West Tech Assemblage 2020

The spotlight for the event was access and inclusion, whether that be digital, physical or workforce. For the first time in the history of the event, attendees heard from five individuals with disability, who shared their insight and experiences in a moderated panel conversation. These talented people offered diversity in thought and ideas, and how they are providing innovative work contributions.

The event also showcased work being undertaken in collaboration with key partner of West Tech Assemblage; illuminance Solutions, transitioning National Disability Services (NDS) WA’s 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.

WTA 2020 Dr Scott Hollier speaking
WTA 2020 audience from stage
WTA 2020 everyone on stage
WTA 2020 Minister Dawson on stage speaking
WTA 2020 Julie Waylen on stage speaking
WTA 2020 Nilesh Makwana speaking
WTA 2020 Ben Cox speaking on stage
WTA 2020 Kenneth Phua speaking on stage
WTA 2020 Jacinta Reynolds speaking
WTA 2020 moderator listening to Dr Scott Hollier speaking
WTA 2020 Santiago Martinez speaking on stage
WTA 2020 cloud jacket
WTA 2020 VIP people networking
WTA 2020 Partner and Prosper arrival desk with nametags
WTA 2020 happy people illuminance Solutions

Speakers 2020

WTA Speakers 2020 Hon Stephen Dawson MLC

Hon. Stephen Noel Dawson MLC
Minister for Environment; Disability Services; Electoral Affairs
Deputy Leader of the Government in the Legislative Council

WTA Speakers 2020 Julie Waylen new

Julie Waylen
State Manager
National Disability Services (NDS)

Nilesh Makwana Chair West Tech Assemblage

Nilesh Makwana
Chair – West Tech Assemblage
CEO – illuminance Solutions


WTA Speakers 2020 Scott Hollier

Dr Scott Hollier
CEO & Co-founder
Centre for Accessibility Australia

WTA Speakers 2020 Jacinta Reynolds

Jacinta Reynolds
SaaS Model Deployment Manager
Optika Solutions

WTA Speakers 2020 Ben Cox

Ben Cox
Disability Advocate & Consultant

WTA Speakers 2020 Kenneth Phua

Kenneth Phua
Seeing without Eyes
Vision Australia Radio

Santiago Martinez
Co-founder & Executive Creative Director
Pixel Group | AU

WTA2020 was supported by:

State Government Sponsor

2020 WTA State Government Supporter SBDC

Local Government Sponsor

2020 WTA Supporters City of Perth

Platinum Sponsors

WTA 2020 Supporters CBA
MODIS logo

Gold Sponsors

2020 WTA Gold Supporters AvantCare by illuminance Solutions
illuminance Solutions logo
NIT Australia logo

Silver Sponsors

Beacham Group logo
Techlearn logo

Supporters & Partners

WTA 2019 Supporters NDS WA
WTA 2020 Supporters Stanley College
Partner and Prosper logo
Women in Technology WA logo
Innovate Australia logo
Tank Stream Labs logo
eGroup Association logo
Australian Computer Society logo
WTA 2020 Supporter GovHack

Photography by Aaron D’Cruz