Conference 2018


Melbourne provided a stunning destination for the PCO Association’s 11th Annual PCOA Conference & Exhibition held at the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre with over 430 in attendance.

The PCOA18 conference was opened by Barry Neame the PCO Association president and PCOA18 MC, the talented Yvonne Adele.

PCOA president Barry Neame said engaging Yvonne was a milestone for the association – ‘it’s the first time we’ve had a female MC for a PCOA conference’.

The conference themed ‘Embracing change. How agile are you?’ commenced on Sunday with six informative and interactive workshops and two Special Interest Group meetings.

At the conclusion of day one a very successful Welcome Reception was hosted throughout the 60-booth trade exhibition space.

Monday morning commenced with an awe-inspiring performer moving through a very agile routine that immediately connected the attendees with the conference theme, “Embracing change – How agile are you”.

We heard from Rohit Talwar from Fast Future Research who explored the opportunities and challenges arising from the global forces that are driving change across the globe and creating new business potential in the meetings industry.

Tomer Garzberg from Gronade, provided a practical look at machine intelligence in the workplace, its limitations, and opportunities, as well as the importance of the augmented human employee, as the global arms race for artificially-augmented efficiency takes front and centre.

Showtime Event Group and the State Library of Victoria hosted a breathtaking venue for the memorable networking function on the Monday evening. Delegates appreciated being immersed in the historic surroundings while being entertained with powerful live music and a beautiful choice of food and beverage.

The PCO Association would like to sincerely thank the conference speakers, sponsors and exhibitors who played a major role in making the 11th annual PCOA conference a highly successful, productive and memorable event.

The Association would also like to thank our business partners, who have continued to provide great support.

Save the date for PCOA 2019, to be held at the International Convention Centre Sydney, 8 – 10 December 2019.

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Hear from 2017 attendees on why you should attend the 11th Annual PCOA Conference & Exhibition in Melbourne in December.