1. Why are you building this startup? What does it do?
Having experienced the risks and uncertainties of building a house, we identified an opportunity in the market to facilitate connecting tradesmen to customers in house renovation and home improvement market. RoomForImprovement.com.au (RFI) aims to mitigate the risks and the role of “luck” in finding the right professional for house improvement projects.
RFI has a very easy and simple process. House owners/renovators post an ad (project) on RFI stating what needs to be done and their requirements (Timeline, location, etc). Tradesmen registered on the website get notified by RFI so they can review the ad and bid on it. Customers then pick the right bidder (tradie) based on the proposed price, tradie’s reputation and reviews, and a portfolio of their previous projects.
This will not only help the customers get more competitive prices in a transparent environment, but also assists businesses in the renovation industry to find jobs online rather than relying on word of mouth. RFI helps local Businesses get recognised for their commitment, quality of work, and competitiveness.
2. What does a product marketing team need to understand from engineering about how to sell the product?
RFI follows the business model of connecting service providers to service seekers in the specific field of house building/renovation.
Customers enjoy competitive prices, luxury of having tradies bid on their projects and not the other way around and last but not least choosing the tradesmen with the right quality of work.
Tradesmen will be able to showcase their previous work, build their online reputation that should place them highly in the eye of customers and having the benefit of getting leads online.
The website is also very modern looking and easy to use.
3.What impact or legacy do you hope to make in the market and in the business world?
Our vision at RFI is to change the way people do business in the house renovation sector. The process of house renovation should be smooth, easy, and risk-free. Customers should have the full confidence when signing up with a local business to renovate their house. RFI can save customers lots of time in finding the right business for their project.
It is also part of RFI’s objectives to help and reward local businesses for quality of their work. We hope to make RFI a platform that promotes quality, customer-service, and competitiveness in the house-renovation industry.
4. What advice do you have for anyone wanting to start a business in your country?
Australia is a country full of opportunities. We have a great legal system that protects rights of service providers and consumers, and ensures a competitive and open market. There is also a high penetration of Internet and connected devices, which increase the reach of any internet-based solution.
User expectations, on the other hand, are fairly high which makes the initial customer acquisition hard. Products need to have a high quality that appeals to customers, and they should comply with all relevant rules and regulations.
5. How do you work with investors, or do you currently use any outside money at all?
Currently, RFI is a private business and developed by the founder’s financial capacity with the help of Microsoft for tooling and SAAS. Once initial targets are achieved, we might seek funding to take the platform to the next step.
6. Why would an entrepreneur turn to Microsoft for help in building scale, a team, or using software?
We are very pleased to have Microsoft BizSpark's subscription, (for which our application was approved in a matter of hours). It has helped us eliminate the risk of investing lots of cash in tooling, software and cloud services in the seminal stages (where funds tend to be the most scarce). This has helped us to stay focussed on the task of creating a better product. Once the product is ready to be presented to the outside world, Microsoft has assisted us with market penetration and getting traction. All of these significantly increase the chance of succeeding. We don’t know any other organisation that provides all of this in one place, free of charge!
Please join us and enjoy a night with other like-minded individuals in our eco-system.
Lachlan and Esther will be there :)
The Aussie BizSpark team wants to get to know you all better.
We’re doing a casual meet and greet on Monday December 2 at The Loft from 4-6pm, register here: http://www.meetup.com/BizSpark-Networking-Meetup-Sydney/events/152158482/.
Come over and say HI! Get to know some of the other BizSpark start-ups and start your own network. We’re happy to answer any questions you might have about the BizSpark program, any tech, or just to have a friendly chat.
We'll provide food and drink.
See you all there!
We want to work with you! Have you got a great idea for an app? Do you want to be featured in Microsoft marketing? Perhaps you’ve got an app or two in the store already. We want to help you take your app or app idea to the next level. Microsoft are running free, invitation-only, intensive 3-day workshops in Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney in the second half of November.
This holiday season will see the largest uptake of Windows Phone 8, Mobile & Tablet devices to date. So now is the best time to get your app published and optimize your success.
If you’re serious about reaching the biggest audience ever on Windows Phone & Windows 8, we’re serious about taking you to the next level.
What you’ll get from the workshop:
What we ask in return:
The workshops will be invite only and have limited spaces. If you’d like to be considered for participation in this invitation-only workshop, please email me by Friday November 1st with:
The dates and locations are as follows:
Brisbane: November 13-15 (Wed-Fri)
Melbourne: November 18-20 (Mon-Wed)
Sydney: November 26-28 (Tue-Thu)
Don’t hesitate to drop me a note if you’ve got ideas you’d like to float before submitting an application to attend, but remember, you need to email: Andrew.firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday 1 November to be considered.
Every second month Emma from Nudge Accounting answers a finance question (via Vlog or Blog) asked by a member of Microsoft Bizspark or the startup community. This month she answers the question of when does a start-up need to register for GST.
#Nudgemoments StartupQuestion: I’ve been talking to other start-up founders from the co-working space I work from and they are preparing BAS’ every quarter. Is this something I should be doing? Will I get fined from the Tax Office if I haven’t been?
Business Activity Statements (or BAS for short) must be prepared if your start-up is registered for GST. You need to register for GST if your start-up meets either of the following:
If you do not reach the above thresholds, then you can still voluntarily register for GST.
I just realised I should have registered for GST, but I haven’t. What happens now? Can I get fined?
If you’re not registered for GST, but you should have been then you may have to pay the tax office penalties and interest. Not just that, but the Tax Office may make you pay 10% GST to them on the sales you made since the day you were required to be registered. Explaining this further, if you made $11,000 of sales from the date you became registered for GST to now then the ATO can make you pay them $1,000 (i.e. the 10% GST component of $11,000).
What does it mean to be registered for GST?
Being registered for GST means that you need to charge GST on Australian-based sales you make (although there are a few exceptions). GST is charged at a rate of 10%. So, if you normally charged a customer $10, you would now charge $11 (i.e. $10 + $1 GST). Sometimes client’s choose to “absorb” the GST themselves so that the cost to their client is no different. What I mean by this is that they might still continue to charge $10, but include the 10% GST as part of this price.
However, registering for GST also means that you can claim-back the GST you paid on purchases. For instance, if you purchase a Microsoft Office 365 subscription for $13.50/month, you can claim back the GST of on that purchase. Keep in mind though that if a lot of your purchases are from overseas businesses (such as Facebook), then there is no GST on that purchase so you cannot claim any GST back.
Why would you choose to register for GST if you don’t have to?
Sometimes start-ups choose to voluntarily register for GST. Generally the reason they do this is that their clients are Australian-based businesses that are registered for GST. As their client’s get to claim back the GST on these purchases, then their clients don’t “feel” the extra GST on top. So, basically the clients won’t be too fussed about GST being added to your invoice because they get the GST back anyway. And, when it comes to your expenses, by registering for GST it means you get to claim-back the GST on purchases you make.
How often do I need to complete a BAS?
You can either complete a BAS quarterly, monthly or annually. Most of our start-up clients are on a quarterly-cycle, meaning we complete their BAS’ every quarter. To be on an annual cycle, you must have sales of $75,000 or less (i.e. you voluntarily chose to register for GST). Monthly BAS’ only need to be prepared for big businesses with turnover of $20 million or more, however some small businesses choose to be on a monthly cycle. Generally they choose this option if they mostly receive a GST refund (as it means they receive the cash sooner).
Does anything else go on a BAS?
Yes, on a BAS there are other items which can be included. The two which are most relevant to start-ups are:
Emma Petroulas is Client Happiness Director at Nudge Accounting. She also lectures in Small Business Accounting at the University of Technology, Sydney.
To have Emma answer your finance question next month, post a comment here or tweet using #Nudgemoments.
Join a Windows Azure Developer Camp and leave with code running in the cloud!
7-8 November 2013
REGISTER NOW >
11-12 November 2013
14-15 November 2013
This is a free Windows Azure Instructor led Workshop where you roll up your sleeves and get hands-on with the latest Windows Azure services, development tools and technologies.Day One will start with the basics and Day Two will build on to more advanced topics, featuring instructor led hands-on labs for; Windows Azure Web Sites, Mobile Services, Cloud Services, Virtual Machines, and many others.
Please note that this event is split over two days and you can attend one or both days. Day One is an Introduction and Day Two is Advanced. Please read the agenda for each camp to determine what suits your skills and needs best.
You will need to register for both days of this camp if you want to attend both. Over the course of the two days, you’ll hear from experts about how Windows Azure, Microsoft’s open and flexible cloud platform, enables you to quickly build, deploy or move existing applications to the cloud.
