Registration and expo opens
9:00 - 9:25 AM
Steve Vamos, Chief Executive Officer, Xero
Recently appointed Chief Executive Office of Xero, Steve Vamos, opens Xerocon Brisbane 2018. Hear about his journey up until now, and about his vision for Xero.
9:25 - 9:45 AM
Welcome to Xerocon Brisbane 2018
9:45 - 10:30 AM
The AI Revolution? Human-Computer relationships in the 4th Industrial Age
Genevieve Bell, Distinguished Professor at the Australian National University, Director of the 3A Institute, and Senior Fellow at Intel
As the Director of the Autonomy, Agency and Assurance (3A) Institute, Professor Genevieve Bell is at the forefront in exploring the ways in which we can best navigate the complexity of cyber-physical systems. In this fascinating and highly engaging keynote, Professor Bell explores the emergence of artificially intelligent technologies and systems and their impact. She also highlights the opportunities and risks that emerge from the development of AI and its continued presence in human decision-making systems. Find out whether AI is truly disruptive or whether it represents the beginning of a larger and more complicated transformation of how we think about and utilize computing - especially as it moves from a command and control paradigm to something more situational and contextual.
10:30 - 11:15 AM
11:15 - 11:55 AM
Keynote: What's new in Xero
Herman Man, Vice President of Product and Alliances, Xero
Hear from Herman Man, Xero’s VP of product, and step into the future of accounting. Learn how cloud technology has changed the scope of everything and the implications of connected accounting, machine learning and artificial intelligence. We'll also discover new functionality across Xero showing how practices can continue growing in a digital world and learn new innovations targeted in helping small businesses.
11:55 AM - 12:15 PM
Keynote: Unblocking the Blockchain
Jamie Skella, Co-Founder, Horizon State
The problem with understanding the blockchain opportunity ahead is that most explanations provide more detail than what matters to most people, using language that is foreign, which end up leaving people more confounded than when they started. Jamie Skella is the co-founder of Horizon State, a technology startup that has embraced distributed ledger technology to transform voting - be that shareholder or electoral - by creating an unhackable digital ballot box with it. There are multiple applications for blockchain technology beyond cryptocurrency - but what are they and why do they matter? In this session, Jamie Skella brings you an up to date and energetic entry into blockchain, so that everyone can understand the vast possibilities that await.
12:15 - 1:00 PM
Keynote: What’s the worst that can happen?
Gill Hicks, London Bombings Survivor, inspiring advocate of peace
We can’t control certain events or dramatic change in life, but we can control how we react and respond. Dr Gill Hicks (MBE) is considered to be one of the most thought provoking, powerful and life affirming speakers in Australia and the UK. As a survivor of the 2005 London terrorist bombings and founder of M.A.D for Peace, she is known globally as an advocate for sustainable peace and a valuable resource in countering violent extremism. In this powerful keynote, Gill Hicks explores what ‘we’ fear. Imagine if we took fear out of living – what could we achieve?
1:00 - 2:30 PM
Xero Product Roadmap: Helping your clients do beautiful business from anywhere
Speaker: Simon D'Odorico, Product Owner - Mobile, Xero
Being able to do business anywhere is a beautiful thing. Having access to the right information at the right time and being able to perform tasks like invoicing on the go can increase efficiency and enable growth. Come along and see what’s new and planned across our suite of mobile apps and find out how you can set your clients up with the essential tools for doing business on the move and give them freedom with Xero.
Growing NZ through great advice
Speaker: Craig Hudson, Managing Director New Zealand and Pacific Islands, Xero
In New Zealand, small business contributes billions to the economy. In fact, over 97% of all business in NZ is small business. So by making a difference to your clients, you could easily make a difference to New Zealand. Join Craig as he takes you through a deep dive of the NZ economy through a small business lens, while challenging you to make a difference by providing quality advisory services to your clients.
Staying one step ahead with security
Speaker: Paul Macpherson, Head of Security, Xero
Small businesses have become a growing target for cybercrime. In today’s economy over 80% of breaches occur via stolen or weak passwords, and email is the primary method of attack. So brushing up on security awareness is a key defence. A few good security practices put in place can save your information, and regularly backing up can save you from all-out disaster. In this talk, you’ll find out about the threats out there and how to defend against them, so you can educate your staff and customers to stay safe online.
Recommending the right apps for your clients
Speakers: Nick Houldsworth, Executive General Manager - Ecosystem, Xero
Like many other industries, adoption of automation is threatening to disrupt traditional accounting and bookkeeping practices. The smart are embracing the change by moving clients to the cloud, recommending apps, and growing revenue faster for clients and their practice as a result. We know many of you want to get started, but need help. In this session, you’ll find out how Xero is empowering advisors with the tools and insights they need to become advisors of the future, while arming clients with the right apps to help them succeed.
You’re on Xero, now what?
Speakers: Shaye Thyer, National Cloud and Advisory Specialist, BDO Australia
Charles Klvana, Director, Eye on Books
So you’re now on the Xero platform. What’s next? During this discussion, you’ll find out how you can offer a lot more to your clients than you thought while exploring the ever-changing roles of accountants and bookkeepers. You’ll also hear from partners that have embarked on their own journey with Xero, how they overcame obstacles and challenges, the services they were able to add, and the competitive advantages of identifying your strengths.
Opportunities in the Asia Xero Partner Network
Speaker: Kevin Fitzgerald, Regional Director Asia
Opportunities abound for your practice as your clients grow into international markets - but the idea of advising them through an expansion can be daunting.
Hear about the latest milestones in the Asia market, and learn how you can leverage Xero’s partner community in Asia to serve your clients’ cross-border business needs and unlock greater growth opportunities for your firm.
Xero Product Roadmap: Driving efficiencies for your practice with your personal invisible assistant
Speaker: Joanne Stanyer, NZ Product Director, Xero
Demo: Melanie Morris, Head of Bookkeeping, Xero NZ
As accountants and bookkeepers, you are crucial to the success of small business and we’re focused on using advances in automation and artificial intelligence to help amplify your impact. Here you’ll get a better understanding of what automation and machine learning actually mean, and what it looks like behind the scenes. See the latest and upcoming product improvements that are powered by automation or machine learning, making it quicker and easier to work more successfully with a broader range of clients and create opportunities to offer even more value to your clients.
Xero Australia: Leading the way to a connected economy
Speakers: Trent Innes, Managing Director, Xero Australia & Asia
Rob Stone, National Partner Director, Xero
Connectivity has gone from a nice-to-have to a have-to-have. In this session we’ll explore the changing shape of Australia’s digital landscape and its implications for your practice. From there we’ll share the latest product updates and platform investments in place to support you, the advisors defining the digital economy that will support small business success.
Building your business with diversity & inclusion
Speaker: Bindy Edelman, Head of Diversity, Inclusion and Community, Xero
Building a business that has a strong diversity and inclusion strategy presents a chance for you to create a workplace that has a strong sense of self. The key is to have strong leadership, develop clear roles and responsibilities, educate and train your staff and track the progress. In this presentation you’ll learn how to set a meaningful diversity and inclusion strategy within your own business, find out about some of the current issues businesses are facing, and gain some practical tips to be more inclusive in your day to day work life.
Xero Practice Manager: Streamline your processes with Xero Practice Manager
Speaker: Naomi McDonald, Partner Consultant, Xero
If you’re a partner who currently uses Xero Practice Manager, this talk is all about getting the most of the software and its integration with Xero. Learn how to streamline and automate your administrative procedures and internal management reports, monitor your KPIs of choice, and drive down your Lock-Up, based on functionality within the platform. Naomi will share with you tips and hints that she learnt from using Xero Practice Manager for the last five years in practice combined with 12 months supporting our partners as a Xero employee.
The power of the full Xero Stack
Speakers: Ellie Burke, Senior Partner Consultant, Xero
Sam Purcell, Senior Account Manager, Xero
New to Xero and our Advisor and Practice tools? This a chance for you to get an overview and single workflow process of how these tools support a modern accounting or bookkeeping practice. Learn the power of the single ledger, key tips to ensure the client’s files are accurate, prepare financial reports, map the data to our cloud Tax solution, and lodge this electronically, all without needing to re-key information.
App deep dive: professional services
Speaker: Byron Mclean, Strategic Vertical Manager, Xero NZ
Professional services make up the largest segment of Australian and New Zealand small to medium sized businesses. In this session, you’ll learn how to grow your value proposition for clients within this group by recommending the right apps with new tools and resources from Xero. We’ll show you how to help your professional services clients deliver projects, realise cash flow, and manage their customers and people, while helping grow your practice’s revenue.
Xero Product Roadmap: Automating compliance and digitising tax
Speaker: Peter Harvey, Product Manager - Reporting & Insights
Many areas of business have been transformed by digital technology and as the world moves to more modern ways of managing tax and compliance, Xero has been working closely with regional tax offices to deliver innovation that shapes, simplifies and streamlines compliance processes. From GST to Payroll, you’ll be guided through understanding your role as an accountant in the new digital era of compliance, hear about the latest product innovations and get a snapshot of what’s to come as we deliver on Xero’s digital compliance strategy.
The Changing Landscape of the Professionals
Speaker: Bernard Salt, Managing Director, The Demographics Group
New data sources from the 2016 Census shows the extent of the transformation that is reshaping the Australian workforce. The undisputed winners in this brave new world are the knowledge workers and their colleagues and collaborators, the professions. Accountants, lawyers, management consultants, IT specialists to say nothing of the engineers are at the cutting edge of the new Australia. And who better to guide us through to the future professional landscape than author, columnist and former kpmg partner Bernard Salt. This session will be an energetic rollicking journey into the future. Do not miss it!
A Journey to Personalisation
Speaker: Dr James Fielding, CEO, Audeara Headphones
Looking back at the Highs and Lows of Building a Business with Purpose.
Think you know people? Think again. What can human behaviour and big data tell us about the economy, consumers, business and ourselves?
Speaker: Dean Pearson
How much do we really know about our clients, friends - even ourselves? Don’t miss this opportunity to understand what human behaviour and economics can tell you about your business. This includes comparing accountant’s view on their clients versus what clients really need and value; the impacts on spending caused by consumer and business anxiety; how Australians view their lives and futures in the “lucky country” and why we must understand “Gen Z”.
Implementation for your clients at scale (conversion best practice)
Speaker: Hayden Walsh, Senior Account Manager, Xero
Here we’ll step you through effectively project managing your clients to Xero and converting their data using a couple of methods, including general conversions and those with balances of 5 years; plus you’ll be provided with practical advice and guidance around the best practice Master Chart of Accounts, Conversion Toolbox and our conversion partners.
App deep dive: trade and construction
Speaker: Kaye Harding, Head of Ecosystem Marketing, Xero NZ
Did you know that trade and construction clients have the lowest digital engagement of all Australian small businesses? A significant opportunity awaits for you to help your clients use the right apps, so they can reach their business goals faster and run their businesses more efficiently. Take a seat and learn all about how Xero’s tools, recommended apps, playbooks and resources can help you add greater value to your construction clients while growing your revenue at the same time.
5:30 - 8:30 PM
*Schedule is subject to change