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Sep 20
  • Registration Starts
  • Welcome & Speeches
  • Dinner
  • 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 0100


Sep 21
  • 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 0100


Sep 22
  • 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
  • Break for dinner
  • Judging & awards
  • Wrapup - beer
  • Clear up and Go home!
Dunedin Sponsors

Emily Sutton

Founder at formed Jewellery, Co-Creator at Stampede!

Emily is currently completing the Masters of Entrepreneurship at the University of Otago. She attended the Dunedin SUW and founded Formed Jewellery, and has gone on to be involved in a number of Startup Weekend events, co-founding multiple start-ups. She is here to share her experience of Startup Weekends and be involved in another SUW.

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Harlene Hayne

Vice Chancellor Otago University

Professor Harlene Hayne is the Vice-Chancellor at the University of Otago. . Professor Hayne is a Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand and of the American Psychological Society. She is the Associate Editor of Memory and of the New Zealand Journal of Psychology and serves on the editorial
boards of 6 additional international journals. In 2009 she was awarded the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to scientific and medical research. She is a member of the Board of Fulbright, New Zealand and has recently been appointed to the Board of Treasury. Professor Hayne is also the Co-chair of the Office of the Prime Minister’s Science Advisory Committee Working Party on Reducing Social and Psychological Morbidity during Adolescence and the Co-Director of the New Zealand Innocence Project. She has published extensively and continues to supervise PhD, Masters and Honours students.

Kylie Robinson

MD Igtimi

Kylie was a member of the winning team, “Tales”, at the first Dunedin Startup Weekend. She cofounded
“Vodafone Most Innovative Mobile Technology 2012” section and won the Otago OBiz 2012 “Emerging Business Award” section. Igtimi produces a comprehensive tracking and recording
platform used for managing real-time sporting data. Kylie’s background is in 3D computer animation and has a Computer science degree from Otago University.

Scott Mason

Managing Principal NZ - Taxation Advisory for Crowe Horwath

Scott Mason is the Managing Principal of Taxation Consulting for Crowe Horwath NZ as the preeminent tax consulting practice in the owner managed/HNWI market.
Scott's areas of specialisation or special interest are "start-up" companies, corporate restructuring and business sale negotiation. He is a non-executive Director of a number of technology-based early-stage companies.
Scott has a BCom (accounting), BA (economics) and cBA from the Otago University, and is a Chartered Accountant with the New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants.

Rebecca Twemlow

Founder / Managing Director Firebrand   |   LinkedInGoogle+

Responsible for attempting to manage the explosive growth being experienced for local Web Design and Marketing Agency Firebrand, Rebecca is no stranger to the highs, lows and challenges faced in business. Nurturing ideas and exploring the possibilities contained has led Rebecca and Firebrand to deliver many businesses bottom line success including the recent launch of a highly recommended Safety Application GetHomeSafe. A keen advocate
of keeping our talent local Rebecca is excited about playing a role in this StartUp Weekend.

National Sponsors

Alex Dong

Serial Technology Entrepreneur

After graduating from university in 2000, I taught myself English and programming and found a software job in Beijing in 2001

I was quickly promoted from a junior software engineer to senior architect, managing projects of 30 engineers and eventually led a research lab of 4 staffs for NASDAQ listed Document Sciences. Around 2006, I found technology alone no longer excited me. I cared more about the transformative power of internet. I co-founded at end of 2006 and as CTO grew the technology team to 6. The core technologies were Python / Django, and during this time we tackled many of the challenges you experience in a fast growing startup. is still the biggest photo blogging site in China.

Geoff Brash

Co-founder of SLI

Software startup co-founder with expertise in software development, business management, marketing and finance. Geoff is best known as co-founder of SLI Systems, a leading SaaS based site search company. Geoff has a mix of technical and business skills and has held a variety of roles including Engineering Manager, VP of Marketing, and CFO. Geoff is deputy chair of Canterbury Software, Inc., a volunteer supporter of the Ministry of Awesome, and adviser to a number of software companies. Geoff has an MBA from Massey University.

