Melbourne Azure BizSpark Camp Judging Panel Announced

The integral part of our weekend Start up camps is the opportunity for each of the participating teams to present their solution to our Panel of Judges. The panel includes technical experts, business experts and investors. Each judge has different backgrounds & experiences and the feedback they provide to participants is always invaluable.

The participants receive an intensive day of training on Friday the 4th of February from Microsoft’s Azure Platform Strategy Advisor, Graham Elliott. After this intensive deep dive, the participants have from 9am Saturday morning until 4:00pm Sunday to build their application!

They each receive 10 minutes to pitch to the Judging panel – 2 mins setup time, 5 mins demo/slides & then 2-3 minutes for questions from the panel.

Each presentation will be judged on:

  • Presentation Quality,
  • Solution Quality,
  • Business Viability,
  • Azure Integration,
  • Technical Innovation and
  • Breakthrough Potential

Prizes include HTC Mozart Phone 7 devices, XBox Kinect pack and 2 tickets for one company to attend The Entourage Entrepreneurs Program (valued at $1,295 each!) The Melbourne Course is currently scheduled for 29th and 30th April and details can be found here on their site

Our Panel of Judges for this event includes:

Jack Delosa Executive Director, The Entourage

With a career spanning business, media and politics, Jack has been named in Australian Anthill’s 30Under30 publication as well as Dynamic Business Magazine’s Australia’s Top 10 Entrepreneurs Under 30. Jack headed up MBE Education through rapid growth, building it into one of the fastest 50 start-ups in Australia as noted by SmartCompany.

Jack will be on the judging panel and will also be presenting on How to become Investor Ready and Raise Capital for an Early Stage Event.

Graham Elliott Azure Platform Strategy Advisor, Microsoft Australia

Graham is the Windows Azure ISV Platform Advisor for Australia and New Zealand where he works with Independent Software Vendors (ISV) to unlock the power of the Windows Azure Platform. His role is to help ISVs understand and address business and IT challenges, and to help them build systems using the Microsoft cloud offerings. Graham is a frequent speaker on Microsoft's cloud platform, architecture practices, application security and web strategy.

Before joining Microsoft, Graham was a Solutions Architect for Avanade Australia and Accenture, developing and supporting enterprise solutions across a range of technologies.

Phil Goldie Director, Server & Tools Business Group, Microsoft Australia

Phil Goldie has recently joined Microsoft Australia to lead the Server and Tools Business Group. This team is responsible for key technologies such as cloud computing, virtualisation, security, management and products such as the Windows Server portfolio, SQL Server, Forefront, Systems Centre and Visual Studio 2010.

The Server and Tools team works with customers, partners, media and analysts to help build understanding of how Microsoft can help deliver world class infrastructure solutions. Phil’s team was responsible for building the local go-to-market strategy for Microsoft’s Cloud computing platform, Azure.

Jordan Green President, Melbourne Angels Inc.

Jordan is an experienced executive, entrepreneur, engineer, venture capitalist and Angel investor. He has over twenty-seven years experience in growing and advising technology oriented companies in Australia, USA, Asia and Europe. A Silicon Valley software veteran, Jordan was a founding partner of one of the best performing venture capital fund managers in Australia. He is co-founder and Deputy Chairman of the Australian Association of Angel Investors and also the founder and lead Angel investor of Melbourne Angels Inc.

Steve Nagy Azure MVP and Senior Consultant, Readify

By day, Steven is a Senior Consultant for Readify and a Microsoft MVP in Windows Azure, helping organisations adopt technology and improve processes. By night, he cackles gleefully basking in the glow of his laptop screen as thousands of Azure worker roles carry out his evil bidding.

Nigel Watson Platform Strategy Advisor, Microsoft Australia

Nigel Watson is an Architect Advisor for Microsoft Australia and works with the software architecture community in Melbourne. His role is to help build awareness of Microsoft's platform, tools and architectural practices, by showing how these may be leveraged to provide value in heterogeneous enterprise environments.