Australia Updates

AIME 2019 Knowledge Exchange targets both buyers and sellers

New programme to focus on community building and creating a culture of innovation.
Talk2Media & Events, the new organisers of AIME, have unveiled the event’s reimagined Knowledge Exchange. 
The educational content, created with input from PCMA, ICCA, SITE, and Meetings & Events Australia (MEA), will focus on sharing ideas and creating a stronger sense of community. 

Hosted by renowned community builder and entrepreneur, Fabian Pfortmüller, the full-day Knowledge Exchange (on Monday 18 February) will, for the first time, see both buyers and exhibitors able to attend sessions together.

Talk2Media & Events CEO, Matt Pearce, says: “We believe that education is fuel for economic growth. We understand the value in knowledge sharing and we are thrilled to be able to provide more opportunities to forge new connections and share industry experience.”

He adds: “We want people to leave AIME and not only be able to measure a positive return on investment, but also having up-skilled their professional and personal development.”
As well as thought-provoking plenary talks and intensive skill-based workshops, the programme will also feature AIME’s first Hackathon, an invitation-only Leaders Forum, and MEA’s two-day event management workshop, which is open to students and the broader AIME community.

“AIME Knowledge will look at engagement beyond mere content – from ideas on how to challenge meeting norms and create a culture of innovation, to recognising our unconscious biases and building meaningful communities with ongoing connections,” Pfortmüller says.  
ICCA’s integral Business Exchange will now be anchored at AIME, and the organisation will also deliver sessions debating a number of topics, including the role and relevance of professional conference organisers (PCOs). Meanwhile, SITE will present results from an industry-wide survey of the incentive travel industry.
AIME will take place at the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre from 18-20 February. See the full Knowledge Exchange programme here.