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Mar 22
  • Registration Starts
  • Welcome & Speeches
  • Dinner sponsored by BNZ
  • 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


Mar 23
  • 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


Mar 24
  • 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 sponsored by trade me
  • Clear up and Go home!
Dunedin Sponsors

Clare Curran MP

MP for Dunedin South

Current parliamentary roles include Spokesperson for Communications and Information Technology and
Associate Spokesperson for Economic Development. Before becoming an MP Clare was the Founder of Inzight Communications 2003-2008

BA (Anthropology and History), University of Otago
Honours, Anthropology, Victoria University of Wellington

Public Relations Institute of New Zealand (PRINZ) Award (Not for Profit/Limited Budget) Fair Share - Five in 05 Campaign 2006

Rochelle Alder

MD of Devol

Chief cook and bottle washer, Rochelle Alder is the digital graphic designer and Managing Director of Devol. Rochelle started building websites in 2006. She has also been in the winning teams for 3 successive Startup Weekends and will tell you the secrets of her success.

Since then she has been creating websites for small to medium sized businesses, and producing stunning artwork for clients with tight turn around times, branding businesses and plannning email marketing campaigns. Her range of skills include but aren't limited to graphic design for print and web, themeing and templating websites, content creation and client consultation.

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Nick Laird

Director Synario / Master of Design Enterprise

Nick is director of Synario Limited, a Dunedin-based company which integrates design services, strategies, education and training for SMEs who are seeking to develop new products and services.

He is also a director of Bodystance - a company dedicated to developing innovative products to augment the treatment of commonly occurring musculoskeletal problems. The company has recently launched the Backpod

Nick leads the cross disciplinary design undergraduate program and the postgraduate user centred strategic design course within Applied Sciences at the University of Otago and is The Director of The Master of Design Enterprise programme at the School of Design, Otago Polytechnic

Steve Silvey

CEO Upstart Business Incubator

Steve is particularly experienced in leadership roles within organisations where innovation and growth matter. He is CEO of Upstart, which helps Otago's globally ambitious start-ups get there faster. Our value proposition is focus - we help entrepreneurs understand and address what really matters on any given day.
He has also recently led a very successful program to teach young entrepreneurs the "Lean Launchpad" method of starting a business.

Hayden Breese

CEO of Myth

I am a creative structures, big ideas, thinking kind of person. I have received more academic training and discipline than one man really needs from two universities and the NZ Army Officer School.

My day to day includes leadership of a team of nine, made up of creatives, programmers and client advisers. In addition to management of a web technology and design company where I also act as a senior web consultant, creative director, branding consultant and senior account manager.

My personal business philosophy is about driving change through incremental improvement, mutual respect, collaborative leadership, openness, and shared prosperity.

Greg Fahey

Director Kahu Technologies

Greg Fahey is co-owner and director of Kahu Technologies, a Dunedin based company developing new light weight hydraulic components and applications for global markets. He is also founder of Venture Carbon, a carbon brokerage and consultancy involved in emissions trading and forest carbon projects in New Zealand and Asia. A former corporate lawyer, Greg adds commercial hustle to new ventures, enjoys partnering with talented technicians and is committed to fostering our local entrepreneurial ecosystem. Greg attended MIT's Entrepreneurship Development Programme in Boston earlier this year.

Alistair Regan

Group Manager Art,Design and IT at Otago Polytechnic

Group Manager for Schools of Art, Design, Information Technology at Otago Polytechnic.
General Manager for the Otago Institute of Design (a collaboration between the University of Otago and the Otago Polytechnic).
Interaction Designer.
Experience in Building and transforming Business, creating opportunities, developing curriculum.

National Sponsors

Hal Josephson

Founder of MediaSense

Hal Josephson is the Founder of MediaSense, an international business development firm specializing in trans-border economic development, strategic marketing and special project management. Clients have included: Apple, Motorola, AT&T, Electronic Arts, Reed-Midem, Australia Multimedia Enterprise, NZTE, ATEED, and Hong Kong Cyberport.

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.

Paul Spence

Co-founder and COO Iwantmyname

Paul is the co-founder and COO of Iwantmyname, one of the most innovative web domain name registrars in the world and with customers across 4 global markets. he is also a director at Ideegeo Research Ltd, which is a consultancy firm specialising in supporting technical startups. He has been a long time supporter of Startup Weekend having now been involved in 6 of them

Lincoln Gasking

Serial Entreprteneur

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

Nicolás Erdödy

Founder Open Parallel   |   LinkedInGoogle+

Nicolás Erdödy is an addicted serial entrepreneur and former maths lecturer who founded and implemented 15 knowledge-intensive start ups in different countries and industries -from high-tech ventures to the 1st online academy in LatinAmerica (yes, a 1999 “dot com”). He spent decades establishing and leading highly specialised teams, and designing, integrating and managing systems for new ventures - creating them from scratch. Nicolás is also Director of Erdödy Consultancy Ltd, a professional services firm that specialises in New Venture Creation, Global Strategies, Innovation and Corporate Entrepreneurship
Following the vision that New Zealand should become a global hub in entrepreneurship based in multicore technologies, Nicolás has been organising a yearly friends gathering (aka Multicore World -a global conference in multicore and parallel computing) since 2010, when he founded Open Parallel.
Previously he founded and was CEO of World45, the first multicore software company established in New Zealand. Prior to that, Nicolás established dGV, a boutique venture capital firm specialised in early stage high tech ventures with strong IP position. He was dGV's Venture Capital Manager, CEO of two of the invested companies and Director of all of them.

Nicolás holds a Master of Entrepreneurship from the University of Otago, New Zealand

Andrew Wallace

Fellow, Design of innovation +Technology

Andrew started his career in NZ working on national rebranding campaigns. Following this he worked in Malaysia developing new production techniques and sporting goods that lead him to Melbourne, and a lead role at Viscount plastics looking after new product development. It was at Viscount that Andrew increased his manufacturing and materials capabilities allowing a move into consultancy. Working at Bayly design Australia, specifically working in medical product developments Acrux and electronics products Motorola. During this time he developing his user centred design skills, realising education and training was a passion. In the past 7 years he has been working at Otago University, Otago Polytechnic as well with NZ industry's focusing on sustainability.

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