Indigenous startup weekend

Look. I'm not indigenous. So why the hell would a non-indigenous person want to do this?

We are all people and people should not shy away from helping other people. I wasn't going to solve peoples problems. I wanted to assist them with tools and knowledge I had accumulated from previous events.

I pitched two ideas during the opening presentations. The first was to gamifiy indigenous stories in order to inspire indigenous people to code, to then update the app with the peer created games. The second pitch was to develop a program which partners Urban schools and rural schools to share knowledge, resources and for the students to connect and engage, rather than partnering with international schools.

No one wanted to work with me on these ideas. Which I was grateful for because it meant I got to join another team! The team I joined was Cookup Mob. We aimed to hack a way to get nutrition to rural communities. This was achieved through kinship networks and existing logistics, completely bypassing the monopolised retail shops in the remote communities.

Working with a group of 100% altruistic people was refreshing! It meant we focused on how the solution helps people and not about a business model that drives profit. Instead I was able to formulate a business model that is self sustaining, rather than having to rely on funds from government or organisations.

This event also gave me an opportunity to develop ideas which weren't tech focused. This was a great reminder that not everyone will benefit from AI and Self Service straight away and it's important to remember how and when technology will reach them.

While I was at this event I had an opportunity to meet Kate Diete and Paul McCann the founders of Swift Pitch which aims to connect investment ready startups to global investors. I hope that when my business is investment ready I can use these connections to make the process easier!