Whether you prefer to code in .Net, node.js, php, python, or java Windows Azure has a place for you. We might not be experts in all development languages but you’re all welcome on Windows Azure!To attend this event you will need to bring your own laptop with you.
Be fully prepared for this hands-on coding development camp by bringing your laptop and signing up for the free Windows Azure trial. That way, during the workshop, you'll be able to try out the newest features of Windows Azure for yourself.
DAY ONE - Introduction to Windows Azure
SYDNEY – 7 November – REGISTER NOW >
BRISBANE – 11 November – REGISTER NOW >
MELBOURNE – 14 November – REGISTER NOW >
DAY TWO - Advanced Course on Windows Azure
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A BizSpark Start-up that's delivering Software as a Service, Xtrood.com.au
Why are you building this Startup? What does it do? The concept of Xtrood.com.au came from working in the credit industry for a number of years, working with automatic credit assessment. Time was spent designing web screens and documents for capturing customer details in order to assess them for credit, but even more so, we were building screens for companies just for the purpose of workflow and very little time actually spent on making credit decisions. This made me realise that so many business out there seem to struggle getting their IT teams to build systems to run their businesses more efficiently. What I set out to do was create a system that other businesses can use for customers to enter their details (name, address, etc.) and put this through an online data workflow system to send out emails, documents and even place event bookings. I built the system in modules that users can configure what they use and don’t use and build their own data capture screens, but the real work happens with the workflow processes. In essence we allow business to capture just about any data they would need for a customer, then set up automated actions with that data such as ‘do I need to send them a confirmation email?’ or generate sales documentation for the customer to sign. We are used to moving away from traditional paper based applications for services and products to fully online web application forms.What does a product marketing team need to understand from engineering about how to sell the product? The first thing to note is that Xtrood is built as Software as a Service, meaning that we can be accessed from anywhere with an internet connection and a web browser. We are built on the .NET framework running LINQ to SQL on a MySQL database. This is done to keep running and licence costs down, but allows for the flexibility to swap out the database to MSSQL in the future if needed. All the web screens are built with responsive design in mind so that they will work on mobile devices and tablets. The software is designed so that the customer can configure their entire workflow process and what data they want to capture. They are purchasing a system that they can use and control themselves, and do not need to call up a support team to make changes for them. What impact or legacy do you hope to make in the market and in the business world? In business I find that it is extremely difficult to get in house IT teams to build new things, they are always busy with other projects to keep their existing systems and processes ticking over.The impact Xtrood is trying to make allows businesses to have control over their customer data and decisions that are being made, without needing to get funding and approval for an internal IT project to build a system. We hope to help smaller businesses grow and compete in their markets by giving them simple tools that can do a lot with their data. What advice do you have for anyone wanting to start a business in your country? I don’t think it matters where you are or what you do, if you have a passion for something and realise you can help others when no one else will, go for it! I would recommend taking it in small steps however, don’t just throw the towel in on where you are right now and jump head first in to running a small business with no backup plan. Most of all, ask for help. Dealing with a whole host of different people and businesses over the years, the majority of people are willing to give you a hand if you ask. It might just be some words of wisdom, or someone might offer to have a play with your systems and do some testing for you. If they have nothing to lose by giving you a hand, why wouldn’t they?How do you work with investors, or do you currently use any outside money at all? I’m yet to have to have to deal with real investors for Xtrood as it is still early days, but when the time comes I will be open to it. Investors would need to see the potential of our systems and how it can enable other businesses to move forward. Right now I’m juggling working part time on this business, along with my other job of 7 years. I’ve managed to reduce the number of hours at my 2nd job to keep money coming in, but also give me the time to focus on my business as well.Why would an entrepreneur turn to Microsoft for help in building scale, a team, or using software? Working with Microsoft products and services for many years, it is quick to set up something large and complex in a relatively short time frame and generate a quality outcome. It’s also easy to get support online which is always a bonus. Building a web application on Microsoft servers just seems to make sense. They are easy to scale up and down as needed, easy to manage and they are easy to monitor. They also assist in helping you network with others and provide some guidance along the way.
I've had a few BizSpark Startups in Oz ask me how they can increase their online visibility, and yes I'm aware that it can be hard and daunting at times trying to compete online. So, if you're struggling with gaining traction online, please shoot me an email at email@example.com and I'm happy to work with each of you and get you some more online visibility!
