Working with Cornerstone Events and the Australian Information Security Association (AISA) for their annual Australian Cyber Conference held in both Melbourne and Canberra is quickly becoming a highlight for the Connected Event Group team. We’re the technical production partner for both events, and are responsible for ensuring the technical elements of the event are seamless, we also operate as the primary technical contact for the entire show.
For events in both cities we use a mixture of our own equipment and the venue supplied AV equipment, and bring in our own team of technicians who work alongside the venue supplied technical crew. This requires us to work closely with the in-house AV teams in both the MCEC in Melbourne, and the NCCC in Canberra, which could get complicated - we’re on their turf after all! - but the in-house AV team in both venues were nothing but supportive and welcoming.
The 3 day conference takes over the entirety of both venues, with keynote sessions being held in the Plenary Theatre, 2 days of concurrent presentations being held in the surrounding meeting rooms and a dedicated space for the industry exhibition. Our role as the event’s technical production lead meant that we were the conduit between the event organisers, the venue and the speakers, which meant you can find us show calling in Plenary (when not enthralled in the keynote presentations from the likes of Steve Wozniak, Capt John Sully, the Hon John Howard & Hon Julie Bishop), managing both the keynote speakers and workshop/ ThinkTank speakers and their presentations, and coordinating the content for the multiple display screens positioned around the venue.
Part of our role at CyberCon involves the stage design of each Plenary theatre. Our proposed design must not just look good both in-person and on camera, but also has to work around the existing stage and equipment setup in both venues. In both Canberra and Melbourne we’ve recently used customised FabFrame sets with great success.They not only provided a fabulous backdrop, but also a clear entry and exit path to the stage for the speakers.
At CyberCon Canberra we trialled our new Wayfinder touch screen (similar to the info touch screens found in many shopping centres) for the industry exhibition area. It was a great success - it’s incredibly user friendly and delegates particularly loved the ease it added to their day, given the most direct route to their chosen exhibitor was mapped out for them.
The onsite AISA team averages close to 20,000 steps a day, but when the feedback is as good as this, it’s definitely worth it:
Thank you so much for your work in the lead up to and onsite at CyberCon Canberra. Your time in the lead up to the conference, on the speaker briefing calls, and onsite was appreciated. From my perspective, everything went smoothly and was well executed. We have overwhelmingly positive feedback on the conference and that is in part, because of you and your team.