Startup Weekend for Health Brisbane

    Friday, March 27 - 29, 2015

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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
Woolloongabba, QLD 4102

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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

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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Both Prof Ian Frazer, Australian of the Year 2006, co-inventor of the cervical cancer vaccine (Gardasil) and past CEO of TRI,  and Dr Geoff Garrett, Queensland's Chief Scientist, Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) in 2008, and past CEO of CSIRO, have both agreed to address all participants on the Friday night ti kick us off.  These two luminaries have had profound impact on our society and it will be fantastic to hear their take on the imperatives of health innovation.

The Challenge

The 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 ...


To 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

6:00 pm
Arrive at the venue and get checked in

6:00 pm
Grab a drink, Eat some food, share ideas, practice pitches, get to know each other

7:00 pm
Intro the weekend. Guest speakers. Overview of the weekend and define some rules for the weekend

7:45 pm
Pitches Start
Optionally line up to give your pitch

8:30 pm
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

11:15 pm
Venue closes
Go home, or move on to a 24 hour cafe

Saturday March 28th

8:30 am
Doors open
Begin work - less talk, more action

9:00 am
Simple continental breakfast provided

12:00 pm
Lunch provided on us. Dig in.

12:15 pm
During lunch, teams check-in with status reports, call for help

2:00 pm
Mentors arrive
Mentors help teams one-on-one.

6:30 pm
Dinner is on us. Eat up

6:45 pm
Team check-in, status reports, call for help

11:15 pm
Venue closes
Finished for the day. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow

Sunday March 29th

8:15 am
Doors open
Start work

9:00 am
Simple continental breakfast & coffee is provided

10:00 am
More time for doing rather than talking...

12:00 pm

4:00 pm
Presentation Prep & Tech Check
Final hours of worktime should be focused on perfecting your presentation, tech-check for final presentations also takes place

5:00 pm
Stop Work
Time to down tools

5:00 pm
Final Presentations
Teams do their 5 minute pitches to a panel of judges

8:00 pm
Judging & Awards
We announce the winners

8:30 pm
Pack up
Give us a hand packing up the space

9:00 pm
Go Home!
Or join us at the pub to unwind


Dr Geoff Garrett
Queensland Chief Scientist

Dr Geoff Garrett was appointed Queensland Chief Scientist in January 2011. In this role he is accountable for science policy and providing strategic guidance across a range of government departments. He has also been involved with or led a number of reviews and inquiries, covering topics including the science of floods, uranium mining, Hendra virus, underground coal gasification and health and biomedical research.
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.

Prof Ian Frazer

Internationally renowned for the co-creation of the technology for the cervical cancer vaccines, Professor Frazer began his career as a renal physician and clinical immunologist in Edinburgh, Scotland before emigrating in 1981 to Melbourne, Australia. He continued his clinical training and pursued studies in viral immunology and autoimmunity at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research with Professor Ian Mackay. In 1985, Professor Frazer accepted a teaching post with The University of Queensland and was appointed Director of The University of Queensland Diamantina Institute in 1991. In early 2011, Professor Frazer relinquished directorship of the Institute to commence as CEO and Director of Research for TRI. In February 2015, he relinquished this role to focus more on his research.Professor Frazer was awarded the 2005 CSIRO Eureka Prize for Leadership in Science and was selected as Queenslander of the Year, and Australian of the Year in 2006. He was also awarded the 2008 Prime Minister's Prize for Science, the 2008 Balzan Prize for Preventive Medicine, the 2009 Honda Prize and was recently elected as a Fellow of the esteemed Royal Society of London. In 2012, Professor Frazer was appointed a Companion of the Order of Australia (AC) in the Queen’s Birthday Honours

Event Judges

Anne-Marie Birkill
Executive Director OneVentures Innovation Fund

Anne-Marie Birkill is a Partner in OneVentures, the manager for two venture capital funds and a number of associated co-investment funds with $130M funds under management. OneVentures backs innovative companies with global relevance in healthcare, education, mobile, cloud computing and new media. Anne-Marie is a Director for portfolio companies Paloma Mobile, TheBestDay, Charm Health and Peak3.
Anne-Marie has forged a career in the field of technology commercialisation. She has worked with hundreds of early-stage technology companies as senior executive, advisor and business coach. Her previous roles have included CEO of i.lab Incubator, various senior management appointments at UniQuest and Director of ASX listed energy storage company RedFlow Limited.
An active member of the innovation community, she is an Industry Fellow with The UQ Business School and a Director for Springboard Enterprises Australia, an accelerator that supports women entrepreneurs. She has won a number of awards acknowledging her contribution including the 2014 WiT Life Sciences Outstanding Achievement Award and was named as one of YWCAs 125 Leading Women in 2013. She is currently the WiT Life Sciences Ambassador.

Colin McCririck
CTO Queensland Health

Colin was appointed as Chief Technology Officer, Queensland Health in January 2015.

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.

Dr Alexander Ritchie
Trained Thoracic and Sleep Physician.

Clinician at both RBWH and St Andrews.  Strong research interest in pulmonary oncology.  Developing novel clinical tools for pulmonary procedure simulations.

