Startup Weekend EDU Toowoomba

    Friday, May 15 - 17, 2015


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Startup Weekend EDU Toowoomba

Friday, May 15 - 17, 2015



Friday, May 15 - 17, 2015
Event starts at 6:00 pm

The Glennie School
Assembly Hall
246a Herries St
Newtown, Queensland 4350

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Inspire Educate Empower

SWEDU Toowoomba hosted by Startup Toowoomba at The Glennie School.


This Startup Weekend is a dual stream event with two tracks. Education being one and Youth being the other.

  • The Youth stream is for young people up to 18 yrs in age to pitch any idea they have for a new innovative business idea, app, website or technology.
  • The Education Stream is aimed at anyone who wishes to pitch an innovative idea, app, technology or program that will improve education now and in the future.

We are looking for passionate educators, parents, students, entrepreneurs, developers, and designers who want to make a difference in education now.

Come learn the basics of founding & launching a successful education startup while solving real problems in education. These groups are in the best position to both name and design the solutions for education’s most critical challenges. Our event transcends the traditional Startup Weekend style; we will focus on bridging the entrepreneurial startup spirit with technology experts and educators informed issues. Through design thinking, innovative business strategies, relentless hacking and designing, this weekend will produce new ventures that are poised to create high caliber outcomes for the Darling Downs & SW Qld students and schools.  

Groups will work together over 54 hours to create innovation that addresses a concern either in a school or in a student’s community. 

Ventures can range from a mobile app for students, a gaming console app, to a variety of online learning tools or simply a new course or educational service, back of house program, software as a service, education in the cloud ideas etc!  We believe that a wide range of diverse perspectives, backgrounds, passion, talents, technical knowledge and skills are needed to create ventures that have the highest potential for lasting impact.  

We are looking for:   

  • Youth Innovators: year 7-12, college & university level Toowoomba area students interested in hacking, UX/UI design, business, social justice and collaborating on an unique solution to a challenge they’re facing.
  • Teachers: Instructional leaders in the classroom working around Southern Queensland, Toowoomba & the Darling Downs this category is essential to a successful SWEDU.  
  • Educators: Community Organizers, District Administrators, Education Non-Profit Leaders and Professionals working in the school wrap-around services space.  
  • Parent & other champions: Individuals who will keep student voice and perspective on the top of their and the group’s mind- this could be a parent/relative, youth development professional or others who work closely with youth and are interested in collaborating with and supporting students on a team.  
  • Developers: Mobile App Developers (IOS, IOS SDK, Android) Programmers (JAVA, Objective C, CSS3, etc.) Web developers (front end and back end).  
  • Designers: UX/UI designers (Adobe Suite Applications, Axure, iRise, Omnigraffle, etc.)  
  • Entrepreneurs: Innovators, Thinkers, Business Strategists, Marketers, Finance Gurus, Project Managers, Philanthropists.     

Why SWEDU?


SWEDU is 54 hours of DOING: pitching ideas Friday night, forming rock-star teams, building a revenue model, coding, designing, conducting market research and polishing that final presentation! This weekend provides a unique experiential learning opportunity for participants to collaborate and iterate their ideas with passionate individuals who have a wide range of backgrounds, perspectives and skills. Local movers and shakers working in this unique intersection of education, innovation and business will be on-hand to coach and meet one-on-one with SWEDU teams and participants as well! Because SWEDU attracts smart, dedicated and creative dreamers and do-ers who are committed to innovation in education, participants will establish meaningful relationships and perhaps meet their future co-founderin an innovative new business.

The 50th Hour

What happens when you create a space for technology innovations and community based wisdom to come together for the purpose of solving the pressing issues that exist in our schools? The possibilities are endless! 

At SWEDU Toowoomba’s 50th hour, teams will pitch their ideas for an innovation that addresses a concern either in a school or in a student’s community. Teams will pitch in front of experienced professionals, with vested interests and proven results in their community and field. Ventures can range from a mobile app, a gaming console app, to online learning tools! Again, with startup weekenders, the ideas and possibilities are infinite!   

Ever Wonder What It Takes To Be An Entrepreneur?

The professional and personal challenges, the high and lows, the failures and the successes? 

