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Our designer is heading to Silicon Valley

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In August of 2015, I was selected to join a cohort of 20 young people on a tour of Silicon Valley.

Startup Catalyst aims to inject some entrepreneurialism into the Brisbane tech scene by exposing capable young folk to the fast-paced tech world around San Francisco.

What an honour to be chosen. I can’t wait!

The Cohort

I’m the only one coming predominantly from a design background. Most of the cohort seem to be super skilled programmers, with a few even studying mechatronics and robotics.

I’m stoked to be chosen despite lacking some of the development and engineering capabilities of my peers. But design also has a key role to play in the success of the Brisbane tech scene.

No doubt I’ll be applying some Lean UX methods and guerilla user testing. And I’m looking forward to bringing these ideas back to Vision6.

The Tour

The bulk of the trip sees us visiting the campuses of some of the biggest tech companies in the world, including Facebook, Apple and Google.

In the middle, we’ll do a startup weekend. We’ll form a team around a startup idea, validating the idea and build a prototype, and then pitch the startup to a panel of judges. Sure to be an amazing experience.

After the Trip

When I get back I’m looking forward to bringing innovation from Silicon Valley straight into Vision6. Plus a big goal of mine is to be able to respond quickly to user/customer needs. And I have a feeling the trip is going to provide some great inspiration.

If you want to stay in touch while I’m away make sure you follow us on Twitter, I’ll be keeping everyone posted! And subscribe to our blog to make sure you don’t miss out on the post-trip wrap up.

Jack Hallahan

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Product Designer (UX and UI)

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