Hope you all have a lovely weekend and enjoy the weather :)
Got an awesome app idea that utilises open data? Join us for a workshop as part of the Premier’s Awards for Open Data on how to map out a prototype of your application. Explore how to map out a user interface and key features for your application. This workshop will take place on October 17th 2013. For more information on the Premier’s Awards for Open Data visit www.data.qld.gov.au & make sure you register here https://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032564865&Culture=en-AU&community=0
Agenda for the day:
1.00pm Prototyping your App - Approaches: data centric, user centric, horizontal (whole app), vertical (taking one slice & going deep)
3.15 Focus Group Prototype - Feedback Intensive Session
5.00 Finish Workshop
5.00 (General invitation to local Brisbane community to pop in & say hi)
A BizSpark start-up who is working on a web app that makes taking payments online simple. Find them at www.selz.com.
1.Why are you building this Startup? What does it do?Selz.com was formed with the goal of making selling via blogs and social networks simple. The company’s service allows users to sell digital downloads and physical products with just a few clicks. There is no monthly fee, no merchant account needed, no contracts and only a simple flat fee per sale. We've made it simple for all types of sellers, for site owners and bloggers adding a Selz button is as easy as cutting and pasting a snippet of code to their site, like embedding a YouTube video, buyers can then purchase direct within the website without being redirected. You can choose from adding a “buy now” button or "item widget" showing product details on your site. Selz has also made it easier to sell via social networks using our integrated sharing to Facebook, Twitter or Pinterest at the click of a mouse. We've made it as simple as possible to manage of your products in one single place and then sell them through a wide variety of channels.
2.What does a product marketing team need to understand from engineering about how to sell the product? Knowing our customers, market and competitors is key to our success, therefore before every new feature we carry market research, user feedback and competitor research to validate new features and enhancements. Once this process is complete we then prototype and carry out internal and external testing to refine and further validate the new feature / enhancement. Once validated we then ensure that the marketing team are across the new feature and it's scheduled release date. On completion of development and testing the marketing and support team are invited to test the new feature before release.
3.What impact or legacy do you hope to make in the market and in the business world? Selz wants to help people do what they love. Our service helps bloggers, musicians, artists, software creators and workers in the knowledge community to sell what they create and get paid. We want to make it easy for non technical entrepreneurs to be able sell online to help them make money from doing what they love.
4. What advice do you have for anyone wanting to start a business in your country?Do something you love. Running a small business takes a lot of personal sacrifice and investment, so you are more likely to be successful doing something you are passionate about. Keep it lean. Clearly identify the niche in the market you are addressing. Build a minimum viable prototype and get market feedback as quickly as possible. Then iterate from there based on market feedback. Keep costs to an absolute minimum. Bootstrap wherever you can to keep the breakeven point as low as possible. Nurture and value your existing customers give them excellent customer service.. Don’t just focus on acquiring new ones and neglecting your existing customers. A profitable business relies on repeat custom.
5. How do you work with investors, or do you currently use any outside money at all?The company is privately held. We work very closely with our shareholders to keep them informed of how the business is progressing.
6. Why would an entrepreneur turn to Microsoft for help in building scale, a team, or using software?The Bizspark program and the free licenses (Visual Studio etc…) we acquired when we joined the program have been great for getting our product off the ground. Harnessing the Microsoft products and services has made us a really productive startup allowing us to quickly iterate and improve our solution. There is also a strong pool of talented developers that have a solid experience using .NET in Australia. Our team enjoy coding using C# and we love working with the asp.net mvc framework.
Ideation Workshop: Build an App with a Business Model
It's one thing to develop an amazing app, but it's another to build an app that you can commercialize. With the launch of the Premier's Awards for Open Data we are hosting an Ideation Workshop at the Microsoft Innovation Centre, to help app developers and startups think beyond the functionality of an application and to think about their businesses model. This is a great workshop to take in the early stage of application development, as it will help direct you to build an application that is sustainable and commercially viable.
The is a workshop will be hosted by PATRICK VAN DER PIJL & MICHEAL EALES from Business Models Inc. If you are a fan of the Business Model Canvas, then this is a workshop you don't want to miss!
In this workshop you will gain:
There are limited places available at this workshop so make sure you register quickly!