Startup Weekend is a global grassroots movement of active and empowered entrepreneurs who are learning the basics of founding Startups and launching successful ventures. It is the largest community of passionate entrepreneurs, with events in over 100 countries and 580 cities around the world.
 

The non-profit organization is headquartered in Seattle, Washington but Startup Weekend Organizers and Facilitators can be found on every corner of the globe. From Mongolia to South Africa, From London to Brazil and across Australia, people around the globe are coming together for weekend long workshops to pitch ideas, form teams, and start companies. All Startup Weekend events follow the same basic model: anyone is welcome to pitch their startup idea and receive feedback from their peers. Teams organically form around the top ideas (as determined by popular vote) and then it’s a 54 hour frenzy of business model creation, coding, designing, and market validation. The weekends culminate with presentations in front of local entrepreneurial leaders with another opportunity for critical feedback. 

Whether entrepreneurs found companies, find a co-founder, meet someone new, or learn a skill far outside their usual 9-to-5, everyone is guaranteed to leave the event better prepared to navigate the chaotic but fun world of Startups. If you want to put yourself in the shoes of an entrepreneur, register now for the best weekend of your life!  

If you would like to participate please view the Eventbrite registration page. 




EVENT SCHEDULE

Friday May 15th


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


6:30 pm
Dinner & Networking
Eat food, share ideas, practice pitches, get to know fellow participants


7:15 pm
Welcome & Speakers
Review agenda for the weekend and introduce speakers, coaches, and community leaders


8:00 pm
Pitches Start
Optional, but we encourage everyone to line up and make a pitch


9:00 pm
Discussion & Voting
Talk to founders, discuss ideas, Attendees vote for the top pitches


9:15 pm
Form Teams
Teams start forming


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 1am or continue work at home


10:00 pm
Youth Wrap up
Student teams may depart to continue work at home and return in the morning for breakfast and more hacking

Saturday May 16th


8:00 am
Breakfast
Arrive, 8.15am simple breakfast, juice, tea & coffee


9:00 am
Begin Work
Teams get stuck into developing their innovation


9:15 am
Validation Canvas Session
Learn about the Validation Canvas, a lean startup tool.


10:00 am
Coaches in the house!
Coaches circulating to offer assistance where required. They are here to help!


12:30 pm
Lunch


1:15 pm
Check-In
After-lunch check-in, status reports, call for help


6:30 pm
Dinner


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


10:00 pm
Wrap-Up
Final check in for the day. You may stay and work as late as 1am or head home to continue working.

Sunday May 17th


8:00 am
Breakfast
Arrive, 8.15am simple breakfast Juice, tea & coffee


10:00 am
Check-In
Coaches in the House! Final opportunity to ask questions


12:30 pm
Lunch


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
Dinner


6:00 pm
Final Presentations


7:00 pm
Judging & Awards


8:00 pm
Wrap-Up


8:10 pm
Help pack up and go Home!



Speakers


Michele Berkhout
Director, Business Development and Industry Engagement TAFE Queensland South West

Michele is a catalyst for creating and mobilising integrated, customer-focused strategies that deliver brand-aligned, differentiated market growth through effective customer experience management. I have a bias for action and a passion for creating business value at the intersect of people and their conversations and the data and technology to support these conversations. Consultant expertise and experience in:

- Digital enablement for insightful, relevant social interaction as a key component of business strategy
- (Big) data analysis, insight and algorithmic business rules
- Application of technology to optimise marketing management and analysis
- Identifying and acting on strategic business intelligence and market research for organisational sustainability and growth
- Market, business and customer research and analysis
- Training and mentoring


Steve Baxter
Entrepreneur, investor, and ‘Shark’ on Shark Tank Australia

Tech start-up multi-millionaire Steve Baxter is a proud Queenslander, born in the remote town of Cloncurry and raised in Emerald in the State’s central highlands. 

He left school at 15 and joined the Army, enlisting in its apprenticeship program. There, he became an engineer working in the field of electronics, telecoms and guided weapon systems.

In 1994, at the age of 23, Steve put his life savings of $11,000 on the line to launch his first start-up, the pioneering internet service provider SE Net, from the spare room of his Adelaide home.Servicing more than 35,000 customers, SE Net was eventually acquired by Ozemail/UUNet under the stewardship of its founding Director and now Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull.

