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2018-03-18 18:00:00 2018-03-18 18:00:00 Australia/Melbourne 2018 MAV Technology Conference - The Transformers The MAV Technology Annual Conference was huge! We welcomed delegates from the local government ICT associations of the UK, USA,... Australia Michael Green mgreen@mav.asn.au

2018 MAV Technology Conference - The Transformers

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The MAV Technology Annual Conference was huge! We welcomed delegates from the local government ICT associations of the UK, USA, Canada, New Zealand, Belgium, the Netherlands and Sweden, in addition to delegates from interstate LG ICT associations.

Conference Details

The MAV Technology Annual Conference is on in March 2018 – and it’s going to be huge!

In a massive reinvention, the MAV Technology Annual Conference will begin with a welcome reception at a Geelong landmark that will be attended by dignitaries including our keynote speakers, mayors, councillors, sponsors, partners and delegates from around the world. We will be welcoming delegates from the local government ICT associations of the UK, USA, Canada, New Zealand, Belgium, the Netherlands and Sweden, in addition to delegates from interstate LG ICT associations.

The conference itself will be held in the brand new stand at Simonds Stadium in Geelong which overlooks the football ground (where the Geelong Cats will be in action preparing for the 2018 footy season). The venue is an exceptional facility with state-of-the-art audio visual facilities, comfortable seating (at tables!), fabulous catering and an expansive trade expo space allowing for innovative and exciting new displays from our exhibitors.

In addition to our international colleagues, we’ll be welcoming outstanding keynote speakers. Early confirmations include Thomas Frey (Google’s top rated futurist speaker), Larry Irving (one of the world’s leading thinkers on technology for social good), William D. Confalonieri (CIO of the Year - Australian Executive Awards and VP, CIO & CDO @ Deakin University), Claudia Lajeunesse (Head of Digital iD™, Australia Post), Peter Auhl (Associate Director, Information Management and CIO at City of Adelaide), Martin Ferguson (Director of Policy & Research at Socitm, UK), Eddy Van Der Stock (President - Linked Organisation of Local ICT Authorities, Belgium), Kelly Grigsby (CEO City of Wyndham), Susan Sly (Director of Lueur Pty Ltd, National iAwards CIO of the Year 2013), Sandy Burgoyne (Researcher in the field of smart and sustainable cities) and Harry Turnbull (CIO at City of Windsor, Ontario, Canada).

Our special entertainment guests have always been great. In the past we’ve enjoyed fantastic acts from the likes of Judith Lucy, Tripod, Charlie Pickering, Todd Sampson, Dr Karl Kruszelnicki, James O’Loghlin and Peter Helliar. We can’t tell you who we’re talking to for this event, but we can tell you that they are going to be awesome!

On night one of the conference, we host the International Awards for Excellence Formal Dinner. We are stepping this event up a notch. It will be held at the spectacular The Pier Geelong and will be a formal affair celebrating innovation in local government ICT in Victoria, across Australia and around the world. We’ll have Casey Bennetto and the band on board to announce the awards in their usual entertaining way and provide a soundtrack for you to dance the night away, in all your finery. We will also have some special guest speakers that you won’t want to miss.

On night two of the conference we’ve added a new social event – an informal dinner get-together at Little Creatures Brewery in Geelong. The music, food and conversations are sure to be sensational.

Day three of the conference is an all new affair. We’ll be offering a range of masterclasses, walking tours and recreational options that you will have trouble deciding between! Masterclasses will include deep dives into topics like “Creating a digital roadmap”, “Implementing AI as a service” and “Privacy and data security in local government”, and the walking tour options will include special access to Deakin University’s world-leading innovation centre and the City of Greater Geelong’s impressive technology assets.

And if you need to recharge with some physical activity, you'll also have access to recreational options like golfing at Anglesea amongst the kangaroos, catching a wave at Torquay, water theme fun at Adventure Park, or walking your way through the famous Geelong Botanic Gardens, the iconic Baywalk Bollards and the spectacular Geelong Waterfront.

The Transformers conference will be held from Sunday 18 March – Wednesday 21 March 2018. The weather should be wonderful and there are accommodation options to suit every budget. It will be a family-friendly event with various activities available for partners and kids. MAV Technology member councils will enjoy heavily subsidized registration prices at less than half the cost of a standard registration. Special rates are also available for our interstate local government ICT association colleagues.

This conference is put together by local government, for local government. It has always been a great event, but 2018 is going to be one out of the box!

New time and place

Ah, autumn in Victoria. And we do like to be beside the seaside! Join us in the transforming city of Geelong – Victoria's second largest city and home to great surf beaches, wineries, gardens, music venues, art precincts, higher learning and innovation.

New venue(s)

Enjoy the exceptional facilities and views of the brand new stand at Kardinia Park (overlooking the grounds, where the Geelong Cats will be hard at work in preparation for the 2018 AFL season). When we're not there, you will find us on the Geelong Waterfront, at Little Creatures Brewery, or the new state-of-the-art Library complex.

New Trade Exhibition

Hosted at the brand new stand at Simonds Stadium – our all new expo will feature interactive displays, information resources, expertise and merchandise from exhibitors specialising in security, Internet of Things, Smart City initiatives, drones, apps, UX, data sharing, telecommunications, wifi, and more.

More networking

In addition to a welcome reception, formal events dinner at The Pier Geelong and Aussie BBQ night at Little Creatures Brewery, perhaps you'd fancy some golf amongst the kangaroos at Anglesea? Maybe catch a wave at Torquay? Walk amongst the famous Geelong Bollards or the renowned Geelong Botanic Gardens? Treat the family to water park fun at Adventure Park?

International Awards for Excellence Formal Dinner

OK, so Michelle Obama will probably not be in attendance. However, we will be upping-the-ante by welcoming entries from local government ICT, digital, business transformation and innovation teams from Victoria, interstate and around the world! It will be a formal affair at The Pier Geelong, with great speakers, music, food drinks, dancing and bling!

Walking Tours & MasterClasses

Choose walking tours including Deakin University's world renowned innovation hub at Waurn Ponds or the City of Greater Geelong's technology assets. If you'd prefer an intensive masterclass, we'll be running several on topics like “Creating a digital roadmap”, “Implementing AI as a service” or “Privacy and data security in local government”.

LOLA International LG ICT Association delegates

We are delighted to host senior representatives from the local government ICT associations of New Zealand (ALGIM), the USA (GMIS), the UK (SOCITM), Canada (MISA), Belgium (V-ICT-OR), the Netherlands (VIAG) and Sweden (KommITS) – as well as our colleagues from South Australia (LGASA/LGITSA), Queensland (LGAQ), Western Australia (WALGA), Tasmania (LGAT) and New South Wales (LGNSW).

Pricing

MAV Technology member council will enjoy big subsidies. It will cost just $900 (plus GST) to attend the Welcome reception, both days of the outstanding Plenary sessions and trade exhibition, the International Awards for Excellence Dinner, the Little Creatures Brewery social night and your choice of two walking tours or master classes. There will also be options to purchase each component of the event individually (although you'll save money if you purchase the package). Generous subsidies are also available for interstate and international local government, other levels of government and not-for-profit organisations.