Hackathon: Your ticket to Silicon Valley!

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Take your idea all the way to Silicon Valley!

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Saturday 25 August 2018 until Sunday 26 August 2018 (Add to calendar)
Rebecca Crossling
(03) 5051 4019; r.crossling@latrobe.edu.au
Presented by:
Alan Dee, Grant Downie, Jeanette Cheah, Miguel Wood
Type of Event:
Current Student: Undergraduate; Current Student: Postgraduate; Alumni; Community Event

We want to see local entrepreneurs’ ideas and dreams come alive!  So, we’re partnering with AusIndustry, Moonshot Works and The Hacker Exchange to invite emerging local entrepreneurs to take part in a hackathon.

At the completion of the hackathon, you’ll have the chance to pitch your idea to a panel and win a funded trip (valued at $7,500) to Silicon Valley, thanks to The Hacker Exchange.

A hackathon is a multi-day event where a group of enthusiastic people come together to rapidly test and iterate their ideas for new products or services.  Don’t worry, our hackathon can be as fluid and free as you like – so you can move in and out over the weekend depending what suits you and your team.

Our aim is to encourage regional entrepreneurs to bring your business ideas to life by workshopping your assumptions about the market, competitive landscape, feasibility and viability.

The event is supported by Moonshot Works experts, with onsite expertise from Alan Dee and Grant Downie, who will zoom in.  Plus expert onsite advice from Jeanette Cheah, Chief Strategy Officer and Co-Founder of The Hacker Exchange and Miguel Wood, Co-founder & CEO of Euler’s Bridge.

This is your chance to find out whether your idea could work and if so – how to make it real!  You can register by yourself or in a team - the choice is yours.

We’ll be providing food and refreshments over the weekend, so registrations are essential.

About The Hacker Exchange scholarships:
The Hacker Exchange connects forward-thinking entrepreneurs to the vibrant and innovative culture of Silicon  Valley.  Over two inspiring weeks, you’ll learn from world-class thought leaders, and work hands-on in a Silicon Valley start-up environment.  Scholarships will cover the cost of flights and participation sin the two-week experience.  Recipients must be able to travel according to The Hacker Exchange program.

About the coaches:
Alan Dee (CertBus(SmallBusMgt), MEI)

Alan Dee is an expert in startups and innovation programs, accrued over 14 years of founding and operating startups and within innovative businesses. He has delivered hackathons, innovation programs and events for leading organisations including NAB, News Corp and Fishburners. Some of the world’s leading organisations have participated in Alan’s events including: Bosch, Cisco, Toyota, Mercedes-Benz, Williams F1 Racing, Carsales, Ericsson and ESRI to name just a few.  His experience spans technology, business services, retail, construction, beauty and health industries with broader corporate experience in education, resources, defence and financial services. Alan holds a Master of Entrepreneurship and Innovation, is cofounder of 2 businesses and is a mentor for the La Trobe University and Techstars Adelaide accelerator programs.

Grant Downie (MBA, GAICD, CAHRI)
Grant has spent 27 years in the corporate sector as an executive and adviser including roles with Telstra, Mobil, Ansett, ANZ, MLC and many others. He is the local founder and Regional Director of the Launch48 Startup weekends covering: Melbourne (3 events), Sydney (3 events) & Manila (1 event). Grant has also spent 6 years as Australian Director of the Startup Leadership Program, educating over 90 startup founders. He is currently mentor in the Melbourne Accelerator Program, CSIRO ON Accelerator and La Trobe University Accelerator Program.

Jeanette Cheah
Jeanette is Chief Strategy Officer and Co-Founder of The Hacker Exchange, a global, tertiary-accredited program connecting curious entrepreneurs to opportunities in Silicon Valley, Tel Aviv and beyond.  Born in Honolulu, Hawaii and raised in the US, Japan, and Australia, Jeanette is a true global citizen and is committed to bringing an international market mindset to the next generation of founders. Earlier in her career, Jeanette spent 15 years building digital products, marketing strategies & and product innovations at some of Australia’s largest corporates, including ANZ, AXA and Origin Energy. She is also a speaker at General Assembly, SXSW: Texas, Melbourne Knowledge Week and more, and she was listed in Smart Company’s 2018 International Women's Day Showcase. An advocate for diversity and education, Jeanette serves as a Melbourne Ambassador for the women of Like Minded Bitches Drinking Wine, and co-created the Gingerbread Demolition non-profit event supporting Save the Children Australia.

Miguel Wood BSc(Hons), MEnvSt(CW), MIS(2012)
Miguel Wood is an entrepreneur, strategist, and computational social scientist.  He is the Co-founder & CEO, Euler’s Bridge a platform company bridging communities together with actionable graph insight, harnessing cooperation, diversity and leaders for growth and innovation. He founded Tin Alley beta, the award winning, premier tech internship program in Australia which places top Uni tech talent in high growth companies.  He is a mentor with the La Trobe Regional Accelerator Program, former mentor of the Melbourne Accelerator Program and sat on the Board of Directors of Startup Victoria, the largest tech community in Australia with 12K members. Early in his career he held senior government roles in Australia and the United Kingdom.  Miguel is passionate about tech startups, entrepreneurship, and the internet. He is a firm advocate on the positive role the internet can play in shaping economic and social wellbeing across the Australian community. He is currently undertaking a PhD in social analytics at the University of Melbourne.


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