AIME 2016 Post-Event Report
By Brad Foster
MICENET April/May 2016
This year at AIME, a format change was a move away from the extravagant Saxton Speakers Bureau auditorium show to an Up Close and Personal session where Saxton shared some of their top speakers in an intimate setting – a way of giving guests the feeling of insider access to industry leaders and inspirational people.
Naomi Simson of Channel Ten’s Shark Tank and the sought-after futurist Chris Riddell were both very much on point speaking on Entrepreneurship and Technology. Kate Mills of BRW was the consummate interviewer for these two headliners.
There was a great buzz around the packed-out session on Small Business Innovation. It was a dynamic conversation between some of the hottest innovators in the country at the moment. A real highlight was Andre Eikmeier – co-founder of the infamous and booming online wine-seller Vinomofo, Nicole Eckels of industry-leader Glasshouse Fragrances, Tom Griffiths of Emma & Tom’s juices, and Helen Lennie of Signature Prints (Florence Broadhurst collection).
Saroo Brierley (whose incredible life story is now a major film due for release later this year) was an inspiration, as were the courageous Turia Pitt and Nadine Champion. Sara James, the Emmy Award-Winning NBC reporter, drew these two guests into what was described as an “unforgettable finale”.
Australian broadcasting icons Richard Morecroft and Mike Munro were really first-rate as facilitators, as was Arron Wood, who is also an innovator in his own right.
It was a privilege to hear Richard Gerver, currently one of the world’s most sought-after consultants on organisational change, share his thoughts so candidly. Top creative Craig Davis and Remo Giuffre, convener of the world’s largest TEDx event, shared their unique stories. Margie Warrell was also good, drawing lessons on high-performing teams from life-and-death adventurers Jerry Grayson and Graeme Joy.
Encapsulating the feeling of many guests, most of whom were from the events industry, one senior event manager from Event Travel Management said “I was one of the lucky people to be given the opportunity to experience some great talent, heard plenty of inspirational stories and learnt a lot about innovation, start-ups, the future and no doubt about myself too. It’s so energizing, motivating and uplifting to hear speakers of such calibre and with so much dedication talk.”