For questions or more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org
If you're interested in learning more about the Premier's Awards for Open Data visit www.data.qld.gov.au & join the conversation at www.yammer.com/qldopendata
PATRICK VAN DER PIJL, CEO BMInc.
Patrick van der Pijl is CEO & founder of Business Models Inc. and producer of the bestseller ‘Business Model Generation‘ written by Alexander Osterwalder and Yves Pigneur. He facilitates the formulation of new business model strategies in in international organizations and is specialized in business design and innovation, strategic visioning, visualization and graphic facilitation. Business Models Inc. is also based on a new business model for consulting. Patrick frequently delivers workshops and presentations on business modeling, business model innovation, business design and lean start-up.
Patrick has 17 years of experience in innovation, organizational (re)design, process (re)design and business modeling for (inter)national organizations in many industries, among others entertainment, media and telecom, hospitality and the financial sector.
Before founding Business Models Inc., Patrick was partner at innovation factory ULURU in Amsterdam and senior manager at PricewaterhouseCoopers, Deloitte and Andersen.
Michael supports organisations design better business models, by challenging business to find a practical design attitude towards strategy and execution. Business design tools and how to manipulate them is his craft. Supporting people in business to think better, communicate more effectively and work faster - so their strategy can move as fast as their business - is his objective. With 15 years of experience in banking and finance, corporate development and organizational (re)design, Michael also has hands on commercial experience in starting up businesses. He has an ability to synthesize complex business problems, and focus on the key issues to find a pragmatic attitude toward solving them. Michael is a Non-Executive Director of the Food Connect Foundation and venture capital backed Canadian SAAS technology firm DisclosureNet in Australia, and a Stanford Certified Project Manager (SCPM).
Every second month Emma answers a finance question (via Vlog or Blog) asked by a member of Microsoft Bizspark or the startup community. This month, she answers the question of where to start when it comes to preparing a budget.
#Nudgemoments StartUp Question: I’m applying for R&D grants and investor funding and I’ve been asked to put together a budget. Where do I start?
At Nudge, we see a budget as “your startup story… in numbers”. A budget tells the story of your startup’s journey and uses numbers to do so. How has your startup performed to date? Are you at the stage where you’re making sales? What have your expenses been? What’s your growth been like? What does the future look like for your startup?
Whilst constructing a budget is generally a requirement for funding, when done properly it also helps you to make better business decisions. Knowing your numbers can help you visualise when you’ll be able to expand into new markets, understand your resourcing requirements and also stay accountable. Tracking your performance to budget also helps you understand where you are compared to your expectations. Also by comparing your actual performance to your budgeted performance, the variances can help you identify both problems and opportunities.
Before you even start preparing your budget, there are a few parts of your business story which you need to understand:
After considering these points, it’s time to start putting together your budget. These steps will help you get started:
Emma Petroulas is Client Happiness Director at Nudge Accounting. She also lectures in Small Business Accounting at the University of Technology, Sydney.
To have Emma answer your finance question next month, post a comment here or tweet using #Nudgemoments
Queensland Government has released a wave of new data sets for developers to utilize & launched a major apps competition the Premier's Awards for Open Data.
There is up to $20,000 in cash prizes available! So make sure you check out the details on https://data.qld.gov.au/data-event/premiers-awards and attend their upcoming event- The Open Data Mixer to find out more.
Join the Open Data Mixer
on Saturday 31 August to listen to guest speaker Dr Rufus Pollock and participate in interactive panel sessions specific to transport, social services and Queensland’s economic pillars.
The event will also provide a great opportunity to network with like minded people and to form teams for the 2013 Premier’s Awards for Open Data.
When: 9.30am to 2.30pm , Saturday 31 August 2013
Where: Level 5, Translink Centre for Service Excellence, 88 Musk Avenue, Kelvin Grove, Brisbane
Complimentary morning tea and lunch will be provided.
Join the conversation on www.yammer.com/qldopendata
TransLink Data Showcase
As part of the Premier’s Open Data Awards, TransLink is holding a Data showcase on Saturday 10 Aug 2013.
This is a great opportunity for all developers who want to build customer information applications with real-time public transport data.
Data to be showcased will include:
This will be an exciting opportunity for participants to provide feedback on the usability of showcased data and provide guidance on further development, refinement and gaps as perceived by the developer community.
If you or someone you know can imagine how this data can be used to improve customers experience with public transport, then come attend the TransLink Data Showcase.
