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West Tech Fest Conference

Join us for the annual conference that brings global tech leaders, established founders, and emerging startups together in the same room to discuss the biggest ideas shaping how we approach innovation in Perth, Western Australia.

DATE: 8 December 2021

LOCATION:
Beaumonde on the Point, 306 Birdiya Dr, East Perth WA 6004

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Beaumonde on the Point, Perth

About

THEME FOR 2021: diversifying WA's economy by supporting innovation in technology, creative industries and life science sectors.

West Tech Fest's annual conference at Beaumonde on the Point presents a full day of panels, presentations, and networking opportunities from global thought leaders and founders across gaming, finance, academia, film, tech and industry.

A mix of in-person and speakers live streamed such as Sam Kroonenburg, CEO & Founder of A Cloud Guru; Bill Tai, Silicon Valley Venture Capitalist and Angel Investor; Leigh Travers, CEO of Binance Australia; Rob Affleck, Innovation Engagement Manager at Woodside Energy; plus many more, will discuss this year's theme.

Opportunities to connect with fellow participants will take place throughout the conference over coffee, lunch, and a post-event networking drinks - be sure to bring your business card!

Whether you're an established tech business, en emerging entrepreneur, or heavily invested in the startup scene already, this conference is for you.

WEST tech fest CONFERENCE 2021

8 DECEMBER 2021

8:00

GUESTS ARRIVAL & REGISTRATION

Arrival tea and coffee served

8:30 - 8:50

WELCOME AND INTRODUCTIONS

Welcome to Country, Ingrid Cumming
Rohan McDougall
, Director Commercialisation at Curtin University
Professor Harlene Hayne ONZM, Vice Chancellor of Curtin University
Rt Hon Basil Zempilas, Lord Mayor, City of Perth
Hon Don Punch MLA, WA Minister for Disability Services; Fisheries; Innovation and ICT; Seniors and Ageing

8:55 - 9.10

IN CONVERSATION

MODERATOR: Rohan McDougall
Bill Tai
, Founder of ACTAI Global

9:10 - 9:15

presentation

Sam Kroonenburg, Co-Founder of A Cloud Guru

9:20 - 9:50

PANEL DISCUSSION: Behind the Scenes with VC's - Opportunities for WA Founders

MODERATOR: Kylie Gerrard, Programme Lead Plus Eight at Spacecubed
Georgia McDonald,
COO of Launch Vic, Alice Anderson Fund
James Cameron,  
Partner at Airtree Ventures
Tom Humphrey,
Principal of Blackbird Ventures

9:50 - 10:15

MORNING TEA

10:20 - 10:55

PANEL:  CRYPTO MARKET DYNAMICS AND THE GEN Z INVESTMENT APPROACH

Moderator: Leigh Travers, CEO of Binance Australia
Charis Campbell, Corporate Product Manager at Binance Australia
Ian Love, Founder and CEO of Blockchain Assets
Tracey Plowman, COO of Bamboo

11:00 - 11:35

PANEL : FINANCING GROWTH OUTSIDE VENTURE CAPITAL

Moderator: Ash Kirvan, Co-founder, Polymath Ventures
David Weir, CEO and Co-Founder of Radium Capital
Matt Allen, CEO of Tractor Ventures
Nick Gainsley, Partner of OneVentures

11:40 - 12:00

keynote address: Fortune Favours the Brave… and the Brave Need Allies

Rob Affleck, Innovation Engagement Manager at Woodside

12:00 - 1:00

lunch

1:05 - 1:25

FIRESIDE CHAT: COVID’S SILVER LINING

Michelle Deaker, Managing Partner of OneVentures
Larry Lopez
, Director of Australian Venture Consultants

1:30 - 2:05

PANEL: RE-ENVISAGING HOW THE CREATIVE AND STARTUP INDUSTRIES CAN IGNITE OPPORTUNITIES FOR GROWTH

Moderator: Olivia Humphrey, Producer, Investor, Adjunct Professor Curtin University
Rikki Lea-Bestall, CEO of ScreenWest
Ian Booth, CEO of Indian Pacific Pictures
Nicole Lockwood, Chair of Infrastructure WA

2:10 - 2:45

PANEL: THE GLOBAL GAMES INDUSTRY TAKES CENTRE STAGE. WHAT ARE THE OPPORTUNITIES FOR WA?

