Townsville Startup Weekend 2015

    Friday, November 20 - 22, 2015


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  5. Coaches and Mentors
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Townsville Startup Weekend 2015

Friday, November 20 - 22, 2015



Friday, November 20 - 22, 2015
Event starts at 5:00 pm

James Cook University, Townsville
Education Central
Douglas, Queensland 4814

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Curious about what it's like to build a real-life startup?

This isn't a lecture or conference. You'll have an amazing experience whilst building an actual startup over a weekend!

If you're keen to attend, you can land one of five tickets to the Townsville Startup Weekend, thanks to James Cook University and SafetyCulture!  Get your entrepreneur cap on, and tell us why you'd like to be there via email to townsville@startupweekend.org. We'll be announcing the by the end of Wednesday 18 November 2015!

Don't worry if you don't have an idea! You'll listen to passionate pitches from others on the Friday night and pick the one you love the most.  If you do have an idea, you'll pitch it and have just 60 seconds to get others (including IT developers, business people, designers & more) interested in your idea! 

After you've got a team, the fun begins as you start solving the problem, looking at how you'll build your solution and getting under way.  In just a weekend, you'll be finding your real-world clients and determining how your solution will solve their problems.  For the IT developers and technical participants, pick your favourite language and framework and mock/hack out a demo or two as you go. 

We've got a team of experts to mentor you across the Startup Weekend in all aspects of your fledgling startup - from IT to business to design and more.  It all wraps up on Sunday afternoon where you give a final pitch to a panel of local startup figures -- and you might even score some investment to keep going!

In short, the goal of a Startup Weekend is to bring passionate potential entrepreneurs - just like you! - together to collaborate on innovative ideas, and have a life-changing experience whilst doing it all.

Startup Weekend is a global phenomenon.  With over 1500 events held in more than 150 countries around the world, it's your connection to the world of entrepreneurship.

Sounds awesome!  What's the weekend involve?
The action begins on Friday evening with a keynote, pitches, team formation and idea generation.  You'll turn ideas into startup opportunities, coding or mocking up a demonstration (or full versions!) to get feedback, all leading up to final pitch presentations and judging on late Sunday afternoon.  There's some cool prizes too, though the skills you learn will be the real win. You'll learn heaps, connect, get social, inspire and discover an awesome community that's here to help your passion become action.

What happened in 2014?
Check out our video for a recap! The 2014 event had 6 successful projects from the weekend, plus at least 50% of them are still going now.  One has even officially launched and is being funded!  Bring your awesome ideas and skills and do even better this year!

What sort of skills do I need?
Anything goes, just bring a passion for making a difference and your mind. Everyone has the ability to think and talk to people -- these are the most critical skills of all!  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. 

In particular, IT developers can flex their coding prowess; team up with designers and someone with a keen sense of business to get the idea off to a flying start.

I love it, but I don’t have an idea!
Don't worry -- it’s not just about the idea, it’s about the team!  You'll be inspired by dozens of passionate pitches on Friday night, so you can join the team with the idea that you love most.  Share your expertise and experience in any area, work on the idea and make it reality!

I've got a business already, can I pitch that?
Just remember 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!  The skills you pick up and connections you make over the weekend are yours for life and you'll be applying these to your existing projects after the Startup Weekend.

How do I find out more?
If you've got any questions, get in touch with us at townsville@startupweekend.org.  We also have a range of sponsorship opportunities available.

Ready to register?
Don't wait! Get in now to ensure you've locked in your place, and you'll score an awesome T-Shirt for being early!  Let's do it:  register now!

Join your community!

We have regular informal meetups around different aspects of startups, including several sessions in the lead up to the Townsvlle Startup Weekend.  Come along, ask questions about anything startup-related!


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EVENT SCHEDULE

Friday November 20th


5:00 pm
Registration
Arrive at the venue and get checked in. Get pumped for innovation!


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
Line up to give your pitch or listen intently to the ideas from others!


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 November 21st


8:00 am
Breakfast
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee


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


12:00 pm
Lunch


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


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


6:15 pm
Dinner
We'll be firing up the BBQ and enjoying some quality fare.


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 November 22nd


8:00 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


6:00 pm
Wrap-Up


6:15 pm
Go Home!
Congratulations on an awesome result! See you back next time! Join our Meetup group & stay tuned for our next events.


7:00 pm
Drinks and social wrap-up
If you're not done, neither are we!



Speakers


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.


Ben Richardson
Co-founder of Future Assembly & AUStartups

Ben Richardson is a graduate Aerospace Engineer, self taught full-stack web developer, and obsessive startup maker. Ben currently heads up a team within PwC that builds self-sufficent startups that disrupts the firm from within. Outside of work, Ben is a co-founder of Future Assembly (http://futureassembly.io) and AUStartups (http://austartups.com). Find out more at http://linkedin.com/in/benrichardsonvc.

