Over 150 people gathered at River City Labs on Friday to watch 44 different ideas pitched on the launch night of Startup Weekend Brisbane 2014. Out of the 44 pitches, concepts were voted on culminating into 13 working startup teams. After 54 hours of planning, collaborating coding, eating and drinking, team CarValues.co emerged winners of Brisbane Startup Weekend 2014.
CarValues.co position themselves as ‘Car dealer’s worst nightmare’. They analyse listed prices from car websites across the country so that you can find the best deal.
Team lead Christopher Drake said “Our platform will change the way people look at pricing when buying or selling used cars. It will no longer be difficult to negotiate a discount with a used car dealers as their nationally listed prices bring transparency to the industry. We are providing useful easy to understand data for people that will remove power from traditional dealers which have monopolised the market for so long.”
As winners of Brisbane Startup Weekend, the team took home a $4,000 business package from sponsor Hanrick Curran which will provide business support services for 12 months. The team of seven also received three months casual membership at River City Labs plus an XBOX One from Microsoft.
Runner up and the prize for overall execution went to Go Leaderboard founded by Brisbane game developer Glen Arrowsmith who also took home an XBOX One for the team.
River City Labs founder and active startup investor Steve Baxter said the talent in the room at this event was the best he had seen in the past three years of hosting Startup Weekend events at River City Labs.
“Out of the 80 participants we had 20 registered developers which is an encouraging sign for Brisbane. Normally we have less than that so technical talent is stretched across teams. This year we had a great mix of tech, designers and business people proving more people are engaging in the Startup sector and wanting to get involved. It is very encouraging. “Steve said.
Local sponsor Microsoft offered a prize to the best team who developed on Azure which went to team ‘CaterMe’ – a digital solution for storing, managing and tracking dietary requirements for event attendees. Team leader Jo Keong is a member of Student Entrepreneurial society Idea Network. The team took home two Lumia 930 phones.
Other teams worthy of mention include Judges’ favourite “AreYouChicken”, “MovieApe” and ‘EatCheat’ which won spirit of Startup Weekend Award for their energy, enthusiasm and futuristic thinking. Lunch on the Saturday was ordered and delivered via EatCheat and delivered by drone.
The tagline was “You choose the meals and we source the cheapest ingredients and deliver it via drone.” Currently the drones are of human kind with robotic versions coming soon.
Startup Weekend Brisbane is an intense 54 hour event where a community of local entrepreneurs, business startup enthusiasts, web and software developers, designers, marketing gurus came together to launch 13 different startups. Tweets across the weekend can be found by tracking the official @swbne account and #swbne14 hashtag. All official photos are located on here:
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Team Photo: CarValues.co
About Startup Weekend
Startup Weekend is a global grassroots movement of active and empowered entrepreneurs who are learning the basics of founding startups and launching successful ventures. It is the largest community of passionate entrepreneurs hosting over 1068 events across 478 cities that have created over 8,000, Startups through 100,000 highly motivated entrepreneurs. No talk, all action. Launch a Startup in 54 hours.
Visit brisbane.startupweekend.org for more details on Sponsors, Mentors, Organisers, Facilitators and the full weekend program.
Startup Weekend Brisbane October 24th, 2014
River City Labs has hosted three Startup Weekends in the past three years. Each year at around 8pm on Saturday night the participants struggle. They are tired and wonder what made them sign up to do this event in the first place – heck, it’s Saturday night and everyone is sitting at their computer still.
Most people only get a few hours sleep after the first Friday night full of energetic pitches. Saturday morning everyone is keen to return to meetup with their new found team members and start fleshing out their ideas.
Lunchtime comes around really fast on the Saturday as teams are still working out what they are doing, establishing who their potential customers may be, who is having the problem they thought needed solving and if they can do what they said they wanted to do in Friday’s pitch.
Like saints, the Mentors arrive and help teams work through any issues and help steer them back on track and share their experience and knowledge in the areas needed. Working on a Startup is hard at the best of times yet with a brand new team, new found problem to solve and different personalities to deal with, it can be a challenge.
Saturday afternoon is pivot time. Nothing makes you decide what to do quicker than the looming deadline of less than 24 hours to go. Some stick to their guns and keep on building. Others decide to ditch their original idea and pick a whole new problem to work with. Better late than never and invalid assumptions make it easier to get rid of things that aren’t working.
After being fed and watered again at dinner, the lack of sleep and too much coffee and sugar starts to take its toll. It’s not uncommon to feel battered, bruised and brain fried at Startup Weekend.
8pm is dark hour.
I have seen it three times now at all 3 Startup Weekends here at River City Labs. Chocolate, cakes, lollies, tea and coffee help. With the highs come the lows and vise versa. 8pm is low and 9pm is high. The sugar kicks in and gives everyone a boost to keep going. Something happens around 10pm, tonight we had some high fives and big wins with teams seeing sign ups and real (new) customer interaction.
Each time I run a Startup Weekend I almost forget how tiring it is and I’m only the organiser, I am not even building a Startup. Everyone feels it, some thrive and some crumble, but by Sunday night all the lows are forgotten and people want to know when the next event is.
This is what keeps us all going, contagious energy.
We will live stream our Startup Weekend Brisbane final pitches on YouTube here.
Full winners details will be posted here after Sunday night October 26th.
Lead Organiser, Startup Weekend Brisbane