After last year’s big announcement from Matt Barrie and Philip Dalidakis came the news that the 2016 conference would remain in Sydney as moving to Melbourne this year was too ambitious. As revealed by Barrie yesterday, it turns out there was a lot going on in the background.
The news fired up a thousand Sydney vs Melbourne debates last October: Freelancer’s SydStart conference would be heading to Melbourne in 2016 and rebranding as StartCon.
In news that is sure to make the old Melbourne vs Sydney rivalry flare up once more, Freelancer has announced this afternoon that its SydStart conference is rebranding to StartCon and moving to Melbourne next year following an investment from the Victorian Government.
When it comes to events in the Australian startup ecosystem, one of the premium events that has been operating for the past five years now is Sydstart – The largest startup and growth conference to ever be held in the country. The first Sydstart ever was founded by Pete Cooper and held in 2012 at Darling Harbour and had over 1000 startups in attendance. This year the conference will be held in the centre of the city at Sydney’s Town Hall and the audience numbers are expected to exceed 2000.
One of the more unorthodox hackathons out there, StartupBus, is returning for its second year. Two buses will be taking off on a 72 hour road trip on October 25, arriving in Sydney in time for the SydStart conference on October 29.
On Monday Freelancer announced in a statement to the Australian Stock Exchange (ASX) that it had appointed Pete Cooper to the position of Regional Director, heading up media, communications and business development across Australasia. Cooper replaces outgoing Director Nikki Parker.
On Tuesday at SydStart 2014, Startup Daily decided to run a bit of an experiment.
We decided to run a live audio broadcast via the website for the whole day. I have been wanting to do some live broadcasting activities on the site for a long time. I am a huge fan of podcasts and radio style interviews. I think they create a different level of depth to the conversation that you sometimes lose with the written word.
This year, over 220 people expressed interest in pitching at SydStart 2014. Eighty semi-finalists were chosen from that pool – each of whom have ventures focusing on scalable, productised web and mobile technology, as well as tech startups that are in big markets. The finalists took part in four rounds of screening at the ASX, and each semi-finalist was scored by multiple judges according to five judging criteria. The top 10 were chosen to pitch on the main stage.
They may have been given the shitty end of the showroom absent of the signature red pathways of the main hall, as well as the make shift cafe, but that did not stop the CeBit Startup section from being the area where all the exhibitor action was happening yesterday.
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Things kicked off with a panel discussion from people that had done “stuff” – Mike Cannon Brookes [Atlassian] Dominic O’Hanlon [Investor] and Andrew Rogers [Anchor.com.au] all joined Peter Cooper [founder, Sydstart] on stage. One of the big take aways was the focus on having the right team in place and focusing on the customer and what they want as being the key drivers to success
SydStart is operated by the (mainly tech) startup community for the whole startup community and all speakers are volunteers and all funds are reinvested in the event, we are expecting over 1,200 paid conference and expo delegates to the next event with around 100 companies exhibiting and speaking/pitching.