Robots and Men Meet in Brisbane

June 5, 2018

Robots and Men Meet in Brisbane

Brisbane welcomed this past week 3.000 of the world’s leading robotics experts at the 2018 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA) being held at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre. This is the first time this international forum, described as a frontier of science and technology for robotic researchers, has been held in the Southern Hemisphere attracting the international elite in the very fast paced robotic sector.

The six day event exceeded expectations with record delegate numbers and papers submitted, mostly thanks to the excellent collaboration between Team Brisbane, including Tourism and Events Queensland, BCEC and Brisbane Marketing together with Australia’s world leading experts in robotics and automation.

Conference Program Chair, Professor Peter Corke, Director of the Centre for Robotic Vision at the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) cites a number of reasons for the success of the event; “Brisbane’s strong reputation in robotics internationally, the acceleration of the technology worldwide, the appeal of Australia to the international community and the innovative approach we have taken for the conference program.”

 

May 31, 2018

Promising Future for Melbourne

A partnership between Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC) and creative powerhouse C2 International was announced at the IMEX trade show in Frankfurt. A world first, this union signals a dramatic shift ahead for the future of business events. This alliance will be mutually beneficial as it grants MCEC exclusive access to C2’s experiential design platform and signature “labs” (challenging yet playful ideation sessions) while providing C2 a powerful gateway from which to continue the conversation in the Asia Pacific region.

For the first time, C2 International will hold its three-day flagship event outside Montreal, transforming Melbourne’s iconic MCEC between October 17-19 this year. MCEC customers will be able to access C2 labs and experiences from 1 July 2018.

But that is not all. Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre’s expansion site is under two months away from opening. Once completed, the new space will cement MCEC’s position as the largest convention and exhibition space in Australia, with 9,000 square metres of exhibition space plus additional flexible, multi-purpose event space, 1,000 seat plenary theatre, multiple meeting rooms and a banquet room.

Over 300 events have been confirmed or are being negotiated for the new expansion space, between July 2018 and the end of 2024. The 1st Malaria World Congress will be the first event held in Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre’s expansion space, between 1 – 5 July 2018. MCEC Chief Executive, Peter King said: “At present, there is no mechanism anywhere in the world for all stakeholders to share information and build a solid framework for collaborative action against malaria. The inaugural Malaria World Congress, initiated by Club Melbourne Ambassadors, Professor Alan Cowman and Professor Brendan Crabb aims to address this gap.”

May 30, 2018

New Zealand Promotes Hospitality Experience

The notion that a stranger can soon become a friend after a conversation and a meal is the concept behind Tourism New Zealand’s stand at the IMEX trade show in Frankfurt earlier this month. Convention planners could enjoy a kōrero (conversation) and kai (food) at a dining table intricately designed and carved from ancient reclaimed swamp kauri by the New Zealand Māori Arts and Crafts Institute (NZMACI) to reflect Māori hospitality traditions that have shaped contemporary New Zealand culture.

The table has been made in two pieces. One part will remain in New Zealand and the other will travel around the world, both joined together in Frankfurt. “The kōrero and kai table is a powerful symbol of how New Zealand welcomes strangers and makes them feel at home. It also acts as an invitation to the world to come and experience New Zealand’s beauty and our warm hospitality for themselves,” says Lisa Gardiner, Manager of Business Events and Premium at Tourism New Zealand.

May 22, 2018

ICC Sydney Receives Recognition for Innovative Program

Research released by University of Technology Sydney (UTS), reviewing International Convention Centre Sydney’s (ICC Sydney) all-encompassing Feeding Your Performance (FYP) program, has heralded the venue as a blueprint for innovation. The program strives to feed the performance of ICC Sydney delegates and visitors, team members, and the local economy, through a New South Wales-focused supply chain, a sustainability approach and a Legacy Program.

According to the research, key benefits of ICC Sydney’s FYP program include economic development such as supporting local producers, providing demand and driving growth opportunities. What is more, there are environmentally sustainable practices which include reducing food miles, donating unused excess food to disadvantaged members of the community and focusing on recycling, reduced use of chemicals, reduced waste and effective waste management. Finally, the community benefits by building staff morale with inclusive recruitment program as well as implementing a unique multi-streamed Legacy Program providing event organisers with opportunity to partner with local organisations.

May 21, 2018

Next Stop for UITP: Melbourne

Boardroom received news from our partner Mohamed Mezghani, Secretary General of the Union International des Transports Publics (UITP), announcing that the 2021 Global Public Transport Summit will be held in Melbourne, Australia between 6-9 June 2021 – the first time in more than 25 years that the event will make its way to the Southern Hemisphere.

Hosted by Public Transport Victoria, the four-day event will gather together all transport modes, industry, authorities and operators, as well as exhibitors from all over the world  at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC). The Summit is dedicated to sustainable mobility and will provide opportunities for the 2,000 delegates to network, develop partnerships and establish new projects investment.

