This is the program for 2017. More sessions and speakers will be added as they are confirmed.

Thursday 14 September 2017

8:15am - 9:45am
Bloody Mary Breakfast
This is an opportunity to recover from the festivities of the Event Awards.

Sponsored by

Be Challenged

10:00am - 10:15am
Welcome and Introduction

10:15am - 11:00am
Opening Plenary:
Creating a Blockbuster Event and a Blockbuster Life - "Epic Failure is your Friend"
Bobby Galinsky, Screenwriter, Producer, veteran Hollywood Mentor
11:00am: Morning Tea & Coffee in the Exhibition

11:30am - 1:55pm
In-Depth Workshop: Crowd Safety Analysis
Aldo Raineri, Discipline Leader – Occupational Health & Safety, CQ University
11:30am - 12:15pm
Inspire Sessions
Using Events to Enhance Brand Exposure
Katerina Grant, Director, Kat and Co
3D Projection Mapping: Applications for Business Events
Peter Milne, The Electric Canvas
New Products and Services Part 1: Say It In Six

Stay up to date with latest technology, trends and services from our Exhibitors
12:20pm - 1:05pm
Inspire Sessions
New Products and Services Part 2: Say It In Six

Stay up to date with latest technology, trends and services from our Exhibitors
Making Cities and Regions "Event-Friendly"
Jeremy Wilshire, Major Events, Destination Wollongong
1:10pm - 1:55pm
Inspire Sessions
Eventscapes and Changing Attitudes
David Gration, Director, Events Tourism Associates
1:55pm: Lunch in the Exhibition

2:55pm - 4:30pm
In-Depth Workshop: Designing to Future-Proof Your Event
Steve Brown, Associate Professor, Flinders University
2:55pm - 3:40pm
Learn From the Best: How to Succeed in Events
Peter Rix
Executive Chairman, George P Johnson Australia
Lena Malouf CSEP. AIFD
Master Event Designer and Event Specialist, Lena Malouf Consultancy
3:45pm - 4:30pm
A Special Relationship: Events and Tourism
Linda Tillman, Managing Director, Tilma Group
4:35pm - 5:20pm
Inspire Sessions
A Place You Feel: Creating Unexpected Destination Experiences
Nicole Jervis, Manager, Marketing & Communications, Tourism NT
Celebrating Diversity: Australian Multicultural Events
Paula Masselos, Managing Director, Embrace Society
5:30pm - 7:15pm
Sunshine Coast Destination Experience
Join the team from Visit Sunshine Coast and Business Events Sunshine Coast as they showcase a venue that can only be described as one of the Sunshine Coast’s hidden gems.
7:30pm - 10:30pm
Connect, Revive, Thrive Dinner
After a thought-provoking and inspiring day at the Symposium and straight off the back of an exploration of the Sunshine Coast, Thursday night's dinner will be a relaxing way to meet more of your fellow Symposium attendees and unwind in the beautiful surroundings of the Sunshine Coast.
10:30pm: End of Day 1

Friday 15 September

7:45am - 8:45am
Looking Forward Breakfast
Refuel for another big day of Symposium sessions and consolidate contact with all the other fascinating events people you met yesterday.

Sponsored by

Social Playground
9:00am - 11:50pm
In-Depth Workshop: Event Operations: A Focus on Security
Travis Semmens, Managing Director, ACES Group
9:00am - 9:45am
In Focus Sessions
Creating a Great Delegate Journey Before, During and After Your Business Event
Lauren Hayward, General Manager, Forum Group Events
Thinking Outside the Box: Parrtjima
Andrew Hopper, General Manager and Director, Northern Territory Major Events Company
Anthony Bastic, Principal and Creative Director, AGB Events
9:50am - 10:35am
In Focus Sessions
The Deadly Sins of Event Technology and How to Avoid Them
Clifford Fairbrass, Partner Engagement Manager; Sponsorship & Event Manager, McCorkell & Associates Australia
Choosing the right entertainment and the secrets of timing to help shape your event
Mark Bradley, Managing Director, Mark Bradley International

10:35am: Morning Tea & Coffee in the Exhibition

11:05am - 11:50am
In Focus Sessions
Curating and Producing Conference and Seminar Content
Simon Relph, Managing Director, VisiBel Group
Cyber Security in Events: How to Avoid Becoming the Next Victim of Cyber Criminals
Josh Lemon, Senior Manager, CSIRT, Salesforce
11:50am: Lunch in the Exhibition

12:50pm - 1:35pm
Keynote Plenary:
The Game Changer for Arts and Culture in the Age of Tourism: The Event!
Lyndon Terracini AM, Artistic Director, Opera Australia
1:40pm - 3:15pm
In-Depth Workshop: Cabaret Communications: Where the Art of Cabaret Meets Corporate Communication
Al Styne, Cabaret Performer/Singer/Song Writer/Entertainer/Television Presenter/Sales & Marketing Professional
Billie Wilde, Singer/Entertainer/Television and Stage Performer/Teacher/Coach and Author
1:40pm - 2:25pm
In Focus Sessions
Teasing and Pleasing the Tastebuds: Food and Wine Matching
Paul Baker, Head Chef, Botanic Gardens Restaurant - Adelaide
To Stream or not to Stream? The Paradox of Not Cannibalising your Physical Attendance by Offering a Live Stream
Conal McCullough, Director, Creo Media

2:30pm - 3:15pm
In Focus Sessions
Transforming Spaces for Events
Meredith Lambert, Senior Account Manager, Loud Events
3:15pm: Afternoon Tea & Coffee in the Exhibition

3:45pm - 4:30pm
Closing Plenary: Vision Australia
Penny Lion
Executive General Manager, Events, Tourism Australia
4:30pm - 5:30pm
Closing Networking Opportunity and Drinks for Delegates

5:30pm: End of Day 2

Please note that the program is subject to change without notice.