Ok so we wanted to make it absolutely worth your while to get up for a 9:15 (ish) start on a Saturday and we are pretty sure we have delivered. Our co-organiser Terence, a guy with a lot of opinions, who famously wrote the https://alp.fail/ petition, will be ranting about why you SHOULD have a My Health Record account. This is absolutely sure to be hilarious.

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Terence is currently a Software Engineer at Localz, a startup that is developing last-mile solutions for retail, logistics and utility businesses based in Melbourne, Australia. I currently work across our backend, front-end and mobile applications (React Native).

Hi is also the Executive Editor of TechGeek, covering technology, gaming and geek culture. TechGeek won the inaugural Best Independent Media award at the Australian IT Journalism Awards (known as the Lizzies) in 2013. It has also been nominated Best Website for three consecutive years (2012 - 2014) alongside with the Sydney Morning Herald, CNET and Gizmodo Australia.

In addition, he’s the founder of UNIHACK, Australia’s premier university student hackathon. With 300+ students competing across two cities, we are also one of the largest hackathons in Australia.

Finally, we’re super lucky to have the final rant from the day from Shruti Shah, who is the Entrepreneur in Residence for Girl Geek Academy. She’ll be talking about why funding for startups is broken, which is a topic near and dear to her heart as a exited founder and a mentor for startups. When she’s not in Australia, Shruti Shah is also an Entrepreneur in Residence at Silicon Valley Bank where she is currently working with the early stage practice team on strategic partnerships while also developing a new idea for a new type of funding for startups.

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She was previously the co-founder and COO of Y Combinator backed Move Loot, an online full-service marketplace for buying and selling used furniture, where she led national expansion and general business operations. Over the course of three years, she and her co-founding team raised $22 million dollars to scale the business across the United States. Move Loot was featured in numerous publications including Forbes, TechCrunch, Bloomberg Business Week, CNN, TIME, Fortune and more.

Shruti was honored by Forbes as a 2016 30 Under 30 recipient in Retail and E-Commerce and the Aspen Institute as an Aspen Ideas Festival Scholar in reimagining capitalism. Shruti earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science with a minor in Entrepreneurship from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and she earned her Master of Science in Education with a focus on Urban Education from Johns Hopkins University.

Finally, if you haven’t got your tickets yet, this is absolutely the last day! :-)

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