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Australian conferences 2019

Australian Digital, Marketing & Startup Conferences 2019

2019 is shaping up to be a fantastic year for conferences in Australia, with plenty of digital/web, marketing and startup large events to attend. See my curated list, sorted by month below.

Conferences such as these can be a great opportunity to network with your peers, build new relationships, learn a few new things, and possibly just enjoy getting away from the desk. See my article, Why You Should Attend Two Conferences a Year.

Note: where an event is marked TBC, I have used the month it ran in 2018 to get a sense of when to expect it.

This post was last updated on 14 February 2019.

February

Intrigue Summit
27 Feb
Melbourne, VIC

March

Ad:tech Sydney
12-13 Mar
Sydney, NSW

Digital Marketers Australia
18-19 Mar
Melbourne, VIC

April

ADMA Data Day
2 Apr
Sydney, NSW

Qode Brisbane
2-3 Apr
Brisbane, QLD

Big Digital
3-5 Apr
Adelaide, SA

ADMA Data Day
4 Apr
Melbourne, VIC

Content Marketing Summit ANZ
10 Apr
Sydney, NSW

Web Directions: Design
11-12 Apr
Melbourne, VIC

May

YOW! Data
6-7 May
Sydney, NSW

Search Marketing Summit
7-8 May
Sydney, NSW

UX Camp
10 May
Perth, WA

B2B Marketing Leaders Forum Asia Pacific
21-24 May
Sydney, NSW

Myriad
TBC May
Brisbane, QLD

June

mumbrella360
4-6 Jun
Sydney, NSW

B2B rocks
6-7 Jun
Sydney, NSW

LAUNCH Festival Sydney
18-19 June
Sydney, NSW

Web Directions: Code
20-21 June
Melbourne, VIC

State of Social
25 June
Perth, WA

Agile Australia
25-26 Jun
Sydney, NSW

July

Interactive Minds Digital Summit 2019
17 July
Brisbane, QLD

Interactive Minds Digital Summit 2019
19 July
Melbourne, VIC

Online Retailer
24-25 July
Sydney, NSW

August

Web Directions: Product
1-2 Aug
Melbourne, VIC

DDD Perth
3 Aug
Perth, WA

UX Australia
27-30 Aug
Sydney, NSW

DigiMarCon
28-29 Aug
Sydney, NSW

Adobe Symposium
TBC August
Sydney, NSW

DDD Sydney
TBC August
Sydney, NSW

September

Sunrise
TBC September
Sydney, NSW

Digital Strategy Innovation Summit
TBC September
Sydney, NSW

DDD Melbourne
TBC September
Melbourne, VIC

October

Spark Festival
10-27 Oct
Sydney, NSW

NDC Sydney
14-18 Oct
Sydney, NSW

Web Directions Summit
31 Oct-1 Nov
Sydney, NSW

tech23
TBC October
Sydney, NSW

November

Latency Conf
14-15 November
Perth, WA

Startcon
30 Nov-1 Dec
Sydney, NSW

SouthStart
TBC November
Adelaide

December

West Tech Fest
2-8 Dec
Perth, WA

DDD Brisbane
TBC December
Brisbane, QLD

Startup Grind APAC Conference
TBC December
Melbourne, VIC

Do you know a marketing, digital or startup conference I missed, or have further information on one of the events listed above? Reach out and let me know via Twitter.

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4 Scribbles That Explain Your Professional Future

I’ve spoken at events, and written many articles, about getting a job in the tech or web industry, and how to apply a continuous learning cycle to grow your career.

See 39 Hints when looking for web industry work or 18 ways to be a better employee.

Rather than write yet another article on the topic, I decided to illustrate this, as I scribbled for a young person I recently mentored on the topic of creating a career plan.

The following four scribbled graphs demonstrate my thoughts on working within the tech industry, or just about every industry, to be honest. Picture the X axis as a timeline from now (very left hand side) to the future (on the right). The Y axis shows the knowledge and skills you have.

