Get involved

In all things scary, I will find this to be one of the most scary things. But at the moment I’m all about doing stuff and giving it a go, flaws out there and balls to the wind (as it were).

Start Up Weekend  have been gaining some momentum around the world and now it’s here in sunny Queenstown! I have signed up because I want to learn more about myself (not in a deep and meaningful way but in a what I find difficult and how I overcome that way) and I also want to meet others in the same boat.

The big message from these guys is great because it’s learning in an environment that will be safe, supportive, a lot of fun (and you know I’m all about the fun) and it’s not just for geeks. I particularly love geeks but you know those techy one’s that have another language and you just nod and smile, well there will be those there but they’re nice. I promise you. There will be marketers, entrepreneurs, creatives, ideas and business people.

Here is some blurb from the guys involved with startup weekend. Sign up now because you will 1) learn tons about business and yourself 2) not sleep much and I’d love to see myself working with sleep deprivation 3) you’ll see me sleep deprived 4) there will be cake (won’t there)

Thank you Darren for this

“There’s a whole bunch of people bringing new things to Queenstown, from TEDx to Entrepreneur lunches and many other groups. There’s a new unique thing coming soon and they need YOU!

Startup Weekend is a non-profit, community-building event that brings together entrepreneurs of different backgrounds, including software developers, marketers, designers, and other enthusiasts. They gather to to pitch ideas, form teams and start companies in just 54 hours. The participants that attend have 60 seconds to make a pitch (optional), the pitches are whittled down to the top ideas, and then teams form around the ideas to come out with several developed companies or projects. Finally, the weekend culminates with demonstrations in front of an audience of judges and potential investors.

This is Queenstown’s first Startup Weekend, but the event occurs all over the world throughout the year and they have been very successful. The event will be held the weekend of Fri-Sun 17th-19th October, and you can find more info at

The Queenstown organising team went down to Invercargill last weekend and came back enthused by great ideas, pitches and also the judges and mentors who help you validate ideas and assumptions throughout the weekend.  They mentored and took part so saw the event from both sides.

This isn’t just a tech weekend – it’s a chance to learn something new in a safe environment – challenge what you do on a daily basis in your current role, learn how to validate that idea that’s been buzzing around your head for years, and just do something different.  The event needs business savvy heads as well as creatives and developers.  Bring along your work team!

The team are backed by a global foundation but only in collateral – not time or money so help them along by grabbing a ticket to the event.  They’re also looking for local cash sponsors to make this event happen and nice healthy inspiring food to feed around 80 participants.

If you want to secure your place head over to to learn more, or to grab a ticket.

The ticket fees cover all your food for the weekend so it’s pretty much free!

If you want to contact Jose Ganga, Darren Craig or Nathan Donaldson about sponsorship or PR you can get them via queenstown -at- startupweekend.organd they’ll be in touch.