Startup Hackathon Weekend

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Build your entrepreneurial skills and mindset


Whether you have a fully formed business plan or are simply interested in the entrepreneurial space, SPARK Deakin’s Startup Hackathon Weekend is back again, running from Friday April 27th to Sunday April 29th at the Burwood Campus. We're ready to challenge you to take your knowledge of the fundamentals of entrepreneurship to the next level.

If you’ve always wanted to build something, this is the best place for you to start your journey.

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Meet and spend time with people just like you


You’ll also be surrounded by like-minded, entrepreneurial thinkers who are committed to challenging themselves to think about the startup space in new and exciting ways. 

Here’s a taste of what you’ll learn over the weekend:

  • Planning your startup using the lean canvas
  • Finding and converting your first customers
  • Understanding who they are with user personas
  • Moving fast with agile project management
  • Improving quickly using test cards and assumption validation
  • Conducting customer interviews to identify problems

Meet your Startup Hackathon Weekend host


With over 10 years of experience in entrepreneurship space both as a founder, a university lecturer and a board member, Will Dayble will provide you with multi-disciplinary knowledge across a variety of business concepts.

His energy will carry you through the weekend and you’ll leave feeling equal parts inspired and motivated.


What you need to know to get started


Who can apply?

Deakin students, staff and alumni are welcome to apply. You may be looking to start a new business, grow an existing one, or still be studying.

When and where is the event?

The Startup Weekend takes place at our Deakin University's Burwood Campus from Friday April 27th, to Sunday April 29th.

What is the cost?

The weekend costs $50 (Deakin staff'alumni) and $25 (Deakin students) + plus booking fee. If you are a member of the public, the weekend costs $300. Catering and beverages are provided however travel and accommodation are not included.

What is the application process?

A simple application process will determine who will be selected. You should be a pro-active, passionate and innovative change-maker who is willing to learn.

When are the application dates?

Applications open on February 28, 2018, and close on April 11, 2018


Startup Weekend really helped us to evaluate and refine our business model, so I can build a sustainable business into the future.

Josh Baila, Weights For Mates


Let's start your entrepreneurial journey