2019 Programme

Recalibrating For The Future is the theme for ETF 2019


In 2018, the conference theme was understanding the disruption affecting the Event Sector and some of the challenges and opportunities that this might create or already being seen.

2019 will see this progressed into recalibrating which means “looking at the way you think or do something”. We will look at the tools and skills required for future environments, audiences, partnerships and financing.


With Wellington hosting the event, we have taken advantage of timing this conference while some key city events are running, or setting up, including Beervana, Visa Wellington on a Plate, WOW, ReCut, APEC with opportunities to take in some ‘behind the scenes’ insights and event attendance. Add the weekend to your plans and take in the food, arts and culture events of Wellington.


Our new format programme will include “Ted talk type” presentations, collaborative conferencing with our new interactive app launched last year, and workshops. With four half day themes there will be choices based on experience and job focus.


Make Wellywood your hood 8-9 August


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PROGRAMMME OVERVIEW                                                                   

Wednesday 7 August

4.00 – 5.30pm 


5.30 - 7.00pm

     Welcome Drinks & Networking with a “Pop Up” event experience  


Thursday 8 August  

8.00 – 9.00am

Registration & Welcome Tea & Coffee



Conference Welcome & Scene Setting (Round tables)                                                                                                     

Theme: Recalibrating


  • Exploring Design Thinking to Build Organisations & Events  
  • Story Boards to Create Event Experiences

Collaborative Conferencing – Camp fire conversations (issues / opportunities)


Supplier & Sponsor hosted event



Theme: Redesign – change function, process 

Design Workshop

Breakouts/ Panels

Theme: Redefine – define again, reformulate

Story Board Canvas Workshop

Breakouts/ Panels




Conference Dinner & Networking 

Friday 9 August 

8.00 – 9.00am

Day registration & pre conference relaxation 


Theme: Reallocate – allocate in a different way


Panel: Alternative models for Financing

Theme: Regenerate – revive, revitalise, reawaken, Concurrent Keynote 


Breakout /Panel




Sponsors Panel – what you need to know

Regional Collaboration Planning


Final Keynote & Close

Post Conference Fieldtrip 

Beervana - join us on a fast pass for early entry, and some “behind the scenes” sharing and a night of tasting and experiences.