Event Summit to return in October (and it’s free to attend)

The annual Event Summit will return to Sydney this October and will be free to attend for event stakeholders for the first time in its three-year history.

Originally scheduled for June 2020 as part of the Vivid Ideas program, the annual Event Summit was postponed as a result of measures introduced to control the spread of COVID-19.

Since the postponement, the team behind the Event Summit, Premium Media Events and Risk Facilitator, have kept in close contact with industry stakeholders to understand the full impact of the global pandemic.

Recognising that the summit is an important opportunity for the industry to come together, organisers have worked with partners to reschedule it for 14 October to support the events community to bounce back from the COVID-19 crisis.

Registrations to the event normally start at $990. However, this year they are free to any professional that has a touchpoint in their business with events. On registration, attendees will have the option to make a non-compulsory donation of $50 to $150 to Support Act.

Event Summit 2020 will be held across two iconic Sydney venues – The Royal Botanic Garden Sydney and the Yallamundi Rooms at Sydney Opera House – and supported with catering from Trippas White Group.

While the full 2020 line up of speakers for the 2020 Event Summit will be announced on Tuesday 18 August, NEC Australia has already been confirmed to host a session about its innovative facial recognition technology.

Furthermore, Hardware and Onelove, the producers of Festival X, will join the summit to talk about the complexities of launching a new event brand to market; as well as Johnny Little, vice president of Tough Mudder, who will join live from New York.

Minister for Jobs, Investment, Tourism and Western Sydney Stuart Ayres said: “There is no doubt that this year has been incredibly challenging, particularly for those working in the events industry.

“The Event Summit presents an exciting opportunity for event professionals to learn from the best, as we all work together to rebuild the industry and come back stronger than ever.”

Those who are keen to attend can register their interest here.