There have been some changes made to the program for 2018, based on reflection and feedback on the Event Awards and Symposium in 2017.
We humans can’t seem to stop discussing whether size really matters. The Event Awards judges always have and always will take size into account in judging entries, so the smallest can compete with the biggest events on a level playing field. This won’t change, but this year we shine a spotlight specifically on the industry’s pint-sized players. We’ve introduced two new categories to the Awards – Best Small Event and Small Event Management Company of the Year – so we can make a big deal about your small event or small events business.
We’ve also refined some of the existing categories to better align the award recognition with the evolving industry through category name changes and some adjustments to the judging criteria in the following categories:
To be eligible to become a State Finalist, entries will now also need to meet the Finalist Threshold Score. You won’t need to do anything extra, just be aware that the bar has been raised to earn the prestige of a State Finalist and continue to put your best foot forward in your entry.
2018 also brings a shift in schedule with entries closing later this year, on 27 August. This means that those executing events right at the end of the eligibility period (end of June) have more time to really finesse their entry after bump out. The Early Starters deadline to receive a discounted entry price will also be later in the year, falling on 24 July. Make sure you put the Key Dates in your diary to maximise your schedule and budget.
The Symposium program will take on a slightly different energy this year, being shaped to crescendo towards the Awards Night, so we finish with a bang! Both days will include stellar sessions, designed to facilitate an extraordinary level of engagement and practical take-aways, and social events will take delegates from welcome drinks, through the Symposium and on to the Event Awards ceremony to conclude. Read more about the Symposium here.
Click here to see the list of Key Changes.