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10 conferences in 2019 event managers need to know about

By Fi Darby | 19 February 2019


Working in the event management industry is a great career for people who are both creative and organised. Event managers are responsible for the planning and smooth running of occasions such as conferences, banquets, events and functions. They oversee a number of staff to meet a range of client expectations. Read more about the event management industry. You might want to read 5 reasons you'll love a career in event management.

Conferences for Event Managers 2019

  1. YOW!Data 2019 – Software Development.
  2. Fine Food Australia 2019 – Event Management.
  3. The Franchising & Big Business Opportunities Expo – Entrepreneurs.
  4. AGHA Sydney Gift Fair – Retail.
  5. The National HR Summit 2019 – Human Resources.
  6. 2019 Early Childhood Learning and Development Conference – Early Childhood Education.
  7. Big.Digital 2019 – Digital Marketing and Ecommerce.
  8. Australasian Hotel Industry Conference & Exhibition - Hospitality.
  9. Melbourne Blockchain Conference 2019 – Banking and Financial services.
  10. Australian Social Policy Conference – Community Services.
If you have never attended a conference before then maybe 2019 should be the year where you give it a go. Conferences offer opportunities for business development, networking and brand positioning and, if you are a starter in the event management sector, these types of events can give you a great flavour of what is going on and where you would like your career to go next. In order to help you choose and direct your efforts, we have the 10 conferences for 2019 that you really don’t want to miss.

1. YOW!Data 2019 – Software Development.

10 conferences in 2019 event managers need to know about

Big data is getting bigger and 2019 is going to be the year of the data generator, with data gathered from IoT devices such as home appliances, wearable technology and cars all driving the demand for smart software solutions in the fields of data handling and analysis.
 
Focus: data driven technology and applications
Date: May 6th – May 7th 2019
Location: Sydney
Of interest to: up and coming software developers
Related qualification opportunity: Diploma of Database Design and Development (ICT50515)

2. Fine Food Australia 2019 – Event Management.

With the pundits predicting a demand for foods related to wellness, story telling, sustainability and freshness, the 2019 event manager has a lot to be considering. Fine Food Australia promises numerous Australian and overseas exhibitors and access to a wide variety of new market trends and influences.
 
Focus: food, beverage and hospitality
Date: September 9th – September 12th 2019
Location: Sydney
Of interest to: hospitality and events managers
Related qualification opportunity: Bachelor of Business (Event Management) (081293M)

3. The Franchising & Big Business Opportunities Expo – Entrepreneurs.

10 conferences in 2019 event managers need to know about

If you have been thinking about making 2019 the year you finally make the change from employee to business owner, this is the conference for you. The Franchising & Business Opportunities Expo offers access to free seminars and expert advice.
 
Focus: running your own business
Date: August 24th – August 25th 2019
Location: Melbourne
Of interest to: those considering owning their own business
Related qualification opportunity: Advanced Diploma of Business (BSB60215)

4. AGHA Sydney Gift Fair – Retail.

The key to successful retail is finding products that you know your customers will be keen to buy. The Sydney Gift Fair 2019 is set to showcase the very best in Australian design as well as being host to a huge range of international suppliers.
 
Focus: retail buying
Date: February 23rd – February 26th 2019
Location: Sydney
Of interest to: retail buyers and managers
Related qualification opportunity: Diploma of Retail Leadership (SIR50116)

5. The National HR Summit 2019 – Human Resources.

10 conferences in 2019 event managers need to know about

HR is going through an exciting phase with the rise of technology vying for attention with increased requirements for personalisation. The triple-stranded National HR Summit offers a main conference for the whole team, a separate forum for directors and a specialised public sector forum.
 
Focus: human resource management
Date: March 26th – March 27th 2019
Location: Sydney
Of interest to: human resources directors, managers and staff
Related qualification opportunity: Diploma of Human Resources Management (BSB50618)

6. 2019 Early Childhood Learning and Development Conference – Early Childhood Education.

With one of Australia’s largest gatherings of health professionals, educators and practitioners, the 2019 Early Childhood Learning and Development Conference is set to examine research, encourage reflective thinking and improve personal development.
 
Focus: early childhood education
Date: 29th March – 30th March 2019
Location: Perth
Of interest to: early childhood educators
Related qualification opportunity: Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care (CHC50113)

7. Big.Digital 2019 – Digital Marketing and Ecommerce.

As ecommerce grows, the need for marketers to be at the top of their digital marketing game increases. Big.Digital 2019 offers everything from beginner level advice at Big Digital Bootcamp to advanced tips on emerging technologies, data-driven strategy and maximising ROI.
 
Focus: digital marketing
Dates: April 3rd – April 5th 2019
Location: Adelaide
Of interest to: retail and marketing specialists
Related qualification opportunity: Bachelor of Business (Marketing) (081293M)

8. Australasian Hotel Industry Conference & Exhibition - Hospitality.

With visitor arrival numbers  continuing to climb, the hospitality industry is one of Australia’s current growth successes. Claiming to be 2019’s most influential hotel industry conferences across the South Pacific, the Australasian Hotel Industry Conference & Exhibition is one that might fully occupy every hour of your two-day visit.
 
Focus: hotel management and investment
Dates: 2nd May – 3rd May 2019
Location: Melbourne
Of interest to: those working and managing in the hotel industry
Related qualification opportunity: Bachelor of Business (Hospitality Management) (081294K)

9. Melbourne Blockchain Conference 2019 – Banking and Financial services.

10 conferences in 2019 event managers need to know about

If you have ambitions in finance and haven’t yet sat up and taken notice of Blockchain, you need to do so now, and the Melbourne Blockchain Conference 2019 would be a good place to start. Offering a depth of insight and access to a number of experts, this conference promises to educate, on a range of Blockchain topics, including Blockchain and insurance, digital currencies in developing countries and Blockchain in wholesale banking.
 
Focus: Blockchain technology
Dates: February 27th 2019
Location: Melbourne
Of interest to: managers and strategists in the banking and finance sectors
Related qualification opportunity: Diploma of Financial Planning (FNS50615)

10. Australian Social Policy Conference – Community Services.

If you supervise or manage in community services and want to keep ahead of forthcoming policy and trends, the Australian Social Policy Conference 2019 is set to be the place to be. With discussions on themes such as disability and care, ageing, and indigenous peoples, this one will have something for everyone.
 
Focus: social policy
Dates: September 9th – September 11th  2019
Location: Sydney
Of interest to: community services practitioners and management
Related qualification opportunity: Bachelor of Applied Social Science (Community Services) (JNI-085174G)

Learn more about Event Management

Upskilled offers a range of courses in event management to give you the skills you need to succeed in the industry, in a self-paced, online format. This means you can study as you work, or gain the skills you need in your own time.
 
The 81293M Bachelor of Business (Event Management) is an online and campus-based course, that covers the full scope of managing events, business marketing, and business practice principles. The SIT50316 Diploma of Event Management is 100% online, and sets students on the path to a dream job by getting the accredited skills needed to work in event management.
 
SkillsTalk hopes the list above has helped you to find a 2019 conference that will give you the learning and networking opportunities you are looking for. If you have made your decision and are feeling a bit nervous about conference attendance, check out our top tips on how to use a networking event, such as a conference, to your advantage.
 
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