guest lecturer in venture capital. 


Monica Bradley
Founder, Purposeful Capital

Monica helps organisations transform from the industrial to the digital age. She brings insights, energy, experience and leads strategic discussions that help boards, executives & start ups better understand the risks and opportunities of the emerging digital economy and exercise informed judgement in their strategy design. Monica has developed an impressive portfolio of non-executive directorships, advisory roles and provides board level strategy advice.  She is an active investor in early stage start-ups and social impact enterprises and provides insights and commentary on the new economy via her podcast The Digital Week and regular appearances on TV and radio.  


Philippe Ceulen
Head of Programs

Philippe is passionate about communities and technology. Cambodia was his home for the most part of his professional life, where he was active in building the startup ecosystem and running his coworking space The 1961. He co-founded the travel tech startup WOW, worked with Airbnb to grow the Cambodian market and has been a volunteer with Techstars for several years. His current focus is on accelerator programs for creative tech startups at Creative Enterprise Australia.


Coaches and Mentors


Alex Gilmour
Lead Electronics Engineer at Ellume

Lead Electronics Engineer at Ellume



Christopher Biggs
Director at Accelerando Consulting

Director at Accelerando Consulting



Tiah Goldstein
Entrepreneurship and Innovation trainer/ Business Navigator, Start up Consultant

Tiah Goldstein, has over 25 years of international experience in the design, delivery, coordination, and evaluation of programs and processes, in the fields of leadership, entrepreneurship, social entrepreneurship, organizational change, professional development, and personal development. 
In the past 7 years, she has created an facilitated action based entrepreneurial educational programs for the nonprofit sector and private sector. She also has facilitated many of the Startup Apprentice programs and has acted as a mentor to the Gold Coast Mayor technology awards, startup weekend and ilab. 
Her expertise in mentoring at startup weekends is the big picture strategy areas and customer discovery/ validation process. Her favorite fruit is Mangos and she is allergic to incense.


Ben Wood
Senior Associate at McCullough Robertson Lawyers

Ben has a broad range of experience in assisting clients with issues relating to corporations and securities law, with a particular focus on public and private capital raisings, mergers and acquisitions and restructures.
Ben has assisted clients across a range of sectors including financial services, life sciences, technology, food and agribusiness, health, and resources. This has included acting for ASX listed and large unlisted public companies, small to large proprietary companies, and early stage companies.

Ben is originally from the UK and is also admitted as a lawyer in England and Wales.


Lenore Gerschwitz
Co-found of Drummer

Co-found of Drummer


Karl von Richter
Technical Lead Embedded Engineer at CSIRO

Technical Lead Embedded Engineer at CSIRO



Organizing Team

Techstars Startup Weekend Australia is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
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  • Victor
    Vicario
  • Acon
    Cheng
  • Gloria
    Vicario
  • Ellie
    Daubney

Facilitators


Mic Black
Software R & D Manager (UX)

Drawing on a very broad skill set and extreme working velocity from founding roles in successful technology start ups with aggressive goals, Mic has been the go to guy for everything from product design, hands on design/ development through to team leadership. Leveraging off a successful career in software research and development specialising in user experience, Mic promotes a certain child-like wonderment being central to the work he does. Talk to Mic for user experience, usage analysis, physical computing, offsite team management and having to find a way to make whatever it is work when the odds are stacked against you. Mic is also the creator of the Sunshine Coast's own Pixel Mosaic.


Event Staff


Gloria Vicario



Ellie Daubney
Industrial Designer

Industrial Design at Arc Hardware Incubator


Emilio Bautista
Mechatronics

Studying Mechatronic Engineering


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