Unlocking Diverse Abilities
The spotlight for the 2020 event was access and inclusion, whether that be digital, physical or workforce. This year, for the first time in the history of the annual event attendees will hear from five individuals with disability, who will share their insight and experiences in a moderated panel conversation. These talented people offer diversity in thought and ideas – providing innovative work contributions.
The event also showcased work being undertaken with National Disability Services to transition their access and inclusion programs ACROD Parking and Companion Card to an online environment.
In addressing the divide in access and inclusion in the tech sector, the ambition is to raise awareness and understanding of disability; promoting inclusion in the workforce and highlighting the benefits for individuals, companies, communities and the nation. There are more than four million Australians with a disability who are skilled, experienced and ready and available to work. For those who are involved in creating accessible technology, firsthand experience provides an edge for innovation and the removal of obstacles for those endeavouring to master the digital divide. It is a win-win for accessibility across many sectors for all involved.
Watch now: West Tech Assemblage 2020
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.
Since 2015, WTA has established itself as an annual event in the WA tech industry calendar, bringing together Perth’s brightest minds and enabling them to build valuable connections, to discover opportunities for synergy and collaboration across industries and to lead and drive innovation for Perth and Western Australia more broadly.
Over the years the event has focused on key themes such as digital literacy, with speakers including Chief Scientist of WA Peter Klinken and a Microsoft executive.
Beyond the keynote speaker sessions, WTA has also provided a platform for innovators to showcase their ideas with space and booths to exhibit. Last year WTA aligned with 2019 being the UN Year of Indigenous Language and focused on the digital literacy divide among WA’s Indigenous Australian community and their inclusion in the WA tech sector.
Who will be there?
You could call West Tech Assemblage an event without borders. It’s an inclusive evening designed for cross-collaboration within the wider tech community. Whether you’re biomedical researcher, a renewable energy innovator, an old-school mainframe programmer or working in a crypto-currency start-up, you’ll want to be there.
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 ‘Who’s who’ in technology in WA is going to be there; you won’t want to miss it. It will be a chance to meet with thinkers, creators, makers, collaborators, investors and influencers.
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.”
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.”
“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.”
“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.”
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”
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”.
“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!”
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.”
“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!”