In 2001, Steve teamed with a schoolmate to launch his second start-up, PIPE Networks. Eight years later they sold it to the TPG Group for $373 million.Steve spent a year working with Google in California in 2008, leading a project to deliver high-speed telecommunications systems across North America.In the past three years he has become a major early-stage investor in Australian start-ups, helping to launch a host of companies which together boast a valuation of more than $100 million.

Three years ago, Steve launched River City Labs in Brisbane, a leading co-working community to encourage entrepreneurs in Queensland.

In 2013 he co-founded Right Pedal Studios, a mobile gaming accelerator, and StartupAUS an advocacy group for Australian tech startups.

In 2015, Steve joined SharkTankAU as one of the 5 "Shark" investors. 


Event Judges


Steve Baxter
Entrepreneur, investor, and ‘Shark’ on Shark Tank Australia

Tech start-up multi-millionaire Steve Baxter is a proud Queenslander, born in the remote town of Cloncurry and raised in Emerald in the State’s central highlands. 

He left school at 15 and joined the Army, enlisting in its apprenticeship program. There, he became an engineer working in the field of electronics, telecoms and guided weapon systems.

In 1994, at the age of 23, Steve put his life savings of $11,000 on the line to launch his first start-up, the pioneering internet service provider SE Net, from the spare room of his Adelaide home.Servicing more than 35,000 customers, SE Net was eventually acquired by Ozemail/UUNet under the stewardship of its founding Director and now Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull.

In 2001, Steve teamed with a schoolmate to launch his second start-up, PIPE Networks. Eight years later they sold it to the TPG Group for $373 million.Steve spent a year working with Google in California in 2008, leading a project to deliver high-speed telecommunications systems across North America.In the past three years he has become a major early-stage investor in Australian start-ups, helping to launch a host of companies which together boast a valuation of more than $100 million.

Three years ago, Steve launched River City Labs in Brisbane, a leading co-working community to encourage entrepreneurs in Queensland.

In 2013 he co-founded Right Pedal Studios, a mobile gaming accelerator, and StartupAUS an advocacy group for Australian tech startups.

In 2015, Steve joined SharkTankAU as one of the 5 "Shark" investors. 



Chris Mills
Managing Director

With a deep belief that everyone deserves the opportunity to fulfill their potential, Chris has a life purpose to help and inspire 10,000 people and businesses to achieve their dreams and reach their potential. Chris loves tackling and solving difficult problems and he is motivated by opportunities to create significant value and facilitate the success of others.

Chris has a wealth of commercial leadership experience delivering customer service improvement, improving financial viability, achieving cost efficiency, minimising risk and driving organisational innovation using his expertise across Strategy, Transformation, Enterprise Architecture, Organisational Design and Change, Economics, Research & Analytics, and creative Solutions Development. 

Chris has achieved valued results in a wide range of industries including heavy industries (water, waste, rail, transport, mining, energy, and manufacturing), government, education, hospitality, IT startups, health and human services. This broad industry experience has enabled Chris to innovate with the knowledge of how different industries tackle similar problems. 

After earlier graduating with a Bachelor of Business, Chris continued his study in statistics and organisational psychology and later completed his Masters of IT specialising in distributed internet systems and artificially intelligent 3D virtual environments using games technologies. 
Chris founded Strategenics, a globally-focussed innovation and transformation company to help people, businesses and communities to transform, reach their potential, and apply exponential digital technologies to create new products, services and industries. Strategenics supports startup founders with business model validation and execution including strategy & transformation, data science & analytics, software development, IT managed services, and professional services for people capability, energy and learning.  Strategenics are hiring and our Internship program in both Brisbane and Toowoomba is now open. http://strategenics.com.au/who-we-are/internship-program/


Jayne Thorpe
General Manager - Programs

My passion, both professionally and personally, is functioning landscapes. From 2008 I had the role of Manager - Biodiversity with Condamine Alliance and then become General Manager for Ventures from 2013. I have a strong natural resource management (NRM) background and prior to this role worked with 3 NRM bodies on a project recording the Traditional Ecological Knowledge across South-West NRM, SEQ Catchments and Condamine Alliance regions. I am also an active partner in Notomys Seeds, an environmental consultancy which specialises in revegetation action throughout the Darling Downs. I have a Bachelor of Science majoring in plant biology and a Graduate Diploma of Science which focussed on ethnobotany


Coaches and Mentors


Mark Thomas
Business Improvement Practitioner

Mark Thomas is an experienced Lean practitioner who has a focus on assisting 
SME's transfer from successful businesses into truly Lean Enterprises.
Mark was a founding director of The Association of Manufacturing Excellence in 
Australia (AME) and has organized and presented at many conferences across the country and overseas. As a coach, mentor and facilitator with a background 

In Operations Management he has introduced Lean principles and Lean thinking 
into businesses across many different industry sectors with outstanding results.


