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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.

Speakers 2019

Hon Ken Wyatt Speaker at West Tech Assemblage

Hon. Ken Wyatt AM, MP
Minister for Indigenous Australians

Prof Peter Klinken Speaker at West Tech Assemblage

Prof. Peter Klinken AC
Chief Scientist of Western Australia

Prof Selma Alliex Speaker at West Tech Assemblage

Prof. Selma Alliex
Pro Vice Chancellor
Head of Fremantle Campus
Notre Dame University

Nilesh Makwana Chair West Tech Assemblage

Nilesh Makwana
Chair – West Tech Assemblage
CEO – illuminance Solutions

Shelley Cable Speaker at West Tech Assemblage

Shelley Cable
CEO – Generation One
Minderoo Foundation

Les Delaforce Speaker at West Tech Assemblage

Les Delaforce
WA State Director
Tank Stream Labs

About WTA

2019 marked a very important year for West Tech Assemblage as it was its FIFTH consecutive year! West Tech Assemblage continues to bring together the brightest of the technology and innovation sectors to celebrate each other’s achievements, build valuable connections, and discover opportunities for synergy and collaboration.

2019 was the United Nations’ International Year of Indigenous Language, and the year made history with the appointment of the first Indigenous Australian to hold the position of Minister for Indigenous Australians, Hon Ken Wyatt AM, MP. Therefore, the 2019 edition of  West Tech Assemblage focused on the inclusion of the Indigenous peoples of Australia in the WA tech sector and the challenges around the increasing digital literacy divide.

Western Australia’s technology ecosystem continues to grow, attract international attention and create opportunity. Our culture of entrepreneurial spirit is buoyed by the joint and collaborative efforts of incredible individuals and organisations in our rich and diverse community. The tech sector has an important role in helping to realise the full potential of this diversity and in ensuring Western Australia is and inclusive, fair and respectful of all.

The Minister for Indigenous Australians, Hon Ken Wyatt AM, MP was the keynote speaker for West Tech Assemblage 2019 alongside the Chief Scientist of Western Australia, Prof. Peter Klinken.


Many programs have been put together to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander youth to integrate and keep up with the rest of society.

However, the older generations do not get the same opportunities, and a greater digital divide is created between the communities as community access are made more prohibitive with the digitalisation of Australia with more and more public services such as ATO, Centrelink and Medicare being online.

West Tech Assemblage once more brought together the west tech industry including start-ups, public and private organisations, businesses, academia, government officials and investors together to take a stand and made a call to address these issues around Indigenous communities in WA, including the increasing digital divide and segregation from the rest of the community, digital literacy in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and invited to collaborations around it.

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

Details around the 2020 edition of West Tech Assemblage will be announced shortly.

Watch the wrap up video from the 2018 event!

What's in it for you?

Western Australia’s technology ecosystem continues to grow, attract international attention and create opportunity.

West Tech Assemblage 2018 was focused on opportunities for small business and job creation and Hon Michaelia Cash, Senator for Western Australia; Minister for Small and Family Business, Skills and Vocational Education gave a brief address about the opportunities for small business in WA.

West Tech Assemblage will once more bring the west tech industry together with start-ups, public organisations and businesses, private organisations and businesses, academia, government officials and investors together. This time to take a stand for the inclusion of the Indigenous peoples of Australia in the Western Australian tech sector.

Minister for Indigenous Australians, Hon Ken Wyatt AM, MP will give the keynote address for West Tech Assemblage 2019, and as with past events, the overarching themes of diversity, inclusion and collaboration help drive the culture and community of our state.

With the ever-expanding utilisation of technology in our community, a greater divide is created between the older generation and the younger generation. West Tech Assemblage is a meeting ground for future joint and collaborative efforts for the tech sector, as it has an important role in helping to realise the full potential of Western Australia’s diversity and in ensuring that Western Australia is inclusive, fair and respectful of all.

Exciting collaborations and stories are results of previous editions of West Tech Assemblage, and some of these will be revealed at the event. You will have the opportunity to meet new people and to share knowledge across sectors, professions and origins.

Pan Pacific Perth will also serve amazing food and drinks.

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
  • 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.

Your ticket includes drinks and canapes. 

Platinum Sponsor

MODIS logo

Gold Sponsors

Beacham Group logo
illuminance Solutions logo
Moncrieff logo

Silver Sponsors

AKROM logo
Soprano logo
ddls logo
NIT Australia logo
Techlearn logo

Supporters & Partners

Women in Technology WA logo
eGroup Association logo
Reconciliation WA logo
The University of Notre Dame Australia logo
Innovate Australia logo
Partner and Prosper logo
AMMO Marketing logo
Australian Computer Society logo
StudentEdge logo
scitech logo
GovHack logo
Ministry of Data logo
Advanced Manufacturing Growth Centre Limited logo
Just Start IT logo
Minderoo Foundation Generation One logo
Tank Stream Labs logo
Creative Native logo
Startup WA logo


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WTA 2019 – a success!

WTA again gathered the west tech industry together with start-ups, public and private organisations and businesses, academia, government officials and investors together. This time to take a stand and to address the issues around the digital literacy divide in our Indigenous communities in WA and to invite to collaborations around it.

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WA Tech Industry Off to a Flying Start in 2018

We’re already 2 months into 2018 and WA’s tech industry is off to a flying start. Thanks again to everyone who joined us at West Tech Assemblage 2017, capping off a great year of Western Australian business with style and optimism. Everyone left the evening with more friends, fuller bellies and wider smiles than they arrived with.

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That’s a wrap!

Thank you to all that was involved with WTA this year. We had a great time getting to know you, and hope that you enjoyed the company, the entertainment, the food and that you met new people to collaborate with over the next year. Remember to let us know about any innovations, solutions and maybe even products that was born as a result of West Tech Assemblage 2017!


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 Lisa M - Scaffidi

Lisa-M Scaffidi

Lord Mayor

City of Perth

“Since 2011, the West Tech Assemblage has been fundamental in facilitating the relationship between Western Australia’s tech developers and entrepreneurs.

The City of Perth is proud to support the West Tech Assemblage in strengthening innovation, identifying our talents and enabling new businesses to flourish.

As a Capital City, we value partnerships that enhance our technology sector, and we appreciate the efforts of the West Tech Assemblage, local entrepreneurs, innovators and developers for strengthening our reputation as an innovation hub.

I am certain all attendees will enjoy this year’s event, and we look forward to seeing the results and growth in Western Australian innovation.”

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 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 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 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!”

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.”

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