Melbourne is well placed to host such an event with the state currently transforming the city’s transport network and boasting the world’s largest tram network.

May 16, 2018

Water Issues Stream through Brisbane

The Australian Water Association’s Ozwater’18 Conference and Exhibition brought together some of the world’s leading experts on water earlier this month to discuss issues impacting the industry and the way we live today. Held at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre (BCEC), this year’s conference attracted record delegate numbers with 1400 water professionals, including delegates from 16 different countries.

During the three day event, seven keynote speakers, 16 interactive workshops and panel sessions, 374 presenters and 225 exhibitors carried the main message of the conference theme of Evolution Revolution – the key to taking the industry into the future. The event’s agenda tackled issues head on, including guaranteeing sustainable water management, the impact of urban development and water – the essential element of the liveability of our cities and regions.

April 23, 2018

Sydney Proves Strong in Connectedness for Start-ups

A global start-up survey held recently, the Global Startup Ecosystem Report 2018 from Startup Genome, named Sydney as the number one location in the Asia Pacific, and one of the world’s top ten, for local connectedness. Startup Genome and the Global Entrepreneurship Network features strategic start-up investment and policy insights from over 10,000 founders in 45 cities – including Sydney.

Jobs for NSW Chair David Thodey said: “The strong connections between start-up founders in Sydney are testament to investments made in recent years, including the $35 million Sydney Startup Hub and efforts to connect Sydney with start-up communities around the state.” And he continues: “Microsoft recently brought its world-renowned intensive program for start-ups to the Sydney Startup Hub, making it one of only eight global host locations.”

The NSW Government, through Jobs for NSW, also supports fast-growth businesses at every stage of their lifecycle, helping to create the right environment for people to have the confidence to launch a start-up. A bright example is its investment in the Sydney School of Entrepreneurship and in the Boosting Business Innovation Program that links businesses to universities’ research and knowledge.

 

April 5, 2018

Quality in Health Care under the Microscope in Brisbane

Brisbane and the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre (BCEC) have won the right to host 1500 of the world’s leading health care experts at the International Society for Quality in Health Care (ISQua) International Conference in 2021.

ISQua, a global organisation working alongside the World Health Organization (WHO), is involved in the accreditation of health care facilities worldwide. With increased demand in accountability for quality in health care across the globe, the 2021 Conference is expected to attract a diverse mix of allied health leaders with the majority coming from Europe, the United Kingdom and Asia.

The four-day event was secured for Brisbane in cooperation with Tourism and Events Queensland and Brisbane Marketing along with Australian General Practice Accreditation Limited Group of companies (AGPAL).

BCEC General Manager, Bob O‘Keeffe said the Centre’s location in the heart of Brisbane’s knowledge corridor surrounded by universities, hospitals and research centres and its strategic partnerships with the local scientific community made it the ideal venue for the conference.

March 30, 2018

Sibos Heads for Sydney

The world’s largest financial services event ‘Sibos’ is heading for Sydney for the third time between 22-25 October. Secured for Australia by Business Events Sydney (BESydney), Sibos is expected to gather up to 7000 senior leaders of the international financial community at the new International Convention Centre Sydney (ICC Sydney) to debate global trends and challenges, and collaborate on solutions that will shape the industry.

This year’s event, themed ‘Enabling the digital economy’, the focus will be on how data, artificial intelligence, robotics and other emerging technologies are driving innovation, reshaping businesses and helping to tackle financial crime. The event will also look at the ongoing threat of cybersecurity and the evolving global regulatory landscape.

Organisers SWIFT have launched the 2018 SWIFT Institute Challenge, which calls on Australian students to devise innovative new ways of protecting personal information in an open banking environment. The final eight will be invited to present their proposal at Sibos, where the creators of the winning concept will receive A$30,000.

Other major international events secured by BESydney for 2018 are: the Global Summit of Women in April, the World Congress on Cancers of the Skin in August, the International Microscopy Congress in September and the World Congress of Accountants inNovember.

March 27, 2018

ICC Sydney Collaborates with PCO’s for Optimal Client Service

International Convention Centre Sydney (ICC Sydney) met with professional conference organiser (PCO) representatives from across the nation for an inaugural industry update and roundtable to promote peer-to-peer collaboration, robust dialogue and knowledge exchange. The event, organised as an open forum, brought together a diverse range of PCO’s updating them on key business developments on topics like event planning, food and beverage, audiovisual, technology and the Centre’s Legacy Program.

The Association Specialists Managing Director, Francis Child, said during the Roundtable: “The roundtable provided a fantastic opportunity to gain further insight into the venue’s capabilities and vision, further boosting our confidence in recommending ICC Sydney to any client.”

As part of the event, PCOs witnessed a demonstration of new equipment acquired by the venue as part of an additional investment in technology to support event planners in creating memorable delegate experiences.