Townsville Startup Weekend 2016

    Friday, September 23 - 25, 2016


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  3. Speakers
  4. Judges
  5. Coaches and Mentors
  6. Sponsors
  7. Organizing Team
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Townsville Startup Weekend 2016

Friday, September 23 - 25, 2016



Friday, September 23 - 25, 2016
Event starts at 5:00 pm

James Cook University
Education Central
JCU Townsville Campus
Douglas, Queensland 4814

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Keen on building a real-life startup?

The goal of Startup Weekend is to bring passionate potential entrepreneurs - just like you! - together to collaborate on innovative ideas, and have a life-changing experience.  Startup Weekend is a global phenomenon.  With over 1500 events held in more than 150 countries, it's your connection to the world of entrepreneurship.

It's a 54-hour event over a weekend, starting with ideas and pitches on Friday evening, creating and validating throughout the weekend and it all wraps up on Sunday afternoon where you pitch to a panel of local startup figures!   There's some exciting prizes, though the skills you learn and connections you'll make will be the real win.  We've got a team of experts to mentor you across the Startup Weekend in all aspects of your fledgling ideas - from IT to business to design and more; you might even score some investment to keep going!

Sounds awesome, but what if I don’t have an idea?
Don't worry -- it’s not just about the idea, it’s about the team you form!  You'll be inspired by dozens of passionate pitches from others on Friday night, so you can join the team with the idea that you love most.  Share your expertise and experience in any area to work on the idea and make it reality!  If you do have an idea, remember you'll have just 60 seconds to pitch it to others. 

What sort of skills do I need?
Anything goes, just bring yourself and your passion. Whether you're an IT developer, designer, student, businessperson, creative thinker, all-rounder, or anything in between, this is the opportunity you've been waiting for. 

I've got a business/project already. Can I pitch that?
Note that only seed-stage ideas (no concrete work done) are able to be pitched and worked on at Startup Weekend events.  This ensures everyone has the best and fairest experience.  If you're unsure, get in touch before the weekend and we'll go through it with you.  For more info, see the FAQ.

How do I find out more?
If you've got any questions, get in touch with us at townsville@startupweekend.org.


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We need your support!

We are Townsville's premier startup event, bringing together the widest range of entrepreneurs, mentors, and business people for a whole weekend.  As we're entirely community-run, we rely on support from local businesses to make our event a success.  As such, we have a range of sponsorship opportunities available, with levels of exposure for your business ranging from marketing and speaking opportunities through to hands-on coaching, catering and more.  Get in touch and we'll tailor a plan that suits you!

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EVENT SCHEDULE

Friday September 23rd


5:00 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


7:00 pm
Welcome & Speakers
Review agenda for the weekend and introduce speakers, coaches, and community leaders


7:30 pm
Pitches Start
Optionally line up to give your pitch


8:45 pm
Voting
Attendees vote for the top pitches


9:00 pm
Form Teams
Teams start forming and discussing ideas


10:00 pm
Begin Work
Start to form teams and take an inventory of skills. Be honest, and direct about what resources and skills are needed for the weekend. Stay and work as late as the venue will allow.

Saturday September 24th


9:00 am
Breakfast
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee


9:30 am
Begin Work
Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend


12:00 pm
Lunch


2:00 pm
Mentor Meetings
Mentors help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!


6:00 pm
Guest Speaker
Learn about Customer Experience and why it's vital!


6:30 pm
Dinner


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 September 25th


9:00 am
Breakfast
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee


10:00 am
Check-In
Coaches arrive. Final opportunity to ask questions


12:00 pm
Lunch


1:00 pm
Presentation Prep & Tech Check
Final hours of worktime should be focused on perfecting your presentation, tech-check for final presentations also takes place


3:00 pm
Light snacks & refreshments


3:45 pm
Final Presentations


5:45 pm
Judging & Awards


6:30 pm
Wrap-Up
Congratulations on an awesome result! See you back next time! Join our Meetup group & stay tuned for our next events.


7:00 pm
Event Finish + Social
Join us for drinks afterwards. If you're not done, neither are we!



Speakers


Joe Hoolahan
Co-Founder - JESI Management Solutions

JESI provides an efficient and cost effective software solution for managing an organisations entire journey management procedure. The core innovation is the automated multi-platform communication system that automates a response to selected contacts if a traveller does not check in upon arrival.

As one of the Founding Directors, my role has incorporated initial industry engagement, software developmental scoping, sourcing investment and providing overall strategic direction.


Mikaela Jade
Managing Director Indigital Pty Ltd

Culture. In Digital. 

