Startup Weekend Gold Coast

    Friday, November 21 - 23, 2014

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Startup Weekend Gold Coast

Friday, November 21 - 23, 2014

Friday, November 21 - 23, 2014
Event starts at 6:00 pm

Silicon Lakes
Wotso Coworking Space
194 Varsity Parade
Varsity Lakes, QLD 4226

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Startup Weekend Gold Coast - Global Startup Battle

What is Startup Weekend?

Startup Weekend is a 54-hour whirlwind event where you get to be part of building a business in a weekend, Silicon Valley style.  It's about pitching, business model creation, coding, designing and market validation. The weekend culminates with presentations in front of a panel of judges and an opportunity to win great prizes.

All Startup Weekend events follow the same basic model: anyone is welcome to pitch their startup idea and teams organically form around the top ideas. All ideas, applications and platforms are welcome – remember that the sky is the limit!

How does it work?

We're mashing the geeks with entrepreneurs and everyone in between, and locking them in a building together for a weekend, pouring in a heap of caffeine and free food, to see what new ideas come out the other end.This 54 hour event brings together creatives, technologists, designers and developers to experiment with rapid idea generation, Silicon Valley style. 

It is a fast-paced and highly creative event that challenges everyone who attends to make innovative new projects in 54 hours.

Who can attend?

Anyone. Whether you're 8 or 88, a painter, actor, software engineer, writer, graphic designer, geek, entrepreneur, photographer, musician, programmer, museum curator, or startup specialist. Whether you have an idea, or have no idea. Everyone is welcome. (We even allow bankers and used-car salesmen to come along!) 

What you will get out of it

The professional and personal challenges, the high and lows, the failures and the success? Startup Weekend  is a global grassroots movement of active and empowered citizens who are learning the basics of founding startups and launching successful ventures or products.  Whether participants found companies, find a cofounder, meet someone new, find a creative collaborator, or learn a skill far outside their usual 9-to-5, everyone is guaranteed to have a heap of fun, and 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!

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Friday November 21st

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

6:00 pm
Grab a drink, share ideas, practice pitches, get to know each other

6:30 pm
Grab some pizza and stock up on carbs

7:00 pm
Introduction to the event, guest speakers, and reading of the rules

7:45 pm
Pitches Start
Open mic pitches - anyone can pitch an idea

8:30 pm
Attendees vote for the top pitches

9:15 pm
Form Teams
Teams start forming and discussing ideas

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 the venue will allow

11:55 pm
Venue closes
Go home, or move on to a 24 hour cafe

Saturday November 22nd

8:00 am
Doors Open
Begin work - less talk, more action

9:00 am
Simple continental breakfast provided

12:00 pm
Lunch provided on us. Dig in.

12:15 pm
During lunch, teams check-in with status reports, call for help

2:00 pm
Mentors Arrive
Mentors help teams one-on-one.

6:30 pm
Dinner is on us. Eat up

6:45 pm
Team check-in, status reports, call for help

11:55 pm
Venue closes
Finished for the day. You may head to a 24 hour cafe and work as late as the venue will allow

Sunday November 23rd

8:00 am
Doors Open
Start work

9:00 am
Simple continental breakfast & coffee is provided

10:00 am
Mentors Arrive
Mentors arrive. Final opportunity to ask questions

12:00 pm

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
Stop Work
Time to down tools

5:30 pm
Final Presentations
Teams do their 5 minute pitches to a panel of judges

8:00 pm
Judging & Awards
We announce the winners

8:30 pm
Give us a hand packing up the space

9:00 pm
Go Home!
Or join us at the pub to unwind

Event Judges

Colin McCririck
CTO Queensland Health

Colin was appointed as Chief Technology Officer, Queensland Health in January 2015.

Prior to this Colin was Corporate CIO at Suncorp Group and previously led the Digital and Guidewire teams, managed large projects, operational functions and performed strategy and enterprise architecture roles.

Colin introduced innovation practices like Fedex days and Lean Startup teams to bring innovation to the culture at Suncorp. He led the adoption of Agile across many teams, including distributed teams in China. He is passionate about driving innovation through technology.

Colin's experience includes consulting and running his own business.

Colin has a Bachelor of Mathematics, MBA and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

David Novakovic

David is an award winning data scientist who is highly regarded as a startup innovator, software engineer and business communicator. Most notably he was one of the founding software engineers on the We Are Hunted project (acquired by Twitter 2012, AIMIA Best Entertainment Winner 2010) where he designed and developed a large part of the backend technology. He has also been Lead Engineer on projects such as (AIMIA Best Publisher Winner 2013) and (XMediaLab 2010). On top of development he has overseen, project managed and executed several mobile music apps for clients of We Are Hunted during his work there. Currently David consults or is founder in early stage startups building products from inflight entertainment systems through to fashion analytics, crowdfunding, music streaming and filesharing analytics.
Masters in IT, specialising in computational linguistics.

Rick Anstey
Founder/Director iQFunds

Rick has a career spanning more than 35 years, with more than 28 years building and managing own companies. He has a Technology industry background, moving into Corporate Advisory and Venture Capital 12 years ago. Rick manages his own early stage/seed VC fund with a portfolio of 8 active investments in:
  • Convergent Technologies (IT, Telecommunications, Entertainment and Mobility
  • Cleantech (Renewable Energy and Life Sciences)
Rick specialises in Capital raising, Corporate advisory, Funds management, Technology and Innovation.

Rick McElhinney

Founded US based software company taken public in 1987 well known for providing computer solutions to engineering companies within the region. Worked in close association with Autodesk, Solidworks, Digital Equipment and Apple Computer.

Was a shareholder and executive in renewable energy company, Eco-kinetics from 2008 to 2012 which grew from startup to in excess of $100m in revenues. Sold to ASX listed CBD Energy in 2010.

Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Startup Weekend Gold Coast 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 Queensland is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
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