Startup Weekend Taranaki

    Friday, October 14 - 16, 2016

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  5. Sponsors
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Startup Weekend Taranaki

Friday, October 14 - 16, 2016

Friday, October 14 - 16, 2016
Event starts at 6:00 pm

Manifold Coworking & Event Space
21 Devon Street West
New Plymouth, Taranaki

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Startup Weekend Taranaki

Startup Weekend is a 54-hour event that brings together Taranaki designers, developers, entrepreneurs, and experts from all fields to share ideas & skills, form teams, build products and launch startup businesses.

Startup Weekend events follow the same format: anyone is welcome to pitch their startup idea for a product or business. Feedback is received from fellow attendees and the top ideas are determined by popular vote. Teams form around the ideas attendees want to develop. Each team embarks on a three-day frenzy of business model creation, coding, design and market validation, supported by business and startup mentors. The weekend culminates with presentations by each team in front of a judging panel of local entrepreneur leaders who provide critical feedback and pick a winning startup.

By joining a Startup Weekend, you'll grow your ideas, skills and knowledge, gaining invaluable experience!

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Friday October 14th

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

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

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

7:30 pm
Pitches & Teams forming
Optionally line up to give your pitch. Afterwards Teams start forming and discussing ideas

11:55 pm
Venue Close
After an exciting evening we say Good Night! :)

Saturday October 15th

8:30 am
Venue Open & Breakfast
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

9:30 am
Begin Work
Teams formed & set up workspace for the weekend

12:00 pm

1:00 pm
After lunch check-in, status reports, call for help

2:00 pm
Coach Meetings
Coaches work with teams one-on-one. They are here to help!

6:30 pm

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

10:00 pm
Finished for the day. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow

11:55 pm
Venue Close
After another exciting day we say Good Night! :)

Sunday October 16th

8:30 am
Venue Open & Breakfast
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

12:00 pm

3:00 pm
Presentation Prep & Tech Check
Final hours of work time should be focused on perfecting your presentation, & tech check for final presentations also takes place

4:00 pm

5:30 pm
Final Presentations

7:30 pm
Judging & Awards

8:30 pm

9:00 pm
Go Home!

Event Judges

Bryce Barnett
Executive Director at Augusta Capital

Bryce is a Chartered Accountant and a Fellow of the Property Institute of New Zealand. He began his career in the Inland Revenue before becoming the Chief Accountant of the Moller Group of Companies in 1980. From there he joined General Properties Consolidation Limited as the Managing Director involved in property development and investment throughout New Zealand. In 1989 Bryce became the General Manager of MacDow Properties, a subsidiary of the McConnell Dowell Corporate. Bryce was responsible for that company’s development and investment activity throughout New Zealand. In 1993 Bryce established KCL Property. KCL Property was acquired by Augusta Funds Management in April 2014.  
Bryce is Executive Director and a shareholder of the publicly listed company Augusta Capital, Chairman and Trustee of the Taranaki Helicopter Trust, Trustee of the National Military Heritage Charitable Trust and the Chairman of the Puke Ariki Charitable Development Trust. Bryce lives in New Plymouth.

Martina Battisti
Senior Lecturer, Entrepreneurship, Massey University

Martina is Massey University’s startup expert and has been a mentor and speaker at numerous Startup Weekends. She is an editor for the International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behaviour and Research and director on the Small Enterprise Association Australia and New Zealand. 

Marie Collins
GM Technology & Support at TSB

Marie has 20 years of leadership across the banking, technology and energy sectors. As GM Technolgy & Support at TSB, Marie is responsible for strategic leadership of the Bank’s information and technology division and banking operations centre.

Chris Lynch
Managing Director, Staples Rodway Taranaki

Chris has worked for a major accounting practice since 1981 and was appointed a Director of Staples Rodway Taranaki in 1991. In 2009 he became Managing Director of Staples Rodway Taranaki and is a member of the Board of Directors of Staples Rodway New Zealand Limited. He is also a director on several other private company boards and charitable organisations. Chris is a specialist tax consultant but also provides general business and consulting advice to a range of clients, focussing particularly on business development, performance management, growth and governance.

