– Future You, Future Us
Startup Weekend


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The Startup Weekend ticket includes all other events.

Monday 9th November 2015

Inspiring talksFuture You, Future Us

Monday 9th November 6pm in the Lecture Theatre Toowoomba TAFE Queensland South West.

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Come and hear our fabulous array of Guest Speakers giving a ted style talk on the future of Australia, Toowoomba, The Darling Downs and the World. Hear about what’s coming along in the future, what opportunities are coming for everyone from Micro Enterprises, Small business, Startups and Social Entrepreneurs. With the infrastructure projects, anticipated changes in population, an international capable jet airport, high speed rail, inland rail link, business parks, CBD railway precinct, bypass and a multitude of other advances in the region, new opportunities for anyone are arising. Our guest speakers will share their thoughts on this and we expect this will encourage participants to think up their own ambition, bold, audacious idea. Come along and get excited about the opportunity that we’re provided living here in Toowoomba and on the Darling Downs.

Guest Speakers

Tim-McCallumTim McCallum is a Senior Analyst, at the University of Southern Queensland. Tim enjoys uncovering and investigating emerging technologies, he recently enjoyed spending time at Google Headquarters in Silicon Valley, as a guest, and was a mentor in the 2014 Google Summer of Code program. He has in-depth knowledge of application programming interface (API) technologies and large scale software system integration. Timothy’s deep understanding of operating systems and programming languages provides rapid solutions utilising cloud computing and software automation. He is currently enrolled in the Doctor of Professional Studies program at USQ.

chris-millsChris Mills – loves tackling and solving difficult problems and is motivated by opportunities to create significant value and facilitate the success of others. Originally graduating with a Bachelor of Business, Chris continued his study in statistics and organisational psychology and later completed his Masters of IT specialising in distributed internet systems and artificially intelligent 3D virtual environments using games technologies. Chris founded Strategenics, a globally-focussed innovation and transformation company to help people, businesses and communities to transform, reach their potential, and apply exponential digital technologies to create new products, services and industries.

Ben Lyons – Chief Executive Officer with TSBE. Previously, Ben has been C.O.O and General Manager for Business Development and Strategy (Asia) for TSBE. Ben first arrived in China in 1997 as a Chinese language and literature undergraduate, and carries a diverse knowledge base and China experience having studied and worked in Nanjing, Xi’an, Beijing and now Shanghai. Ben previously worked in the education, fashion, agriculture and media industries in China with the Financial Times (UK), the Australian wool industry and the University of Queensland. Ben has a PhD in Economics (UQ) and is an alumni of the Australia-China Council Business Scholar programme. He is originally from south western Queensland having grown up on his family’s mixed livestock and farming properties at Augathella and Glenmorgan.

Josh Portraits_004_Cropped (1)Josh KeeganA science and technology observer and enthusiast, Josh recently was invited to this year’s Asia Pacific Cities Summit on the coming drone invasion and how cities and regional areas are in a position right now to take advantage of this new technology.” Josh Keegan is the Owner and Director of Keegan Consulting Group. He is a leader and business professional with career spanning over 20+ years.
Uniquely positioned in the market, he is able to draw upon his extensive background in Business Process Management, Change Management and Education. A strong believer in creating cross-market opportunities between Toowoomba and Brisbane, he runs the Brisbane Queensland Community LinkedIn group facilitating new relationships between the regions.

12179617_887171018040830_1724635326_n Megan O’Hara Sullivan – Megan spent her early years in Tara where her parents farmed and her mother provided off farm income as a primary school teacher. Megan and her husband Dean moved to the Darling Downs in 2004 and are raising their five sons at their family home in Greenmount. Megan graduated from the Queensland University of Technology with a Bachelor of Applied Science – Optometry in 1987 and currently runs her own practice at Pittsworth. Elected to Clifton Shire Council in 2005,  Megan is an active member of the community in Toowoomba and the Darling Downs and currently serves as a board director on both the Clifton Community Health Services and the Toowoomba Hospital Foundation. Megan is a member of the Queensland Government’s Professional Conduct Review Panel and is a former director of the Darling Downs and South West Regional Development Australia board. Megan is passionate about improving this great community of ours.

Ben Apsey crop sqr Ben Apsey – Ben is a current student at the University of Southern Queensland studying Spatial Science: Urban and Regional Planning. He is also a member of the Toowoomba Region – Regional Youth Leaders program and the Toowoomba Philharmonic Society Management Committee. Ben grew up in Inglewood, Queensland, and moved to Toowoomba in late 2000 completing secondary education at Harristown State High School. He hopes to use his studies in Urban and Regional Planning to create an innovative and sustainable future for the Toowoomba Region. Ben plans to have a long, significant and influential career in politics starting in Local Government in 2016.

Speaker 7 – Announced soon

Speaker 8 – Announced soon

Wednesday 11th November 2015

WorkshopsDesign Thinking, Lean Startup, Perfect your Pitch

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Design Thinking & Lean Startup

Define the Problem
Create and Consider Many Solutions
Refine Selected Directions
Pick a Winner & Execute.

These skills can be applied to your business, startup and your everyday life, especially design thinking and perfect your pitch.

Perfect your Pitch

The 1 minute pitch is vital to getting your Audacious Idea across to the crowd and gaining strong traction and a team to build it with you. Join us for a Perfect your Pitch Workshop and gain the advantage.

Friday 13th – Sunday 15th November 2015

Startup Weekend

Friday, November 13 – 15, 2015. Event starts at 6:00 pm.

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Join us for Toowoomba’s 3rd Startup Weekend and the fabulous finale to The Festival of Audacious Ideas.
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. As a part of Global Startup Battle you can share in amazing prizes with a prize pool worth well over $100,000.
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! Book here.

How does it work?

We’re mashing the ideas people, the business owners and geeks with entrepreneurs and everyone in between, and putting 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.

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!

Booking a Ticket for Startup Weekend Toowoomba gives you free entry to Monday Future You, Future Us & Wednesday Nights workshops.