Knowledge and experience sharing: the foundation of the AIME Community

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The Asia-Pacific Incentives and Meetings Expo (AIME) has announced an extraordinary line-up of speakers for the highly anticipated Knowledge Program and Saxton Up Close and Personal sessions in two jam-packed days next month.

The AIME Knowledge Program provides provocative and inspiring sessions, presented by industry leaders and local professionals. In a program designed to offer practical skills and insights into the changing landscape, speakers will discuss core aspects of business events, focusing on event technology, regional and global industry trends, and present case studies and techniques to enhance pop culture, destinations and live events.

The Knowledge Program includes:

  • Event technology from every angle | Tuesday 20 February, 9.30am
  • Guy ‘Yug’ Blomberg, ReedPOP, Global PAX Content Director and Jonathan Whyman, Event Manager, ReedPOP – From comic cons to video games – behind the scenes of ReedPOP, the world’s biggest pop culture event organisers | Tuesday 20 February, 11.45am
  • Patrick Rush, Global Account Director, American Express Meetings & Events – 2018 Global meetings and events forecast | Tuesday 20 February, 1.35pm
  • Mike Williams, Senior Partner, Gaining Edge – What destinations are doing to woo business events | Wednesday 21 February, 9.30am
  • Vincent Mehta, Business Development Manager, Cvent – Amplifying the power of live events | Wednesday 21 February, 11.45am
  • Robyn Johnson, CEO, Meetings and Events Australia and Cindy-Lee Bakos, MCI, Conference Manager for the International Transport Systems Congress – The way we live: Technology and events | Wednesday 21 February, 1.35pm

Also back by popular demand, Saxton Speaker Bureau brings Australia’s foremost influential personalities to explore key themes in separate sessions, including how the future of Australian businesses will be disrupted by evolving economic ecosystems, from the future of technology to the intergenerational workplace.

The Up Close and Personal Program is a series of intimate sessions with world-leading authorities, designed to share personal experiences from presenters and their advanced understanding of cutting-edge industry topics. It’s a must-attend for anyone wanting a unique experience and to add to their knowledge bank in so many areas.

Full Up Close and Personal Program includes:

Session 1: Man vs Machine… Are robots challenging humans? | Tuesday 20 February | 10.40am

As our world becomes more automated, are robots really set to define the future? Can they really take over from humans without human qualities such as intuition and emotion?

  • Casey Hyun has vast global business experience enabling him to diagnose and forecast cultural and future trends
  • Bill Bennett is a writer, producer and director of documentaries and specialist on the human attribute of intuition
  • Dr. Jordan Nguyen is an acclaimed thought-leader on the intersection between technology and humanity
  • Moderator, Dr Jenine Beekhuyzen, provides insight into the disruptive nature of technology

Session 2: Get with it… How Gen Y (the Millennials) and Gen Z will affect and change the workplace | Tuesday 20 February | 2:40pm

How do we best utilise the skills of each generation to maximise business and social success? By 2020 Gen Y, also known as Millennials, will make up 35% of the global workforce, while Gen Z will make up 24%. With more than half of the working population under the age of 38, how will this change your business and how can you attract and retain them, not just as employees, but as clients?

  • Stephen Scheeler is a seasoned business leader who knows the importance of digital transformation in a mobile age and former Managing Director of Facebook ANZ, the first Fortune 500 company to be founded and led by a Millennial
  • Claire Madden is on the pulse of emerging social trends as a social researcher, sharing her expertise on what we can expect from Gen Z, and Founder of Hello Clarity, a communications agency
  • Fin Kelly leads a passionate and value based life as Co-Founder and Chief Investment Officer of award-winning Gen Y community, Wealth Enhancers, and the recently launched entrepreneurial community, WE LOVE NUMBERS
  • Moderator, Holly Ransom, youth leader and millennial expert, specialises in the high performance of intergenerational workforces

Session 3: The Future… What’s happening and how will it change our world? | Wednesday 21 February | 10:40am

In an ever-evolving world, what are the next big ideas that will change life as we know it? From Artificial Intelligence (AI) to disruptive technology and even self-driving cars, the way humans interact with and trust technology will have an enormous impact on our everyday lives, and how we do business.

  • Matthew Michalewicz is the CEO of Complexica, a provider of Artificial Intelligence software that helps large organisations increase revenue, margin and customer engagement through automated analytics
  • Clare Payne is a leading social commentator on ethics in society, how our societal structure is changing and author of ‘A Matter of Trust – The Practice of Ethics in Finance’ and ‘One – Valuing the Single Life’ to be launched in 2018
  • Dr. Hugh Bradlow is President of the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering, and a thought-leader in telecommunications who has spent his career as a ‘forward scout’
  • Moderator, Alan Kohler, is one of Australia’s most respected financial commentators and journalists, owner, editor and publisher of The Constant Investor and specialist futurist in his own right

Session 4: Resilience and acceptance… Two powerful life-changing tools | Wednesday 21 February | 2:40pm

When life deals us challenging scenarios, we have two choices: let them define us, or use them as a springboard for something greater.

  • Nasir Sobhani, known globally as ‘The Streets Barber’, has made a huge impact with the simple gesture of giving the homeless a free haircut to help them feel clean, empowered and understood
  • Jules Allen decided not to dwell on her abusive past and instead use it as a springboard for change. An award-winning youth advocate and standout TEDx presenter, she was a contestant on MasterChef Australia and is now the face of charities Adopt Change and Foster Care Australia
  • Sam Bloom, who despite the challenges life dealt her, made headlines globally for her unique friendship with a magpie named Penguin
  • Moderator, Richard Morecroft, Australian broadcasting legend who is also widely known for his work in education, conservation and the visual arts

AIME is free to attend if you register online or $25 for tickets at the door, and will be held at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, 20–21 February 2018.

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