Melbourne Azure BizSpark Startup Camp Final Agenda Announced

The Agenda for the BizSpark Startup Camp being held in Melbourne on the of 4-6th of February has been finalised. I am once again very excited about both the Azure Deep Dive day as well as the extra value sessions we are including to give you additional business knowledge & advice while at the Startup camp.


Day 1 Friday 4th – technical Deep Dive Presented by Microsoft’s Graham Elliott
9:00 Introduction and Cloud Overview.
9:30 Windows Azure Overview.


10:45 Technical Drill Down - Windows Azure Compute, Management & Diagnostics.
12:00 Lunch
12:45 Technical Drill Down - Windows Azure Storage.
1:45 Technical Drill Down – SQL Azure.
2:45 Break
3:00 Technical Drill Down - Windows Azure Platform AppFabric.
4:00 Q&A
Day 2 Saturday 5th
8:45 Doors open
9:00 Welcome & Development Kick Off
12:30 Lunch Break
1:00 30 minute Presentation on What's happening in the Melbourne Entrepreneur Community by Ross Hill, founder of The Hive
1:30 Development Continues
7:00 Close of Facilities
Day 3 Sunday 6th
9:00 Kick Off
12:30 Lunch Break
1:00 30 Minute Presentation by Jack Delosa of The Entourage who will outline how to become investor ready and raise capital for an early stage venture.
2:00 Practice Presentations kick off
4:00 Development Finishes - HARD STOP, Order of Presentations to judging panel allocated
4:15 David Sajfar from Microsoft will cover some of the Government funding options available for Technology innovation
4:30 Presentations to Judging Panel begins 10 mins per team - 2 mins setup, 5 mins pitch, 3 mins questions
6:30 Judges Break to decide on the winners
7:00 Winners Announced, Networking commences

The Bio’s for each of our Speakers are below:

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.

Ross Hill Founder of The Hive

While studying Entrepreneurship at RMIT University Ross noticed the lack of informal entrepreneurship networks in Melbourne, so with a few mates he started The Hive - monthly drinks at a bar where a respected entrepreneur shares their journey. After working with Deloitte Digital and Deloitte Innovation he now grows engagement with Yammer, the enterprise social network. Ross will be presenting on What’s Happening in the Melbourne Entrepreneur Community.

David Sajfar Platform Strategy Advisor, Microsoft Australia

David has been with Microsoft for ten years, having previously completed four years at IBM and eight years with the State Government. He is a key contributor to the Victorian ICT Industry. With his extensive experience of the local independent software vendor (ISV) industry over the past ten years, he has been a major influence in commercialising new opportunities by creating new channels and relationships in this important sector. David’s understanding of Microsoft’s strategic and technology direction has been invaluable to the ISV community in proactively aligning their strategies.

David also contributes actively to drive local industry development and investment. He is a founding member of Victoria.NET & Queensland.NET industry associations and a state committee member of the Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA).