Xerocon Sydney 2013 wrap up (+ award pics)

Xerocon Sydney 2013 is over. See our Live Blogs Day 1 and Day 2 and to get an overall sense of it visit the Flikr stream.

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.

Xerocon 2013

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.

Tweet from David Rynne

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.

Xero Awards Peter Switzer Xero Awards Poole Group Xero Awards Dinner

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.

Reviews

Margaret Carey – Cloud Accounting Buzz

Melanie Morris – Training & Beyond Blog

James Solomons – EFS Strategic

David Markus – Combo

Congratulations again to all of our award winners:

Emerging Add-On Partner of the Year – Invitbox

Invitbox

Add-On Partner of the Year – Receipt Bank

Receipt Bank

Fastest growing partner – Fresh Numbers

(Unfortunately could not be with us on the evening)

Marketing Innovation Award – Interactive Accounting

Interactive Accounting

Xero 100% Cloud – Growthwise

Growthwise

Bookkeeping Partner of the Year – Eye on Books

Poole Group

Accounting Partner of the Year – Poole Group

Eye on Books

 

9 Comments

Gayle Buchanan
September 9, 2013 at 3:39 pm

Congratulations to the winners and the work involved behind the scenes of the Xero Oz Team, fantastic conference, dinner and breath taking evening venue views.
#smokinghotbookkeepersontour loved every minute, thanks so much from your Kiwi Cuzzies.

Greg Tuckwell
September 9, 2013 at 4:41 pm

Congratulations Chris to you and your team on another outstanding Xerocon. It was a great reflection on the excellent group you have put together. (And yes, I was thinking this before the dinner!)

Gayle Buchanan
September 9, 2013 at 6:01 pm

Thanks so much from across the Tasman, fantastic conference and the award dinner balcony view was to die for. #smokinghotbookkeepersontour have booked Rod in for bass lessons!

Mandi Dittloff
September 9, 2013 at 5:58 pm

My first attendance at Xerocon. You are transforming the industry! Amazing times ahead….

Aaron Morris
September 9, 2013 at 7:52 pm

Congratulations to Greg Tuckwell and the team at Poole Group. Well done!

Leonardo
September 9, 2013 at 8:38 pm

It looks like a fun night! Maybe next year you can do a big party for ALL zero customers too! Imagine, customer of the year :-) – Congratulations to Growthwise – we love those guys 100% (they are our accountants ohooooo)

Jennie Smith
September 9, 2013 at 12:04 am

Thanx for another Xerocon – it was so much bigger and better than last year and I hadn’t stopped raving about 2012. Love Xero and totally love the Xero Band – awesome :)

Sharol Puran
September 9, 2013 at 12:19 pm

Congrats! to the winners! Xerocon was a fantastic experience from the Cin7 Team!

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