Expand your network
They included the Meetings Pods, designed to host short meetings without the need to book, and the Oceania Lounge in the Discover Zone (L4), where delegates could meet the best and brightest local start-ups. In 2018, attendees were also able to network outside in the Sibos Garden (L4), where they could take a breath of fresh air and enjoy an ice cream in the Australian sunshine.
There was also the Sibos Restaurant (L4), which offered a wealth of international dining options and the chance to speak with other attendees in a more casual setting. The five pop-up Pit Health Corners spread throughout the venue provided another opportunity to fuel up on healthy snacks and drinks whilst getting to know new friends.
Keeping it social
There was a series of social events throughout Sibos week so that delegates could network out of hours.
- Discover launch event
Monday 22 October, 18:00-20:00, Discover Zone L4
Attendees networked the early evening away over drinks and tapas with fellow delegates. The event was kicked off by former Australian rugby union captain, and world cup winner, John Eales, and there was a live performance by Italian/Australian singer-songwriter Gabriella Cilmi.
- Women of the World
Wednesday 24 October, 17:00-19:00, Foyer L5
A new initiative for 2018, everyone was welcome to network in an intimate setting with stunning views of Sydney’s harbour.
- Innotribe networking event
Wednesday 24 October, 19:00 onwards, WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo & Madame Tussauds
Quickly turning into a popular Sibos tradition, this year’s event allowed delegates to see more of the city as they enjoyed time with contacts.
- ‘Celebrate Sydney’ Sibos closing event
Thursday 25 October, 17:00-23:00, Foyer L5
The week concluded with live music and fireworks against a stunning backdrop of Darling Harbour at night.
Then there were the healthy options. The Sibos 5K Run & Walk returned. Sponsored by Oracle, it took place on the morning of Wednesday 24 October, with hundreds taking part in the fun.
In a further boost to wellbeing, 2018 saw the introduction of business-suit Tai Chi in the Sibos Garden, with sessions run by Peter Bliss, a well-known instructor in Australia.
At the conference
Additional high-level networking opportunities were also added to the conference programme this year.
There were new session types, including Breakfast keynotes in the plenary room and community roundtables, where delegates could put forward thoughts on a range of topics and meet with business experts who share their interests.
Innotribe ran the ‘Curated Networking’ sessions between Monday 22 October and Wednesday 24 October at the Innotribe stand in the Discover Zone (L4). Starting at 16:30 each day, they explored trust, quantum computing and AI.
Some new touches for 2018
- A ‘chat zone’ in the Sibos Restaurant - fitted out with high tables for informal dining and discussion.
- The Sibos Garden – a tranquil outdoor space to grab an ice cream and talk to other attendees in the spring sunshine.
- The Sibos smart badge – over 98,000 contacts were exchanged during Sibos 2018!
- The Connection Machine – located at the welcome desk in the Discover Zone, this was a bold new concept that applies innovation to networking, quickly matching delegate needs to the FinTech exhibitors that could help!