West Tech Assemblage acknowledges the traditional custodians throughout Western Australia and their continuing connection to the land, waters and community. We pay our respects to all members of the Aboriginal communities and their cultures; and to Elders both past and present.

West Tech Assemblage 2021

Driving Digital Access & Inclusion

West Tech Assemblage will once more bring together the state’s technology and innovation sectors to focus on digital access and inclusion. This is the seventh consecutive time since 2015 that West Tech Assemblage has coordinated state-wide connections to advance important diversity and inclusion programs.

Through collaboration and the progressive, shared goals of all stakeholders, the objective of ensuring all Western Australians enjoy the benefits of digital technologies can be realised.

WTA have since 2015 grown and matured into becoming more than a networking event, and is currently one of the biggest contributors to driving the culture of collaboration in WA.

WTA achieves this by inviting its attendees from across industries and sectors, and the outcome of the event is not just the attendance on that night. It is the initiatives and activities formed through the partnerships fostered by WTA that continue to benefit the community in the months and years following each event.

Speakers

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Hon. Don Punch MLA
Minister for Disability Services; Fisheries; Innovation and ICT; Seniors and Ageing

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Prof. Peter Klinken AC
Chief Scientist of Western Australia

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Cecily Rawlinson
Director
WA AustCyber Innovation Hub

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Henrietta Podgorska
Senior Manager Communications and Engagement
Umbrella Multicultural Community Care Services Inc.

Carly Davis

Carly Davis
General Manager—Education Programs
Wirrpanda Foundation

Professor Kylie Readman

Prof. Kylie Readman
Deputy Vice Chancellor, Education and Equity
Murdoch University

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Nilesh Makwana
Chair
West Tech Assemblage
CEO
illuminance Solutions

About WTA

People often think the best ideas are sparked from home offices, garages or basements – it’s a narrative we’ve all come to romanticise with the likes of tech giants Apple and Microsoft.

But the truth is, it’s collaboration that has been the key ingredient underlying their success and what has ultimately propelled their tech inventions further than they could have ever done as a one-person show. So, imagine what can be achieved, what light bulb ideas could flicker and whatinnovation could take place when you bring the brightest minds in a community all under one roof.

This was the founding principle behind West Tech Assemblage (WTA) when it made its debut in 2015, the era of then Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s ‘Ideas Boom’. There was a need to break down the silos in Perth and create a space where entrepreneurs, scientists, students, universities and businesses from all industries could gather to connect and share, nourish and grow their ideas.

West Tech Assemblage has since its first event in 2015 established itself as an annual event in the WA tech sector calendar, where the objective is to drive the culture of collaboration to benefit the state. The event achieves this by powering and forming unique partnerships across industries, academia, government, and the private sector.

The annual event is a catalyst for advancing common goals of digital literacy, diversity and inclusion through its Driving Digital Access and Inclusion Across WA initiative, which has reached out to Indigenous communities, senior citizens and people with disabilities through a variety of training programs in collaboration with various key partners.

Beyond the keynote speaker sessions and panel discussions, WTA has also provided a platform for innovators to showcase their ideas with space and booths to exhibit.

Who will be there?

The event presents a unique opportunity to come together and present a united front to ensure all Western Australians have the digital access and knowledge to support them in all aspects of their lives. The platform that the event has become over the years plays a crucial role in advocating fulfillment of the common goal by bringing together like-minded key actors across industries that would not come together organically. 

Come along if you’re:

  • Working in innovation
  • Developing a new technology
  • Conducting research into how technology can transform an industry
  • In a technology job
  • Working for a tech company
  • Studying in a technology field
  • Working in an innovation or tech start-up
  • Thinking about starting a technology business
  • Working as an academic or researcher
  • Working for a tech recruiter
  • A journalist or in the media covering tech and innovation

The 2021 WTA event will again bring together government, for-profit, non-profit and academic sectors to further drive the culture of collaboration to support the common goal of achieving digital inclusion and access for all in WA. Participants will include:

  • State government representatives
  • Policy advisors
  • Mayors and CEOs of local councils and councillors
  • Academics and researchers
  • Innovators from the technology sector
  • Non-profit committee members
  • First Nation leaders and organisations
  • Key participants from the tech sector
  • Tech associations and organisations

Sponsors

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Previous Events

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West Tech Assemblage 2020

The sixth edition of WTA was held on 30 September 2020 at Stanley College in West Perth WA.

