West Tech Main
8:30AM - 6:30PM | Wed 6 Dec | Pan Pacific Hotel Perth
8:30AM - 6:30PM | Wed 6 Dec | Pan Pacific Hotel Perth
ARRIVALS AND REGISTRATION
Arrive early to collect your badges and grab the best seats in the house. Enjoy barista coffee and a copy of The West Australian whilst you wait.
WELCOME TO COUNTRY
Celebrate the start of West Tech Main with our Welcome to Country
WELCOMES AND INTRODUCTION
Join us for the commencement of West Tech Main 2023 with opening addresses from led by your MC Rohan McDougall, Co-Founder of West Tech Fest:
SET UP FOR SUCCESS: A BRIGHT FUTURE FOR WA
What’s next for Western Australia? Join Hon. Stephen Dawson, Minister for Innovation, and Lucas Lane (the 13 year old Co-Founder of Glossy Boys) in conversation as they discuss how the West Australian State Government is helping businesses such as Lucas’ thrive and setting up our next generation of change makers for success.
BOOTSTRAPS TO BILLIONS: THE STORY BEHIND SAFETYCULTURE
Starting as a dream out of a garage in Townsville, Qld one of Australia’s most heavily backed technology firms SafetyCulture is now a $2.7b company – but the journey wasn’t all roses from first-time founder to VC darling. Hear from founder Luke Anear about his journey, and tips for building the next generation of Tech superstars.
Enjoy delicious food and barista coffee courtesy of EvokeAg whilst exploring the exciting innovations exhibiting as part of the Innovation Showcase including 25 high schools as part of the Young Entrepreneurs Showcase.
FUND OF FUNDS: DIRECT INVESTING & SVB CAPITAL, THE PAST, PRESENT & FUTURE
Sharing a parent company with Silicon Valley Bank (the $212bn tech-lender which abruptly collapsed in March 2023), SVB Capital is the high flying venture capital and credit investing arm of the SVB family. Join SVB Capital advisor Aaron Gershenberg and Co Ventures Founder and General Partner, Maxine Minter, as we unpack Aaron’s insights into the current funding systems and practices that underpin the startup ecosystem.
AN INTRODUCTION TO PLANET VC
Author Terrance Philips shares insights from his book ‘Planet VC’ exploring global VC’s role in turning cities like Beijing and Bangalore into future techno-hubs and the impact it has on America’s competitors and future innovations.
BETTING ON THE BEST: THE CONTINUED RISE OF THE APAC REGION
The world’s most dynamic economic region and its most diverse, the Asia-Pacific will soon power more than half of global GDP. The rest of the planet is watching as the region continues to gain momentum- hear about the opportunities presented from those investing heavily in its success.
WHAT LIES AHEAD: THE CHANGING LANDSCAPE OF AUSTRALIAN VC
Venture Capital is a dynamic and ever-evolving landscape, constantly influenced by market trends, tech advancements, and economic fluctuations. This industry has seen significant shifts, prompting both founders and VCs to adapt their strategies and approaches. Join us as we speak with some of Australia’s leading VC Fund Managers around their thoughts for the year ahead.
TECH FOR GOOD: EMBRACING THE POWER OF PURPOSE
Technology has no overall purpose on its own; its effects are driven by human choices and actions. This panel conversation aims at exploring ways in which tech companies can actually enhance welfare, examining the impact on business and society.
CAP TABLES, COMPLEXITIES & COMPETITION: INSIDE THE WORLD OF CORPORATE VENTURE CAPITAL
Corporate venture capital investing has reached record levels, with more than 75% of the Fortune 100 active in the space in 2022; however, the success of corporate venturing depends on navigating complex and at times competing priorities. Hear from the GM Venture Capital, Chevron Technology Ventures, Kemal Anbarci’s take on how this area of venture capital will continue to evolve.
A PLAYBOOK FOR POSITIVITY: BUILDING AN INNOVATIVE FUTURE
There has never been a time when we can each contribute as much to our future as we can at this moment. We are the actioneers and technology has enabled us. Yet in the words of Seth Godin, “whoever created the car created the car crash”. How can we bring the best of us to the party, converge the technologies that we have, and create the future we can be proud to leave as our legacy.
Connect with fellow delegates amongst the exciting exhibitions within our Innovation Showcase. The afternoon sessions at West Tech Main will be MC’d by West Tech Fest Co-Founders Larry Lopez and Paula Taylor.