What we do and don't know

What we do and don’t know

This graph shows what we believe is true, with the existing skills and knowledge we have (lower) and the skills and knowledge we should possibly obtain to be even more rockstar (top half).

How (nearly every) position is changing

How (nearly every) position is changing

This scribble illustrates what is actually happening. The first graph is, in fact, wrong.

The bottom half is your existing skills. The top curve, are the new skills and knowledge you are expected to have.

Everywhere we look, new skills and knowledge are being created by the hour. We, as workers within an industry, are having trouble keeping up with it all and staying relevant.

Your existing skills over time

Your existing skills over time

This graph shows what is actually happening. In every industry, particularly fast moving ones like technology, is that existing roles are evolving, and employers are expecting new skills and knowledge from their employees.

Your existing skills and knowledge as of today, are becoming less useful as time progresses to the future. It’s called skill decay.

Value of your skills over time

Value of your skills over time

The graph above then also reflects the value of your existing skills over time. Your value as an employee, freelancer or consultant is dropping.

This means, quite bluntly, if you are not in the habit of constantly learning and up-skilling, your value as an employee, is dropping exponentially.

Sounds rough, but let me explain a very real situation I had in the past.

I once was great at doing front end development. I’d create a design, and then make it into HTML. I took a position as a sole ‘digital’ person, and I was very good at it, on day one. Thing is, I created everything in nested tables and spacer GIFs (yes, that’s dating the employment period I am talking about). I continued for a few years doing this, and growing the employees within my team, however I kept doing what I knew on day one of the job.

I eventually left that position, and you know what? I was unemployable with that skill set. Sure, I had picked up skills in a different area entirely, however my existing front end development skills were, in fact, utterly useless. Everybody else had learnt this fancy thing called CSS. They had up-skilled in Javascript, they had moved on from where I had been 3 years before.

It wasn’t my employers fault at all; it was mine. If my role hadn’t expanded over those years, I should have got an annual pay cut each year, not a pay raise.

You are in charge of your career, not your current employer. If you want to continue to be useful as an employee, and in fact, become a more valuable employee, then it’s up to you to stay current, and ahead of the curve.

Spending time outside of work, continuously learning and improving your skill set is a must. It’s an investment in your future. If your career stalls through lack of new knowledge or employ-ability, then you are to blame, nobody else. If you end up being told that you are being replaced by someone with more knowledge and skills, then you have failed.

You have two options.

Set aside time weekly to continue your professional development. Read books, blogs, articles, listen to podcasts, ask people in your industry what they value for skills. Do an online course, write your own code, design, website content, whatever it is. Constantly yearn for new knowledge and immerse yourself in your industry.

Stick to your current knowledge. Work your 9-5 or whatever hours it is. Work 1/3 or less of the 168 hours a week you have available. Do those 56 hours and keep doing it until you are a dinosaur. It sounds like a long time away, but to be honest, it won’t be. In a few years, find a new, lesser paid career.

It’s all up to you.

Writing in January & February 2015

As part of the process of chronicling the writing I have been doing elsewhere on the web (yes, I know I need to blog more!) here are two articles I published on the Bam Creative blog, over the last two months.

Free Pitching, Design Contests & Outsourcing
We recap a presentation delivered back in 2013 at the Edge of the Web 2013 conference by Bam Creative Managing Director Miles Burke, we take a closer look at some of the unsavoury and unethical behaviours that are negatively impacting a number of creative industries.

10 Digital Marketing Goals for 2015
Happy New Year! With 2015 upon us, it’s a great time to create some goals for your business, and as such, we’ve created a list of 10 goals you should consider as part of your new year digital marketing plan.

We encourage you to steal (we mean, borrow) any of the following for inclusion in your 2015 plans.

I hope you find the above articles interesting. Stay tuned to this blog for more writing on digital marketing, start-ups and a whole lot more.

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