Need more info about the Data Showcase event? Please contact email@example.com.
Join the conversation at #TLDSH and follow @TransLink/SEQ
Meet Job Stock – The Startup Making Freelancing Simple.
I recently had the privilege of catching with founder of Job Stock, Paul Dunstone. I first met this awesome start-up a year ago at the Microsoft Innovation Centre. A year on in, they are launched with a fantastic platform for Freelance connections.
So how did Job Stock Start?
We had previously used other freelance marketplaces and found them incredibly confusing to use, so wanted to provide a more user focused solution. So began the coding on busses, after hours, and whenever we had a spare moment to create the best possible freelance marketplace. We're passionate about the technology and startup industries and really wanted to create something that would connect everyday businesses with that amazingly talented world. We wanted to create a place where talented professionals from across the globe could connect on one platform, and both sell their services and tender for freelance job opportunities.
We were also passionate about giving back the knowledge we had learnt in our careers prior to Job Stock, so felt it was important to collaborate with the freelance community via our blog at http://www.jobstock.com/blog/ with engaging and relevant content both freelancers and small business could share and benefit from.
What is Job Stock?
· Job Stock is a freelance marketplace offering both freelance, full-time and part-time work opportunities across 250+ job categories.
· On Jobstock.com, you can tender for freelance jobs, apply for full-time or part-time work and sell your freelance services earning you repeat business.
· If you’re a contractor, you can upload your portfolio of work, and provide a comprehensive summary of your skills, experience and talents.
· If you’re transacting goods and services on Job Stock, we have full transaction management services including the ability to transfer escrow payments, milestone payments, make payments via credit card or PayPal, and we allow you to charge your account balance to increase for regular customers.
· Job Stock is all about making freelancing simple, and allowing talented professionals to connect with business owners who have amazing ideas and project they need completed by subject matter experts.
Check out more on Job Stock's news & great blog...
Nudge Moments: Cashflow
Finance, accounting, numbers... ahhh! Thankfully our friends at Nudge Accounting are here as our special monthly guest vloggers to answer your startup finance questions each month.
So we asked & our BizSpark community came back with some finance questions, concerns & key issues utilizing our #nudgemoments hash tag. This month @deanrobertson pointed out that "cashflow, cashflow, cashflow" is on the top of the list for startup finance concerns. So Emma Petroulas has put together a vlog all about cashflow.
Got a question you would like answered? Send your questions in by commenting below or tweeting us via @BizSpark_au and the hastag #nudgemoments. Get your questions in by the end of the month & we will select the best question to be answered in Emma's next video blog!
For more details on Nudge...http://www.nudgeaccounting.com.au/
Meet the Team Behind Wander
We recently caught up with Loki Davies from Wander, a BizSpark Start-up who is working on some exciting game development in the cloud!
How did Wander Start? Wander started as a idea while playing table tennis. The creative director, Loki, spent time as a nomad in central Asia and Siberia as well as wandering around the Himalayas. He wanted to create a game with this feeling of discovery and beauty and also explore how our form influences how we see the world and interact with others. So a non-combat, non-competitive, collaborative game was born. What is Wander? Wander is a collaborative, non-combat, non-competitive game. Wander uses exploration, beauty, cooperation and transformation to give you a unique player experience. You begin life as a tree, brought to life by a mysterious and powerful flower and go through various transformations as you progress. The game encourages you to explore the beautiful world around you and discover others like you. You work together and become new entities each with their own unique form and power. If you have ever wondered what it’d be like to soar the skies and feel the wind blow under your wings as a griffon, be one with nature as a noble ent or swim the depths of the ocean as a agile amphibian, you can find out in Wander.
More on Wander:
Steam Greenlight: Steamcommunity.comWebsite: Wanderthegame.comTwitter: Twitter.comFacebook:Facebook.com
Forum: http://www.indiedb.com/games/wander/forum/board/wander-discussionIndieDB: http://www.indiedb.com/games/wander
Please join us for a special Windows 8 Developer Camp event for Start-ups. Supported by BizSpark, Windows 8 DevCamps cover developing for Windows 8, Phone & Azure, and are free, fun events for developers, by developers.
This special BizSpark DevCamp will be presented by Microsoft technical experts Nick Hodge & Lachlan Hardy.
What am I going to learn?
