Emerging Tech Weekender

A hack weekend, bringing together Oxford’s finest business brains, designers and developers to explore new opportunities for bleeding edge digital tech.

Oxford, 14th - 16th November 2014

Present your idea Build a team Develop the idea Pitch it to experts

Emerging Tech Weekender

14th - 16th November 2014


An intense weekend of making and pitching with advice from business and technology mentors

Make sure you read the resources section before you arrive so you get the most out of the weekend

5 minute talks from the Tech Mentors

Chance to pitch ideas to the group. Followed by voting to select the best ideas to develop over the weekend

Multi-disciplinary teams will be created for each idea selected

Time for teams to develop the ideas. Mentors will be available throughout the day for advice and support

Placi Espejo from Bicester Vision will run a pitching techniques workshop

Book a feedback session with a business mentor throughout the day

More time to develop the ideas

Time to prepare pitches ready to present to the expert panel

Teams pitch their ideas to the expert panel

The expert panel will award a winner

All teams update each other on their progress to date in 1 minute.

Tech mentors

Each technology will be introduced by an expert in the field, who will stick around to help teams over the weekend.

Ben Foxall

Ben Foxall

Ben will provide code and mentoring for teams working with real-time browser connections.

Ben Ward

Ben will provide advice and mentoring for teams working with internet of things.

Tom Nickson

Tom is very excited about all things mesh and will provide support and encouragement for teams working with mesh networking

Business mentors

Business mentors will be around to support with pitches and commercial advice

Placi Espejo

Placi has a passion for helping businesses, particularly finding ways in which she can help them improve their pitching technique

Mark Evans

Big company finance/general management guy turned entrepreneur. Leads a small tech company and chairs three others. Mark loves connecting people

Dave Fletcher

Dave is founder and Managing Director of White October, a digital agency in Oxford. He has also launched two major technical conferences in Oxford

Steve Moyle

Steve is an experienced "zero-to-exit" technology inventor/entrepreneur, with software, security and big data expertise

Andrew Norton

Creative restaurateur serving up disruptive technology to the UK hospitality sector. Andrew founded the Jam Factory from where he launched and now runs technology startup TellTheChef.com.

Jonathan Gittos

Jonathan is an active entrepreneur and founded his first web software startup fifteen years ago, and sold it six years later. He has since worked on successful technology businesses in education, finance, advertising and big data


Judges will decide on the best pitches, considering the tech, design and business proposition

Nigel Crook

Nigel Crook is Head of Computing and Communication Technologies at Oxford Brookes University where he is leading research in cognitive robotics

Julian Jantke

Julian loves building start ups and develop early stage companies. He co-founded hardware and software start ups.

Tony Hart

Building partnerships and collaborations to create commercially viable tech start-ups


The weekender will take place in the new John Henry Brookes building in the Headington Campus of Oxford Brookes University. This amazing space provides the perfect environment to support teams in generating and developing their concepts, pitching, sharing ideas and making new connections.


The Emerging Tech Weekender is supported by


The Emerging Tech Weekender is sponsored by


  • John Henry Brookes Building
    Oxford Brookes University - Headington Campus
    Oxford OX3 0BP
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