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.


Peter Honeycombe
Managing Director

Peter is the Managing Director of the family firm of Honeycombes Property Group, having joined the firm in 1991. During the last 24 years, Honeycombes have developed 39 projects across Queensland with a gross value of more than $1.1 billion. Peter holds a Bachelor of Business degree with a Major in Marketing. Peter served six years as a Director on the Board of the Real Estate Institute of Queensland and is accredited with the Institute of Valuers and Land Economists and is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management and the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Peter is also a licensed builder and real estate agent and an accredited Project Manager. For 8 years, Peter was a Director of the publicly listed Mackay Permanent Building Society Limited. In 2005 Peter was awarded the Australian Institute of Management’s Queensland Business Person of the Year. Peter is currently a Director of The College of Nations, a not for profit training and global humanitarian group associated with Youth With A Mission. He is a Qld Trustee of Centre of Economic Development of Australia and a Director of Townsville Enterprise Limited, Townsville’s peak marketing and economic development body.


Drazen Drazic
Director, DMD Partners

Drazen Drazic is an early pioneer in the Information Security consulting field in Australia. He founded Securus Global in 2003 – identifying a need in the Australian, (and global) IT markets for more specialised and technical security skills to address the rapidly growing and evolving IT and Internet industries and the associated security risks that were arising as a result. Today, Securus Global is recognised as one of the best Information Security and Risk Management Consulting businesses in Australia and the Asia Pacific region - with a worldwide client base.

Drazen sold Securus Global in 2013 to PS&C Group, an ASX listed company. He maintains a position on the board of the company and is also a Corporate Advisor to the CEO of PS&C Group.

Founding DMD Partners in 2014, Drazen now works with new startups from around the world – trying to help grow the next generation of companies working in dynamic new fields. He is based in Townsville now which demonstrates his confidence that Far North Queensland has a lot to offer the world.



Ian Atkinson
Professor of eResearch

Over the past decade the rapid expansion of the Internet, mass data storage and computing has impacted every area of research and academic activity. As Director of the JCU eResearch Centre he has the privilege of working with researchers to apply new and ever changing ICT tools and methods to their research and amplifying their impacts.

He has a long-standing interest in eResearch methods, tools, scientific data management and user interfaces for HPC tools. He is also actively involved in researching how new systems and software that connect the physical and virtual worlds, particularly focusing on environmental monitoring with sensor networks.



Coaches and Mentors


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.


Lauren Heritage-Brand
Director, 2 Birds 1 Stone

Geographer and entrepreneur focusing on commercial and community development facilitated through art and design initiatives.  

Experienced in marketing, project management and developer of new products, launched to market.  Finalist in 2014 Australian Entrepreneurial Challenge, current operator of 2 Birds 1 Stone Arts Planning and Management and studying towards a masters in entrepreneurship and applied innovation.



Alexander Scott
Developer

I'm a technology enthusiast who is passionate about software development (with a primary focus on business practice and operational efficiency). I've gained an extensive background in Infrastructure Engineering while working as a cadet engineer, draftsmen, and in-house developer leveraging skills for projects in mining, government, commercial, residential, and military sectors.

Outside business and schooling hours, I actively follow the evolution of technology and its practical implementation on the web, mobile, and desktop environments. This passion led me to shift career interest and undertake a Bachelor of Information Technology (expected completion in 2017).


Joanne Walter
Web Developer / Designer - SafetyCulture

With a background in both Design and Development, Jo loves being able to take a project from conception through to completion.  She has worked as a web developer/designer locally in Townsville for the last 7 years.  Interests include design, technology, development, user experience, startups, and networking.



Richard Sazima
Chief Agitator

Richard is a founding partner at Baita (startup accelerator) and Inova Ventures (seed investment fund). With more than 15 years of experience in technical, management and executive positions at technology intensive industries such as education, health, finance and media, he acquired considerable expertise on digital strategy and innovation. As the reviser of the Brazilian edition of “The Lean Startup”, he helped to introduce this innovative methodology in the country and update thousands of entrepreneurs with current Silicon Valley best practices.


Eduardo de la Fuente
Senior Lecturer in Creativity and Innovation, JCU

 Eduardo is an academic and published author working in the area of the 3 C’s: Culture, Communication, Creativity. He is passionate about the role the 3C’s can play in economic and urban/regional innovation, as well as the importance of aesthetic and other ‘soft’ factors to organizational and individual well-being. He has advised industry on trends in hotel and resort design and is about to launch his own start-up: Experience Economy Consulting.


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.


Lindsay Ward
After being a mentor and organiser for the last two Townsville Startup Weekends, Lindsay has decided to help organise but then to be a participant on the weekend. So if you want certain victory, join his team (for relatively loose definitions of 'certain' and 'victory').

