We were overjoyed with the turnout of over 900 people in what is now easily Australia’s largest technology conference for the accounting industry. It’s a big statement and one I wouldn’t have believed possible after the first of our annual conferences in Melbourne in 2011 with a modest 130 partners in tow.
Thank you everyone who made the content so relevant and compelling. We had over 40 speakers over the two days. Many were partners who gave up their time to provide valuable insights and practical lessons learned in their journey to the cloud.
We chose an expanded two-day format this year, with more streams to suit all interests and with the opportunity to drill deeper into issues. Moving the event from Melbourne to Sydney for the third Xerocon in Australia felt like it was the right timing, and feedback on the venue and layout of the Exhibition area has been overwhelmingly positive.
The excitement and strong sense of community culminated in the gala dinner at the magnificent Events Centre at The Star, where we took the opportunity to wine, dine and celebrate together and also recognise some of the fantastic achievements amongst Xero’s Add-On partners and Accountant/Bookkeeper community. Full Award winners list and pictures further below.
The fun took another step up during the Gala Dinner when a selection of 16 Xero staff and accounting/bookkeeping partners got together to present a mix of solo artists and an all-stars band to entertain the party goers.
We had muso’s coming in from all around the country, all with different backgrounds and musical talents, and with just one rehearsal to bring it all together. This was always going to be an ambitious project, but I was so thrilled with the outcome and looking at the reaction from the audience it seems the gamble paid off. See our Xerocon All Stars band 2013 post.
I really hope that everyone who attended Xerocon got great value from the sessions and thoroughly enjoyed being part of it as much as I did. I’d be very keen to hear your feedback on any aspect of the event, so please feel free to leave a comment down below so that we can continue to improve this in the future and make Xerocon in 2014 even bigger.
Congratulations again to all of our award winners:
Emerging Add-On Partner of the Year – Invitbox
Add-On Partner of the Year – Receipt Bank
Fastest growing partner – Fresh Numbers
(Unfortunately could not be with us on the evening)
Marketing Innovation Award – Interactive Accounting
Xero 100% Cloud – Growthwise
Bookkeeping Partner of the Year – Eye on Books
Accounting Partner of the Year – Poole Group