Putting the Tech in Westech

September 1, 2017

Westech was born in 1983 – the brainchild of Ken Wilson, the Sheep and Wool Advisor for the Department of Primary Industries – and is derived from the formation of two words: western and technology!

This year, the Westech committee in partnership with Remote Area Planning and Development Board (RAPAD) are working hard to cement the ‘tech’ in Westech with the introduction of the Innovation Space and Technology Precinct.

The precinct is a first for the event and will see a coming together of leading ag-tech minds and entrepreneurs all in the one place providing exhibitors and visitors alike an ideal environment to be inspired, hear the latest global insights, and make connections to grow their ideas.

The new precinct has been designed for both young and old, with a range of industry tech-heads and leading educators bringing knowledge and experience to the space.

Take a look at some of the big names in tech that will be situated in the precinct:

The YouTube Car

This exciting educational car is coming to us from The Department of Education and Training, as part of the Create Queensland Regional Roadshow. These guys have a seriously impressive list of tech-activities that they’re eager to teach you about, including:

  • How to film Dynamic Digital Content
  • How to create a Stop Motion AnimationHow to plan, create and deliver a short video using a green screen, teleprompter and action movie FX
  • How to plan, create and deliver a short video using a green screen, teleprompter and action movie FX
  • How to design and build a Leggo robot and strategise a battle plan

There is something here for all ages!

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Insitu Pacific aka Drone Gurus

Check out all the latest drone tech with Insitu Pacific in the Innovation Space and Technology Precinct. If you’ve ever considered the role of drones in your agricultural enterprise, then this is a must see.


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Q&A Panel Sessions

Free panel sessions will be held in the Innovation Space and Technology Precinct Marquee at the same time each Tuesday and Wednesday. Hear from seven of Australia’s leading tech and innovation minds discuss what business means now, what innovation means to them and how technology and innovation can get outback communities, businesses and councils out front. A fantastic opportunity to ask questions and network.

View Panel Times.

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That’s right – The National Broadband Network will be right here in Barcaldine! Head over to the Innovation Space and Technology Precinct and have a chat with the team about the NBN rollout and what it means for rural Queenslanders.

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Digital Classroom On Wheels

Tim Gentle’s hi-tech 14 metre mobile classroom is not to be missed! Join Tim as he “Teaches Tomorrow’s Technology Today” through engaging hands-on digital education, experience and entertainment.

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