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The INCITE Awards is WA’s longest running Tech Awards Program (since 1991) and the premier event in ICT for our State.

The program aims to showcase and support ICT innovators in WA through an Awards system that will place their tech on the national & global map.

Every year, the INCITE Awards receive hundreds of entries from tech innovators across all ages and industry sectors.

The program involves a mentored pitch fest, judging presentation & masterclasses by WA’s industry’s finest, an Awards gala event, and a national / international pathway for selected entries.

The INCITE Awards is powered by the Western Australian IT and Telecommunications Alliance (WAITTA).

History of the INCITE Awards

The Australian Computer Society (ACS)  founded WAITTA 30 years ago. The Society ran the Alliance for more than 25 years before the independent organisation was formed. 

The Australian Computer Society is an association for information and communications technology professionals with over 45,000 members Australia-wide. 

The ACS  established WAITTA in 1991 with the intention of recognising outstanding performance and contributions by members of the ICT and telecommunications community in Western Australia.

During the 23rd WAITTA dinner, the program was rebranded as The INCITE Awards. While the name and look was changed and had a refreshed appearance, the heart and soul of the awards remains the same: a showcase of the brilliance of ICT & T in Western Australia.

The INCITE Awards replaced ‘The WAITTA Awards’ as the premier awards event in the Western Australian ICT industry.

The “WAITTA” acronym was repurposed, with an expanded mission as the Western Australian Information Technology and Telecommunications Alliance (WAITTA). 

Representatives from a wide range of professional and industry bodies, as well as representatives from government and private organisations sit on the Organising Committee and/or Judging Panels and support and assist WAITTA.

If you’re interested in WAITTA or one of its awards, or you are part of an industry body not listed here, but wish to be part of WAITTA then please contact us to discuss how we can work together.

 

History of WAITTA & INCITE 

By Jim Owens, ACS Fellow

Thank you to Jim Owens, Fellow at the Australian Computer Society for this six part historical articles, detailing the first 30 years of WAITTA and The INCITE Awards.

WAITTA Incite Awards History, Part 1 – The Beginning; The Logies of IT

Written by Jim Owens (with permission provided to republish on INCITE Awards website) When my wife, my son and I first arrived in Western Australia in 1984, we were somewhat puzzled by the State’s motto proudly blazoned on every car licence plate, “WA The State of...

WAiTTA Part 3 – 2000 – 2007 – WAiTTA at Burswood; a Mum & Dad go International; Jim Ellis Achiever of the year

Written by Jim Owens (with permission provided to republish on INCITE Awards website) 2000 Professional events coordination, a script writer, and a move to Burswood The ACS was ever becoming more professional. But the sheer size of the event was straining...

WAiTTA Part 2 – 1994-98 – WAiTA Becomes an event in its own right, and “T” for “Telecommunications” is added to the name

Written by Jim Owens (with permission provided to republish on INCITE Awards website) 1994 A new venue, new Chair, new MC, a big decision, and an Event in its own right In this year the awards moved to Langley hotel in Perth, and the professionalism was...

WAiTTA Part 4 – 2010 – WAiTTA Looking Back, and a word from Mike Malone CEO of iiNet

Written by Jim Owens (with permission provided to republish on INCITE Awards website) 2010 Stage lighting added to the WAiTTA Extravaganza, and “Security” added to the awards Stage lighting was used to take the experience to a new level. WAITTA had been evolving over...

WAITTA Part 5 – 2012 – 2013

Written by Jim Owens (with permission provided to republish on INCITE Awards website) Arnold Wong was WAITTA Committee Chair, for the 21st and 22nd Awards Taking over from Michael Coles, who in turn had taken over from the founder of the Awards, Jim Ellis OAM, Arnold...

WAiTTA Part 6 – 2014

Written by Jim Owens (with permission provided to republish on INCITE Awards website) Sue Findlay Takes the Chair Sue Findlay had been a dedicated WAITTA Committee member for 10 years by now, and it was good to see her take the reins, as she also had a vision for the...