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Who can attend?

Anyone. Whether you’re 18 or 88, a painter, actor, software engineer, writer, graphic designer, geek, entrepreneur, photographer, musician, programmer, museum curator, or startup specialist. Whether you have an idea, or have no idea. Everyone is welcome. (We even allow bankers and used-car salesmen to come along!)

What you will get out of it?

The professional and personal challenges, the high and lows, the failures and the success.

As a grassroots movement of active and empowered citizens who are learning the basics of founding startups and launching successful products/services.  Whether participants launch companies, find a cofounder, meet someone new, find a creative collaborator, or learn a skill or new way of thinking to reapply back within their usual 9-to-5, everyone is guaranteed to have a heap of fun, and to leave the event better prepared to navigate the chaotic but fun world of startups and innovation.

How does it work?

We’re mashing the geeks with innovators and everyone in between, and locking them in a building together for a weekend, pouring in a heap of caffeine and free food, to see what new ideas come out the other end. This 54 hour event brings together creatives, technologists, designers and developers to experiment with rapid prototyping and idea generation.

It is a fast-paced and highly creative event that challenges everyone who attends to make innovative new projects in 54 hours.

Do I have to participate all three days?

Apart from Organisers, selected Mentors, Speakers, and media, everyone who attends the event is expected to participate all three days. This is important not only to preserve the ‘vibe’ of the weekend (“no talk, all action”) but also to minimize distractions/disruptions for working teams. However, we will have a ‘Spectator’ ticket option available for those wishing to only view the teams’ final presentations.

How do I register?

Visit our Tickets page for more details. From there you will be redirected to an Eventbrite listing.
Please note the different ticket types. This is an important part of our efforts to maintain a balance between attendees’ backgrounds and skill sets in order to maximize the event’s value for each participant.

Developer – This ticket type applies to software engineers/coders/developers – in short, anybody who can and will write code.

Designer / Creative – This ticket type applies to anybody with a background in design (graphics, UX/UI, etc).

General / Entrepreneur – This ticket type applies to business, marketing & P&R, and anyone with a non-technical background.

Student – This ticket type applies to high school, TAFE and University students. You will need to register with a student email address.

What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?

There’s plenty of free parking at the venue, Wotso Sunshine Coast and street parking over the weekend. There’s also public transport via bus routes that stop only 48 metres from the venue.

Can I pay at the door?

No, you cannot pay at the door of the event. As organisers we need to order the food and supplies in advance to meet the needs of the weekend. If you are physically unable to pay online, reach out to the local organizers to arrange payment.

Do I need a team?

In short, no. Everyone who attends the event as an attendee is expected to participate on a team. This is important not only to preserve the mission of teamwork! but also to minimise distractions/disruptions for all working teams.

Can I pitch my existing business or recruit attendees over the weekend?

No. Only seed-stage ideas, that is no concrete work done, are allowed to be pitched and worked on during the weekend.

Do I have to pitch an idea to attend?

No, but we encourage you to! You can pitch an idea you’ve been thinking about for years, or something last minute you think of during the event. It’s a great experience and invaluable practice for public speaking.

Is there any accommodation at the venue?

Attendees are responsible for booking their own transportation and lodging (if needed). If you are traveling and unfamiliar with the location, reach out to the organising team to ask for nearby recommendations.

Where can I find a schedule for the event?

Please view our Schedule via the home.

What should I bring?
  • Laptop
  • Power cord
  • Business cards
  • Camera – take pictures and video!
  • Optional: A second monitor, keyboard, etc…. set yourself up to be productive!
  • Lots of creative energy!
  • A can do attitude
How do I prepare?
  • Do some research. Market research and background information will give you a better understanding of the problem your trying to solve.
  • Practice your pitch. You’ll have 60 seconds to persuade other attendees to join your team. Make it clear, concise, and convincing!
  • Get some rest.
  • Bring a friend! Events are better with good company.
What is the refund policy?

The short answer is we do not refund tickets the week before the event, so that organisers can order and plan for food and supplies.

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If you want to chat with a member of our team please feel free to contact our Lead Organiser Renee Coman directly.

0488 111 486
Join us at Startup Weekend Sunshine Coast April 26-28