Online global teaching resource wins Sydney Startup Weekend

1 August 2011

ClassMate, a new online application that aims to allow teachers to share resources globally, was the winner of the Sydney Startup Weekend.

Startup Weekend, from Friday evening (29 July) through to Sunday (31 July), was an intense 54 hour event that brought together participants at the Australian Technology Park in Eveleigh to build new startup technology businesses.

NSW Trade and Investment sponsored the event as part of its efforts to help grow the State's digital economy.

Startup Weekend is a not-for-profit venture that originated in the United States in 2007 and has since hosted more than 200 events in over 100 cities and 35 countries.

The grassroots event brings together talented people with different skill sets and puts them in a pressure cooker environment to create sustainable digital economy businesses from the ground up in record time.

Hosted by business incubator ATP Innovations, the Sydney Startup Weekend included software developers, graphics designers, technology enthusiasts and business people.

Sydney Startup Weekend facilitator Tyson Lundbech, who won the 2010 Startup Weekends in San Francisco and New York, said: "Sydney really put on a good show. Everyone pretty much had products built by the end of the weekend. The teams really glued together tightly. It was an awesome, world class event. I've been to Startup Weekends including in New York, San Francisco and Israel and this was one of the best."