Tourism & Hospitality

    Friday, May 29 - 31, 2015


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Tourism & Hospitality

Friday, May 29 - 31, 2015



Friday, May 29 - 31, 2015
Event starts at 6:00 pm

Cairns Airport
FREE parking - building 34
Cairns, Australia

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This event is supported by the Department of Science, Information Technology and Innovation.

Note: FREE parking - building 34 for the event launch!

After a forced postponement due to a cyclone threat, Cairns’ first ever Startup Weekend – Tourism & Hospitality is back on track.

Rescheduled for May 29-31, this will be Cairns’ third Startup Weekend overall and its first ‘vertical’ (themed) event, with a focus on what are essentially the cornerstones of our regional economy: tourism and hospitality.

Participants will ideally tick the box on one or more of the following:
  • own or work in a related business or otherwise have some insight into tourism and hospitality;
  • have some tech skills;
  • have marketing skills or be well-connected;
  • or simply have a lot of energy or creativity to share and be great at energising teams and helping to drive projects forward.

Ideas will be pitched in 60 seconds, and teams will be formed around those that strike a chord. Participants can do multiple pitches (if time allows), or no pitch at all – the events encourage a no-judgement atmosphere.
The weekend will provide a platform to connect and mentor tour operators, hospitality owners, managers, workers and anyone else looking to develop real solutions for the economic challenges faced by our region.

Far from just being yet another talk-fest, these events are very hands-on and aim to get business ideas vetted, validated, pivoted and pitch-ready.
Much like the last Startup Weekend Cairns, participants will start by throwing out ideas, then move on to choosing, testing and refining the best ones, and hopefully finish with the seeds of viable businesses. But unlike previous events, this will focus on the region’s biggest economic drivers – tourism and hospitality.

Tourism has long underpinned Cairn’s economy, and according to Cairns Regional Council, “the [tourism] industry contributed more than $2.6 billion to the regional economy in 2013 and is on track to reach $3.2 billion in 2015.”The Council also lists the business tourism market, sports tourism, eco-tourism and cultural tourism as being areas which provide opportunities for future growth. 
It can be easy to forget that our natural (and unnatural) attractions are as profitable as they are and draw visitors from around the world (when there are no cyclones around, of course).  Yet whether they are environmentalsport-related or otherwise, Cairns’ resources must be protected and the way we capitalise on our assets can be improved upon. 
Technology can, and must, be applied to facilitate new ideas, improve efficiency and profit, and overcome long-standing challenges in our economy by reaching out beyond our own backyard. 
But while Cairns startups might help to bolster the existing local tourism and hospitality sectors, even bigger wins will come when we use Cairns’ unique advantages and experience in these industries to build globally significant companies.

Think global, start small. 

The startup culture in Australia is growing, and there is no reason for Cairns not to ride the entrepreneurial wave beyond our local or even national markets.
In Sydney, the November 2014 Startup Weekend reportedly attracted double the number of participants as the previous year. Up here we have a smaller (yet no less impressive) pool of talent to draw upon, and while we face some challenges due to our geographical separation from major centres, this doesn’t mean we have to sit on the sidelines.

Fresh off their first preaccelerator program, Troy Haines and Damian Zammit from Cairns’ co-working hub theSPACE will continue their run of local Startup Weekends with the May event. Initiatives like theSPACE and Cairns Regional Investment Group are key drivers behind the region’s involvement in Australia’s startup ecosystem, and have helped foster startups like Konveen and ShareStuff. Local and State Government are now starting to get behind the movement, with Cairns Mayor Bob Manning and Queensland Treasurer and Member for Mulgrave Curtis Pitt opening the May event, and the Department of Science, Information Technology and Innovation providing sponsorship support. In an interview aired on WIN News late last year, Federal Member for Leichhardt Warren Entsch said of the work of theSPACE, “There’s no reason why we can’t become ‘the Silicon Valley of Australia.’”

The cyclone is gone, the sun is shining, and it’s time for Cairns to get moving.

Tickets are just $99 for the entire weekend (including all meals) and $99 for students of TTNQ members. 

For more information, please check out our last event.  You can also call Damian Zammit at theSPACE Cairns on 0448 804 696.
Note: Cairns Airport are providing parking for participants at the front of building 34. 



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EVENT SCHEDULE

Friday May 29th


6:00 pm
Registration, dinner & networking
International Terminal (T1) Arrivals lounge


6:30 pm
MC Aaron Birkby fires the gun!
Time for lift off!


7:00 pm
Welcome by Cairns Mayor Bob Manning
Cairns building a hub for innovation & Startups


7:05 pm
Curtis Pitt MP
Innovation in FNQ


7:15 pm
Dr Clarence Tan
Asia Pacific Regional Ambassador for Singularity University, a think tank based in NASA Research Park in Silicon Valley.


7:45 pm
Pitches Start
Pitch Fire! 1 minute to pitch your idea.


8:15 pm
Voting
Attendees vote for the top pitches


8:45 pm
Form Teams
Teams form and move to building 34 - go to work!


11:55 pm
Call it a night...
Time to get some rest.

Saturday May 30th


8:45 am
Breakfast
Building 34. Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee


9:00 am
Troy Haines - Agile Planning
Creating your agile plan. What is the problem you are solving?


9:30 am
Troy Haines - Customer validation
The customer validation process. Build, measure, learn.


10:00 am
Begin Work
Get out of the building and learn!


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!


3:00 pm
Donna Patane - McDonnells Law
Founders agreements, entity options, shareholders agreements, etc...


3:30 pm
Nathan Finney - Crowe Horwath
Must know tax strategies for Startups, including the NEW federal tax breaks.


6:30 pm
Dinner


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


11:55 pm
Call it a night...
Time to get some rest.

Sunday May 31st


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
First Run Pitch Practice
All teams have an initial pitch run through


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


5:00 pm
Tools Down & Dinner
All work to be completed... break for dinner prior to final pitches


6:00 pm
Final Presentations


7:30 pm
Judging & Awards


8:30 pm
Wrap-Up


9:00 pm
After Party
Celebrate wins and learning from the weekend



Speakers


Bob Manning
Mayor of Cairns

Bob Manning OAM is an ex-Vietnam vet and former CEO of the Cairns Port Authority and Longreach Shire Council.
He was awarded Cairns Citizen of the Year in 2002, and was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia in 2004 for his service to the Cairns region community through the development and promotion of the tourism, marine and aviation industries. 

Memberships of organisations

  • Life Member - Tourism Tropical North Queensland, having served on the Board of the organisation for 15 years, three of these as Chairman 
  • Honorary Member - Airports Council International, the peak world airport association.
  • Patron - Cairns Junior Choral Society/Eisteddfod
  • Patron - Australian Red Cross - Cairns
  • Vice Patron -  Queensland Life Saving
  • Committee Member - FNQ Youth Assistance Fund Committee


Curtis Pitt
Member for Mulgrave. Treasurer, Minister for Employment and Industrial Relations and Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships

Born in Cairns Base Hospital and raised in Gordonvale, Curtis Pitt continues his family’s long history of service to the Far North.Having attended Gordonvale Primary School, Gordonvale High School, St Mary’s College Woree, he has a Bachelor of Arts (Politics) from James Cook University in Cairns.Curtis is a person of integrity and believes strongly in family values.  He is a hard worker who uses his drive and enthusiasm to serve the Mulgrave electorate and put the Far North first.  Curtis and his wife Kerry have had four children – Isabel (deceased), five year-old Tristan, three year-old Layla, and two year-old Kobi.


Dr Clarence Tan
Ambassador, Asia Pacific at Singularity University

Dr Clarence N.W. Tan is currently the Asia Pacific Regional Ambassador for Singularity University. He is the founder of Bond Wireless, and CEO of private equity fund Austanco. Dr Tan was inducted into the Queensland Government Innovation Hall of Fame in 2014 and received the Queensland Government’s Entrepreneur-in-Residence Fellowship for 2010.  He was selected as a Queensland Innovation Champion for his outstanding achievement in leadership in the Queensland ICT sector in 2014.