Sharon Hunneybell
Co Founder

I have a passion for technology, innovation and collaboration and a keen interest in promoting and increasing youth participation in startups and technology. 

I have been an active contributor to the startup community for several years, and in late 2013 I teamed up with Sam Winter to create and deliver a new and innovative entrepreneurship program for High School Students, Startup Apprentice.

Startup Apprentice is an eight-week, action based, after school program that teaches the lean approach to starting a digital business. 
The program guides students through the process of bringing an idea to market including: how to pitch, form a work team, business modeling, product development, money management, IP and Copyright Law, marketing and presentation skills. The first graduating class of 30 students pitched seven ideas on a demo day in June 2014. 

Our contribution to the community was recognised at the 2014 Westpac Community Leaders Awards, where I was one of three finalists in the Start-up Leader category. In December, Sam and I were also named by the Queensland Government as ‘Innovation Champions’ under the Innovation and Science Champions program.


Sam Winter
Co-founder

Sam has a passion for building businesses that make a social impact and loves educating and supporting fellow social entrepreneurs in a cohesive collaborative way.
Sam has been an active participant and contributor in the Gold Coast startup ecosystem since moving from Sydney three years ago. While volunteering at Silicon Lakes, a not for profit startup community for entrepreneurs on the Gold Coast, where Sam teamed up with Sharon to create Startup Apprentice.
Sam has been an online entrepreneur for 10 years with a background in PR, marketing, communications and events management in both the private and government sectors. Sam was a finalist in 2011 at the Nuffnang Asia-Pacific Online Business Awards.
Sam is an Alumni graduate of the School for Social Entrepreneurs, Marie Forleo’s B-School and Jonathan Fields Rev U programs.


Garry Humphries
Regional Manager N.P.R.S.R.

MBA, Dip EM, ADCR, MAICD, RAA

Regional Manager, Queensland Government, Sport & Recreation Services South West Queensland.

Garry has proudly served Federal, State and Local Government in some of the most remote parts of Australia, from delivering participation programs in the Gulf of Carpentaria to the management of remote outdoor education facilities outside Mt Isa, managing after school centres in Inala, to managing Municipal pools, sports centres and a city wide events program in the densely urban Logan area to sport and recreation services in South Western Queensland covering an area the same size as 1 x Victoria and 2 x Tasmanias.

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David Smith
Doctoral Candidate USQ

David’s experience is in operational and strategic management. He uses entrepreneurial skills and networking to enable teamwork and advocate for equity and equality. Recent psychology degrees qualify David as an independent organisational analyst. David is a confirmed PhD candidate, tutor, mentor and counsellor who is socially responsible and pursues life-long learning and teaching.

David is a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute, London, a Member of the Australian Counselling Association and An Associate Member of the Australian Psychological Society. David is accredited through the Real World Group, UK to analyse, interpret and privately counsel boards, CEOs, teams and managers on organisational culture or personal leadership behaviours that lead to increased engagement, productivity and satisfaction in the workplace. 

David has recently modernized his business and scientific qualifications in psychology, management, leadership and research. He is currently consolidating his knowledge as a doctoral candidate researching leadership styles that accelerate the adaption to rapid change in the workplace, enable more to be done with less and produce positive well-being outcomes for workers.


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.


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The Startup Weekend EDU Toowoomba team is grateful for the support of local community partners without whom this event would not be possible.
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Organizing Team

Techstars Startup Weekend Australia is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
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Michael Le-Garde
CEO -Toowoomba Youth Foundation

TYF help our youth find their passion and help them on their way towards their goals.



Edwina Pettiford
Co-Founder at Matter Of Fats

Edwina has a back ground in Accounting and is a passionate health and fitness expert, specialising in women's sports nutrition advice. She also assists women to build confidence and lead healthier lives.



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