Silicon Paddock Launch Event.
Because who says the next tech unicorn company can't be born in regional Australia?
Silicon Paddock is the launch of Startup Daily's new sister site. The content is centred around regional startups and innovators in the small business space.
Whether you are an AgriTech company doing something amazing with drones or the owner of the local butchers and are leveraging digital technologies to scale your operation beyond servicing the immediate local community; chances are you will be both suited to coverage on this media platform.
There are over 1.3 million businesses across regional Australia and right now although 95% of those business owners have internet themselves only 48% of their businesses have a web presence. With the rollout of the NBN and advancements in technology - regional Australia has never been more connected to the world and it is the perfect time for business owners to start thinking globally when it comes to their entrepreneurial ideas.
Silicon Paddock will play two main roles in helping in some small way to drive a culture that encourages embracing the digital economy throughout regional Australia by first creating content that amplifies the stories of country based entrepreneurs, that connects regional based businesses to the wider startup and tech scene nationally as well as government and corporates and most importantly provide snackable, straight-forward educational content to enable them to complete daily tasks and learn new systems and processes.
We will also be holding Silicon Paddock Festival from April 28th - 30th. This will be the first Tech Conference of its kind in the country. It will have international speakers, well known Australian entrepreneurs and also include two other things we are passionate about as part of the festival; rural and indigenous culture and good old country music.
Looking at the impact that an event like SXSW has had on Austin, Texas over time, we are excited about what affect the event may have within the Riverina area.
Event Run Sheet
MONDAY OCTOBER 24th
1.45pm - Guests Arrive at Thirsty Crow Craft Brewery. Drinks and Canapés being served.
2.15pm - Guests Seated. Acknowledgement of country.
2.25pm - Minister Stuart Ayres speaks.
2.35pm - Mat Beeche speaks and introduces Silicon Paddock.
2.45pm - Mat Beeche talks about Foundation Partners
2.55pm - Nicole Kersh speaks about education and women
3.05pm - One of our Ambassadors David Koch addresses the audience and then talks to a panel of three local startup founders that are working in various spaces and industries in the region.
3.30pm - Mat Beeche introduces owner of Thirsty Crow to talk about produce before we experience his products in the networking that follows.
4.45pm - Bump Out