He is an Adjunct Professor at Bond University and Griffith University and a founding member of the Gold Coast Angel Investors Group.  He currently mentors a number of companies and is a mentor at the iLab Accelerator. He has over 45 academic publications including a book, book chapters and peer-reviewed papers in the area of soft computing and mobile applications. In addition Dr Tan holds two patents in mobility technology.
Dr Tan obtained his Ph.D. from Bond University and his Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering (Computers) from the University of Southern California, where he went on to simultaneously complete a Master of Business Administration (Finance), and a Master of Science in Industrial and Systems Engineering.  Prior to his academic career Dr Tan has worked for a number of MNCs including Citibank in New York and Hong Kong, Xeroc EPC in the USA and Genreal Instruments in Malaysia. 


Nathan Finney
Crowe Horwath Principal - Business Advisory

Nathan focuses on providing quality advice and service his clients can rely on. Nathan is a Principal of the Cairns office’s business services and taxation division. His focus is providing quality advice and service that his clients can rely on. Clients and experience Nathan has over ten years of experience advising clients ranging from high net worth individuals to SMEs and listed public companies across the construction, utilities, financial services, retail, not for profit, tourism and hospitality industries. Nathan has also spent time in a commercial environment holding senior management positions in both large private and listed public companies. Nathan has the following service specialisations: - Taxation of Partnerships, trusts and companies - Business performance monitoring and analysis - Tax planning and consulting - Financial modelling and analysis - Business management consulting - Business financing - Business acquisitions and disposals   Professional background Bachelor of Management, Newcastle University The Institute of Chartered Accountants - Member 


Troy Haines
Cofounder of Cairns Innovation Hub

Troy is the founder of theSPACE, a Startup & Innovation hub which brings together budding entrepreneurs and innovators, to share, learn, connect and grow. theSPACE features a Coworking space, meeting rooms, access to coaching/mentoring and capital raising.

The founder of 4 entrepreneurial Startups and one successful exit, Troy coach’s entrepreneurs and innovators through the commercialisation process from idea screening through to growth and exiting. 


Donna Patane
Senior Associate

Donna Patane is a Senior Associate and a member of the MacDonnells Law state-wide Commercial team practising in intellectual property, commercial and property law. Donna’s practice involves advising clients on a wide range of matters including trade marks and intellectual property, information technology, franchising and management rights matters, residential and commercial conveyancing, business transactions, business structuring, corporate advisory, body corporate law and leasing.

Event Judges


Luckbir Singh
MacDonnells Law Partner and Practice Group Leader of the state-wide Commercial Team

Luckbir is a MacDonnells Law Partner and the Practice Group Head of the 50 person strong state-wide (Brisbane, Townsville and Cairns) Commercial Team. Luckbir’s approach is to understand his client’s business focus and desired outcome so as to provide a legal service, which not only provides a high degree of technical proficiency, but also reflects the practical commercial world realities. Luckbir was awarded the Queensland Law Society’s Outstanding Achievement by a Young Lawyer award in 2008. Specialties:Areas of Practice • Commercial law • Business acquisitions and disposals including due diligence reporting and mergers • Corporate advisory including corporate reconstructions and shareholder disputes • Not for profit advisory including governance • Property development including body corporate and joint ventures • Carbon farming initiative under the carbon legislation


Nic O'Donnell
General Manager Shangri-La Hotel, The Marina, Cairns

Nic’ O'Donnell's career in the hotel industry began just over 20 years ago, in food and beverage in the south coast of NSW.  He first arrived in Cairns in 1996 and began his journey with Shangri-la Hotels and Resorts.  Since then he has travelled with the company to Asia and has had the opportunity to work in China and Malaysia in senior executive rolls.  However, the region was again calling and Nic returned to tropical north Queensland in 2013 as General Manager of Shangri-la Hotel, The Marina Cairns.  Nic is the spokesman for the Queensland Hotels Association Far North and is passionate about Cairns and the hospitality and tourism industry in the region.


