West Tech Coast
8:30AM - 4:30PM | Tues 5 Dec | Coast, Port Beach
8:30AM - 4:30PM | Tues 5 Dec | Coast, Port Beach
Have a spiritual start to your day with our free drop in yoga session with Cherry Pearce on the beach before the event gets underway.
Arrive early to check in and grab your waterproof wristband. Thanks to our Silver Partners EvokeAg, we have complimentary barista quality coffee available for those early raisers to enjoy before the event gets underway.
WELCOME TO COUNTRY
Please join us on the beach under the shade sail for a Welcome to Country followed by a special Sand and Water Ritual.
Join us inside our venue, Coast, with our morning MC Rohan McDougall, Co-Founder of West Tech Fest for the opening address.
Dr Simon Eassom, CEO at Food Frontier
The world’s population is expected to reach 9.7 billion by 2050 whilst demand for animal meat is also growing on a per capita basis, bringing new challenges around how will we meet our food requirements without placing further unsustainable burden on the earth’s resources. Hear from Dr Simon Eassom, CEO at Food Frontier, providing insight into the exciting, emerging area of alternative proteins and hear how newly emerging applications of technologies from areas such as synthetic biology might not only be our saviour but also our only solution.
Plus time to explore the many activations happening throughout the day
MIT REAP UPDATE
Get an update from ‘Big Dog’ Neil Freeman on the results of the MIT REAP program Team WA have been participating in for the last two years.
TIME TO TRANSITION: A CONVERSATION ON DECARBONISATION INITIATIVES
Australia’s decarbonisation efforts have grown rapidly over the past decade, but our future path will depend on our ability to boost investment and become a global leader in green energy transition. Don’t miss this timely conversation exploring what it will take to make Australia a leading nation in decarbonisation, and the opportunity WA has to help us get there.
TRANSFORMATIONAL TALES: INSPIRING CHANGE THROUGH IMPACT STORYTELLING
Learn from expert storytellers how to convey complex, nuanced ideas with sensitivity, shaping narratives that deeply engage and transport your audience into the world of impactful storytelling.
POSITIVE PEACE: THE SOCIAL & ECONOMIC VALUE OF COLLABORATION
Philanthropist Steve Killelea A.M, explores the multifaceted nature of peace beyond conflict absence, discussing societal impacts and collaborative outcomes in a fireside chat.
NEW HORIZONS: INVESTING IN OUR FUTURE
Investors in climate tech and sustainability are still finding plenty of opportunities to deliver a positive impact, both for the environment and for financial returns, even in a constrained funding environment. To meet UN SDG targets, even more investment must flow to technology solutions for hard-to-abate sectors which can move the dial.
Join us for a fireside chat with Bill Tai, early seed investor of Zoom, Canva, Safety Culture, Liven, Powerledger, & Twitter, and West Tech Fest co-founder Paula Taylor, on how investing in our future benefits everyone.
CREATIVE EXPRESSION X CLIMATE INNOVATION
Burning Man, Blazing Swan, Bliss, Activate:creative festivals can generate lessons for social transformation, innovation and climate adaption. Join this conversation with leaders who apply their wisdom in more than one ‘world’.
CUSTODIANSHIP & THE LAND: CONNECTING PEOPLE, PLACE & COMMERCE
Land rehabilitation is an art unto itself and a role that our First Nations people as Custodians of the land have often utilised for a multitude of other purposes. Join Florence as she outlines how we can better connect people, place, and commerce in this moving dialogue.
STANDING UP TO STIGMA: FOUNDER MENTAL HEALTH
Mental health is everyone’s business. Let’s talk about silent struggle of founders under the limelight — and how we can all help solve it.
SUNDOWNER DRINKS BROUGHT TO YOU BY AIRTREE
Watch kite surfers against the setting sun whilst enjoying freshly shucked oysters, local beer and wine, and great company.
West Tech Coast exists to explore how we can leverage technology to achieve sustainable development goals as set by the United Nations.
To take this idea to the next level, we have curated an epic list of activities available for West Tech Coast delegates to engage with throughout the day. On offer will be:
We are thrilled to partner with local startup Everclime to offer all West Tech Coast attendees an opportunity to make a positive impact on the environment.
Ticket holders will be able to offset their carbon footprint whilst simultaneously supporting a local Kelp Reforestation project in Kalbarri, Western Australia by purchasing a digital certificate on Everclime’s platform.
In doing so, ticket holders will also receive an exclusive digital copy of this stunning artwork produced by proud Nanda Yamatji woman Shannon Walding.
What is the dress code for this event?
No need to suit up – the dress code for West Tech Coast is all boardies, bathers, t-shirts, caps, and sandals/thongs/pluggers.
What should I bring?
Make sure to bring a towel, sunscreen, water bottle, hat, notepad and business cards to make the most of your day. We’ll be encouraging everyone to take a refreshing dip in the Indian Ocean during breaks or test out the latest Ocean Tech thanks to Aqua Flights and King Wing.
Are there changing rooms at the venue?
Showers and changing rooms are available adjacent to the venue at the Port Beach change rooms.
Where can I keep my stuff for the day?
You are welcome to leave your belongings inside the venue whilst going outside for a swim or to check out our ocean tech activations but all belongings are the responsibility of delegates. There are no lockers or cloakroom facilities at the event.
Coast is everybody's beach house; a place where you can relax with friends and enjoy the best of local WA produce that is at the forefront of environmental venues in Australia. They recycle, are fully solar powered, and are the only large event venue with no single use plastic that might end up on the beautiful Port beach.