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Nov 9
  • Registration Starts
  • Dinner & Networking
  • Welcome & Speakers
  • Pitches Start
  • Attendees vote for the top ideas
  • Teams start forming and discussing ideas
  • 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


Nov 10
  • Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee
  • Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend
  • Lunch
  • Call for needs & skills
  • Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!
  • Dinner
  • Mid weekend check-in, status reports, call for help
  • Finished for the day. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow


Nov 11
  • Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee
  • Call for help (this is self motivated, so don’t be shy)
  • Lunch
  • Coaches arrive… ASK QUESTIONS
  • Gut check. Start prepping for presentations
  • Dinner
  • Judging & awards
  • Wrapup
  • Go home!
Platinum Sponsors

Stuart Richardson

Founder & Managing Partner, Adventure Capital   |   LinkedIn

Founder of Australia's pre-eminent Digital and Web 2.0 focused early-stage venture capital investment firm, Adventure Capital. Co-founder of Aurelius Digital and York Butter Factory.
Board Advisor, Member and Mentor to numerous entrepreneurs and their early-stage technology businesses.

Professor Shirley Alexander

Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Vice-President (Teaching, Learning and Equity), UTS   |   LinkedIn

Shirley Alexander is Professor of Learning Technologies at the University
of Technology Sydney where she is currently Deputy Vice-Chancellor & Vice President (Teaching, Learning and Equity). Her portfolio responsibilities
include the quality of courses and teaching, equity and diversity, student
services, and the student experience.

She is currently chair of the "Data Intensive University" project, a
university-wide initiative to ensure the university makes best use of data
in the full range of its activities.

She is also Chair of the Digital Education Advisory Group (DEAG) Committee reporting to the Federal Minister for School Education, Early Childhood and Youth, Australia. This committee was asked to provide advice to the Minister on ways of achieving high quality contemporary learning outcomes from existing investments in digital education.

Edgar Hardless

CEO, SingTel Innov8   |   LinkedIn

Edgar is the CEO for SingTel Innov8. Based in Singapore, he has over 17 years of telecommunications experience. Prior to SingTel Innov8, Edgar was VP of Strategic Investments responsible for coordinating and executing all M&A activities undertaken by SingTel. He has been with SingTel for close to 10 years, having joined the company’s International Group in June 2001 as a Director of International Finance and Operations. During his tenure at SingTel, Edgar also set up and headed SingTel’s first ever Group Innovations unit which was tasked with identifying new technologies and innovations that had the potential to have an impact on the telco industry and SingTel Group.

Nick Holmes à Court

Founder, BuzzNumbers   |   LinkedIn

Founded BuzzNumbers in 2007 as Twitter and FaceBook were emerging with the vision to create a world class Social Media Monitoring and Analytics Software Platform.

I build the first version of the Software Platform then raised over $2 Million in Venture Capital to grow and manage our executive team (CEO, CFO, CTO) and ran the Product/Engineering Team to build a real time big data processing platform.

Mark Pesce

Founder & CEO, MooresCloud   |   LinkedIn

Mark is an inventor, author, educator, broadcaster and entrepreneur. In 1991 he founded Ono-Sendai Corporation, the first consumer virtual reality startup, inventing a sensor (US Patent 5526022) for low-cost virtual reality applications, adopted by Sega Corporation for their Virtua VR head-mounted display. In 1994, Mark co-invented the Virtual Reality Modeling Language (VRML), the first standard for interactive 3D graphics on the World Wide Web. While chairing the VRML Architecture Group, a consortium of industry and academic stakeholders furthering VRML standards development, he founded BlitCom, the first startup to use VRML to deliver streaming entertainment.

Peter Huynh

Lead Principal, Optus-Innov8 Seed Program   |   LinkedIn

Peter has over 10 years experience in the mobile industry and is currently involved in M&A and early stage investment activity for SingTel Group. Prior to working in Telco-land he held various roles in digital marketing and technology consulting.

Silver Sponsors

Mike Casey

Director, SkillConnection   |   LinkedIn

Founder of GradConnection, a website dedicated to finding tertiary students the right graduate and internship programs in Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong and Singapore

Founder of Fishburners, a tech startup co-working space in Sydney that is home to over 60 companies.

Andrew Rogers

Co-founder, Anchor   |   LinkedIn

Co-Founder of Anchor, a provider of fully managed hosting services both in Australia and the US. Advisor to BuilWith, providing insights to technology adoption across 150 million+ websites.

Pratibha Rai

Product Manager, The New Agency   |   LinkedIn

Product & community person with a penchant for cars and coffee. Addicted cheerleader of startuppers, PushStart mentor. Be warned: this is where I rant mainly

Duncan Anderson

Strategy & Sales Operations, Google Australia   |   LinkedIn

I did Mechanical Engineering (Honours) & Commerce at The University of Melbourne.

Then I worked for Goldman Sachs JBWere in Private Wealth Management

Then I worked for an international fund manager covering Technology stocks. During this time I looked at basically every sector of Technology from companies like Apple, Google, Samsung, TSMC, Infosys etc. I flew around the world and met management of companies like Verizon, Google, TMSC, HTC and many more.