John Enlow

Development Manager - AD Instruments

John is an experienced development manager with very strong technical and communication skills and a track record for getting results. He is also a consultant with expertise in executing technical development and founder of his own startup Brighter Mathematics

Dave Moskovitz

Global Startup Facilitator

I'm a professional director and early-stage investor, and have invested in a number of startups including The Appreciation Engine (formerly MusicHype), ShowGizmo, Ponoko, 8interactive and others. My Wellington-based company WebFund invests in and nurtures companies from concept through to investment and execution. I'm also a member of Angel HQ, Wellington’s angel investment club, and I organise the Lean Startup Wellington meetup. I'm also on the InternetNZ Council, serve on several boards, and do a significant amount of work for non-profits.

I'm a Global Facilitator for Startup Weekend, and have been on the organising teams of Startup Weekends in Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch, Palmerston North, and Perth WA.

I'm passionate about helping entrepreneurs and their startups move from inspiration to perspiration and global success.

Ryan Baker

Co-founder of Timely

Ryan is an experienced start-up founder with a software development background. In 2003 Ryan co-founded BookIt, a booking and payment solution for the tourism industry, which was acquired by Trademe in 2010. Ryan is currently co-founder of Timely, a startup that has grown from a whiteboard to having hundreds of users in 10 countries in under a year. Last month Timely won the Startup Alley pitching competition at Webstock

Mike DelPrete

Head of Strategy at Trademe

Mike joined Trademe at the beginning of 2012 with a brief to look at new opportunities for growth through partnerships, acquisitions and organic investment. Previously he was the founder and CEO of Agora games which tracks 65 million gamers across the world and Agora Studios which provides social networking services to a number of high profile US clients.

His key skills include building awesome company cultures and developing technical teams and products.

Lincoln Gasking

Serial Entrepreneur

Linc is a serial startup entrepreneur passionate about trying to solve
big problems with collaboration. Linc has started dozens of companies
during the past twenty years in Australia, New Zealand and the United
States. This includes, acquired by DreamWorks,
Imagine Entertainment and Vulcan Ventures in 2000.

Some of the startups and organizations Linc is currently involved in:,,, and

Sam Kidd

Director / Hd of Marketing TeamworkPM

Sam is / has been the Director of a number of small and growing companies most recently TeAMWORK PM. TeamworkPM's main benefit is that it makes communicating with a team on a project incredibly easy. TeamworkPM is an online application that is assessable with just a web browser. It keeps all project related data in one central place.TeamworkPM was set up in 2007 and is in the process of becoming one of the best online project management applications available.
Based in Cork Ireland, TeamworkPM helps teams work together more productively online. Our customers range from small one and two man operations right up to large organizations such as Universal Studios, Puma, Disney, and ebay.
TeamworkPM is a software product of Digital Crew Ltd.

Tom Batterbury

Co-Founder of EyeDentify

EyeDentity is a product of Auckland Startup Weekend 2011 and was subsequently runner-up in the Spark Challenge 2012 and regional finalist in the ANZ Flying Start Business Plan Competition.
He is also a Strategy and Operations Management Consultant working at Senior Management level in NZ and US companies

Greg Fahey

Managing Director of Venture Partners   |   LinkedIn

Greg Fahey has a background as a corporate lawyer in environmental markets overseas. In 2010 he founded Venture Partners which is a brokerage and consultancy with expertise in emissions trading, environmental markets and new business development. He is also the Commercial Director of Kahu Technologies. In 2012 he was selected as one of ten kiwi tech entrepreneurs sponsored by MBIE to attend the week long MIT Entrepreneur Development Program.

Nicolás Erdödy

Director, Open Parallel & Erdody Consultancy

I'm a company director, entrepreneur /founder /angel investor on several ventures in different countries and consultant expert in knowledge based business and new technologies
I've been venture capitalist focused in due diligence for high tech enterprises, CEO of high-tech/high growth ventures, researcher in education, open source software promoter, Calculus Lecturer, e-learning pioneer and cluster/technology communities builder.
Current big vision: consolidate New Zealand and Australia as a global hub and centre for excellence in multicore and parallel computing. In that direction, founded Open Parallel Ltd, and organise Multicore World global conferences every year

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