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Australian Event Symposium

2018 Symposium Program Information

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19 – 21 November 2018
Novotel Twin Waters Resort
Sunshine Coast

Theme: The Skill’s The Limit: Enriching Events

The two-day Symposium is full of engaging content in a practical format, designed to ramp up towards the Australian Event Awards ceremony at the end of the second day. Day One offers Workshop streams led by industry experts; Day Two holds three plenary Masterclasses delivered by trailblazing leaders from the world beyond events.

Workshops in specifically focussed streams zone your attention in on events practice, helping you identify, understand and implement processes, skills and strategies you can apply directly to your events. Go into detail with events experts in areas such as security, marketing and relationship-building, walking out ready to put your learnings into action.

Ground-breakers from beyond the events industry will lead engaging Masterclasses – in-depth sessions of applied learning, inspiring you to broaden your field of vision to see wisdom, strategy and creativity from other domains that can keep your events work innovative and inventive. Game-changers in fields such as marketing & advertising, the arts, sports and journalism share their stories, tactics and lessons learned so you can increase your capacity to think outside the box and create top quality events.

Please note that the program is subject to change.

Australian Event Symposium 2018
The Skill’s The Limit: Enriching Events

Monday 19 November 2018


6:00pm – 7:00pm
Welcome Drinks

Welcome to the Sunshine Coast! Have a few beverages on us to unwind from your trip, meet other attendees and get excited for the festivities to come.


Tuesday 20 November 2018

Half Day Workshops – Morning

9:00am – 12:30pm

Workshop: How Bountiful Relationships and Targeted Messaging Win You Bids, Pitches, and Sales

Steve Fontanot, Managing Director, Havas Brand Experience & Village Blvd

Workshop: Project Management Mastermind

Vickii Cotter, Director, Visabel Pty Ltd

Workshop: The Best Kind of People Pleaser – Ace Your Stakeholder Management

Hailey Mason, Managing Director, Sorted Events

Morning Tea & Coffee Break will be held at 10:45am in the Exhibition

12:30pm: Lunch in the Exhibition

Half Day Workshops – Afternoon

1:30pm – 5:00pm

Workshop: Marketing Permaculture: Building a Sustainable and Self-Sustaining Marketing Campaign

Alana Hay, Founder, Milestone Creative

Workshop: On the Ground: The Real World of Risk, Safety and Security

Jon Corbishley FSIA, Director/Risk Manager, The Safety Officer

Workshop: Disruption for Creativity Eruption: Become an expert in event reinvention

Heath Campanaro, Director, Imagination
Adrian Goldthorp, Executive Creative Director, Imagination

Afternoon Tea & Coffee Break will be held at 3:15pm in the Exhibition

5:30pm – 7:30pm
Halfway Drinks

Round off the first day of the Symposium with drinks and light canapes to fuel your recap of the workshops and build upon the relationships made.
For restaurant suggestions after the function, see the Registration Team. Or for an easy dinner, head to the Hotel Restaurant.

7:30pm: End of Day 1


Wednesday 21 November 2018


9:00am – 10:45am
Masterclass: The Ideas Conversation – Listening, Creating and Communicating an Impactful Message in the Events Sphere

Fenella Kernebone– TEDxSydney Curator, Culturist, Orator

10:45am: Morning Tea & Coffee in the Exhibition

11:15pm – 1:00pm
Masterclass: Creativity and Agility – Ducking and Weaving in the Events World

Peter FitzSimons– The Wallaby, the Journo, the Republican

1:00pm: Lunch in the Exhibition

1:45pm – 4:00pm
Masterclass: Growing Something from Nothing – Building Extraordinary Events

Matt Golinski – The Chef, the Survivor, the Runner
Includes an Afternoon Tea & Coffee Break in the Exhibition

6:15pm – 7:00pm
Australian Event Awards Pre-Dinner Drinks

7:00pm – 10:30pm
Australian Event Awards Ceremony

Afterparty at Aqua Bar, Novotel Twin Waters Resort, open til late

Late: End of Day 2
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