|Pictured: Jeremy Jones, Commercialisation Manager, KiwiNet pitches his team's idea. See if you can spot Seumas and Jeremy in this highlights video.
A Startup experience to remember!
On a rainy weekend in November, "KiwiNetters", Jeremy and Seumas threw themselves in headfirst to check out the Auckland Start-up weekend at GridAKL (http://www.startupweekend.co.nz/).
If you’ve never heard of start-up weekends, they are an intense 54 hours of entrepreneurial energy that mashes people from all sorts of backgrounds together in a competition to design, build and launch a start-up all in a single weekend!
The boys also took along with them VUW PhD student Jasmine Chan-Hyams as an experiment to see how much fun a scientist would have in this environment. The conclusion was - a lot! Everybody had an amazing time especially considering only getting around 6 hours sleep the whole weekend... So if you have ever thought to yourself ,“I have an idea for a business, but don’t know where to start” then these weekends provide a great environment for testing out ideas and learning the skills required to start turning that idea into a business. The team thoroughly recommends checking out your next local start-up weekend for an exciting voyage out of your comfort zone.
Also, congratulations to the winning team on the weekend “BasketTrack” (http://www.baskettrack.co/), who were a team of developers from AUT with an ingenious customer behaviour analytics technology using Bluetooth beacons and receivers. If you’re curious to hear more about the weekend get in contact with the team as I’m sure the boys will be keen to share stories of their adventure for many weeks to come. Keep an eye out on our website for how this field trip is set to influence the KiwiNet training programmes for 2015.