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Startup Weekend Tablelands

May 1st, 2015

The team from Startup Tablelands believes that innovation occurs when  new or existing technologies are combined with  products and services to create new value for customers. All too often, this innovation is implemented  incrementally by refining existing concepts to better satisfy a known market. Although the word innovation is often associated with computers and technologies, it also incorporatesthe back paddock. Australia’s agricultural sector is a world leader when it comes to research and development meaning our farmers are innovators! For the Tablelandsto increaseproductivityity, by ie investment is required into knowledge infrastructure – .  This is exactly what Startup Weekend Tablelands seeks to do.

A startup weekend is designed to help participants learn how to test business ideas without investing large amounts. The primary concept is to learn the fundamentals and to fail fast so that only the ideas that can be built into real solutions are developed on a firm foundation. There are at least x startup weekends happening every weekend around the world empowered by Google, Microsoft and other large sponsors. On Fri night you will meet people that have nifty ideas that they to want to develop. After a plenary by a person like you that has been able to moneytize their idea, you will have 60s to pitch your concept. Once everyone is done, there will be a vote for the top 3 ideas that should go forward. The top 6 of these will be asked to form teams but even if your idea is not in the top 6 you can form a team if you can find at least one other person to work with you. On saturday/sunday experts in customer validation, marketing, legal and accounts will come in for 30 mins sessions. The rest of the time you will need to keep progressing your idea to ready it for a 5 min Shark Tank style pitch to judges. Mentors will visit your team throughout the process and help guide you through the stages of developing your idea. Over x$ of prizes are available to winners and participants.


Participants usually  fall into three categories:

  1. The Hipster: Usually working their way into the mix as the designer or creative genius, they’ll make sure the final product is cooler than anything else out there. But, not only that, they’ll ensure the shade of blue used to accent the font really brings out the subtle homage to an artist from the ’70′s you’ve probably never heard of.

  2. The Hacker: The one most likely to sit quietly through a board meeting until uttering the three sentences that answers the all important question of “how?” the new idea or initiative can be brought into reality. Resembling MacGyver with their ability to wield various lines of code or programing languages, you’ll get dizzy trying to keep up with their keystrokes.

  3. The Hustler: They have the tendency to be the most misunderstood member of this trio. The Hipster is likely to accuse the Hustler of having sold out to the man because of their constant question of “It’s cool, but is it something our partners and clients want?” The Hacker is likely to do their best to avoid one on one conversations with the Hustler as a result of jock vs. geek episode back in high school.


But, when the Hipster brings the creative design and cool factor, the Hacker brings their utility belt of technology solutions, and the Hustler finds the right way to package it all up and take it to the masses in the form of sales and partnerships, it is a combination that is tough to beat.[Forbes]


The only bad idea is an idea that is not pitched. Each team will be investing about 200 hours into the idea and this will help it develop into a viable business or fail fast without costing you your house. The next Google/Uber/AirBNB may come from the Tablelands!

George Chandeep Corea