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WEST TECH FEST

A CELEBRATION OF ASIA PACIFIC'S START-UP ECOSYSTEM SHOWCASING INNOVATION, INVESTMENT AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP

The West Tech Fest is a week long innovation festival in Perth, Western Australia featuring an incredible line-up of global founders, investors, CEOs & tech industry visionaries sharing insights on building great companies.

With over 40 events last year, the week long festival includes inspiring keynote speakers, networking events, pitching opportunities, mentoring sessions, hackathons and student workshops.

The program brings together local founders, innovators, researchers and industry and further strengthens the Australian startup ecosystem.

The West Tech Fest was Initiated by Curtin University, and co-founded by Bill Tai, Larry Lopez, Rohan McDougall and Paula Taylor. The West Tech Fest attracts founders, tech leaders​ and investors from the US, UK, Asia and from around Australia. 

Over the last six years the West Tech Fest has built a strong global network and profile, with many successful investment outcomes.

​West Tech Fest Startup Challenge - XTC - Australia Vertical Prize

The West Tech Fest Startup Challenge (formerly the OzAPP Awards) is Asia Pacific’s leading competition seeking the region’s best startups (pre AUD$ 2 million seed funding). This year we have also introduced a category for startups post Series A.

The Top 5 finalists of the Startup Challenge are invited to pitch in front the West Tech Fest audience to leading VCs, tech leaders and industry heavyweights

The winner of the West Tech Fest Startup Challenge receives an invitation to pitch to the judges of Extreme Tech Challenge at the semi-finals at CES in Las Vegas in January 2018.

The West Tech Fest Startup Challenge
(formerly OzAPP Awards)
brings together Asia Pacific's hottest early stage startups for a live on-stage battle in front of global investors. The influential audience includes angels, VCs, tech tech leaders and media  

MID WEST INNOVATION
& Abrolhos
ISLANDS

GERALDTON & THE ABROLHOS ISLANDS

WEST TECH FEST – CELEBRATING INNOVATION IN THE MIDWEST

For the second year running the West Tech Fest will journey up to Geraldton with tech leaders and investors from the US and around Australia meeting with regional innovators and entrepreneurs. Included in activities will be an innovation roundtable focussed around themes of smart cities, regional innovation and also opportunities around the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) Telescope.

Local Geraldton schools will also participate in an Innovation Competition, kindly supported by the US Embassy Canberra and US Consulate Perth.

The Geraldton programme is being developed in partnership with Progress Mid West and Regional Development Australia, Mid West & Gascogne.

The Houtman Abrolhos Islands, an A-Class marine reserve 60km off the coast of Geraldton in Western Australia - recently announced as a Mission Blue Hope Spot during Necker Island Blockchain Summit

blockchain
summit

UNBLOCKED

TRENDS IN BLOCKCHAIN & CRYPTO IN SHAPING OUR FUTURE - 6TH DECEMBER 2017, PAN PACIFIC HOTEL

This event will explore the applications of Blockchain that have the capacity to change the way you run your business including: digital currencies, smart contracts, supply chain communications proof of providence, digital identity, networking and IoT.

Blockchain is an exciting new alternative to traditional currency, centralized banking, and transaction methods. It not only has the capacity to disrupt the way we handle financial transactions, but also for alternative uses that will impact the world. 

The technology is being utilized across various industries to create a more digitally integrated global economy, it has the potential to enhance economic growth and decrease poverty.  

The panels will also discuss alternative fundraising models, tokenizing the world and the recent trends of ICOs, and the surge of investment in crypto currencies.

Join world leaders in blockchain technology to discuss how blockchain is transforming business processes and how the tech community are finding new and exciting applications for this revolutionary technology
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