Big news! We have moved the MAV Technology Conference to March 2018 – and it’s going to be huge!

The event will begin with a welcome reception on the Geelong Waterfront that will be attended by 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 confirmed speakers 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), Martin Ferguson (Director of Policy & Research at Socitm, UK), Harry Turnbull (CIO at City of Windsor, Ontario, Canada), Colin Fairweather (CIO at City of Melbourne), Peter Auhl (CIO at City of Adelaide), Claire Foo (CIO at Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning), Eddy Van Der Stock (President - Linked Organisation of Local ICT Authorities, Belgium) and Andrew Downie (Manager - Digital, Information & Technology, City of Greater Geelong). Of course, this is just the start! We are also locking down more expert speakers on Smart Cities, IoT, AI, VR, security and more.

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 thinking of for this event, but we can tell you that they are going to be awesome!

On night one 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 (and we may even throw in a tour of the brewery).

On night two of the conference, we host the International Awards for Excellence Dinner. We are stepping this event up a notch too. 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.

Day three of the conference is an all new affair. We’ll be offering a range of workshops, walking tours and recreational options that you will have trouble deciding between! Workshops will include deep dives into topics like “Creating a digital roadmap”, “Implementing AI as a service” and “Are you ready to (City) Deal?”, and the walking tour options will include special access to Deakin University’s world-leading technology assets and Greater Geelong’s Smart City initiatives.

And if you need to recharge with some physical activity, we’ll also be offering recreational options like golfing at Angelsea amongst the kangaroos, catching a wave at Torquay, water theme fun at Adventure Park, or walk 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 will be 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!

Secure your place. Early bird registration is now open.

But you don’t have to wait until March. Don’t forget that we are running a brand new event MAVHACK on 12-14 September. Presentation day on Thursday 14 September will feature a sneak peak of tech products that will be featured at Telstra Vantage, lunch and great networking opportunities.

And our next MAV Tech forum will be held at the RACV Club Inverloch on Tuesday 31 October 2017. Themed “The new way of working” the forum will focus on mobility, activity-based working, professional development for IT managers and agile methodologies. As always, the forum will be free for MAV Technology member councils.