Startup Weekend for Health Brisbane
Friday, March 27 - 29, 2015
Friday, March 27 - 29, 2015
Event starts at 6:00 pm
Translation Research Institute (TRI)
37 Kent St
co-situated with PA Hospital
Australia's First Startup Weekend for Health !
NOTICE: Startup Weekend for Health #2
For the next Startup Weekend for Health - 11 to 13 March 2016 - go to http://www.up.co/communities/queensland/startup-weekend/8402
Startup Weekend for Health #1
Brisbane will shortly be hosting Australia’s very first Startup Weekend for Health. Up to 100 health entrepreneurs will spend 54 hours formulating and pitching a new health related business. If you have a desire and an idea about how we can improve health, then this weekend is a great way for you to concentrate on that idea, and have it transformed into a real concept through collaboration and mentor support.
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The ChallengeThe pressures on health innovation are clear: ageing population, chronic disease burden, escalating costs, mental health and indigenous health challenges. At the same time, shifts in technology - internet, devices, mobility, genetics etc. - are enabling new health service paradigms at an accelerating rate. $5B is predicted to be invested in Health startups in the US in 2014. There will be massive change. It is imperative for Queensland to play its role in this innovation. Startup Weekends are a way of doing just that.
What is a Startup Weekend?Startup Weekend is a global phenomenon that has seen over 1000 events held in over 150 cities world wide. At each Weekend, entrepreneurs, experts and builders come together for 54 hours to take an idea, form teams, validate and build a business, and pitch to judges. Queensland has already hosted 8 Startup Weekends across the state. Check out a recent Sunshine Coast event in the video below to get a overview of a normal Startup Weekend.
Is my idea or innovation relevant for this weekend?We are welcoming ideas a across a wide range of areas including wellness and fitness, personalised medicine, mental health, acute care, primary care, remote care, allied health, indigenous challenges, public health, aged care... Solutions can include funding technology (eg. medical devices, smartphones/mobility/internet, wearables, self diagnosis..), big data analytics, telehealth, genetics, eHealth, process changes ...
TicketsTo make sure we have a balance of skills and experience participants and the teams, we have different ticket types. Please select the one that best matches your background.
Sponsors and Mentors are welcome.This will be the first Startup Weekend solely focussed on Health in Australia! You can help be a part of making this a great success.
In the word's of Queensland's Chief Scientist, Dr Geoff Garrett:
"The human race is staring down the barrel of significant challenges, which science can help us address. In Queensland, we must continue to research and provide innovative solutions for particular opportunities and challenges we face. One of these challenges is in healthcare where cost increases, ageing population pressures and rapid advancements in technology make this an area of great importance.
This initiative - the Startup Weekend for Health - is a great way for people to translate innovative healthcare ideas into real concepts, and it sounds like a lot of fun."
If you would like further detail, or can help in any of the above, please contact:
Bernie Woodcroft, Lead Organiser,
Health Startup Weekend
Friday March 27th
Saturday March 28th
Sunday March 29th
Dr Garrett is a recipient of the Centenary Medal for service to Australian society through science, and was named by the Australian Financial Review as one of Australia’s 2008 ‘True Leaders’. In June 2008 he was appointed as an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list.
Prior to this Colin was Corporate CIO at Suncorp Group and previously led the Digital and Guidewire teams, managed large projects, operational functions and performed strategy and enterprise architecture roles.
Colin introduced innovation practices like Fedex days and Lean Startup teams to bring innovation to the culture at Suncorp. He led the adoption of Agile across many teams, including distributed teams in China. He is passionate about driving innovation through technology.
Colin's experience includes consulting and running his own business.
Colin has a Bachelor of Mathematics, MBA and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
James has a longstanding interest in and knowledge of medical devices, having commenced with Cook Medical in Melbourne in 1982. Helping usher new ideas and products into Cook has always been a passion for James, starting with custom minimally invasive devices for radiologists, urologists and IVF protagonists in the 80’s. Cook’s involvement with world leading reproductive scientists in Melbourne saw the formation of Cook IVF, more recently known as Cook Reproductive Health, which has grown to become a leading global supplier of innovative devices for treatment of infertility. In the 90’s James was heavily involved with the development of the Zenith Endovascular Graft, working closely with the Australia clinical inventors of this device from Perth, later as Director of Manufacturing for Cook in Brisbane. This immensely successful range of devices became the basis of Cook’s Aortic Intervention business unit and is recognised internationally as a benchmark technology for endovascular treatment of aortic aneurysms. These two global business units now account for over $500m in annual sales. After guiding expansion of the Zenith graft into Asia, in particular Japan and China for 7 years, James now leads the Surgery business unit’s team in APAC. Additionally James lends his experience to the Asia-Pacific New Technology Team - ANTT - which has seen a number of new technologies introduced to Cook Medical from the region since its inception in early 2014. James was appointed to the board of Cook Medical in 1987, a position he continues to hold.
Coaches and Mentors
Dep Chair Mater Medical Research Institute. Chair Fizziofit, Fitgenes; Angel investor. Director NFP and ASX.
Event Sponsors, and Partners
The Startup Weekend for Health Brisbane 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.
Techstars Startup Weekend Australia is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
Learn how to get involved here