Home' micenet eMag : micenet February 2018 Contents events more in the next five years than it has in the past fifteen. A talk that created plenty of
conversation and debate.
The popular CINZ MEETINGS smoothie bike proved to be a winner at their 100% Pure New
Zealand hub, a machine which required participants to pedal like mad to blend their pure fruit
smoothie. The bike we heard helped power a surge in applications for their May 2018 event.
“Applications will remain open until early April, and we recommend that everyone apply as soon as
possible,” said Conventions and Incentives New Zealand (CINZ) Australia manager Sharon Auld.
Lucky winner, Julie Burton of Southern Cross Conference and Event Management took away a
case of New Zealand’s celebrated Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc, as winner of the Kiwi prize draw.
There was no shortage of opportunities for attendees to network at the two social functions
with meal breaks taken in the exhibition hall. The Association said the action-packed networking
function co-hosted by Gold Coast Business Events at Sea World received nothing but rave
reviews from those who attended. That includes micenet.
A special thank you went to the Martin and Griffith University student volunteers for their work at
the conference – providing an opportunity for them to gain more experience in the events industry.
PCO Association’s Maxine Tod said, “If you can offer student volunteers this sort of
opportunity please feel welcome to contact me on email firstname.lastname@example.org.”
The destination and venue for the 11th annual PCO Association conference & exhibition will
be announced in early 2018.
Accenting the positive with Future Crunch
Talk about disruption – there we sat at the PCOA17 Conference expecting a nerdy dissertation
on science and technology from Future Crunch co-founders, political economist Dr Angus
Hervey, big data scientist Tané Hunt and musician and lead singer for 8Foot-Felix, Will Tait,
when kaboom, mindsets were altered and perceptions popped.
Perhaps it was the colourful jackets they wore or the way they effortlessly held the stage or was it
that wildly hirsute, Will Tait’s rendition of ‘Always
look on the bright side of life,’ that did the trick.
In their captivating and engaging
performance they firstly sought to remind us
that we have the tools to circumvent our daily
bombarded of negative news – war, terrorism,
religious upheaval, political unrest and Trump.
“Incredible things are happening on our
planet. Diseases are being eradicated, millions
are being lifted out of poverty, billions of people
are gaining access to the greatest information
resource humanity has ever known.
“We can use open source code to print
prosthetic limbs, we can cut and paste our
DNA, and we’re taking bold new steps into
space,” they enthused.
The Crunch were able to show that
disruptive technologies are bringing about a
global society that is more peaceful,
transparent and abundant. Telling evidence-
based stories that break through negative
perceptions about the world as we know it.
Their idea is to engage organisations with
intelligent thinking, optimism and positively
driven purpose and this they did it in such an
As Gartner Inc. vice president and
distinguished analyst, Bill Swanton said,
“They take a complicated subject and
present it in a simple but fun, positive way.”
Similarly, Vantage Group HR manager,
Prue Horne remarked, “Future Crunch were
among the best speakers I’ve ever heard –
hugely knowledgeable, credible, articulate
and engaging. I could have listened to them
all night. An absolute bargain for an hour of
A right royal connection
When it comes to accommodation choices,
time and the proximity of the Sofitel Gold
Coast Broadbeach to the convention centre
and also the enticing blue waters of the Pacific
Ocean is a bare five minutes. Located in the
surrounds of Broadbeach’s vibrant dining and
entertainment precinct, the luxury five-star
hotel has just completed a $2m upgrade
which included rooms, foyers and meeting
facilities. Such is the attention to detail, the
Sofitel’s new carpet was chosen to create a
link between the hotel’s position and its
With 296 accommodation rooms, 10
meeting rooms, three restaurants, and two
outdoor function spaces, the choice of Sofitel
would be hard to pass up. m
Barry Neame and Peter Sugg.
Will Tait Future Crunch.
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