Evolve 2020 program is currently in creation and plenary speakers and sessions will be announced weekly. 

Below is a schedule at a glance to help you plan your Evolve experience. Apart from the networking evening offsite on Monday 4 May, Evolve 2020 will take place throughout our host venue, Crowne Plaza. Timings are subject to slight change as planning is finalised. 

Sunday 3 May 2020 Monday 4 May 2020 Tuesday 5 May 2020

Registration open
9:00am – 6:00pm

Registration open
8:00am – 5:00pm
Registration open
8:00am – 5:00pm
Plenary one 9:00am – 10:15am Plenary four 9:00am – 10:00am
Morning Tea – Expo space
10:15am – 11:00am
Morning Tea – Expo space
10:00am – 10:30am

Plenary two 11:00am – 12:00pm
Track session 1 – 12:10pm – 100pm

Track session 4 – 10:30am – 11:15am
Track session 5 – 11:20am – 11:55am

Pre-Evolve sessions –
timings to be confirmed
Lunch – Expo space
1:00pm – 2:00pm
Lunch – Expo space
12:00pm – 1:00pm
Expo space opens
Track session 2 – 2:00pm – 2:45pm
Track session 3 – 2:50pm – 3:35pm
Track session 6 – 1:00pm – 1:45pm
Plenary five – 2:00pm – 3:00pm
Afternoon Tea – Expo space
4:00pm – 5:00pm
Afternoon Tea – Expo space
3:40pm – 4:15pm
Afternoon Tea – Expo space
3:00pm – 3:30pm
Evolve 2020 Opening Presentation
5:00pm – 6:00pm
Plenary three
4:20pm – 5:20pm
Plenary six & Evolve closing
3:30pm – 4:30pm
Welcoming reception in Expo
6:30pm – 8:30pm
Networking evening (offsite)
6:30pm – 9:30pm
MEA National Awards dinner
6:30pm – 11:00pm

The Tracks

Best Practice
Inspirational, award winning and major events will be presented in this track. These sessions will showcase best practice stories that will stimulate, motivate and add ingredients to the way your events are delivered.  Learn from the best of the best.  

Business Management
The business environment is challenging and constantly moving. The event business has peaks and troughs, how do we manage these and achieve strong and sustainable businesses? This track is for business owners who want to sharpen their strategies and skills to improve their bottom line and grow their business.

Event Design and Management
This track covers how to improve your event management skills and how to utilise design thinking into your events. Some of the sessions will cover the power of creativity and will focus on audience and how you amplify the customer experience to achieve successful outcomes for your stakeholders.  This track will also address risk management where you will learn how to strategically plan a robust crisis management process.

Future Leaders
This track is developed by our future leaders and is designed to address the professional development needs and interests of tomorrow’s leaders. These sessions are energy driven, thought provoking and showcase the various options on offer for event professionals to guide their careers.

Industry Leaders
This one day track is specifically designed for the leaders in the events industry and will include high level sessions on topics and issues that will impact our industry. The calibre of speakers have been carefully chosen to deliver thought provoking content to support leadership in our industry to drive innovation and grow the sector.  

Sales and Marketing
We are all in sales, right? In this track you will build skills in stakeholder management and learn how to stay ahead in a digital and highly competitive marketplace. In this track you will learn the best strategies to market your business whether in events, hotels or venues.

Tech Talks
This track showcases the latest and greatest in technology, products and services being used in our industry to increase business productivity and transforming customer experiences. AI is quickly being adopted by the events industry and integrated into our everyday lives. Attend to learn and be ahead of the curve.

Wellness and Personal Development
This was the most popular track at Evolve 2019 as it focuses on how to be more productive by looking after your wellbeing.  The 2017 Forbes survey rated the role of event manager as the fifth most ‘stressful’ job, the sessions will teach you to think clearly, eat well, perform well and build your personal brand.

Event industry ‘track champions’ have been engaged to provide grassroots insights and expertise to ensure current and relevant session content and best practice.

Thank you to our track champions for their participation:

  • Future Leaders – Natalie Bell (AA&P Events), Jessica Christy (Harry the Hirer) and Zac Leach (ibis Styles East Perth)
  • Event Design & Management – Inge Garofani (DC Conferences), Rochelle Krason and Dorina Martelli (Bankwest)
  • Business Management – Gary Bender (World Corporate Travel)
  • Sales and Marketing – Nicole Bates (Conversion Management), Mary-Jane Devine (Fusion Marketing) and Leanne Zeid (IHG)
  • Best Practice Case Studies – Ian Stuart
  • Wellness and Personal Development – Peter Bliss (Business is Bliss)