After being a mentor and organiser for the last two Townsville Startup Weekends, Lindsay has decided to help organise but then to be a participant on the weekend. So if you want certain victory, join his team (for relatively loose definitions of 'certain' and 'victory').


Steven Vandervalk
Software Engineer, Founder, Freelancer

Post graduate researcher and software engineer with JCU’s eResearch Centre with a wide area of interest and expertise.  Strong involvement in several local startups and consulting as well as founding.


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.


Grant Bajema
Director/Electronics Engineer

Grant an Electronics/Electrical Engineer has a background in design and development of automation system. He has been the director of Bajtech for 6 years, focusing on Electronics R&D services, Electrical design and repairs and maintenance on automation systems. Over this period Grant has been responsible for implementing a number of projects including low power sensor platforms, automated manufacturing and a drone delivery system which at the start of the year came 4th in the global drones for good competition in Dubai. Grant expertise is in making the components that interact between the physical world and the digital one.


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.


Gerard Byrne
Director, Grants Writing Australia

Gerard is a graduate in Commerce from James Cook University, and he has had a distinguished career across a broad range of disciplines and endeavours in Australia. He has been recognised with being awarded with Fellow, CPA Australia, Fellow, Australian Insititute of Management, and Prime Minister’s Award for Outstanding Leadership. He is currently Chair, Townsville Lifelong Learning Startegic Advisory Group. He has been Director, Business Dervelopment, James Cook University, as well as lecturing in Management and Leadership at James Cook University. Gerard is committed to assisting start ups and entrepreneurs, and he is a leading user of LinkedIn as a Business Development tool. Gerard was the inaugural Chair of the Townville NBN Industry Committee.


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Facilitators


Ben Richardson
Co-founder of Future Assembly & AUStartups

Ben Richardson is a graduate Aerospace Engineer, self taught full-stack web developer, and obsessive startup maker. Ben currently heads up a team within PwC that builds self-sufficent startups that disrupts the firm from within. Outside of work, Ben is a co-founder of Future Assembly (http://futureassembly.io) and AUStartups (http://austartups.com). Find out more at http://linkedin.com/in/benrichardsonvc.

Event Staff


John Williams
Digital advocate/enabler

I have a keen interest in developing collaborative networks and projects that utilise technology throughout all facets of our lives, in an organisation-agnostic manner.


David Beitey
DevOps, Founder & More

David's a little bit of everything in the technology space.

By day, he's a software developer, systems administrator, security analyst and ICT mentor, and by night he's an open source advocate and actively pursuing his own startup ideas & business concepts, at least one of which came out of Startup Weekend Townsville 2014. Like all good startup ideas, it's launching soon.🦄


Lauren Heritage-Brand
Director, 2 Birds 1 Stone

Geographer and entrepreneur focusing on commercial and community development facilitated through art and design initiatives.  

Experienced in marketing, project management and developer of new products, launched to market.  Finalist in 2014 Australian Entrepreneurial Challenge, current operator of 2 Birds 1 Stone Arts Planning and Management and studying towards a masters in entrepreneurship and applied innovation.



Richard Sazima
Chief Agitator

Richard is a founding partner at Baita (startup accelerator) and Inova Ventures (seed investment fund). With more than 15 years of experience in technical, management and executive positions at technology intensive industries such as education, health, finance and media, he acquired considerable expertise on digital strategy and innovation. As the reviser of the Brazilian edition of “The Lean Startup”, he helped to introduce this innovative methodology in the country and update thousands of entrepreneurs with current Silicon Valley best practices.


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.


Lindsay Ward
After being a mentor and organiser for the last two Townsville Startup Weekends, Lindsay has decided to help organise but then to be a participant on the weekend. So if you want certain victory, join his team (for relatively loose definitions of 'certain' and 'victory').

After being a mentor and organiser for the last two Townsville Startup Weekends, Lindsay has decided to help organise but then to be a participant on the weekend. So if you want certain victory, join his team (for relatively loose definitions of 'certain' and 'victory').


Alexander Scott
Developer

I'm a technology enthusiast who is passionate about software development (with a primary focus on business practice and operational efficiency). I've gained an extensive background in Infrastructure Engineering while working as a cadet engineer, draftsmen, and in-house developer leveraging skills for projects in mining, government, commercial, residential, and military sectors.

Outside business and schooling hours, I actively follow the evolution of technology and its practical implementation on the web, mobile, and desktop environments. This passion led me to shift career interest and undertake a Bachelor of Information Technology (expected completion in 2017).


Angus Thomsen
Software Engineer, Freelance

Angus is a freelance developer & designer based in Townsville and is currently finishing his bachelor degree in Information technology at JCU. He’s passionate about the open web, and writes compilers for fun.


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