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Hopefully, if you’re based near either Melbourne or Sydney, you’ve already registered to come along to The Big Picture Experience. There are two separate dates in each city:

  • Melbourne
    • 22nd November for Microsoft partners
    • 23rd November for all customers
  • Sydney
    • 30th November for Microsoft partners
    • 1st December for all customers

The events are being run as an ‘experience’, rather than as a conventional conference, so we’ve thrown away the usual long-dry agenda with the audience sitting down for hours on end. Instead, we’re creating an experience more like a theme park - lots of different zones to explore and learn in:

  • The Future of Productivity
  • Ultimate customer experiences
  • Insights 24/7
  • Mission control
  • The Modern Home
  • A World of Devices

The Big Picture Experience for Partners

Big Picture Partner DayKeynote

On the partner days, we’re going to kick off the day with a keynote, and then it’s up to you to plan the rest of the day how you want it. The keynote speaker, Steve Vamos (named in the top five most influential members of the Australian technology industry by the Australian Financial Review), will share his perspective on leadership, innovation and how the potential of people and organisations is greater than ever before. Steve is the president of the Society for Knowledge Economics (SKE) and a non-executive director of Telstra. SKE is a Sydney-based think tank which researches corporate leadership, culture and management in knowledge-based globally-connected economies.

Education Partner briefings

For partners working with education customers, I’m going to be running a number of half-hour workshops, where we’ll be providing a briefing on the education licensing programmes available for Authorised Education Resellers, and looking at three key market opportunities, including the opportunities to supply Microsoft Academic subscriptions to private schools. For all partners focusing on education, whether or not you’re the licensing partner, we’ll look at key ways to grow your education business.

You do not need to pre-book these workshop sessions, as they will be available on a first-come, first-served basis in the Briefing Room at 11am, and 1, 3 and 4pm.

Register for the partner events

Melbourne
Tue 22 Nov, 8am - 5pm
Check in and explore the showcase from 8.00am, keynote starts at 9.15am
Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre, 2 Clarendon St, South Wharf
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Sydney
Wed 30 Nov, 8am - 5pm
Check in and explore the showcase from 8.00am, keynote starts at 9.15am

Sydney Convention & Exhibition Centre – Hall 5
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The Big Picture Experience for Customers

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The customer days have exactly the same look and feel as our partner day, but instead of a big keynote, there are a number of mini keynotes and case studies throughout the day. There will also be many members of the education team on hand throughout the day, so that you can put faces to names, and get a chance for a deep and meaningful conversation! Oh, and over 100 other Microsoft people will be around each day, so there’s bound to be an expert in whatever subject you’re interested in.

I can speak from experience of organising the Microsoft team at the world’s largest education IT exhibition at BETT, that having so many Microsoft people in one place means that it gives you access to knowledge that might normally take weeks to track down!

The Big Picture website has a full agenda and detailed event guide, so I’d recommend jumping over there for full details and to register.

Register for the customer events

Melbourne
Wed 23 Nov - 9am - 6pm
Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre2 Clarendon St, South Wharf
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Find out more and register

Sydney
Thu 1 Dec - 9am - 6pm
Sydney Convention & Exhibition
Centre – Hall 5
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Find out more and register