Startup Weekend Kapiti
Friday, July 22 - 24, 2016
Friday, July 22 - 24, 2016
Event starts at 5:30 pm
Whitireia Polytechnic - Kapiti Campus
9 Milne Dr
Let's kickstart Kapiti with Startup Weekend!
Tap into Kapiti’s startup community for a high-energy weekend you won’t forget. Check out the video for more info.
Registrations open now. Sign up to startup.
Friday July 22nd
Saturday July 23rd
Sunday July 24th
Dave is passionate about a lot of things, especially the things that enable his family to develop and thrive, as well as the communities of which he is a part of. Dave is involved with WebFund and Ligntning Lab where he launches online startups, and Think Tank Consulting where he helps clients with governance, strategy, sensible exploitation of IT, and lexicography. Dave is an active member of AngelHQ, Wellington’s Angel Investment Club, and is a director in a number of companies including The Appreciation Engine, Domain Name Commission Limited, Publons, and Starup New Zealand Limited. Dave is on the InterentNZ Council, and a strong supporter of Open Source software. Dave thinks that software patents are stupid. He's also a Councillor (director) at Open Polytechnic because he thinks distance learning is about to completely disrupt tertiary education, and he believes OP’s non-MOOC blended model is a winner for delivering vocational education in New Zealand and around the world.
Coaches and Mentors
Jane established epifani, a consultancy specialising in strategic approaches to client-centric engagement through organisational transformation, after 25 years working in professional services firms and large corporate environments. Working closely with her clients she strives to ensure that every client applies a customer lens to their strategies, enabling them to be truly customer-inspired in their approach to business. She partners with them to use customer insights, disruptive thinking and agile approaches to develop new ways of engaging customers.
Prior to starting epifani, Jane headed up the Customer Experience Design team at Spark, a team tasked with creating and designing a more customer-inspired company culture delivering amazing experiences for customers as the company transitioned from old Telecom to new Spark. She previously lived and worked in London and Singapore for more than 8 years and mentored a number of small businesses, and start ups, during that time. Before heading overseas, Jane founded and ran her own NZ business information and knowledge management consultancy, Knowwhere Consulting, growing it to 14 staff, with clients in NZ, Australia, Asia and the UK from a range of industry sectors including government, local authority, tertiary education, professional services - legal, accounting, architectural and engineering, and manufacturing.
Jane has previously worked with, and mentored business owners, in Auckland, Dunedin and Melbourne.
Susan has held a range of roles - from self employed to large corporates, and been involved with not for profit organisations and the state sector.
A long time Kapiti Coast resident Susan lives with her husband Steve, 3 teenagers and 3 cats, so gets the challenge of juggling work life balance. When she’s not working you’ll find her at the gym, hanging out with family and friends or involved in local community events.
Kate has worked with companies in many different industries, from nearly every continent, and has spoken at many events and conferences. Kate was based in the USA for several years, and moved back to NZ in 2015, and now bases herself in Wellington.
Kate’s passion is connecting different levels of problem solving together into a compelling solution – from transistors through to the boardroom. Kate recently got 200 hackers to sing in chorus at a conference in Australia, and still isn’t sure how.
Sam is a Foundation member of Enspiral http://www.enspiral.com - a bold experiment to create a collaborative network that helps people do meaningful work. This decentralised network of social entrepreneurs is finding the balance of autonomy and collaboration, and innovating new processes and tools in business, technology, and social change.
A self selected geek his outside interests usually revolve around technology: hardware hacking with his 3D printer and the Arduino and Raspberry Pi platforms although he also claims to own more guitars than the number of songs he knows how to play on them.
He was the executive producer of 2012 independent NZ feature length film 'Eternity', and now is focused on VR technology with his company Immersify. He has been a featured speaker with Spark Ventures, and has spent time with Oculus Rift founder Palmer Luckey, and others in Silicon Valley. Passionate about business acceleration, and realising Kapiti's potential, Brendon has skills in startup, business, investment and marketing - as well as several years as a Saatchi and Saachi digital advertising creative.
Event Sponsors, and Partners
The Startup Weekend Kapiti 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 Kapiti is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
Learn how to get involved here
I organise and facilitate Startup Weekends because I believe
in the power of entrepreneurship to transform lives, and take the NZ and world
economies to the next level.
My day job is helping clients with governance, innovation, strategy, mentoring, facilitation, and lexicography IT. My LinkedIn profile provides a good overview of my credentials and colleagues. I’m an active member of AngelHQ, Wellington’s Angel Investment Club, and am a director in a number of companies including The Appreciation Engine, and the Domain Name Commission Limited. I’m on the InternetNZ Council, and a strong supporter of Open Source software. I think that software patents are stupid. I’m also a Member of the Council (director) at Open Polytechnic.