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 MENTORAREAS OF EXPERTISEON SITECONTACT DETAILS
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Code
Data Analysis
UX and Design
Refugee Insights
StrategySpecialising in:Fri Kick OffSat AMSat PMSun AM
Sun Pitch Prep
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Marina Paranetto

Founder of Powerhousehq. She actively supports the Melbourne startup scene as CEO of Startup Victoria Female Founders Committee, and work at PwC Experience Center as Innovation Manager. Marina uses design thinking and lean startup approach to develop solutions for problems worth solving.
x1. customer development,
2. design thinking
3. validate ideas
4. prototype
5. value proposition design
xmarina@powerhousehq.com
@marinaparonetto
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Steve Bennet

I'm an open data expert at Data61 working on NationalMap and other map websites using our open source webmap platform, TerriaJS.
xx1. Anything to do with maps, including OpenStreetMap, PostGIS, Mapbox, data sources, format conversion, displaying in a web app etc.
2. Sources of open data
3. Data wrangling
xme@stevebennett.me
@stevage1
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Alvaro Maz

Managing Director at Code for Australia
x1. Identifying problems
2. Refining & scaling product
3. Pitching
xxxalvaro@codeforaustralia.org
@alvaromaz
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Rita Arrigo

Digital Advisor
xx1. Collaboration and Office 365
2. Social Media
3. Business Development
4. Sales
5. Web Development Basics
xxritaarrigo@gmail.com
@rarrigo
0488 486 633
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Guy Franklin

Telstra Software Group - General Manager. Manage an engineering/technology function that assesses global technology businesses, provides technical due diligence and builds MVPs and proof of concepts from that technology.
x1. Translating problems into technical solutions
2. Helping teams focus on technical, viable MVP
3. Commercial viability
4. Pitching
5. Strategies for working with enterprise and government
xxxxguyfranklin@gmail.com
@guy_franklin
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Grant Downie

Founder, Investor, Adviser, Director (InnovAction, Dynamic Strategies, Energia Australia)
x1. Business Model
2. Team Structure/ Roles
xxgrant@innovaction.com.au
@GPDAus
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Sandra Arico

Senior Manager, RMIT Fastrack Innovation Program (in short, I run an innovation program where students help co-design solutions big complex problems with industry, through design thinking and lean approaches)
x1. Thinking through their ideas and business models i.e. desirability, feasibility, viability components
2. As a general sounding board to help test thinking / approach
3. Helping to tell their story / prepare and refine the pitch
xxsandra.arico@rmit.edu.au
@sandraarico
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Ren Butler

Melbourne Startup Market Manager (And founder/Managing Director of The Whisky Social)
x1. Communications & Marketing Strategy
2. Validation/Market feasibility assessment
3. Pitching
4. Partnership Identification (connecting the community dots for ambitious projects)
xxxren@bluechilli.com
@MsRenButler
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Hima Tk

Management Consultant at PwC, also heads up Girl Geek Dinners Melbourne and Director of Sponsorship, Startup Victoria Female Founders
xxx1. Value Proposition Definition
2. Business Model Creation
3. Financial Analysis
4. Pitch Deck Creation
5. Pitching Preparation
xxxhima@girlgeekacademy.com
@hima_tk
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Lee

Refugee Advocate
x1. Visiting asylum seekers in detention and post their release, for the last 2 yrs.
2. Helping with navigating entry into Australian society.
3. IT background in banking, finance and telecoms.
xx`
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Developer Steve

Xero API Evangelist. Kini Swimwear CTO. KingdomHack founder. Hackathon MC/Mentor/Judge. Geek tech-head able to code tall buildings in a single bound. Prev PayPal Braintree.
xx1. Dev (full stack) including devops IOT
2. startup and corp experience
3. well travelled, international speaker and of course puns
xxsteven@developersteve.com
@DeveloperSteve
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Tariq Hassanen

Solutions Consultant for PayPal, ex Solutions Consultant for eBay and ex Product Development Manager for an ecommerce agency
xxxx1. User Experience
2. Payments and Ecommerce
3. Architecture
4. Presentations
5. Coding .NET
xxxmentor@tariqhassanen.com
@tariqh
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Alex Tanglao

Head of Content and Legal Analyst, legal advisor to startups.
x1. Law
2. Regulation
3. Content
xalex@lawpath.com.au
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Jason Cormier

API Evangelist for TIBCO Mashery
xx1. API integrations
2. UX/UI design
3. Viability of concept and pitching
xxxjcormier@tibco.com
@jadacormier
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Esther

Cybersecurity Specialist
xxx1. UX/UI Design
2. Pitching Creation & Presentation
3. Front & Back End Dev
xx@estherbytes
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Eliza Sorensen

Devops Engineer
xx1. Backend dev
2. Pitching Presentation
3. Systems architecture
xx@zemmiph0bia
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Justin "JT" Taylor

Startup founder and CodeSlinger for hire

xx1. iOS Development
2. .NET Backend Development
3. PaaS
xxxjustin@justintaylor.net
@jtango18
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AWS Team

Mark Brown – Enterprise Sales Manager
Con Emmanouil – Technical Account Manager
Mark Teichtahl – Solution Architect
Craig Lawton – Solution Architect
Arden Packer – Solution Architect


xWill provide credit codes for participants to use that will allow them to sign up for AWS Activate and receive $50 of AWS creditsxxxxx
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