During the weekend you can get Business, User Experience and Technical advice from our great team of mentors!
Key: B: Business UX: User Experience T: Technical
(B,UX) Leigh Angus, Program Director (ilab)
Leigh has more than 15 years’ experience in marketing and business development for IT companies in Argentina, Israel and Australia. She worked as Business Development and Marketing Manager for WizApp, an Israeli start-up company developing website design applications. She then took up a Marketing Manager role at KP Electronics in the north of Israel, where she was responsible for developing new business, managing partner agreements, and providing marketing support for the dealer channel across Asia Pacific and Western Europe.
In 2004, Leigh returned to Australia to work for Canon Australia as Market Development Manager, where she created industry marketing and engagement programs for Canon’s 200 account managers and national dealer channel. In collaboration with Canon’s neighboring R&D centre, CISRA, and third party software partners, Leigh led a number of successful initiatives to align Canon’s business product and services to major industry sectors within Australia and New Zealand. She is the co-founder of Wizzyboard, a start-up developing technology for augmenting online games and toys to touchscreen devices.
Leigh joined UniQuest in early 2008 as a Manager of Innovation and Commercial Development at the University of Technology, Sydney. She has relocated to Brisbane to become ilab’s inaugural Program Director.
(T,B) Mark Bathie
Tech Entrepreneur, Advisor, investor and founder of Freegler.com
I now run Freegler, a Collaborative Consumption site allowing anyone to rent their possessions to their neighbors. And advise a couple of QLD startups incuding Appointuit, Australia’s first mobile app for booking a doctors appointment. The app backs onto our cloud infrastructure with deep integration into the medical practices existing practice management software. I also advise Boardcave a community driven site for surfers which allows the surfer interact with the board shaper, customize a board and order it on-line.
Originally a software and database engineer, I founded, moved to Silicon Valley, raised Angel funding and successfully exited my first tech startup CVSDude/Codesion in Oct, 2010. Initially the startup offered subscription based software tools to software teams, delivered via SaaS and the cloud in a time before these ‘buzz’ words existed. I’m happy to say that I achieved my primary goal which was to be strategically acquired by a larger company after nearly 10 years running it.
(T,B,UX) Teilo Berquie (Wolfbyte)
Bio coming soon
(T,B,UX) Peter Bradd (Scribblepics – flying up from Sydney)
CEO and Founder at ScribblePics; Founding + Executive Director at Fishburners Limited.
(T,B,UX) Mike Casey (GradConnection – flying up from Sydney)
Founder of GradConnection, a website dedicated to finding tertiary students the right graduate and internship programs in Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong and Singapore
Founder of Fishburners, a tech startup co-working space in Sydney that is home to over 60 companies.
(T,UX) Sam Collins (Locatrix)
Bio coming soon
(B) Peter Davison
After growing up in Brisbane, Peter and a classmate from the University of Queensland went on to form a homegrown venture capital firm in Silicon Valley. Despite knowing very little about venture capital and knowing nobody in Silicon Valley, the Brisbane lads managed to make several successful investments including a seed investment in PayPal. In doing so they were instrumental in entirely reorienting PayPal’s business model towards its successful path of a $1.5 billion acquisition by ebay.
Since returning home, Peter operated his own very profitable porfolio of internet businesses from his home office which he subsequently sold. Recently he founded and was the sole investor in Fishburners, a thriving nonprofit community for startups in Sydney. He now mentors and sits on the advisory board of numerous local startups. He is also a PhD student of entrepreneurship.
Peter’s special interest is in creative structuring of funds suited to the patchwork Australian investment landscape which capitalises on recent shifts in internet business dynamics, and is more equitable for the portfolio company founders.
(B,UX) Emily Easterby (Microsoft)
Emily is the Program Manager at the Queensland Microsoft Innovation Centre, and works alongside both a global and local team at Microsoft to bridge the current gaps for start-up’s in Queensland. Emily is also works with the Bizspark team, as one of the champs for the global start-up program in Australia. She has experience sitting on panels & hosting multiple appfest’s and start-up camps, working with start-up’s to take their idea to prototype in a weekend as part of the programs at the QMIC. Prior to her role at the Program Manager at the QMIC, Emily led a national program working with developers to develop Windows Phone applications using open government data. Alongside her passion for entrepreneur’s Emily is particularly passionate about social enterprise and opportunities that help equip entrepreneurs in third world countries. She currently sits on the Social Justice Board for Global Care and has been leading Microsoft’s engagement with students in Queensland in Imagine Cup, a global competition that allows students to solve world problems using technology.