PRESENTED BY PENTANET

Moderator: Chandra Sundareswaran, General Manager at Spacecubed
Natalie Acquisto,
Live Streamer on Facebook Gaming (NatChats)
Stephen Cornish,
Managing Director & Co-Founder of Pentanet
Steven Bryson-Haynes,
Business Growth NFT& Gaming at Polygon Technology

2:50 - 3:10

PRESENTATION: HOW WA’S MEDICAL PIONEERS HAVE CHANGED HEALTHCARE GLOBALLY

Katherine Giles, CEO at OncoRes Medical, Venture Partner at Brandon Capital Partners

3:15 - 3:30

StartupWA – WEST TECH FEST 2021 In Review

Tom Goerke, Chair of Startup WA

3:30 - 4:05

PANEL: FOUNDERS JOURNEY, RAISING CAPITAL AND ATTRACTING TALENT

Moderator: Tash Teakle, Commercialisation Facilitator at Entrepreneurs Programme
Suzanne Dodds, Founder and MD of Complete Home Filtration
Ross Wyness, COO and Co-founder of VetDB
Tejas Bhatelia, Inventor of Spiropak

4:10 - 4:30
JUST START IT STUDENT INNOVATION PITCHING & AWARDS

Introduction & Awards - Consul General David J. Gainer, US Consulate Perth
4 x presentations from the JUST START IT Hackathon Program
Schools Presenting:
Aquinas College
John XXIII College
Darling Range Sports College
Como Secondary College

4:30 - 4:40

Closing Remarks

Larry Lopez

4:45 - 6:30

NETWORKING DRINKS HOSTED BY THE CITY OF PERTH

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Speakers

Ash Kirwan

Tejas Bhatelia

Inventor of Spiropak
Ash Kirwan

Ash Kirvan

Chief Commercial Officer Blockhead Technologies, Head of Partnerships Unearthed, Founder Polymath Ventures
Ash Kirwan

Bill Tai

Venture Capitalist, Athlete, Adjunct Professor. Founder ACTAI Global, Co-Founder West Tech Fest

Chandra Sundareswaran

General Manager, Spacecubed

Charis Campbell

Corporate Product Manager of Binance Australia

David J. Gainer

US Consul General Perth

David Weir

Co-Founder & CEO, Radium Capital

Dr Michelle Deaker

Founding Partner and Managing Director, OneVentures

Georgia McDonald

COO, LaunchVic

Hon. Don Punch MLA

Minister for Disability Services, Fisheries, Innovation and ICT

Ian Love

Founder and CEO of Blockchain Assets

James Cameron

Partner, AirTree Ventures

Katharine Giles

MD/CEO at OncoRes Medical, Venture Partner at Brandon Capital Partners

Kylie Gerrard

Co-Founder & Director Purpose Ventures; Program Lead, Plus Eight at Spacecubed

Larry Lopez

Partner, Australian Venture Consultants, Chair & Co-Founder West Tech Fest

Leigh Travers

CEO Binance Australia

Matt Allen

CEO of Tractor Ventures

Natalie Acquisto

NatChats, Facebook Gaming Streamer

Natasha Teakle

Commercialisation Facilitator, Entrepreneurs' Programme and Managing Director, AgriStart

Nick Gainsley

Partner at OneVentures

Nicole Lockwood

Chair of Infrastructure WA

Olivia Humphrey

Producer/Investor

Professor Harlene Hayne ONZM

Vice‐Chancellor, Curtin University

Rikki Lea Bestall

CEO ScreenWest

Rob Affleck

Innovation Engagement Manager at Woodside Energy

Rohan McDougall

Director Commercialisation, Curtin University, Co-Founder West Tech Fest

Ross Wyness

Co-founder of VetDB

Sam Kroonenburg

Co-Founder & CEO, A Cloud Guru

Stephen Cornish

Founder and Managing Director, Pentanet and Pentanet.GG Esports

Steven Bryson-Haynes

NFT lead at Polygon Studios

Suzanne Dodds

Founder and Managing Director of Complete Home Filtration

Tom Goerke

Chair, StartupWA

Tracey Plowman

COO Bamboo