|Thursday 19th March 2020|
Official Opening and Welcome
Tina Aliteri, Conference MC, Speaker and Facilitator
The Formula of Extraordinary Experiences
In this keynote, Jonathan will unveil his tried and tested formula that can take the idea or situation you already have (or may dream up in the future) and guide it through the stages and processes to guarantee that it can scale up, be championed by everyone involved and – ultimately – create the moments of magic that we look for in our experiences.
Whether you want to improve your everyday organisational experiences, or deliver that massive dream, Jonathan can help you to identify the elements necessary, and then provide examples and models from his own experience and from around the world, to help you transform your output.
Jonathan Holloway, Artistic Director and Co-CEO, Melbourne International Arts Festival
Unlocking the impact of your next event
‘Events’ describe a wide range of activities from conferences to community days, gala dinners to festivals.
The panel of industry leaders come from diverse backgrounds within the events sector and will challenge you to think bigger, push the boundaries and open your mind to new ideas. Drawing on their own experiences they will openly share ideas and answer your questions on how you can unlock the value and deliver a lasting positive impact at your next event.
Unlocking the Value of events
Capturing the real long-term value of your event program
Defining the purpose of your event, and measuring its success, is key to understanding the long-term value of your annual event program to your organisation. As event planners are constantly facing demands to justify costs, this session will look at the ways different sectors measure the business value of events and conferences.
Coachella for accountants - a behind the scenes look at Xerocon
Do you wish you could design the outcome of your event? The power of events is to be able to influence and change the behaviour of attendees, and this session will discuss the event design process to maximise this power, and the outcomes of your next event.
Cara Weers, Head of Events, Global – Xero
Events as part of an integrated marketing plan
A fireside chat.
Events are a key part of an integrated marketing plan, and an effective way to influence customers, prospects, members and stakeholders. This session will explore how different organisations from corporate to local government develop and implement a truly integrated plan and delve into the commercial benefits of this approach.
"Living Smart" - The Growth of a Sustainability Festival in the Hunter
The Lake Macquarie Living Smart Festival started in 2009 is now considered a flagship event for the City with attendances exceeding 25,000.
Engaging the community on environmental sustainability is a fundamental driver of the now 3 day event and provides a forum for education, live performance, workshops and demonstrations, food and local products, set against a backdrop of art, live entertainment and activities for all ages. Programmed as an annual event in September and coordinated as a purely collaborative program between community and Council’s Sustainability and Events teams, the festival is now at its maturity to expand. This presentation will outline its metamorphosis over the past decade and what is proposed in the future.
Relationships are Key!
Stakeholder engagement and stakeholder management are some of the most important ingredients for successful event and conference delivery, and yet are often overlooked or unassigned as part of the project plan. The key is to understand the difference between engagement and management and determine what approach you need to take to successfully engage both your team and your executives/client.
How to Use Data to Ensure Your Next Event is a Success
In this case study presentation, Robin will discuss how they used data to transform a national event. From designing the event program through to the creative used, content on the site and the overall digital marketing campaign. Putting the right message in front of the right audience at the right time based on the different segments and locations across Australia.
Robin Stafford, Director, Half Eaten Donut
The new action plan
Creativity Takes courage
Together is more - Collaborating to Win Event Bids
Are you bidding to win? Collaboration and innovation has seen Melbourne secure a number of international events recently including the World Congress of Optometry 2021 (WCO 2021). Learn from those behind the winning bids on how collaboration sets them apart. Get insights into how working with all levels of government, local partners and industry to showcase the destinations strengths and capability to deliver can make the difference to your next bid submission.
Beverley Williamson, General Manager, Business Development and Bids, Melbourne Convention Bureau
Event technology - making the impossible, possible
It’s no longer optional to consider technology in your corporate event strategy.
Your delegates use technology every day – engaging on social media and working in the digital space. More and more, technology is becoming integral to our lives to the point that it’s become an expectation. To deliver a seamless delegate experience, you must be thinking about how technology can integrate with and streamline your event.
But it’s not enough to simply meet expectations. To indeed, surprise and delight, your delegate journey must have the right technology strategically woven into every moment.
Fiona Batten, General Manager Australia, cievents
What would you do if...?
American chef, Anne Burrell, has been quoted as saying “Part of being successful is about asking questions and listening to the answer”. That is what this session is all about. Join this fun and thought-provoking discussion where we get to ask a panel of experienced event managers ‘what they would do if…’.
Have your question answered, share your experience with your peers – this will be an interactive learning session for everyone.
New thinkers - what new approach could you be taking when developing your next conference or event?
Event owners and planners are continuously looking for new ways to capture the attention and imagination of their attendees. This session gives you the opportunity to step into the minds of a number of successful creative professionals to see how they do things differently.
What are the thought processes that they follow when working on a new project, what approach do they take when communicating to the same audience year on year?
Do you need to change your way of thinking to step it up and also deal with the unavoidable stresses of the job?
Afternoon tea & Networking
Digitile: The perfect blend of digital and tactile to enhance the human interaction
As digital and innovation become more key to any experience, finding a way forward that isn’t just for show…but results in an enhanced interaction that results in better returns on your investment.
Jeremy Garling, Founding Creator, Fourth Wall
Industry 4.0 is affecting almost every industry worldwide and is rapidly transforming how businesses operate. This transformation has the potential to provide a major boost to Australia’s economic competitiveness and will have an impact on the events industry.
This forward-thinking closing panel brings together leaders in their respective fields to uncover exactly what will be impacting the events we deliver in the next twelve months and beyond. How do we plan for these innovations and influences including wellness, personalisation and globalisation?
This lively discussion will cover the many changes and challenges within the industry from creative ownership to the tendering process, sponsorship to audience engagement technology. The future looks bright for those who are prepared and ready to embrace it!
Tina Aliteri, Conference MC, Speaker and Facilitator
Networking Drinks at Coney Island
Exhibitions & Trade Fairs (the Organisers) reserves the right to alter key note speakers, session presenters or the conference program timetable and delivery without notice due to unforeseen reasons. Neither Exhibitions & Trade Fairs nor the Conference Program Manager accept any liability for any loss or inconvenience caused to any attending delegate under such changes.