I currently work for Google in their Strategy and Sales Operations division in Sydney. I work in the non-engineering half of Google and help run internal systems, the strategies and implementation of them as well as working on projects, one of which was looking at launching Google Wallet in Australia.

Peter Bradd

CEO, ScribblePics   |   LinkedIn

CEO and Founder at ScribblePics and all things Fishburners

Jonathan Barouch

Founder, Roamz   |   LinkedIn

Australian entrepreneur, father & husband. Founder and CEO at Sydney start-up

Kim Heras

Co-founder, PushStart   |   LinkedIn

Hi, I'm Kim, one of the co-founders of PushStart.

I have worked in the Australian tech startup community for over 10 years, first as an entrepreneur and more recently as the former editor of The Next Web, Australia. I am also the founder of Open Coffee Sydney – Sydney’s longest running tech startup meetup with over 1700 members.

Rebecca Hay

Principal, Optus Innov8 Seed Program   |   LinkedIn

Rebecca has over 13 years working in the digital media industry and is responsible for delivering strategic partnerships, business development and sponsorships. Prior to joining Optus, Rebecca worked at some of Australia’s leading digital and consulting organisations including SBS, News Digital Media, Telstra BigPond, Ticketek and McKinsey & Company.

In addition to being a Principal at the Optus Innov8 Seed Program, Rebecca has been an organiser of numerous Startup Weekends in Australia.

Alfred Lo

Principal, Optus Innov8 Seed Program   |   LinkedIn

Alfred has spent 10 years helping businesses with their online strategies and the challenges emerging from disruptive and converging markets. Having worked in PwC and EDS’ e-business consulting arms across Asia and completed his MBA at AGSM and NYU-Stern, Alfred moved into corporate development and technology commercialisation roles.

Prior to joining Optus, Alfred co-founded hyperlocal mobile startup Axle8 in addition to running his own web and mobile app development agency. Today, a large portion of his time is spent meeting with and providing guidance and mentorship to early-stage tech startups.

Edward Hooper

Co-founder, 121 Cast   |   LinkedIn

I'm a business-minded technology enthusiast who has spent the past five years working with start-ups (rome2rio, SOAK) and for large enterprise (Groupon, ANZ Bank, Microsoft) in both Australia and Silicon Valley.

Recently I co-founded 121cast to reinvent radio by creating an online platform that delivers personalised audio for consumption on the go.

Andrew Jessup

Product Manager, Google   |   LinkedIn

Part software engineer, entrepreneur, and the stuff in between. My 'thing' is bringing together amazing teams to make fantastic products.

I have particular experience working with online startups, and in forging teams and products that can balance robust architectural principles with the necessary agility required to develop new products in uncertain markets.

Luke Giuliani

Director, Squareweave   |   LinkedIn

I get excited about using technology to make the world a better place, in particular working with social enterprises and startups. I love bringing form to amorphous ideas, as well as learning new and interesting stuff.

With directorships and board membership of various projects, I bring a fresh business and technical nous to the organisations I work with.

Avis Mulhall

Co-founder, mmMule   |   LinkedIn

Avis is a specialist recruiter & qualified Financial Adviser with over six years experience recruiting at all levels across Wealth & Financial Planning.

She is also co-founder of, a revolutionary social travel network that enables you to get anything you want from anywhere in the world by rewarding a traveler with a local experience - like drinks in your favourite bar - for delivering it.

Debbie O'Sullivan

Senior Industry Manager, Google   |   LinkedIn

Over 12 years experience in Marketing, Media, Business Development, Sales, Strategic Partnerships, Complex deal work, Product launches and Negotiation.

Matthew Ho

CEO & Co-founder, NativeTongue   |   LinkedIn

Matthew Ho is CEO and co-founder of Native Tongue, a language learning game company. Native Tongue is the first winner of Startup Weekend in Australia (2011). Native Tongue has 3 language apps - Mandarin Madness, Spanish Smash, English Eruption. These apps are available on iPhone / iPad, Google Play, Amazon Kindle, and the Nabi tablet.

Matthew has worked at Next Digital, Deloitte and airbnb. He is an organiser of the Mobile Marketing Meetup - a monthly event on marketing for mobile apps. Matthew is also a guest writer on Australian startups for Tech In Asia.

Dean Economou

Technology Strategist, NICTA   |   LinkedIn

Currently guiding research for commercial and social impact in the Digital Economy, Broadband, Transport, Infrastructure and Logistics at NICTA, Australia's largest Information and Communications Technology R and D organisation.

Former Director of CSIRO's Network Technology Laboratory (CSIRO's top authority in network and advanced applications research at the lab with developed the CSIRO high-speed WiFi patent).

A key architect of the Smart Services Cooperative Research Centre, a $100m market-focussed research initiative in the online and mobile services industries. across 22 private companies and univeristies including Fairfax Digital, Telstra, SAP, NSW and QLD Governments. Research embodied user-centred design.

Contributing Sponsors
Dinesh George
Darcy Naunton
Peter Bradd
Chris Petersildge

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