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West Tech Assemblage 2019

West Tech Assemblage 2019 was held on 18 November at Pan Pacific Hotel in Perth.

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West Tech Assemblage 2018

The fourth edition of WTA was held at Pan Pacific Perth on 1st November 2018.

Testimonial by Hon Kate Doust MLC

Hon Kate Doust MLC

President of the Legislative Council

“Last year (2015) we saw the gathering of pretty much all the groups in Western Australia that are involved in the ICT sector under the West Tech Assemblage, which was organised by Nilesh Makwana, and he did a fabulous job.”

Testimonial by Maryam Omari

Prof. Maryam Omari

Executive Dean – School of Business and Law

Edith Cowan University

“Congratulations on another yet another successful West Tech Assemblage in 2017, supporting and celebrating entrepreneurs in Western Australia.

At ECU, we are passionate about developing entrepreneurs and this is a fantastic event to showcase what is being done in this space.

The School of Business and Law has been a proud partner of the West Tech Assemblage since 2016, supporting collaboration and innovation in Western Australia.”

Testimonial by Greame Speak

Graeme Speak

eGroup Association

“Established in 2009, eGroup Association is the peak body for online business investors and entrepreneurs at the growth stage of business. As the Foundation Partner of the West Tech Assemblage since 2015, we are proud to continue our support to help connect entrepreneurs, consultants, advisors and investors from the many innovation and technology groups within Western Australia.

Entrepreneurs need your support. We hope the West Tech Assemblage gives you the opportunity to make worthwhile new connections that opens the opportunity for new collaborations and expands your business.”

Testimonial by Peter Kasprzak

Peter Kasprzak

Innovate Australia

“Great event, going a long way towards building WA’s innovation ecosystem.

I really like the informal nature and well done on the numbers you had attending.

We are looking forward to collaborating with West Tech Assemblage this year.”

Testimonial by Carlos Damski

Carlos Damski

Genesis Petroleum Technologies

“The West Tech Assemblage in 2016 was an amazing event, bringing together the brightest minds in Perth’s technology and innovation community within an amazing venue.

It was a real pleasure to attend that event and engage with fellow tech sector leaders. I look forward to the next ones”

Testimonial by Greg Bruce

Greg Bruce

Greg Bruce Consulting

“Thank you again for the opportunity to attend the West Tech Assemblage. Congratulations on a very successful and well run event with excellent speakers and very interesting and eclectic attendees. I met some new contacts and caught up with some old acquaintances”.

Testimonial by Lyn Lii

Lyn Lii

Dyflex Solutions

“Thank you for organising such a great event and congratulation! I enjoyed your speech and your sense of humour 🙂 And it was my first time to meet so many tech related people at the same time together. Appreciate your effort and look forward to more events like this!”

Testimonial by Rupen Kotecha

Rupen Kotecha

Western Australian Leaders

“WA Leaders was a proud sponsor of the West Tech Assemblage in 2017, a successful event promoting collaboration and celebrating innovation.
With very high calibre speakers and quality delegates, the event was a huge success and a great opportunity to showcase WA entrepreneurial innovation.
We look forward to supporting and collaborating with West Tech Assemblage in 2018.”

Testimonial by Rohan Wallace

Rohan Wallace

IP Sentinels

“IP Sentinels was very pleased to sponsor the West Tech Assemblage. We were able to renew our existing relationships with the who’s who of the Perth Start-up and technology scene, gain further exposure of our brand and meet some new faces. Well done on a great event!”

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