Coaches and Mentors

Ian Frame
Professional Director and Business Adviser

Ian has extensive experience in management and governance across a wide range of business sectors in NZ and the Asia Pacific region. He initially graduated in engineering and business studies, and after 40 years of managing corporate enterprises he is now semi-retired, while still working with a number of small to medium sized enterprises to help them grow as successful businesses. He is currently a director of four of these enterprises and advisor to four others. His last full-time role was as CEO of Wellington-based private equity investor Rangatira Ltd from 2003 until 2014. Ian is now resident in Taranaki.

Paul Buchanan
Head of Sales, MYOB

Paul’s skill set is all about people, from driving client success to inspiring a group to be better tomorrow than they are today. Currently he leads the Direct sales team at MYOB which involves everything from inspiring a team of 18 to driving the planning and strategy. He has a real passion for embracing digital automation to allow people to get on with what they love doing. He spent 13 years at Telecom (now Spark) in varied leadership roles from Sales to learning and development. In his spare time he mentors a number of Sales Leaders and SME business in the Canterbury region, taking great pride in their growth. 

Rob McEwan
Director, Business Computing Services, Staples Rodway Taranaki

Rob has over 30 years of computer and commercial experience from companies in the United Kingdom and New Zealand. He also has extensive experience working in the petrochemical industry with responsibility for IT engineering and service delivery to the Asia Pacific region. Recently Rob has focused much of his time on assisting clients to develop and implement cloud computing strategies and as Director of the Business Computer Services division, his internal roles include team leadership and project management with a proven record of accomplishment working with diverse teams to deliver projects.

Ingrid Cronin-Knight
Head of SME Solutions, MYOB

Ingrid Cronin-Knight manages the SME Business for MYOB in New Zealand.  Prior to that she lead Change and Business Technology for Chorus where she managed the technology and business transformation programme following its demerger from Telecom (now Spark) and before that held various roles in strategy, business management, sales and marketing in Telecom’s enterprise division.Ingrid holds an MBA from Henley Business School (UK), is a Global Innovation Award Winner in 2014 and 2015, was the inaugural winner of Computerworld New Zealand IT Manager of the Year in 2010 and has represented New Zealand in cricket as a White Fern. 

Hamish Archer
Head of Technology / Chief Technology Officer, TSB Bank

Hamish has 20 years of experience building and integrating all manner of high tech systems from one off proof-of-concepts and embedded systems through to large scale-out systems for telcos, utilities and financial institutions. His battle scars have come from a multitude of projects across New Zealand, Australia, Canada and the USA. Hamish has a particular focus on architectural simplicity and always tries to leverage emerging and readily available technologies to deliver value as quickly as possible. Hamish is currently the CTO for TSB Bank in New Plymouth and chairs the board of Auckland based software company SPM Assets.

Paul Spence
Co-founder of Iwantmyname

Paul is a co-founder of iwantmyname a Wellington based domain name registrar that serves around 100,000 customers globally. He has also been involved in 18 Startup Weekend events as a participant, organiser, mentor, sponsor or judge, including a recent guest spot as an international judge at Bali Startup Weekend: Social Innovation. Paul is also the New Zealand editor for Startup Digest, a weekly newsletter of all the coolest startup, tech and innovation related events. You can reach him @GeniusNet on Twitter.

Belinda Pool
Head of Brand and Communications at TSB

Belinda has ten years of Marketing and Sales experience across a range of Financial Services and Retail roles. In her current role heading up Brand and Communications at TSB, she’s responsible for developing brand, retail & touchpoint communication strategies aligned to business goals, with a focus on understanding and putting the customer first. Having been thrown in the deep end a few times over the past ten years, Belinda is driven by a challenge and believes growth comes from being regularly pushed outside of your comfort zone. Her coaching style focuses on building an effective and enthusiastic team dynamic; supporting personal development, encouraging ownership of work and asking questions, as well as challenging the status quo. Outside of work, Belinda has a passion for snowboarding, teaching her dog ‘Blue’ new tricks, and is a bit of a foodie.