Cole Wilkinson
Partner at Pitcher Partners

Cole has a depth of experience working with clients ranging from start up technology ventures to large private companies and Australian subsidiaries of international listed corporations. His services provided to these clients go beyond the required compliance activities, with an in-depth understanding of their business and industry allowing Cole to provide more meaningful advice on a variety of financial management, business and taxation matters. This deep understanding of client’s affairs also provides a stronger base to assist clients with the capital raising process, 3 way modelling and other management reporting requirements to assist them in building successful businesses.

James MacNaughton

Asia-Pacific Sales & Marketing Manager, Surgery, Cook Medical, Director Cook Medical.
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

Bruce Satchwell
Medical Entrepreneur. Founder at AliveCor

Mobile and wearable medical device design and commercialisation. Bruce is experienced electronics designer, biomedical engineer and innovator, he has a successful 20 year track record in research, development and commercialisation of cardiovascular devices, leading the development of over 10 medical devices and systems including heart pacemakers, portable heart monitors, wireless telemedicine systems and expert systems for the automated analysis of ECGs.

Darren Rogan
Tech Entrepreneur

Darren is a Tech Entrepreneur, repeat Founder, Lean Advocate, a Startup Techie with high scale aspirations and strives for continuous improvement. He has been involved in startups as Founder, early stage Employee and Advisor both Locally and in the US. He is was the Entrepreneur in Residence at iLab and now Mentor and Advisor at iLab. He is also a Mentor at River City Labs and Ipswich Fire Station 101.

Carrie Hillyard
Dep Chair Mater Medical Research Institute. Chair Fizziofit, Fitgenes; Angel investor. Director NFP and ASX.

Experienced in life science R+D, commercialisation, venture capital and mentoring entrepreneurs. Carrie is currently deputy Chairman of the Mater Medical Research Institute and angel investor and chairman of two private companies.

Andrew Kelly
Sales and Business Development

Experienced in understanding needs and implementing systems in aged care, tele and remote care and nurse call settings.

Elliot Smith

HSK is a Brisbane based medical technology startup pairing custom medical technology with mobile and cloud computing to help provide better care.

Johnny Cheng

Mobile app design, user experience, marketing strategy and monetization.

Peter Laurie
Startup Mentor

Peter is a software engineering professional who focuses on delivery of projects to a high level of quality in an effective, efficient and elegant manner. He has been in the software industry for 17 years.

Peter is an electrical engineer by training, a software engineer by choice, a business analyst by necessity, and a consultant when required. He has a Bachelor Electrical Engineering, a Graduate Diploma of Computer Engineering, and an MBA that focused on Strategy and Entrepreneurship.

Peter runs a small software engineering firm called Junta. Junta focuses most of its energy on developing prototypes and proofs of concepts for people with great ideas or interesting problems.

Deana Scott
Entrepreneur with track record of commercialising innovation

Expert in implementing innovative practice healthcare technology.

Tim Barker
Medical device professional

Global experience medical device commercialisation. From design to launch, clinical trials, market access, regluatory needs and marketing.

Myriam Battistutta
Senior Consultant, Fusidium

Global experiencece in bringing medical device and tech to market, particularly focus on organsiational responses to regulatory challenges and opporutnitues

Dr. Stuart Hazell
Managing Director - Fusidium

In the start-up space, Stuart is one of the founders and Managing Director of Amblyoptica (Holding) Pty Ltd., a start-up company developing a medical device to treat “Lazy Eye”. Dr Stuart Hazell has more than 35 years experience in life science. This includes biomedical research, where he has published over 110 scientific papers. Stuart’s consulting company, Fusidium Pty Ltd. delivers consulting services, including biomedical industry quality and regulatory affairs, technology assessment, strategic planning and business development.

Christopher Drake
Founder Car Values Co ++, Winner Bris Startup Weekend 2014.

Speciality - Customer development and finding out if you are actually solving a problem. Help with pitching - what to say and what slides to create.

Neil Davidson
Design Director & Founder at Clandestine Design Group, Design Manager at Innovan Campers and Caravans

15 Years design experience. Physical, UX and CX design. Winner of multiple Australian Design Awards.

Jason Hawkins
MD KND Digital

Expert on design and build of cloud / mobile apps for multiple markets including health including strategy to market for startups.

Shen Chow
Owner, Lawyer, IT Enthusiast. Principal YHC Lawyers

Mentoring areas: Business Start Up, Marketing Strategy, Software Development, Licensing, Intellectual Property, Legal Issues

Damien Cox
National Solutions and Integration Manager with Hills Health Solutions

Extensive background in IT, engineering, psychology, business and project management. Specialises in product management and innovation of health solutions.

Michelle Chee
New Technology Associate at Cook Medical Australia

Focus is identifying new technologies and health solutions for Cook Medical Asia Pacific

John Goleby
Director, Orange Digital and ThinkDo, Entrepreneur

Speciality in process of innovation, digital innovation and marketing, Growth Hacking, Rapid Prototyping, Graphic Design, 3D Printing

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