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Discussion: Conference

in: blairtrewin; blairtrewin > 2017-09-01

Sep 2, 2017 12:28 AM # 
I was going to go that conference, but it is too expensive as a private citizen. I see you are the key note speaker on Monday morning. Hope it goes well.
Sep 2, 2017 1:00 AM # 
I think Pyrmont is one of the few urban maps in Sydney that I've run on - as a score event.
Sep 2, 2017 11:10 AM # 
The money to put invited keynote speakers up in posh hotels has to come from somewhere :-).

I'm not used to commercially organised conferences - the registration fee ($1500 for three days) is about three times what we'd pay for an equivalent Australian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society conference.
Sep 2, 2017 11:40 AM # 
and then there's the cost of airfares and (lessor quality) accommodation. I went to the same conference a few years ago and there was a $200 a head cocktail party. I got 2 pieces of sushi and a glass of wine for my $200!
However, as keynote speaker, l am sure they will look after you.
Sep 2, 2017 1:20 PM # 
You pay for the chance to network.
Sep 2, 2017 11:23 PM # 
I only did one of those commercial conferences as an invited speaker. I quickly gained the sense that my main role was to attract punters who would pay so that the organisers made money. Declined offers after that.
Sep 3, 2017 6:16 AM # 
I used to fend off approaches for my companies to attend and pay mega bucks for the guarantee of "reaching all the industry influencers" made the mistake of attending a couple and always a flop compared to real industry conferences / trade shows.
Sep 3, 2017 6:32 AM # 
This one is a real industry event (it's the peak conference for the industry) - but it's organised by a commercial company. Most people attending are sponsored by their (public sector) agency.

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