We are passionate about Indigenous leadership in the digital economy. 

At Indigital we ethically digitise Indigenous cultural assets and places in new mixed media digital technology such as augmented and virtual realities. We do this for the cultural and economic benefit of Indigenous peoples. Our product Digital Rangers dramatically improves cultural visitor experiences, solving one of the highest-priority pain points in the culture-based tourism industry. It's a win/win.

Based in Kakadu World Heritage Area, our company works with some of the most remote Peoples' on earth using cutting edge digital technologies to translate cultural knowledge within their communities; showcase their cultural heritage to their visitors in compelling ways; and create jobs from the digital economy. We make bespoke mobile apps for Indigenous organisations, communities and government. 

Indigital work with the United Nations Development Program, the World Indigenous Network, Tribal Link (New York), Indigenous Women's Knowledge (Washington) and the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues to progress digital cultural rights and protocols as they relate to the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. 

We are a 100% Indigenous owned and operated for-profit enterprise. However, profit-sharing is a principle of our company and the foundation upon which we do business. 


Manoj Verghese
Head of Product Design at SafetyCulture Pty Ltd

I'm passionate about building meaningful products and solving usability problems through good design, and I’m at my best when collaborating with people who challenge me to do better.

As a designer and entrepreneur, I've played various roles and successfully handled all stages of the process – from ideation all the way through to implementation. This experience helps me deliver products that users will love.

Event Judges


Jenny Hill
Mayor of Townsville

Jenny Hill was born and educated in Melbourne, Victoria and graduated from La Trobe University with a Bachelor of Science in 1981, before moving to Townsville in 1982.  Jenny also completed a Masters in Public Health and Tropical Medicine at James Cook University. Previously her employment included mining laboratories, DPI, James Cook University and the Pathology Department of the Townsville Hospital.  In 1986 she joined the Army Reserve first serving in the Royal Corps of Australian Electrical and Mechanical Engineers and then becoming one of the first women in Australia to complete full infantry training.

Jenny was first elected to the former Townsville City Council in 1997 and was re-elected in 2004 during which time she became Deputy Mayor.  She was again re-elected in 2008, serving as a councillor under former Mayor Les Tyrell and in the 2012 election was elected as the first female Mayor of the City of Townsville. As Townsville City Council’s first female mayor; she is very focused on giving back to her community.


Luke Anear
Founder / CEO SafetyCulture Australia

Over 17 years’ of experience in worker’s compensation, safety and compliance, and entrepreneurism. Managed more than 2,500 workplace injury investigations, leading to a desire to develop a solution for critical problems in safety and compliance across many industries.

Set out to revolutionize safety management in 2004 by creating SafetyCulture, a cloud-based company dedicated to offering innovative, low-cost, mobile-first products that empower users to have a safe and efficient workplace. SafetyCulture’s mobile application, iAuditor, is the most widely used auditing app in the world. iAuditor mobilizes all workers—from the front lines to the corner office—to participate in real-time data collection and reporting in order to quickly recognize and improve workplace safety.

Experienced speaker and industry advocate for workplace safety. Passionate leader with a global perspective and a lifelong dedication to putting safety first, incorporating the latest technology to achieve results, and changing the world for the better.


Rochelle Finlay
Director - Research Services at JCU

I have 20+ years of experience in establishing and building productive teams, relationship and client management, in research and programme management, and in the development and implementation of strategies for growing and managing collaborative business and research activities and initiatives. My background is in the environmental and life sciences, however my research and business experience spans a wide number of sectors and disciplines. I have well established networks across Australia and New Zealand.


Coaches and Mentors


Daniel Johnsen
Founder, The Recovery Station

Founder, The Recovery Station (winner of SW Lex 2013)
From:KY (we love bourbon), live in Louisville, KY; small stint in Charlotte, NC
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 13+ (?) 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



Mark Phillips
International Business Mentor – Serial Entrepreneur

Mark is an Australian Entrepreneur, Investor & Mentor who has launched 4 startups and is a firm believer that innovation is the key success factor for high growth businesses.  As a qualified Chartered Accountant Mark has had a successful career as an international gymnast, IT consultant, salesperson & manager with KPMG, Apple and Microsoft as well as an entrepreneur in his own startups.

His first startup went global within 2 years and opened a Silicon Valley office in 1995. Another received a $7.5m buyout offer on Launch Day. Mark has been responsible for over $250m in sales and has worked with a number of Global Leaders and Heads of State around the world.

