Organisers, Producers, Managers and Convenors

New Zealand on a winner at PCOA Conference

Julie Burton of Southern Cross Conference and Event Management took away a case of New Zealand’s celebrated Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc, as winner of the Kiwi prize draw. Conventions and Incentives New Zealand (CINZ) Australia Manager Sharon Auld said the popular CINZ MEETINGS smoothie bike helped power a surge in applications for the May 2018 event. “Applications will remain open…

WiFi providers pop up at event

Conference organisers regularly pinpoint WiFi and food as the two areas that can potentially embarrass them – and first time PCO Association Conference exhibitor PopUp Wifi has a solution for one of those problems. Co-founder Nina McMahon says the company has been gaining traction with PCOs and has had a steady stream of interest at the conference. ‘We know that…

New Zealand takes a refreshing approach to 10th PCOA Conference

The 100% Pure New Zealand hub promises to be a welcoming space for delegates to engage and network at this month’s Professional Conference Organisers (PCO) Association conference. Conventions and Incentives New Zealand (CINZ) Australia Manager Sharon Auld says the Kiwi team is planning a refreshing approach to help energise delegates. “During the conference breaks on Monday 27 November, delegates can…

Why Why Why Why Why; The Questions Behind Design Thinking

Tom Kelley, best-selling author and partner at the renowned design thinking and innovation consultancy IDEO wrote, “Innovation and Creativity are now widely accepted as the driving forces behind business success, and are among the most highly prized qualities in today’s leaders”. Organisations are increasingly aware of the need to implement practices that ensure creativity and innovation are integrated into daily…

New Zealand celebrates 10th PCOA with largest-ever team

The largest-ever team of New Zealand suppliers is heading to the Gold Coast for the Professional Conference Organisers (PCO) Association’s 10th anniversary event next month. Conventions and Incentives New Zealand (CINZ) Australia Manager Sharon Auld says 19 New Zealand suppliers will be joining the 100% Pure New Zealand hub at the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre from Sunday 26…

Event Content of Tomorrow

International Productions looks at the content and technology that are shaping events beyond tomorrow In today’s digitally saturated society – the events industry is constantly evolving as new trends in technology continue to explode onto the scene. Technology that was once considered far-off is now here and with each innovation and new product that becomes available, it’s essential event professionals…

Staying with the programme

As PCOs, we’re inundated with new ideas on meeting design, learning styles, the latest tech tools and predictions of the ‘next big thing’. Deciding where to invest your time and energy can be a major challenge. We know the meetings world is changing at pace. Whether we’re working in the international arena or flying the flag locally, we all need…

Anthony Laye – Mind Power, People Power

Are we loosing the skills to create meaningful relationships? Lack of trust is one of the top four business concerns according to a study by PwC. Can trust be built without personal interaction? Sure. But much it’s slower than encounters that happen face-to-face. As human beings we are social animals, however the current era of technology has led us to…