This Windows 8 Camp will help you super-charge your app ambitions. Developing for Windows 8 lets you build quickly for phone, PC and cloud platforms. 4 Platforms in ½ a day, presented by Nick Hodge, will give you all the hands on tools you need to start developing across Windows 8, Windows Phone & Azure. Then put your skills into action with a mini #Appfest mentored by Lachlan Hardy.
The Windows 8 BizSpark DevCamp is a great place to get started with Windows 8 App development!
Register for one in your city:
Gold Coast: http://aka.ms/s5a30c
Join the GovHack Weekend
What is GovHack?
We fill a room with as many web and application developers, open data & visualisation gurus, user experience folk, accessibility peeps, augmented reality-ists, mobile maesters, user experiencefanatics and anyone interested in open government as we can find and set them loose on government data sets to create new mashups, data visualisations and apps.
We provide everything you¹ll need to hack to your hearts content, for glory, or money, or both!
On hand will be:
€ Data ³owners² and mentors from a range of technologybackgrounds
€ Facilitators to help teams focus, and move forward throughout theevent
€ Copious amounts of power, wifi, food and caffeine
€ A range of developertools and support throughout the 48 hours
Governments collect and publish enormous amounts of data, but have limited resources to get it into the hands of their citizens in engaging ways.
GovHack is an event to draw together people from government, industry, academia and of course, the general public to mashup, reuse, and remix government data. GovHack is about finding new ways to do greatthings and encouraging open government and open data.
GovHack is a FREE event which runs over 48 hours starting with drinks and the competition announcements on the night of Friday 31 May 2013. On Saturday you will need to register your team by midday and you canattend technical workshops to help with your project. Mentors in a range of areas will be on hand to help out. Teams work through the weekend and then on Sunday afternoon you¹ll have 5 minutes to present your prototype to everyone, including the judges.
GovHack 2013 has been scheduled for June 1-2 2013 and will include a number of locations around Australia, including the Gold Coast! The competition will include national and local prizes and is a great way forlocal developers to strut their stuff with government data. By combining user experience and service design with hacking the 2013 GovHack will be bigger and better than ever.
The Gold Coast satellite event will be coordinated by Gold Coast City Council in partnership with Silicon Lakes - www.siliconlakes.com.au
Silicon Lakes is a non-profit information and communication technology resource development organisation that provides services to assist early-stage tech start-ups, with a particular focus on app development.
Located within the Robina Community Centre, Silicon Lakes offers:
co-working office space | start-up incubator program | mentoring, coaching and professional services | events, seminars and training.
GovHack Gold Coast needs all kinds of hackers, coders, user experience, mobile, story tellers, artists, so make sure you help us get the word out there!
Please join us for a special Windows Azure Developer Camp event. Windows Azure DevCamps are free and fun events for developers, by developers.
This special DevCamp will be presented by Microsoft technical experts. You do not want to miss this unique event.
At this DevCamp you will learn how to use the new Windows Azure features and services including Windows Azure Virtual Machines, Web Sites, and Visual Studio 2012 to build and move a variety of apps to the cloud. You will see how to build web sites, mobile applications, and enterprise-class applications.
The Windows Azure DevCamp is a great place to get started with Windows Azure development or to learn what’s new with the latest Windows Azure features.
Melbourne May 23rd 2013- Register Here
Adelaide May 22nd 2013- Register Here
Perth May 28th 2013- Register Here
Along with your laptop computer, we ask that you activate your free 90 day trial Windows Azure subscription prior your arrival. If you have not yet activated your subscription, please go to the Windows Azure Subscription Activation page and follow the instructions provided.
This event is brought to you by your local Microsoft office and is free of charge. However, delegates are responsible for booking and paying for their own travel and accommodation.
Creating Value in Digital Businesses18 April, 2013 | Brisbane
Our BizSpark Network Partner River City Labs is hosting a fantastic event tomorrow evening with AIMIA in QLD.
Most digital agencies and website development firms have been founded by youthful, passionate programmers, designers and entrepreneurs seeking a goal that once achieved provide them a ‘lifestyle’ business. Very few understand or have even considered an exit strategy until this stage.
This session is aimed at discussing way in which business owners and managers of digital business can create value through the development of intellectual property, client portfolios, and sustainable and renewable revenue streams that underpin improved business valuations.
