It’s Time to RETHINK, CREATE and CHANGE the way we connect.

For all the uncertainty in the current events landscape, there’s one guarantee: virtual and hybrid is here to stay. 

 

So how can we create high-impact, human-centred virtual and hybrid events that deliver meaningful connection and engagement? 

 

Join thought leaders from the fields of innovation, events, technology and business transformation for this immersive event experience, and discover first-hand how technology is illuminating new paths to connection and driving breakthrough thinking across the globe. 

 

Packed with ideas, insights and inspiration, this pioneering 2-hour event will help you rethink, create and change your approach to events and set a benchmark for the future of connected event design. 

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Insights and Inspiration from Industry Experts 

Hear from trailblazers and future makers including MCEC Chief Executive Peter King, global innovation ambassador and social entrepreneur Tania De Jong AM (Creative Universe) and branding visionary Richard Curtis (FutureBrand) and special guest The Hon. Jaala Pulford MP, Minister for Innovation. Lookout for updates to the Presenter line-up. 

 

Whether you choose to attend online or in person, you’ll have access to interactive discussion panels, keynote presentations and masterclasses in digital event production, virtual networking, and how to engage and inspire audiences live, online and on demand. 

Speakers
Keynote
Presenters
Guest Speaker
Workshops
Agenda
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Pre-Welcome to Defy All Conventions
Pre-Welcome to Defy All Conventions

From 8am, join the MCEC team for a warm welcome and a chance to settle in. Online attendees will be walked through our digital event platform, while our in-person guests can explore the space and enjoy an unconventional breakfast prepared onsite by our award-winning chefs. This is the perfect time to set up your platform profile and select your topic tags to make sure you’re getting the most out of your morning.

Start
8:00
End
8:30
Traditional Welcome to Country & Introduction
Traditional Welcome to Country & Introduction

The event will officially commence with a traditional, yet ‘unconventional’, Welcome to Country ceremony performed by a First Nations group, followed by a special Ministerial address, an introduction from your MC for the day, and a word from our CEO, Peter King.

We acknowledge the Traditional Owners of the land, the Wurundjeri people, on which Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre is built. We pay our respects to their Elders, past and present.

Peter King
Start
8:30
End
8:50
Keynote with Tania de Jong AM
Keynote with Tania de Jong AM

Tania de Jong AM is an internationally celebrated Australian soprano, inspirational speaker and social entrepreneur, and a thought leader in the areas of innovation and creativity. Follow Tania as she shares her insights and understanding of how new technology, innovation and creative ideation can come together to drive connection and craft human-centred events that inspire and engage.

Tania de Jong AM
Start
8:50
End
9:10
Panel and Q&A with Peter, Tania and Richard
Panel and Q&A with Peter, Tania and Richard

Join the conversation with brand transformation expert Richard Curtis (FutureBrand) and panelists Peter King and Tania de Jong as they deep-dive into the world of virtual and hybrid and explore how we can deliver effective engagement, grow successful brands and navigate business transformation in a virtual world. Make the most of this unique opportunity by submitting your questions directly to the panel via our digital event platform.

Peter King
Richard Curtis
Start
9:10
End
9:25
Morning tea break
Morning tea break
Start
9:25
End
9:40
Masterclass: Bridging the Gap - Production AV, Networking & Sponsorship
Masterclass: Bridging the Gap - Production AV, Networking & Sponsorship
Watch and discover how to create and run a seamless hybrid event offering for your audience as the team layers important event elements right before your eyes.  
Melissa Sweetland
Josh Bryce
Start
9:40
End
9:50
Masterdemo: Cooking with Chef - An Appetite For Innovation (online only)
Masterdemo: Cooking with Chef - An Appetite For Innovation (online only)

This one’s just for fun and for our online attendees only! Laugh along with MCEC Executive Chef Peter Haycroft and Pastry Chef Renae Hooper as they ‘blow up’ the boundaries between science and cuisine. We guarantee a whole lotta fun whisked in with some high-larious results!

Peter Haycroft
Renae Hooper
Start
9:40
End
9:50
Wrap Up with Peter King
Wrap Up with Peter King

Close out the morning’s presentations with MCEC Chief Executive Peter King.

Peter King
Helen Fairclough
Melissa Sweetland
Start
9:50
End
9:55
Networking
Networking

Remember...people? Connect, explore and network with like-minded professionals and industry influencers. Join online breakout rooms and chat IRL with other humans who are similarly curious about the potential of virtual and hybrid in the future events landscape.

Start
9:55
End
10:30
Map
1 Convention Centre Place, South Wharf VIC 3006
South Wharf