FAQ

Who are your events for?

The Innovators’ Tea Party run events in Western Australia for students in years 7 to 12 to meet with a range of women working in various STEM careers.

Are these events for girls only?

No – while our speakers are all women we think that positive female role models are important for all students!

What does STEM stand for?

Science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

We want to run an Innovators’ Tea Party at our school, organisation or community group. Can we?

We would absolutely love to chat with you about this opportunity. Please get in touch with us to discuss this further.

FAQ for Speed Networking Events

How will the sessions be run?
How does ticketing work?
What if my friend can’t attend anymore?
What information do I need to register?
Can I do the speed-networking circuit in a group of 3-4?
Can I do the speed-networking circuit alone?
Can I bring my parent/guardian?
I’m not a girl, can I attend?
Can students in years 7-9 attend?
I’m a teacher, can I bring a group of students?
Can I attend more than one session?
I reserved a ticket for just one person, but now I want to bring my friend – is that OK?
How do I get to the venue?
What should I bring?
When should I arrive?
How do I contact the event organiser on the day?
Is there a place for parents/teachers to wait during a session?
Is there a dress code?
What food and drinks will there be?

How will the sessions be run?

Each session runs for 1.5 hours and during this time you will meet 12 industry mentors from a range of STEM fields. You will have 6 minutes with each mentor to ask as many questions as you like. Mentors will also be prepared to show you some specific examples of the types of work they do. There will be a break in the middle of each session to top up your tea and grab a bite to eat. After the session finishes, you will have the opportunity to approach any of the mentors you met to ask some final questions. The sessions will be fast-paced and interactive, so don’t expect to remember everything! Have fun, and focus on the areas which interest you the most.

How does ticketing work?

Students have a few options in how they would like to attend: they can attend alone and speak 1-on-1 with each mentor, or they can bring a friend to complete the speed networking session as a pair. As such, when you register for the event, you will be registering a table rather than an individual. You will be asked how many people will be sitting at your table (1-2 people) and then prompted for details on each person. This means that if you are attending a session as a pair, you will only need to register once. Tickets can be booked through Eventbrite, and when ticketing opens you can find the link on our website.

What if my friend can’t attend anymore?

If you have registered a place for you and a friend and they can’t come anymore, you have two options: either attend alone or bring another friend! In either case, you should email us so we can update our attendance list.

What information do I need to register?

You will need the following details to register:

  • Full Name
  • Year Level
  • School
  • Parent/Guardian Phone (for emergencies)
  • Parent/Guardian Email

If you are completing the speed-networking circuit with a friend, you will need the same details for them as well.

Can I do the speed-networking circuit in a group of 3-4?

If you have a group of 3 or more friends that would like to attend, we ask that you split up into smaller groups of 1-2 and book a few tables. This way you will get the most out of your session!

Can I do the speed-networking circuit alone?

Yes, you are welcome to reserve a ticket for just one person and do the speed-networking circuit individually. This is ideal for someone who has a lot of questions and isn’t shy!

Can I bring my parent/guardian?

We believe that in general, students will get the most out of their session by attending alone or with their peers. For this reason, we encourage parents not to attend. However, if you really want to bring an adult or sibling you are more than welcome to!

I’m not a girl, can I attend?

Yes! We believe that strong female role models are valuable to all young people. Tickets are open to all students in years 10-12.

Can students in years 7-9 attend?

Last year most of our sessions were booked out with long waiting lists. In anticipation of this happening again, we have limited attendance to year 10-12 students only. We believe that our event is best suited to this age bracket, and we would like to give all students nearing completion of high school the opportunity to attend. However, if tickets are still available closer to the event date, we will be opening attendance up to younger students. We will be hosting a separate event in Perth designed for a younger audience – read about ‘Inspire in 5‘.

I’m a teacher, can I bring a group of students?

This year we will only be accepting group bookings for regional/remote schools.

Can I attend more than one session?

Yes! To ensure we can make this opportunity available to as many students as possible, students are welcome to attend up to 2 sessions each. There will be different mentors at every session so you will not be meeting the same mentors twice. Please keep in mind that each session will be fast-paced and tiring. We have endeavoured to give students the widest range of career options in each individual session but if you’re super keen then we won’t stop you from registering for 2!

I reserved a ticket for just one person, but now I want to bring a friend – is that OK?

Yes! Please make sure you email us with the following information:

  • Your name and session time
  • Your friend(s) name, year level, school, and parent/guardian’s phone & email.

How do I get to the venue?

The venue location will be printed on your ticket – please get in contact with us if you are having trouble locating the venue.

What should I bring?

You don’t need to bring anything! You will be receiving an event program with a list of all the mentors you will meet in your session. This program has space to take notes as you speak to each mentor, if you would like to.

When should I arrive?

Make sure you arrive at your session at least 10 minutes early so you have enough time to collect your program, get aquatinted and grab a hot drink.

How do I contact the event organiser on the day?

When you register, we will send you an email with a contact phone number if you need to contact us on the day of the event for any reason.

Is there a place for parents/teachers to wait during a session?

There will be seating available at the venue. While you’re waiting make sure you have a chat to some of our volunteers because we would love to meet you!

Is there a dress code?

No, come in whatever you’re comfortable in!

What food and drinks will there be?

We are providing complimentary tea, coffee and light snacks. Gluten free options will be available – if you have any allergies please let us know about them!

FAQ for Inspire in 5

Why isn’t this a Speed Networking Event too?

Inspire in 5 is an event where speakers give 5-minute presentations to an audience of students and parents. While our speed networking events have been very successful for older students, this event is specifically designed for younger students and as such the format is different. There will be plenty of time after the formal presentations to approach speakers and speak 1-1 with them and we encourage all students to do this!

How will the event be structured?

The event is split into 2 parts: 1.5hrs of presentations and 30mins of informal networking. The presentations commence at 6pm sharp and we ask that you arrive with plenty of time to find a seat. Each speaker will talk for 5 minutes, and there will be several breaks throughout for some games and a chance to get out of your seat. After the presentations have finished, you will have the chance to approach the speakers from the evening and ask any questions you might have during an informal networking session with light snacks.

What is the venue?

State Library Theatre – 25 Francis St Perth

Please note that this is a new venue! We upgraded because tickets booked out in record time

What about dinner?

We recommend that you eat before Inspire in 5, as food is not allowed into the theatre.

Is this event for girls only?

No – while our speakers are all women we think that positive female role models are important for all students!

Can students not in years 7-9 attend?

We only allow students in years 7-9 to attend this event, except in cases where an older/younger sibling would like to come along with their sister/brother.

Is there a dress code?

No – come in whatever you’re comfortable in!