FOUNDER PANEL: SCALING FROM WESTERN AUSTRALIA
How have some of Western Australia’s most successful founders scaled globally? How did they attract international investment? And what did their roadmap for growth look like? The founder’s journey is challenging at the best of times- hear from our panel about their experiences of scaling from WA.
A VIEW TO THE FUTURE WITH NBN
LOOKING NORTH: THE POTENTIAL IN THE PILBARA
Regional startups are faced with their own set of unique challenges- but with these challenges also comes great opportunity, and technology is helping to break down many of these traditional barriers. The Pilbara is a region offering huge potential, join our panel to hear from some of the people making this happen.
FUTURE FOCUSED: PATHWAYS FOR INNOVATION TO SOLVE REAL WORLD CHALLENGES
Innovation occurs by working at the nexus of industry, government, and research; how do we bring together science, technology, and people to tackle the “big challenges” of today, and what skills will they need? Join us for this conversation between two of the great minds in ecosystem capability building in the Australian landscape today to find out more.
THE STATE OF PLAY: WHAT’S WA’S REAL COMPETITIVE ADVANTAGE?
Ask anyone what they think Western Australia’s economic strengths are and your most likely response will be mining, construction, or agriculture – but is it? Our panel of experts take a deep dive into the ins and outs of these opportunities and more to uncover what is the REAL competitive advantage of WA.
TRANSFORMATION AND TECHNOLOGY: PUTTING ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE TO WORK
What organisations and executive teams need to do to prepare their workforce to take advantage of artificial intelligence? Start understanding critical role that change leadership plays as companies embark on technology transformation. Hear from the CEO of iCetana, Kevin Brown (ex-Nearmap and VGW), as he dives into the facts behind the myths to dive deeper into the certainties in this exciting area of tech.
TECHNOLOGY, TRANSFORMATION & TRAINING: WHAT WE CAN LEARN FROM INDIA’S INNOVATION ECOSYSTEM
With a tech workforce numbering 5.4 million, India is powering innovation in multiple digital technologies, and is home to the third-largest start-up ecosystem in the world. What is the work that goes on behind the scenes to support this growth? Hear from three leading figures in the Innovation landscape around their journey to date.
BEYOND THE HYPE: PREDICTIONS FOR 2024
With inflation climbing, the climate crisis reaching a tipping point, and growing political unrest, what’s driving the global collective of innovators and change makers currently entering the marketplace, scaling and building. Where are they identifying opportunity, hope, and the potential for progress?
Join us for a fireside chat with Bill Tai, early seed investor of Zoom, Canva, Safety Culture, Liven, Powerledger, & Twitter on the emerging investment trends to watch for 2024.
FLYING HIGH: SUCCESS, SYSTEMS, AND SOLDIER FLIES
2023 ACT Australian of the Year Olympia Yarger has processed more than 35,000 tonnes of waste and saved more than 66,000 tonnes of carbon emissions. Working with the likes of QANTAS & Woolworths, she’s making a difference AND a profit-but its not been without it’s challenges. Hear her story on changing perceptions, and rising to the top.
THANK YOU & CLOSING REMARKS
OFFICIAL AFTER PARTY
Celebrate the conclusion of West Tech Main with fellow delegates, special guests, and our speakers at the Official West Tech Main After Party, brought to you by Macquarie Bank.
Right in the heart of the city, The Pan Pacific Perth is a central location with ample parking available, close to public transport routes.
How many stages are at West Tech Main?
This year, our conference program will be delivered across two stages: our Nexus stage will explore connections between global industries, experts, and ecosystem whilst our Horizon stage will look at the next wave of tech including emerging trends, technology and people. All ticket holders to West Tech Main can drop into any session across the two stages whenever they like throughout the day.
How do I book an Office Hours or Ask and Expert session?
We are currently in the process of lining up our investors for the Office Hours program and Experts for our Ask and Experts program. All ticket holders will be sent booking information for both programs shortly.
Is this event held virtually or will it be recorded?
None of the sessions at the West Tech Main will be available to view virtually or as a recording after the event.
I’d like to attend the West Tech Main but would need to come and go throughout the day. Is this possible to do?
Ticket holders are welcome to come and go throughout the day.
Still have more questions?