(T,UX) Yaniv Gal (UQ ITEE)
1999 – Bachelors in maths and computer science from the University of Haifa, Israel
2002 – Masters in maths and computer science from the University of Haifa, Israel
2009 – Graduate Certificate in Research Commercialisation from the University of Queensland, Australia
2010 – PhD in biomedical engineering from the University of Queensland, Australia
Employment (main positions):
1996-2000 – Software and algorithms developer at IBM research, Haifa, Israel
2000-2006 – Program/projects manager and co-founder at UltraSPECT Ltd, Haifa, Israel
2009-2010 – Image processing scientist at CoastalCOMS Pty LTD, Gold Coast, Australia
2010-Today – Postdoctoral research fellow at the school of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering, the University of Queensland, Australia
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(T,B,UX) David Harrison (Mammoth Media)
Initially focusing primarily on content services, David has worked with a wide range of technologies and services to focus heavily on digital content distribution, helping to ensure Mammoth is at the forefront of this increasingly important service.
With a wide range of experience in a variety of different areas, David continues to support all aspects of Mammoth’s day-to-day operations.
(B,UX) David Israel (ilab)
David has been with UniQuest since 2001. He has a diverse background across business, intellectual property and its commercialisation. At UniQuest David has establishing a number of venture-backed, corporate and angel invested start-up companies, including ActiveTorque Pty Ltd, Ausonex Pty Ltd and Imprezzeo Pty Ltd. In the past he has built businesses in environmental control and in online employment services. He has raised venture, strategic and angel investment and guided commercial strategy on a significant number of deals.
(T,B,UX) Tony Keating (UniQuest)
Tony is a Commercialisation Associate for UniQuest Pty Limited, one of the Australia’s leading university commercialisation companies. At UniQuest, Tony specialises in early-stage resource, cleantech, medical device and software technologies from the University of Queensland. Tony joined UniQuest from Exa Corporation, an MIT spinout which develops, sells and supports engineering simulation software to the global ground transportation market, including 13 of the global top 15 passenger vehicle manufacturers. At Exa he worked in senior business development and engineering management roles. Tony received his PhD, Masters and Bachelors degrees in Mechanical Engineering from The University of Queensland. He completed an Executive Certificate in Management and Leadership at the MIT Sloan School of Management in 2009.
(B,UX) Nimrod Klayman (Prompt)
Bio coming soon
(B) Kay Lam-MacLeod
Kay graduated from QUT in 1992 with a Bachelor of Business (Accountancy) and an honours degree in Law. To obtain more specialised skills, Kay also completed a Masters in Law concentrating on the areas of intellectual property (IP) and IT-related legal issues, as well as a Graduate Certificate in IT.
Kay has been the principal of IDEALAW (and its predecessor Legal Capital Lawyers) since 2005.
Kay’s broadly based academic qualifications places her in an ideal position not only to understand the intricacies of her specialist areas of IT and IP related law, but also technical IT and business issues. Kay also speaks conversational Japanese, having lived and worked in Japan for a number of years.
(T,UX) Angelo Livanos (ninefold – flying up from Sydney)
Now, as a married man, he confines his passion to the race track where he sensibly tests how much horsepower is required to travel a ¼ mile…sensibly…well, most of the time. Angelo has spent over five Years in IT&T support roles, providing gold class customer service and last year was a finalist for the Australian Telecommunication Association’s ‘Teleprofessional of the Year’ Award.
(T,B,UX) Andrew Longhorn (iApps)
Bio coming soon
(T,UX) Jari Nguyen
Jari was the founder of Falcon Software JSC, a software development company in Vietnam focusing on Software R&D for healthcare, shipping and finance industries, as well as providing software outsourcing and consulting services for Australian partners. He moved to Australia offering software development consultancy service with an intensive experience bringing dying software development projects to successful completion within limited budget, utilizing outsourcing development models: onshore, off-shore and hybrid outsourcing.
He has graduated his Computer Science Master degree with a full international scholarship from The University of Queensland, and a University Silver Medal from one of the top 3 universities in his country.
Jari is currently the project leader for SalesLink Australasia, designing and developing B2B software connecting to retailers such as Coles, Woolworth and Metcash. He is also managing offshore development for the company’s iPhone/iPad Mobile Application.
Kristy is a serial entrepreneur with a particular focus on commercialising digital products and a passion for market-driven solutions. She has acted in the capacity of Founder, CEO, Consultant and VP of Marketing in numerous companies and industries, ranging from online retail to consumer electronics and real estate. Kristy has raised over $1M in start-up funding, been awarded government and private grants, negotiated high-level strategic partnerships and been the recipient of numerous start-up business awards.
(T,UX) Rona Sagi
I am a UX designer and a HCI researcher from Tel Aviv, Israel.
I graduated B.Des majoring in Visual Communication at the Bezalel, academy of art and design, Jerusalem. I am currently working on a MA thesis (a Tel Aviv University and UQ collaboration) which focuses on cross-cultural implementation of interactive educational systems.
Since 2005, I have been working as an art director in a variety of creative industries such as advertisement agencies, industrial design studios, magazines and information technologies. I have also created music videos, video installations and experimental films, and taught web design in art and design institutions.
I find a fascinating combination of design, technology and cinematography, the three most innovative and productive domains of today’s world.
