Techstars Startup Weekend Rockhampton

    Friday, July 26 - 28, 2019


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

Friday, July 26 - 28, 2019



Friday, July 26 - 28, 2019
Event starts at 9:00 am

SmartHub Rockhampton
Customs House
208 Quay Street
Rockhampton, Qld 4700

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Your idea in 54 hours

Do you have an idea you'd like to pursue or a problem you'd like to solve but don't know where to start or who to start with?

Techstars Startup Weekend is the place to look for a team, create a prototype of your idea, validate your business idea, and receive feedback from experienced entrepreneurs, all in one weekend.

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.

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 click on the “Buy Ticket” button now!

Still have questions, feel free to reach us at rockhampton@startupweekend.org.

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EVENT SCHEDULE

Friday July 26th


9:00 am
Customers Validation Workshop


5:30 pm
Registration
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


8:30 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 July 27th


8:30 am
Breakfast
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee


10:00 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
Mentor Meetings
Mentors help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!


6:00 pm
Dinner
Tacos by Daniel!


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 July 28th


8:30 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
Mentor Meetings
Mentors arrive… ASK QUESTIONS


2:30 pm
Presentation Prep & Tech Check
Final hours of worktime should be focused on perfecting your presentation, tech-check for final presentations also takes place


3:00 pm
Final Presentations


4:30 pm
Judging & Awards


5:00 pm
Wrap-Up


5:15 pm
After Party



Speakers


Paul Donovan
Canetrack Co-Founder

CaneTrack • Co-FounderBest Practice Management & Performance Improvement Made Easy

After finishing university with an Agricultural Science degree, I went home to the family farm at Dingo. From there I became Managing Director of Capgrains Cooperative, which supplied inputs and provided a marketing service for it’s broadacre farmer members. With two others, we founded a Grain Trading Company, Pentag Commodities, that specialised in marketing Queensland and Northern NSW grain. In 2016, Pentag was ultimately sold to the Chinese agribusiness company, Coffco. My primary role with CaneTrack has been in understanding our clients needs and communicating that to Ben, our software developer.

Event Judges


Phil Martin
Founder Bitplex Pty Ltd



Trisha Clifford
Senior Executive Officer to the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Finance and Planning)



Phil Henry
Secretary Capricornia Chamber of Commerce



Brooke Brandon
CEO/Founder Quot3D



Coaches and Mentors


Karyn Battersby
Founder Liminal Coaching



Leslie Walker
Director, CQU Research Division

As Director of the Office of Research my role is to lead and oversee the delivery of high quality, efficient, and end-user focused research support services to ensure effective management of the University's research activities, including funding application strategies, grants management, human and animal ethics, research integrity and research policy.


Matthew Doyle
The World Changers Coach



Jason Foss
Co-Founder Almost Anything

Co-founder and main geek at Almost Anything. Jason has a passion for productivity hacks, fast Fords and all things Google. Jason brings two decades of experience in website design and development/project management/UX and usability reviews to the table. He can also quote most of the script from Monty Python & the Holy Grail.


Hoan Geldard
Digital Marketing Account Executive

Hoan is the digital marketing account executive & is responsible for managing airtime bookings & heads up the social media marketing department. Hoan has worked extensively in internet marketing both locally & internationally since 2009 & is passionate about helping businesses grow their customer base thru new technologies.Also, Hoan has a special talent for Facebook page management in particular & achieves significant reach & engagement on ad campaigns generally whilst saving clients’ money on ad campaign investments. (ie Big result for relatively low expenditure).


Geoff Higgins
Director and Owner People Performance

Geoff Higgins is a Rockhampton-based business consultant working mainly with not-for-profit organisations in the community, health and education sectors. He is also the president of Rockhampton's "Entrepreneurs Capricorn Toastmasters Club" and a foundation member of the Startup Capricorn organising committee.  Geoff believes that Rockhampton's future is in bridging traditional service industries, primary industries and the new digital industries. (A 3-way bridge, tricky but not impossible to a dreamer like Geoff.)


Scott Thomas
Senior Economic Development Officer



Organizing Team

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

  • John
    Cook
  • Elize
    Hattin
  • Kaleb
    Roberts
  • Brooke
    Brandon
  • Daniel
    Johnsen
  • Courtney
    Abell
  • Josh
    Ariens
  • Scott
    Thomas

Facilitators


Daniel Johnsen
Founder, The Recovery Station

Founder, The Recovery Station (winner of Startup Weekend Lexington, Kentucky 2013)
From:KY (we love bourbon), live in Louisville, Kentucky, United States; currently residing in Longreach, Queensland, Australia.
Background: Founded a few companies, currently making a vending kiosk that dispenses pre/post workout drinks like protein shakes that are customizable and blended on-demand for everyday athletes in gyms (idea was the #1 placing idea at a Startup Weekend during a global startup battle).  I'm heavily active in Louisville & KY's startup scene where I help from basic mentoring with early stage ideas, organize Startup Weekends, throw happy hours for the startup & tech scene, the go-to person for pitch feedback before our area accelerator demo days, and random other items that I often forget and just do as they show up on my calendar.  I have a passion for asking some pretty forceful questions to get early stage entrepreneurs to evaluate their market, problem and solution and arrive at some decision point sooner rather than waiting 18+ months to launch MVPs, scale or bury the idea.
SW/UP: Been part of 30+ (?) Startup Weekends as: Sunday night observer x4; team lead x2; organizer x4; facilitator x1; judge x1; only KY rep for 2014 Vegas Summit; Startup Next participant x3 (I think I hold some type of non-verifiable record for as many ideas as I've taken through); Startup Next mentor x1



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