Mary O'Keeffe
Collaboration Coach

Mary’s been helping teams collaborate since 1999! She’s had a range of roles over the past 17 years consulting with Business & IT teams. She’s been applying Lean/Agile principles and practices with clients for a decade; leveraging experience from Lean Start Up, Lean Customer Development, Scaled Agile Practices, SCRUM & Kanban. She’s working predominantly as a Lean/Agile coach for the past 7 years. 2 days a week Mary’s also a co-owner in a Wellington-based technology cooperative, Loomio, part of the Enspiral Network of social enterprise start-ups. She’s a member of Lean Start-Up, Teal NZ and Agile Professional Networks in Wellington. She’s passionate about helping people to co- create solutions through strong emphasis on collaboration techniques such as collaborative decision-making, group facilitation and agile practices. 

Raphael Nolden
Co-founder and CEO - Osnova

Raphael began his career in the field of education and reserach, been a lecture for over 3 years at the University of Canterbury. He also has a background in medical physics where he co-developed a patent in the health tech sector.

Currently He is CEO and Founder of Osnova, the creators of Amy an Artificial Intelligence based private tutoring system for maths. He has been previously well associated with many startup weekends in New Zealand and TedX

Craig Hattle
Board Chair at Advantage Business

Craig is currently the Board Chair at Advantage Business Ltd, one of the largest, non-franchised, business advisory groups in New Zealand established in 1998. He is usually hired by ambitious leaders taking their companies to the next level, and has the ability to work in complex environments with a special desire to work with people at all levels to make things happen.  As a Chartered Director, he has held positions on a variety of different Boards and Advisory Boards, with companies in Engineering, Seafood Processing, Airfreight and Logistics, Heavy Vehicle Parts and Services and in Horticulture. After leading a governance review at Advantage Business Ltd, he undertook the development of the firm’s Applied Governance Programme, which is now helping improve governance in smaller to mid-sized businesses throughout New Zealand. Before all this, Craig spent many years growing literally millions of cut roses for the European and US markets, working in the UK, Kenya and Zimbabwe. He joined his family living in Taranaki in 2011, and settled in Oakura together with his wife and three teen-age kids.

James West
Co-founder Hayload

James has worked in both startups and large businesses to help solve unique problems with technology. A history of marketing driven problem solving has lead James to spend much of his spare time coming up with new business ideas, while also working with brands such as Xero to help build a better web experience. More recently, James has teamed up with his brother - Chris West - to work on their startup `Hayload` which is taking on the job management and administration space in the agricultural industry.

Paul Anderson
Partner at Govett Quilliam

Paul began legal practice in New Plymouth in 1991 and is a partner in the firm Govett Quilliam. He has an extensive history in corporate , commercial and property related legal matters acting for a wide range of businesses ( as well as private individuals and community organisations). Paul values his trusted relationships with leading businesses across many different business sectors and has long been an enthusiastic supporter of their growth and development.

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Organizing Team

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Pascale Hyboud Peron
Co-founder & Director | Venture Centre | Tauranga NZ

Hi I am Pascale Hyboud-Peron, I am a learning facilitator, using tech to take learning where it has not been before.  My experience is with the provision of technologies and frameworks to enable open knowledge sharing and community building. I have re-booted my teaching skills to walk the learn-by-doing talk and fell in a magic potion: entrepreneurship.  I have been involved with Startup Weekend as a participant, an organiser and a facilitator since 2014. I live the ‘SW vibe” daily as a co-founder of Venture Centre, a social enterprise focused on building the capability of the entrepreneurial community from the ground up.  I get to combine my passion for methodologies and tech and apply them to the real world, in real time. I work with grassroot teams, lighting the path from idea to scale, introducing new skills and connections through workshops and events. My kick? Witnessing the mindset shift and working with people where the learning is mutual.

Lenz Gschwendtner
geek, mentor, punk

Lenz is founder of Springtimesoft Consulting, a Wellington New Zealand based consulting agency and co-founder of iwantmyname, a global player in the domain name industry. Prior to moving to New Zealand Lenz was part of fast growing startups in Germany and did his fair share in corporate IT management.Lenz has been managing teams for most of his adult life and is known to run highly effective and motivated teams that deliver exceptional results without compromises in happiness. Lenz is a mentor for startups at any stage of development and helps drive many industry activities that help grow a better startup community in New Zealand and world wide. Pay him coffee/beer and he will happily give you feedback on your current project or open up his network to find the person you need.

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