A celebration of Australia’s startup ecosystem showcasing innovation, investment and entrepreneurship.
West Tech Fest is Australia’s longest running technology and innovation festival held annually in Perth, Western Australia to showcase innovation, investment and entrepreneurship. The event annually hosts an incredible line-up of global and local founders, investors, tech titans and welcomes thousands of delegates from all over Australia and across the world.
Before being known as West Tech Fest, the festival was originally a showcase of technology and innovation through the WApp Awards, held in 2011 and 2012, which was a competition run to identify the best mobile app concept from staff, students and alumni of Western Australian universities.
From the success of the 2012 awards, the OzApp Awards (2013-2017) were developed to take the WApp Awards concept nation-wide. Hosted in Perth, the awards attracted an audience of world-leading investors and entrepreneurs, including a host of Silicon Valley venture capitalists specialising in technology and innovation.
Today as West Tech Fest, the festival (2014-current) is positioned as Australia’s premier tech festival, showcasing innovation, investment and entrepreneurship in Western Australia with support from the Department of Jobs, Tourism, Science and Innovation’s New Industries Fund. Welcoming visitors from all over Australia and the world, the festival showcases the very best of Western Australia’s technology innovation and highlights the lessons that can be learned from creating a startup business in the state.
West Tech Fest was initiated by Curtin University and co-founded by Bill Tai, Larry Lopez, Rohan McDougall, and Paula Taylor.