Emerging Creatives Bootcamp

Emerging Creatives Bootcamp

City Libraries' Emerging Creatives Bootcamp #ECB18 was held on Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 February 2018 at Helensvale Library and Cultural Centre.

The free event was for young Gold Coast creatives aged 15 to 24, to help them kickstart their creative business or idea during an intensive weekend of talks and workshops. The weekend was MC'd by Triple J's Tom Tilley and featured a line up of top entrepreneurs including Jock Fairweather, Alyce Cowell, Mitch Hills and Scott Millar.

View the full program from the 2018 Emerging Creatives Bootcamp

Find out more about the event's MC and speakers in the archived information below.

City Libraries hopes to run a similar event in 2019, and in the meantime, check out our regular events and workshops.

Meet our MC

Tom Tilley, MC

Tom Tilley, Triple J presenter and journalist

As our bootcamp MC, Tom will guide us through the weekend. A leading voice in youth current affairs, and best known for presenting Triple J's Hack program, Tom began his journalism career in the ABC newsroom in 2005. He is a bass player for Client Liason during their live shows, and was a finalist in Cleo's Bachelor of the Year 2016.

Meet the entrepreneurs

Jock Fairweather

Jock Fairweather

Our keynote speaker is founder and director of thriving innovation and co-working space Little Tokyo Two. Jock launched his entrepreneurial career with a luxury shoe label in London, achieving record breaking success in the fashion industry. Now a serial entrepreneur, his passion is supporting the start-up ecosystem in Queensland.

Nicole Gibson

Nicole Gibson

Multi award winning entrepreneur and transformation master, Nicole Gibson established her first Not-for-Profit venture at only 18 years old. This inspiring millennial is the CEO of both Startup Apprentice and The Rogue & Rouge Foundation, as well the youngest Commonwealth Commissioner for Health in history. Nicole's mission is to help young people realise their potential so they can explore new possibilities, be innovative and connect with their communities.

Mitch Hills

Mitch Hills

Mitch is an Australian entrepreneur and marketer. Through his company Mastered Marketing, he helps people grow their businesses through the most effective use of social media. He is a motivating speaker and passionate about developing strategies that put the right messages in front of the right people.

Alyce Cowell

Alyce Cowell

Former Gold Coaster, writer, stylist and social media consultant, Alyce is the Westfield Insider, the official blogger for Westfield. She runs her own agency, Bossy Creative, focused on building brands for creative enterprises, and setting the tone and style for successful social media content creation.

Scott Millar

Scott Millar

Seventeen year old Scott Millar is the CEO and founder of BOP Industries, a Brisbane based holographic projections startup. Launching his company as a part of a grade 9 business venture, Scott has grown BOP from selling key rings at local markets to now running events and workshops across Australia. Having just graduated year 12, Scott is an entrepreneurial success story, and encourages other young people to embrace technology and think as entrepreneurs.

Meet our guest presenters

Jonathan Nalder

Founder of the international Future-U community, Jonathan will be running our Future Thinkers workshop focused on the essential future skills you need to take full advantage of the technology revolution that will transform the way we live, work and do business.

Gold Coast Hub

Opening soon, the Gold Coast Hub is a physical and virtual space for the city's future and present business leaders to connect, commercialise and grow innovative companies. It will create an innovation community, a home for startups and incubators, students, hackers, engineers, technology professionals and investors.

Dr Baden U'Ren, Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship, Bond University

Baden is passionate about innovation and a key player in the startup ecosystem of the Gold Coast. As Head of Entrepreneurship at Bond University, Baden uses his industry experience and passion for early stage ventures to advance entrepreneurship education both within the university and the wider community to encourage collaboration and help develop entrepreneurial communities.


Brisbane-based Designworks will be running our workshop on Design Engineering. They translate technology into products that will improve lives in meaningful ways, working with everyone from startups to multinationals. The team designed, engineered and manufactured the GC2018 Queen's Baton that is currently being carried across the globe to the opening ceremony of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games, including by our bootcmap MC Tom Tilley!

Startup Apprentice

Gold Coast success story Startup Apprentice inspires young people to think differently about their approach to working life and explore their potential to be a future entrepreneur. The team will run our Lean Startups workshop, covering the essential steps to starting up.

VO Group

The team from VO Group will run our Create a campaign workshop. The company is a full service creative agency operating across Australasia, with offices on the Gold Coast, Melbourne and Auckland. Their focus is finding creative solutions to engage your potential customers.

City of Gold Coast Arts & Culture

The City's Arts & Culture team will lead workshops exploring the Gold Coast's growing creative industries and opportunities to secure financial and other support for your artistic or creative project. Designer, curator and creative innovator, Stuart Chapman will be facilitating an Industry Connect GC Creatives workshop with a panel of local creative influencers, focusing on how to know your product and build your online community.

Proudly supported by Advance Queensland, Queensland Government

Note: Mr Tom Tilley appears by arrangement with Saxton Speakers Bureau.

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