How to network at Sibos – some insider tips

Chantal Van Es
Head of Sibos

Networking is the number one reason for people to come to Sibos. This was confirmed in our 2017 delegate survey, with 50% of delegates citing networking as the single most important element for them.

Once a year, Sibos gives members of the ever-growing global financial community a unique chance to meet up with old friends, new friends and potential business partners. The host city acts as a giant meeting room to attract everyone you need and want to talk to in the space of four days.


In recognition of the central role that networking plays, we have introduced more opportunities for you to meet, connect and collaborate with your colleagues from across the financial ecosystem.

We are providing a ‘menu’ of interesting opportunities – both inside ICC Sydney and across the city as a whole, during work hours and after hours. We’re confident there’s something for everyone, regardless of how much free time you can muster!

The classics

As ever, the Sibos venue itself will include a number of design features aimed at facilitating and encouraging networking. And there’s a few new twists this year.

The exhibition areas (L1 & L4) will contain a plethora of lounges, seating areas and pop-up spaces for impromptu meetings. These include the ever-popular Meeting Pods, attractive breakout areas where you can host short meetings. No booking required.

The five Pit Stops will also provide ideal meet-up points. Power up on free healthy snacks as you mull over some food-for-thought questions and let the conversation flow.

The Sibos Restaurant has become something of an institution for regular attendees. This year, it will be located on L4 of ICC Sydney. It’s a place to nourish your mind as well as your body as you chat to attendees from around the world. The Sibos Restaurant has a new feature – a ‘Chat’ zone fitted out with high tables for informal dining and discussion.

The new additions

The conference programme has been bolstered by new session types, including early morning keynotes in the plenary room which come with a free light breakfast to help you fuel up for a busy day ahead.

There will also be lively community roundtables, where you can share insights and opinions in a setting that facilitates focused, critical dialogue and puts you in close contact with business experts interested in the same topics.

Make sure you make time for the Innotribe ‘Curated Networking’ sessions. Taking place at 16:30 between Monday and Wednesday, they will delve into issues of trust, quantum computing and the impact of AI.

These are just a few examples. Keep a close eye on as the programme continues to evolve.

The expanded Discover Zone will provide the definitive platform for collaborative innovation between banks and FinTechs. One of a number of enticing features, you should visit the Oceania Lounge to meet with the best and brightest FinTech start-ups from across the region, all gathered in one place for one time only!

After taking in all of this, you may fancy a breath of fresh air. Head up to the Sibos Garden on L4, a new addition for 2018, where you can grab an ice cream and network with other Sibos participants under the mild Spring sunshine. The Sibos Garden is open all day every day for informal meetings.

The out of hours opportunities

For the sporty and mindful amongst you

The 5K Run & Walk is a Sibos favourite, with hundreds of runners taking part in each edition. Sponsored by Oracle, this year’s event takes place on the morning of Wednesday 24 October.

It’s an opportunity to mix business with exercise as you network with other like-minded individuals whilst completing the picturesque course along Pyrmont’s waterfront. Find out more and sign up today!

The Sibos Garden will host business-suit Tai Chi every morning during Sibos week. Get up early, beat the jet lag and connect with new friends as the sun rises.

For those who find conversation flows easier over food and drinks

There will be a series of social events spread across the week, both at ICC Sydney and at locations throughout the city.

The Discover launch event will take place in the Discover Zone on Monday 22 October, between 18:00 and 20:00. Open to all, there will be music, food and drinks – and a surprise guest!

On Wednesday 24 October, ICC Sydney (L5) will host the Women of the World Wine-Down Mixer from 17:00 to 19:00. This is a new initiative that will feature a high-level keynote and great conversation. Look out for further details later this year – everyone’s invited.

This will be followed by the Innotribe networking event. Quickly turning into a Sibos tradition, this year’s event will be held at WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo (close to ICC Sydney) from 19:00 on the Wednesday. It’s open to all Sibos delegates.

The week concludes with the ‘Celebrate Sydney’ closing event, beginning after the closing plenary on Thursday 25 October. It will be hosted on L5 of ICC Sydney and spread across both indoor and outdoor space – providing breath-taking views of Darling Harbour at night.

Those with a week-long pass or a Thursday day pass are all invited to the closing event, which will include a band, food and drinks – and fireworks to round off a successful week.

In addition to these social events, there’s also a host of smaller events taking place. Log in to to check out the various stand activities taking place across the Sibos exhibition.

A final word on the Sibos smart badges

Thanks to the introduction of new technology, you will now be able to exchange your contact details with another delegate just by clicking your Sibos badge.

When you meet a new contact at one of the activities above, simply hold your badges close to one another, click at the same time, and you will receive each other’s contact details via email.

Networking at the click of a button!