At first, I actually didn't know what a bootcamp is. I only pay attention on the work "camp", and thought it should be a kind of relaxing event...It finally turn out to be a very intensive program.
To me, the most valuable results from the bootcamp could be concluded as:
- getting to know a lot of other people!
- some word from the Chancellor
The Bootcamp was a 2 days and 1 night event, consists of workshops, seminars and 1 day presentation of the creative ideas from the students.
That was the best! Because of the dinner! ;-)
Just joking. We had a great Italian dinner this night and Doron gave a speech about his stories of start-up companies.
The main idea lie behind is "Who cares?". I think not only with the business issues, but also when we want to do some research stuff, we really need to consider this question carefully. Who will really pay attention to our outcome!
The daytime was mainly in workshops. Jordon introduced his experience with the company 4DX P/L which is supported by Monash. I cannot understand a bit about the techniques, but I was absolutely sure his experience inspired a lot of the students here. Especially his decision of going to Japan in his PhD, I think it should take plenty of courage to make it.
The IP topic, to be honest, it was not that interesting, but very informative. The first thing I know is a patent will definitely cost a fortune which is not affordable for a student. So if we really want to apply a patent, we'd better find someone to support, either a company or the university. And sometime, we do not need a patent to protect the IP, we may think to keep the secret only within several related people (like CocaCola & Pepsi). The last thing I learned from this workshop is we cannot apply patent if we already published our idea, so if we really want to publish sth and keep a patent at the same time, we must be careful about the sequence to do these two things.
Micheal shared a story about how to cure a very expensive disease with little money. The students came out of variety ideas, unsurprisingly, most are about charity. In this story, the way actually is quite straight-forward:
- search the ingredients in the medicine
- find the DNA pattern of the patient
- find a company to match this two things
- inject the medicine himself
In this way, we can cut down the price from $1M to $1000, but with a lot of unexpected risk. But at the point what you should choose? What we have will determine what can produce.
Chris talked about his extraordinary experience with his companies. He also introduced his story about how to rise money for his first company. Actually from his friends and families. According to his words:
Money is good , but some is better than others
Finally, we came to the talk from the Chancellor Dr Alan Finkel. Alan moved to US when he started his first company. The reason he moved to US is simple, for his wife. What a beautiful story. Apart from this, I think Alan believed he can achieve something wherever he came. I should keep this faith for myself.
Students presents the ideas about their creative projects. Everyone did a great job. Our team was presenting an idea to make every people to take the job as a post-man.
I really enjoyed the workshop quite a lot, and I will strongly recommended if you have a chance to enter.