Every now and then, a conference comes along that I’d really like to attend. For me, these conferences aren’t JUST packed full of great speakers – it’s also about the audience. I try to think through WHO will attend, what they will bring to the conference and the potential topics that we could discuss during the event, at ad hoc tweetups and so on.

With that in mind, the upcoming Internet Show in Melbourne is about as promising a conference as we get this side of the shadow of SXSW. It’s two days of jam-packed action – lots of panels, some speed networking – and of course, great speakers like the firebrand, Rob Campbell (always NSFW but essential nonetheless) and Eaon Pritchard (founder of twelevision who promises not to make an exhibition of himself). Check out the full program here.

I am also participating in the event as a speaker. I’ll be talking about SAP’s Premier Customer Network, the power of closed communities and what it means to put a business social network to work.

If you want to come along to the conference, use the voucher code NZDY when you register online at www.internetshow.com.au to get a special rate. For registration assistance, call +61 2 9021 8807.

I hope to see you there!