Strategy & Innovation for 2018 + Xmas Party

The latest in emerging trends and tech

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Event Outline

6.00pm-7.00pm Networking
7.00pm-8.00pm Panel discussion
8.00pm-10.00pm Meet the Makers Xmas Party

22nd Nov 2017

6:00pm - 10:00pm

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Loft West End

100 Boundary Street
West End QLD 4101

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Business is moving away from siloed departments and toward interconnected ecosystems. Technology is transitioning from underlying infrastructure to a whole-of-business approach to deliver products and services. Global tech juggernauts enter the Australian market armed with augmented reality, IoT, artificial intelligence, and seemingly unlimited budgets. What’s a marketer to do?

Now more than ever, marketers and businesspeople must understand how to harness innovative marketing techniques and influence their business models to maintain a competitive edge. In this capstone discussion to close 2017, we talk with leading strategists and innovators to understand how they viewed and harnessed this year’s trends, and what their priorities are as we move into 2018.

Join us for networking and a panel discussion on strategies and innovation for 2018. We’re also pleased to announce that our venue, Loft West End, has organised a special ‘Meet The Makers’ experience from their suppliers Samuel Smith & Sons, Young Henry's and Sofi Spritz for the Networx Xmas party! The Photo Booth Guys will be there to keep you entertained, and our professional photographer Brisbane Corporate Photography will capture the fun memories.

Panel of speakers

Panel Facilitator: James Gauci, Project Manager, Hydric Media LinkedIn | Twitter: @jamesgauci @hydricmedia

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    During this panel, you'll discover

    • A retrospective view on the marketing techniques and technologies that worked in 2017 for leading organisations.
    • What the emerging trends in marketing are and how to use them, according to the experts. Think artificial intelligence, augmented analytics and immersive digital experiences.
    • Practical tips on how to get to grips with the latest methods, and stay ahead of the curve.

    Who would benefit from attending

    • Marketing, digital and communications professionals who want to influence the direction of their organisation in 2018
    • Business owners and directors who want to stay current on marketing technologies and business model innovation
    • Anyone with an interest in the latest in marketing strategies and technologies

    Panel of speakers

    Panel Facilitator: James Gauci, Project Manager, Hydric Media LinkedIn | Twitter: @jamesgauci @hydricmedia

    Please note: Due to unforeseen circumstances, Justin Grace is no longer able to speak. Caroline Starecky has kindly stepped in. She knows all about the topic of innovation and strategy!

    MC: Lisa Ma, Event Manager, Networx Brisbane LinkedIn | Twitter: @networxevents @lisama_

    Event hashtag is #nxbris

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    Ticket inclusions

    Your ticket includes networking with drinks & finger food prior to the presentation, facilitated networking, panel discussion, event giveaways, attendee list prior to the event. For the Xmas Party, you will receive drinks and finger food for 2 hours.


    Networx is information, introductions and inspiration.

  • Transport and directions

    Loft West End, 100 Boundary St, West End 4101

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  • Giveaways

    [VENUE PRIZE DRAW] 1 x $500 event voucher for Loft West End or Archive Beer Boutique, courtesy of Loft West End. Enjoy a celebration for you and your team at Loft West End or the new function area at Archive Beer Boutique. Prize includes a selection of canapes and beverages to the value of $500. Conditions may apply.

    [NETWORX PRIZE] 1 x Kindle Paperwhite High Resolution Wi-Fi eReader (White) valued at $175, courtesy of Interpro Digital

    [NETWORX PRIZE] Young Henry's gift pack

    [NETWORX PRIZE] Sofi Spritz gift pack

    [NETWORX PRIZE] Samuel Smith & Son gift pack

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Here’s a sneaky peek at the speakers for this event.

Kurt Viertel

Kurt Viertel

Co-Founder & Strategist, Brother & Co.

Kurt and Piet Human founded Brother & Co in 2012, an independent brand and creative agency. Kurt was born in Cairns, when mission brown was a must-have for the kitchen, cane burn-offs filled the sky as far as you could see and shoes were optional. Then his parents moved the family to Noosa and Kurt hasn’t stopped since.

He completed his B.Bus at QUT and has continued his education through executive courses with MGSM, INSEAD, Melbourne Business School, the AICD and most recently Google’s Squared Online. Kurt began his career client-side at Brisbane’s Office of Economic Development, where he was tasked with promoting investment in the city. Then the lights of advertising drew him to Leo Burnett.

Kurt has worked across Europe and Asia and has been the managing director of advertising agencies for more than a quarter of his life, with stints as the Managing Director of Leo Burnett Singapore, Leo Burnett HCMC and Clemenger BBDO Brisbane. He counts himself lucky to have worked with clients including Coca Cola, Tiger Beer, Hewlett Packard, P&G and Friesland Foods, to name but a few.

Nowadays, you’ll find Kurt working alongside boards, CEOs and CMOs helping them to craft their brand and communication strategies.

LinkedIn | Twitter: @BrotherandCoBNE

Jake Falkinder

Jake Falkinder

Head of Digital, Mantra Group

Jake Falkinder is a digital marketing professional with over 15 years of experience.  Throughout his career Jake has worked client side at brands including Qantas and Virgin Australia, in client service roles including management of a digital agency in Abu Dhabi, and also founded a youth-focused Content Agency working alongside brands including Red Bull and Nikon. 

Jake combines his passion of digital with his love of the travel sector, and is now based on the Gold Coast after joining the Mantra Group in early 2016 as the Head of Digital. Mantra Group is a listed ASX200 company with 125+ properties spanning across Australia, New Zealand, Indonesia and Hawaii.

As Head of Digital for Mantra, Jake is responsible for the Group's Digital Roadmap including digital strategy, trend forecasting, customer-centric design and marketing, eCommerce, performance marketing and project development. 

LinkedIn | Twitter: @jakefalkinder @MantraGroup

Caroline Starecky

Caroline Starecky

Head of Strategy & Innovation, Khemistry

Caroline Starecky is Head of Strategy & Innovation at Khemistry, one of Queensland’s fastest growing creative agencies. With 20 years of experience in strategy and marketing, Caroline has become a recognised expert in her field, teaching creativity and innovation to both corporate clients and at the University of Montreal since 2002.  Caroline holds a Masters degree in International Marketing and a Business Coach certification. She is a conference speaker in the spheres of process and innovation, and has lead workshops for small and large organisations around the world. 

LinkedIn | Twitter: @thisiskhemistry

Panel Facilitator: James Gauci

Panel Facilitator: James Gauci

Digital Director, PPQ

James is an agile leader and delivery specialist with a keen interest in technology and creativity. Over his 10-year career he has led cross-functional teams to deliver award-winning projects for the likes of Spotify, MTV, Northwestern Mutual, Brisbane Festival and many others. James is also an experienced general manager, having overseen operations and digital transformation initiatives in for-profit and for-purpose contexts, yielding improvements in profitability, productivity, culture, and customer satisfaction.

James is Digital Director at Personalised Plates Queensland, Non-Executive Director at Metro Arts, and sits on the national management committee of the IEEE Society on Social Implications of Technology (SSIT). He holds an MBA from Deakin University.

LinkedIn | Twitter: @jamesgauci 

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