Hon Michaelia Cash
Senator for Western Australia;
Minister for Small and Family Business, Skills and Vocational Education
Hon. Paul Papalia
Minister for Tourism, Racing and Gaming; Small Business; Defence Issues, Citizenship and Multicultural Interests
Prof. Romy Lawson
Provost – Murdoch University
Mr Chris Rodwell
Chief Executive Officer with the Chamber of Commerce and Industry Western Australia
Mr Nilesh Makwana
Chair – West Tech Assemblage
CEO – Illuminance Solutions
Watch last year’s wrap up video
You’ve heard it before; Western Australia is home to innovation. But if you’re working in with anything dealing with technology in WA, you’re probably focused on a small pocket related to your industry or a particular skillset. The irony of the great opportunity we’re facing is our innovation and tech industry is fragmented and siloed. We’re great at getting things done but we’re doing it without the benefit of knowing all the amazing people contributing to advancing innovation and technology in Perth and throughout the rest of the state.
There’s not a single organisation or association catering to the broader community of people using technology to innovate their industry. West Tech Assemblage was created so the people working across the entire innovation landscape have an opportunity to come together for at least one night of the year. We wanted to create a gathering dedicated to the cross-industry collaboration for those working with technology and innovation. And we wanted to make sure industry and government are aware of the depth and breadth of our sector.
It’s an evening dedicated to the innovators, entrepreneurs, researchers, scientists, analysts, designers, coders, developers, gamers, digital marketers, and creatives. It’s open to all industries and businesses of any size – from multi-nationals and ASX-listed companies to start-ups, students and sole traders. It’s a chance to be part of something big and get to know the people working in every facet of technical innovation and every industry.
West Tech Assemblage invites anyone working in innovation and technology to join us for an evening of exchanging ideas, meeting new people and having a chance to influence the direction of innovation and technology in WA. It’s the one event in the year open to everyone and anyone with an interest in technology.
Why not join us and be part of the biggest gathering of cross-industry collaboration for innovation and technology in WA?
This year’s event will focus on opportunities for small business and job creation.
Hon Michaelia Cash, Senator for Western Australia; Minister for Small and Family Business, Skills and Vocational Education will give a brief address about the opportunities for small business in WA. As the former minister for Industry, Innovation and Science, Senator Cash has keen insight to share with the tech community.
Mr Chris Rodwell, CEO of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry Western Australia, can speak directly to how the tech industry is affecting the WA economy now and it’s impact for the future.
As with past events, the overarching themes of diversity and collaboration help drive the culture and community at West Tech Assemblage.
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.
Supporters & Partners 2018
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.”
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.”
“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”.
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.”
“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!”
“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!”
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.”