Catalyst West

28 FEBRUARY 2018


What happens in Western Sydney in the next 20 years will change Australia.

How will you shape the future of Western Sydney?

Catalyst West is a collaborative forum, developed by Western Sydney University and its partners, to guide change in Western Sydney. There are no agendas and no wrong answers. We want to experiment with transformational ideas.

On 28 February 2018, 350 representatives from government, industry and the community will activate the University’s flagship Parramatta City campus as a place for experiment and exchange. Our focus will be on mapping the transformation pathway in four priority areas for Western Sydney and the nation:


Is there an app for health? Just what does technology enable in health care? What ‘tsunamis’ will we see in the next two decades in health?


How can we design smarter, more resilient cities? How do we infuse urban design with social, cultural and economic attributes that make cities stronger and more liveable?


‘Where’s my driverless car?’ Is mass transport infrastructure necessary for the 30 minute city? Is Western Sydney Airport an international interface or domestic hub - and will either work?


What does digital disruption mean for Western Sydney’s labour markets? Can we prepare?

Catalyst West is not a talk-fest. It is not a workshop. It is not over in a day.

Catalyst West unpacks the challenges and maps the opportunities we can create through collaboration. The event starts months ahead of the day. Participants will be issued with a green paper, authored by University subject-matter-experts,– scoping what we are confronting across each of the four themes. The event itself will feature Keynote speakers, Industry pop-ups, interactive displays, App-polling, table-talks and facilitated Hacks where participants can actively shape approaches to each of the four priority areas.

It doesn’t end with the event. Participants will see their ideas channelled and expanded through white papers that support the translation of Catalyst West solutions into actual policy frameworks, projects and action plans.

Catalyst West.
Be part of the transformation.

Catalyst West and Western Sydney University thanks our 2018 sponsors:

Gold Sponsor

Silver Sponsors