Known for his business creativity, IT aptitude and relaxed style (and hence his brand ‘business in bare feet’) Mark operates from Queensland, Australia where he mentors innovative Executives, Founders & NGOs around the globe.  Mark is an avid aviator, hot air balloonist, adventure motorcyclist and traveller who has visited & worked in around 100 countries.


Tara Parish
Principal - Patents, Trade Marks & Designs

Registered Patent Attorney, Owner of TJIP Patents, Trade Marks & Designs - Tara loves technology, problem solving and assisting people at every stage of business to open their eyes to the possibilities of intellectual property (IP) rights and to avoiding the potential serious pitfalls of infringing the rights of others. An honours science graduate with a Masters in IP law, and 17 years experience in London, Sydney, and for the last 5 years Townsville, Tara is able to consider new products or services, trade marks and branding and give realistic, practical advice on protection, or potential problems, from an IP perspective.


Trina Myers
Senior Lecturer at James Cook University

Dr Trina Myers is a Senior Lecturer at JCU and an active member in the local business community. She has a Masters in Business, a Masters in IT and a PhD in Computer Science. Trina's business experience includes  entrepreneurialship, ITproject management in various industry and research projects and corporate management in the electrical retail industry. After 15 years in industry, she began an academic career 13 years ago. Her current research interests include collective intelligence, Web 3.0 and harnessing the crowd methods to enable new business models.


John Chandler
Manager, Strategic and International Projects

Since graduating from a Bachelor of Science, I have done many things including sailing around SE Asia for a year. However, for the past ten years, I have been Director of Business Development for two Faculties at JCU. Previously I have been a lecturer, MBA Co-ordinator, business consultant and contractor in the Higher Education sector. I have taught entrepreneurship, business strategy and a wide range of business subjects. I have run a consulting company for six years.


Matthew Bulat
ICT Designer, Webmaster, NQ ACS Chairman

I have over 20 years experience with ICT design, implementation and management. My mission is to use technology efficiently in terms of costs, resources used and availability. I have implemented and managed ICT equipment located around Australia for the Commonwealth Government with a 99.9% availability for 10 years. You need an ICT professional who provides unique solutions that help your business communicate better and run more efficiently.


Denny Leet
Director / Senior Broker

I am a great communicator and someone who is driven by their own success. I set myself very clear objectives with high standards to move forward in business. 

Abilities Include:
  • Development and Application of Successful Business Formats.
  • Identify and Implement Key Business Processes.
  • Identify Key Business Professionals Associated to Satisfy all Aspects of Success.
  • Development and Maintain Network Partnerships Critical to the Business. 
  • Display only the Highest Integrity at all times.
  • Maintain Business Records and up to date Data Base.


Linda McCall
Health Coach | Dream Life Coaching | Startup Coach

Linda McCall is an Australian Entrepreneur, Digital Nomad & Specialist Mindset Coach who helps people transition into new careers easily.  She assists entrepreneurs embarking on the startup journey to align their true passions and values, to achieve more focused, effective goals and outcomes toward creating a new direction in their lives and business.

Linda grew up in the Australian Outback, joined the Australian Airforce, and became an international flight attendant with Qantas and later a corporate flight attendant for the Minister of Finance and Foreign Affairs in Saudi Arabia.  She has worked as a coach in Hong Kong and has been profiled in international media around the world.  With a social media following more than 40,000 Linda is internationally recognised & qualified in NLP and Mindset Coaching & Training.

Linda has motorcycled solo across the USA and has circumnavigated Australia on a motorcycle.  She is qualified as a recreational pilot and has flown hot air balloons in various countries around the world.

Together with 25 years’ experience in Customer Excellence, Linda has exceptional growth skills behind her, which she can pass on to her clients to enhance and develop the micro touch points in business expansion.

Linda lives her inspired dreams and assists companies and entrepreneurs in creating theirs, with strategies and mindset skills, effective goals and reaching high-performance levels in new areas.

Recently she has assisted Startups around Australia in
Mackay, Townsville, Cairns, Darwin and Perth.


Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Townsville Startup Weekend 2016 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.


Signature Sponsors

Townsville Startup Weekend 2016 is proudly supported by the Queensland Government’s Advance Queensland initiative.

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Premier Sponsorship

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Organizing Team

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

  • David
    Beitey
  • Alexander
    Scott
  • Ryl
    Harrison
  • Lindsay
    Ward
  • Nicole
    Hawker
  • David
    Peterson

Facilitators


Daniel Johnsen
Founder, The Recovery Station

Founder, The Recovery Station (winner of SW Lex 2013)
From:KY (we love bourbon), live in Louisville, KY; small stint in Charlotte, NC
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 13+ (?) 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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