(T,UX,B) Reinard Van Der Leij (ilab)
Reinard is the president of Idea Network, the University of Queensland’s entrepreneurial society, a position he’s been in since mid-2011. Idea Network is run by students, for students and aims to assist entrepreneurs and aspiring entrepreneurs reach their goals of starting a successful business. He is also the Director of Oxodise, a premium design and programming studio for web and mobile content, which he cofounded after graduating from high school. Reinard is a student at the University of Queensland, studying for both a Bachelor of Engineering (majoring in Software) and Bachelor of Business Management.
Reinard is ilab’s inaugural student coach and acts as a connector between ilab and the University of Queensland’s student entrepreneur community.
(T,B) Bob Waldie, Brisbane, Australia
Bob describes himself as “an aging serial entrepreneur”. He has an impressive track record of successful entrepreneurship with open-source ventures. His most recent venture is Opengear, an ilab graduate company, which designs and manufactures products that monitor the ICT equipment in computer rooms and data centres.
Prior to co-founding Opengear, Bob served as CEO then Chairman of Snap Gear, a leading developer of embedded Linux security appliances. In 2003 Snap Gear was acquired by CyberGuard (NASDQ: CGFW). Before this he was CEO of Moreton Bay Ventures, a company he founded in 1996 which developed Internet messaging products.
In 2000, Moreton Bay was acquired by Lineo Inc, where Bob served as COO in the USA. Prior to Moreton Bay, Bob was Managing Director of Stallion Technologies, a pioneering remote connectivity company he co-founded in 1985. Bob has participated in a host of other start-ups, and served on the board of a number of private and public technology companies, as well as government industry bodies.
(T, B) Mark White, Brisbane, Australia
Mark White is CEO of Locatrix Communications, a leading Australian provider of mobile application services and solutions for network operators. Prior to founding Locatrix, Mark held internationally-focused management, technical and marketing roles with US companies including Bell Atlantic, Tandem Computers and Compaq, before joining Red Hat as Vice-President and Managing Director for the Asia-Pacific Region. As Red Hat’s first employee in Asia, he grew channel and direct sales operations in over 17 countries in under two years, establishing Red Hat’s global internationalization engineering centre and regional headquarters in Brisbane.
Passionate about innovation, Mark is also a Director and co-Founder of Greencloud Labs, a Singapore-based venture accelerator, and also chairs the University of Queensland’s ITEE Industry Advisory Board. He has a degree in Computer Science from UQ and post-graduate qualifications in International Management from QUT.
(T,B,UX) Bernie Woodcroft (TBC)
Executive experienced in business development, professional services leadership and complex program / project delivery.
• Leadership: Domestic and international leadership of IT businesses delivering large scale ICT based solutions in both private and public sectors.
Stakeholder and Account focus: Establishment of trusted relationships with customers that recognise key business drivers, craft appropriate options and negotiate quality solutions.
• Delivery Management: Deliver successful products, projects and programs in multiple industries including health (key hospital systems, infrastructure projects), government (desktop infrastructure), telecommunications (mission critical enterprise billing and customer management systems implementations, mobile data systems, retail systems), gaming, hospitality, emergency services and resources industries.
Executive Leadership, Business Development, Customer and Stakeholder Engagement, Account Management, Program Management, Project Management, Strategy and Governance, Consulting Services.
(T,B,UX) Terry Woodcroft (UniQuest)
Terry has more than 25 years’ international experience leading emerging hardware and software businesses from concept formulation through to market entry and profitability. Her career in start-ups through to Fortune 500 businesses spans the process control, networking, point-of-sale, e-health and telecommunications industries. As Global Product Manager of enterprise software selling to the world’s largest telecommunications companies, her products lines attracted revenues in excess of £100M annually. Terry has consistently achieved international business success for her products and successful trade sales to larger established enterprises.
Terry currently works with investors to start up companies and close licensing deals based on early-stage university technologies. In this role, she remains involved with the new companies to guide them through to major funding and product launch milestones. As Chair of the BMT group of companies, she has led the start up through technology acquisition, business re-start, grant funding, achievement of R&D, production and customer milestones for investment, and Series A fundraising from USA and Australian Venture Capitalists within 12 months. Terry’s strategic and operational experience also informs her interim CEO role at Neo-Rehab during its bootstrapping phase of early product sales to major health service providers, raising of grant and investor funding, and development of new product lines.
Terry is an Electrical Engineering graduate from the University of Queensland, has an MBA in Technology Management and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Sam Chandler (Filming Jumpstarters)
Sam Chandler is an up-and-coming star within the film industry of Australia. He is currently studying a Bachelor of Fine Arts, majoring in Film, Television and New Media Production and minoring in Creative Writing at Queensland University of Technology.
Sam is currently in the process of building his own brand name as a film maker through freelance work with companies around Brisbane. His latest ventures have involved creating a promotional video for Ample Entertainment that shows off their first mobile game. He has also created a promotional video for Covergenius; a company that helps organisations succeed by analysing their business systems, identifying deficiencies and implementing new or improving current systems.
Sam’s present work load involves writing scripts that will be produced into short films for his final year of university as well as developing concepts for Tropfest 2013.