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

Thursday 14 September 2017

8:45am - 9:45am
Bloody Mary Breakfast
This is an opportunity to recover from the festivities of the Event Awards.
10:00am - 10:15am
Welcome and Introduction

10:15am - 11:00am
Opening Plenary:
Trend Setting and Thinking Differently

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
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
Dream to Stream? Audience Development and New Age Revenue Streams
Ralph Devlin AM QC, Immediate Past President, Surf Life Saving Queensland
1:10pm - 1:55pm
Inspire Sessions
A Special Relationship: Events and Tourism
Linda Tillman, Managing Director, Tilma Group
1:55pm: Lunch in the Exhibition
2:55pm - 4:30pm
In-Depth Workshop: Designing to Future-Proof Your Event
Steve Brown, Adjunct Associate Professor, Flinders University
2:55pm - 3:40pm
Inspire Sessions
Making Cities and Regions "Event-Friendly"
Jeremy Wilshire, Major Events, Destination Wollongong
3:45pm - 4:30pm
Inspire Sessions
3D Projection Mapping: The Future of Business Events
Peter Milne, The Electric Canvas
Celebrating Diversity: Australian Multicultural Events
Paula Masselos, Managing Director, Embrace Society
Michelle Kennedy, Senior Communication Officer, Multicultural Affairs Queensland
4:30pm - 7:00pm
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.
7:00pm - 10:00pm
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.
10:00pm: 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.
9:00am - 9:45am
Learn From the Best: How to Succeed in Events
David Atkins OAM
Producer, Artistic Director and Choreographer
Founder & CEO of David Atkins Enterprises
Lena Malouf CSEP. AIFD
Master Event Designer and Event Specialist, Lena Malouf Consultancy
9:50am - 12:40pm
In-Depth Workshop: Event Operations: A Focus on Security
Travis Semmens, Managing Director, ACES Group
9:50am - 10:35pm
In Focus Sessions
Creating a Great Delegate Journey Before, During and After Your Business Event
Lauren Hayward, General Manager, Forum Group Events
The Deadly Sins of Event Technology and How to Avoid Them
Clifford Fairbrass, Partner Engagement Manager; Sponsorship & Event Manager, McCorkell & Associates Australia
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
Thinking Outside the Box: Parrtjima
Andrew Hopper, General Manager and Director, Northern Territory Major Events Company
Anthony Bastic, Principal and Creative Director, AGB Events
11:55pm - 12:40pm
In Focus Sessions
How to Avoid Hosting a Boring Famil
Nicole Jervis, Manager, Marketing & Communications, Tourism NT
To Stream or not to Stream? The Paradox of Not Cannibalising your Physical Attendance by Offering a Live Stream
Conal McCullough, Director, Creo Media

12:40pm: Lunch in the Exhibition

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
1:40pm - 2:25pm
In Focus Sessions
Teasing and Pleasing the Tastebuds: Food and Wine Matching
Paul Baker, Head Chef, Botanic Gardens Restaurant - Adelaide
Cyber Security in Events: The Disasters and How to Avoid Them
Josh Lemon, Senior Manager, CSIRT, Salesforce
2:30pm - 3:15pm
In Focus Sessions
Transforming Spaces for Events
Caroline Hutchison, General Manager, Backdrops Fantastic Australia
Meredith Lambert, Senior Account Manager, Loud Events
3:15pm: Afternoon Tea & Coffee in the Exhibition

3:45pm - 4:30pm
Closing Plenary: Vision Australia
John O'Sullivan
CEO, Tourism Australia
4:30pm - 5:30pm
Closing Networking Opportunity for Delegates

5:30pm: End of Day 2

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