It will address tactics, techniques and ideas that build barriers to price driven competitors, methods for exploring and developing Intellectual Property that can be commercialized and other ways in which tangible value can be created and sustained.
The session is aimed at Digital Entrepreneurs, Digital Agency Owners and Managers, Freelance Practitioners, Investors and Start-ups.
Michael Burke - MD Liquid Interactive – (President AIMIA Queensland)
Ben Johnston, CEO, Josephmark
Steve Fanale, CEO, The App Village
Anna Rooke, CEO, QUT Creative Enterprise Australia
Dr Paul Campbell, Principal Consultant, Cognetia
Date: 18th April 2013Time: 6pmWhere: River City Labs, Level 2, 282 Wickham St Fortitude Valley
Adelaide Windows Phone 8 Developers Workshop
Fri/Sat, May 3rd and 4th
Calling all SA Adelaide based Mobile developers, Microsoft and Nokia are delighted to announce that we’ve have extended the Windows Phone 8 Developer series of workshops to now include Adelaide.
Windows Phone 8 is a huge step forward, not only maintaining compatibility with existing Windows Phone apps, but embraces a number of core Windows 8 technologies, bringing significant performance improvements, support for managed and native C++ development, in app purchase, wallet, NFC, developer access to the Bluetooth and speech APIs, and more.
See Windows Phone 8 developer platform highlights. This two day workshop is scheduled for Friday May 3rd and Saturday May 4th. The first day is a presentation day that will get you up to speed with the Windows Phone 8 developer platform. Day two (Saturday) is a hands on labs day to guide you through the experience of building Windows Phone apps.
Day 1 - Presentation Day
Day 2 - Hands on Labs Day
The Sunshine Coast has won the opportunity to host the international World IP Day 2013 for Queensland. The event will involve a series of workshops and information seminars based around this year's theme of 'Creativity: The Next Generation'.
Learn about Brand Protection, Trade Marks, Copyright, protecting your ideas and working with other forms of Intellectual property to gain a competitive edge.
24th April 2013
12:30pm (for a 1:00pm start) to 5:00pm
Sunshine Coast TAFE 34 Lady Musgrave Drive Mountain Creek QLD 4557
www.worldipday2013.com.au or download the World IP Day 2013 flyer.
We are lucky to have the awesome Emma Petroulas from Nudge Accounting here to answer your start-up finance questions each month. Maybe your wondering how to deal with cash flow, or whether or not the way you run your accounts is similar to what most start-up's do. You might have a really specific question, that has been stored up in the back of your mind for months! Not to worry, each month Emma will be answering your questions via a video blog!
So send your questions in by commenting below or tweeting us via @BizSpark_au and the hastag #nudgemoments. Get your questions in by the end of the month & we will select the best question to be answered each month via Emma's video blog!
Are you an ambitious tech start-up looking to grow? Here’s a chance to showcase your business and network with people who can help you achieve your objectives.
ilab is inviting early stage high-tech companies from Regional Queensland to apply to participate in Demo Day in Brisbane. If selected,ilab will reimburse $300 towards travel expenses for each company located further than 300km fromBrisbane.
Demo Day is an open day where we invite students, business leaders and angel and VC investors to visit and network with some ofthe start-ups being incubated in the ilab facilities. We are inviting up to 10 companies from Regional Queensland to participate in Demo Day toshowcase their work to the Brisbane public, meet other tech entrepreneurs, and learn more about ilab services andsupport for founders of early stage companies.
If selected, we also invite you to a cocktail event and celebration of our Germinate Program in the late afternoon, officiated by theQueensland Chief Scientist, Dr Geoff Garrett AO. At this event you will have opportunity to network with Industry, Investment, Government and Academic leaders.
If you are an early-stage ICT company based in Regional Queensland, we invite you to apply before 26th April 2013.
Date: Friday 3rd May
Time: Public Open Day 12:30 – 4:00pm.
Cocktail Event 4:30-7pm
Where: Gate 4, 80-120 Meiers Road, Indooroopilly
Owned by UQ, ilab supports and assists entrepreneurs and early stage, high-tech companies through the first few years of developmentproviding seed funding, team development and mentor networks for founders; creating investor ready companies with increased chances of success. ilab has incubated over 100 start-up companies and helped then raise over $70 million in grant and investment capital to fund their growth and generate nearly 400 technology jobs. ilab is proudly supported by the Queensland Government.
For more information about ilab, visit our website.