Let us tell you a story, are you sitting comfortably, then we'll begin ...
2014 - It all started in 2014, the first year of the Access Granted podcast as hosted on HashtagME ... after 6 months or so of chats Mike and Raj thought they'd have an end of year Christmas drinks for all those that had been on the show
2015 - After a successful, if low key start in 2014, we really went for it this time opening it up to everyone, partnering with Mauricio from Geekzone, getting help with activities from Hack Miramar, a wee stage for speakers and Mayor Celia Wade-Brown, and even a band.
2016 - For 2016 we moved the successful 2015 event into BizDojo, extended our invitation to ,any more meetup groups, tech organisations, and #WellyTech focused communities - with approximately 130 people registering and maybe a grand evening of it all.
2017 - The year that #WellyTech went big! In essence it was taking the successful format of 2015 / 16 and transposing it to a much bigger venue. Whilst this approach worked to a degree the team learnt A LOT that needed to be different in the coming years. 1,000 registrations, Ministers, Councillors, and VIP speakers, awards, Xmas parties, and the community being given space to show-and-tell. This was also the year when we had to seriously think about partners to help us not only pay for it but organise it
2018 - the year we finally nailed the "celebration" side of the event. 1,500 registrations, over 40+ organisations of all sizes involved (see below), a full stage set, music, comedy, speakers, MCs, and a loads of carnivals stalls ... it was huge. Oh, and Stormtroopers, and photo booths and ... well, too much to list. OH! And the inaugural WTAF Awards ...