Dr John Hamilton (Ph.D)
Head Management & Governance, Director E-Business, College of Business, Law and Governance, James Cook University.

Professor John R. Hamilton (Ph.D.) researches competitiveness, innovation and strategic futures. He has extensive corporate national (and international) leadership and management experience. He consults on online and/or offline engaging interactive environments, and develops capabilities for business-consumer real-time interfacing. Current research interests include: corporate leadership, value-deliverance, social networks, corporate and virtual intelligences, cloud business scenarios, major-events management, tracking, and interactive learning. John manages the Acute Futures Group (AcuteFutures.com). It deploys international R&D task teams with software developers from Norway, Hong Kong, Singapore, and Australia). The Acute Futures Group uses its unique value-deliverance systems to create custom-built, experiential, skilling scenarios for global and futures-focused organizations.


Coaches and Mentors


Dr John Hamilton (Ph.D)
Head Management & Governance, Director E-Business, College of Business, Law and Governance, James Cook University.

Professor John R. Hamilton (Ph.D.) researches competitiveness, innovation and strategic futures. He has extensive corporate national (and international) leadership and management experience. He consults on online and/or offline engaging interactive environments, and develops capabilities for business-consumer real-time interfacing. Current research interests include: corporate leadership, value-deliverance, social networks, corporate and virtual intelligences, cloud business scenarios, major-events management, tracking, and interactive learning. John manages the Acute Futures Group (AcuteFutures.com). It deploys international R&D task teams with software developers from Norway, Hong Kong, Singapore, and Australia). The Acute Futures Group uses its unique value-deliverance systems to create custom-built, experiential, skilling scenarios for global and futures-focused organizations.


Troy Haines
Cofounder of Cairns Innovation Hub

Troy is the founder of theSPACE, a Startup & Innovation hub which brings together budding entrepreneurs and innovators, to share, learn, connect and grow. theSPACE features a Coworking space, meeting rooms, access to coaching/mentoring and capital raising.

The founder of 4 entrepreneurial Startups and one successful exit, Troy coach’s entrepreneurs and innovators through the commercialisation process from idea screening through to growth and exiting. 


Christine Doan

Christine Doan. In an entrepreneurial life driven by purpose, Christine has tackled all of her campaigns with gusto, adopting an approach, which is alternative, sustainable, innovative, and just plain different.  The causes may have looked disparate, such as  what links riding a horse at the Olympics and building up a multiple bottom line property development?  In wildly different disciplines, she consistently faces the future seeking to uncover where it is leading and has always been willing to stand out from the crowd and point the way. A personal mission is to be part of creating a Tablelands which thrives economically without sacrificing its exquisite environment and cohesive communities.  She sees that the 21st century offers new business-based avenues to achieve that goal by incorporating purpose, design and technology. Christine promotes Start Up Weekends as one of  the bootcamps to shape the apprentices who will build that vision along with her and other innovative, entrepreneurial spirits collaborating for a vibrant Tablelands.


Komal Bandhi
Lead Programmer @ PI Data

Komal Bandi, a local programmer in Cairns, graduated from James Cook University in 2011 with masters in Information Technology and Business Administration. He now runs an IT consulting business (www.pidataconsulting.com.au) specializing in programming, system automation, business dashboards and systems integration. Apart from the daily routine, I enjoy doing salsa, capoeira, reading books and having a lovely time with friends. During the startup weekend; I will be helping participants with Website and APPS mockups, building landing pages and helping with social media.


Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Tourism & Hospitality team is grateful for the support of local community partners without whom this event would not be possible.
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This event is supported by the Department of Science, Information Technology and Innovation. https://www.qld.gov.au/dsitia/

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Organizing Team

Techstars Startup Weekend Australia is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
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  • Troy
    Haines
  • Damian
    Zammit
  • Karen
    Ross

Facilitators


Aaron Birkby
EIR @ RCL Accelerator

Entrepreneur In Residence at River City Labs Accelerator powered by muru-D.  Co-founder and CEO of Silicon Lakes. Startup Weekend Australia. Weekly tech segment on ABC Coast FM.14 businesses, 4 successful exits.


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