Microsoft BizSpark Azure Camp AU Judging Panel Announced

The integral part of this weekends Azure camp is the opportunity for participants to present their solution to our Panel of Judges.

The event runs from 8:45am – 10pm Saturday and then 9am -7 pm Sunday. The participants receive an intensive ½ day of training on Saturday morning from Chris Auld & then the participants have from midday Saturday till 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

The winning team will receive a prize of $5,000!

In preparation, the participants will receive guidance from Panellist Joe Najem on their Lunch break on Tips & Tricks on Funding your Start up & will be around all afternoon to help the teams prepare for their presentation.

Our Panel of Judges includes:

Chris Auld

Azure Trainer, Director, Strategy and Innovation Integen and Microsoft Regional Director

Chris Auld is Intergen's Director, Strategy and Innovation, responsible for Intergen's Microsoft technology leadership on the world stage. Chris is also a Director of MedRecruit an Australian and New Zealand Medical Recruitment Company; built on the Microsoft platform and the 2nd fastest growing company in the NZ Deloitte Fast 50 in 2009.

Chris is one of only two Microsoft regional directors in New Zealand, works closely and often with Microsoft Corporate in Redmond, USA, and plays an active role around the globe on the training and speaking circuits.

Chris left his Law degree behind him to play with shiny new technologies after graduating from Otago University in 1999. He formed Kognition, a Dunedin-based team of mobility and smart client specialists, which was acquired by Intergen in 2007. Known for his evangelical, arm-waving style and his enthusiasm and drive, Chris works closely with clients to help them undertake adventurous, high risk, high return projects. His vision is to revolutionise businesses through dynamism, passion and leading-edge innovation.



Joseph Najem

Managing Director and CEO of BizSpark Network partner AC&E International

Joseph has extensive Strategic and Technology Consulting, Private Equity, Venture Capital and Corporate Finance expertise

Joseph is a growth and innovation expert – specialising in business strategy, business planning, commercialisation, mergers, acquisitions and alliances, technology, Internet and the development of new business models and ventures

He spent his formative years at Accenture in management consulting, technology and venture capital

Internationally experienced in Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Korea, China, Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, United States of America, Canada, England, Scotland, Italy, Spain, France


James McCutcheon

Director of BizSpark Network Partner foundry 38 - Microsoft MVP

James McCutcheon is the founder and CEO of Foundry 38. Over the last 20 years he has experienced providing the codemonkey skills, the vision. the financial management strategy and other times the funding for many different startup businesses. Some of these businesses have been very successful by selling out and of course some have just been "learning experiences" but no matter which category they fall into each have taught him a great deal about what is needed for a successful technology startup.

He has also a masters in management for technology and is a Microsoft MVP for Mobile Devices for the last 5 years.


Patrick W. Driessen

CEO of BizSpark Network Partner Seed Accelerator

Over the last 15 years, Patrick has held senior leadership positions with responsibility for the USA, Europe, Middle East, and the Asia Pacific region, including P&L responsibility for up to US$350M and 675 people. He has worked for technology market leaders such as Dell, ScanLaser, Cambridge Technology Partners, EDS, Unisys and HP. In the last 5 years alone he generated over $800 million in new business revenue.

At present Patrick is the CEO at Seed Accelerator where he and his team help start and grow a select number of technology organisations across the Asia Pacific region and provide innovation programs to corporate organisations and government bodies. He is a partner at a boutique seed-stage investment firm and holds various positions as director or non-executive director within technology startups. Together with Professor Con Stough (neuro science) and Dr. David Camfield (creativity) he is founding-member and director at the Australian Institute of Workplace Innovation.

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