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The Conference Collective Podcast Series

Welcome to the ‘The Conference Collective’ Podcast, celebrating the best in innovation and leadership from those who are creating a positive change in the business events industry. A podcast brought to you by the Professional Conference Organisers Association and hosted by Libbie Ray from Connected Event Group.

This podcast series provides listeners with behind the scenes access to some of the key innovators in our industry as they share their honest and raw insights. It highlights how collaboration, innovation and resilience are at the core of the events industry and the reasons we have managed to survive through the most challenging time our industry has faced. Get ready to learn more about the brave new world of the business events industry.

Episode 2

How event technologies can enhance your event with Chris Ridd

In this episode of The Conference Collective Podcast we welcome Chris Ridd, CEO of EventsAir. Chris discusses how industry trends have shaped and are continuing to shape EventAir’s strategy along with how event organisers can effectively implement event technology. Chris sheds light on the importance of data safety and further shares tips on how to engage a virtual and hybrid event audience.

About Chris Ridd:

Chris joined EventsAir as CEO in September 2022 and has over 30 years’ experience in the IT industry including 5 years as Managing Director for Xero Australia and 15 years at Microsoft in various senior executive roles. He led Xero’s expansion in the Australian market from a small startup to become the largest online cloud accounting software company, growing from seven staff and 4,500 customers, to 270 staff and 320,000 paying customers. In 2015, Chris was awarded The CEO Magazine’s Financial Services Executive of the Year & Runner Up in Managing Director of the Year.

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Connected Event Group

Thank you to our webinar and podcast partner for 2023 – Connected Event Group