Plan your day at Xerocon Sydney 2022

Plan your days at Xerocon, 7-8 September. It’s a conference unlike any other, with endless opportunities and experiences.

Attendees enjoying a keynote speaker at Xerocon 2019

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Agenda: Day 1

Spend time with exhibitors and prepare for the day with your colleagues and coffee.

Join us in the mainstage theatre to kick off Xerocon Sydney with Matt Okine.

Steve Vamos, CEO of Xero, will open up the event and share his vision for Xero and the many steps taken to bring its aspirations to life. He will explain the investments and partnerships that are driving our product and platform development. If you are looking to lead with technology, do business in the cloud, be part of a human-led community and be a strategic advisor to your clients - this opening session is a must see.

Matt Okine takes us through what to expect from Xerocon Sydney 2022.

Joe Lyons, Xero’s Managing Director for Asia Pacific, will explore why charging towards a stronger digital future has never been more important. In doing so, he’ll uncover the current state of small business in Australia and New Zealand and highlight the key role advisors play in their clients’ digital transformation (and the innovative tools to help). All so we can work together to come out of this period stronger and smarter than ever.

A keynote presentation with our special guest, Kemi Nekvapil.

Morning tea, networking and exhibition time.

In this session, Anna Curzon, Chief Product Officer at Xero, will share a sneak peek into the trends and insights driving the development of Xero’s products for the long-term. From hyper connectivity to data-driven insights, Xero has big plans for the future and we want to take you with us. Anna will also be joined by Mark Rees, Chief Technology Officer at Xero, to explain the investment Xero is making in its technology and how this will improve your day-to-day experience of the Xero platform.

Session details coming soon.

Anna Curzon, Chief Product Officer at Xero will outline the value Xero is delivering to its accountants and bookkeepers today. From new enhancements to take the complexity out of time-intensive financial activities, through to updates that make the business of doing the books more intuitive, connected and faster than ever before.

Get refuelled, catch up with our exhibitors and check out our product demos where we’ll delve deeper into the key product announcements from the morning’s keynotes.

Breakout sessions.

Once you've embraced technology and your workflows are streamlined, how do you convert the time you’ve won back into delivering better services to your clients? In this session, you'll hear from a panel of Xero partners about how they made that next leap in their practice. Discover how to use Xero’s practice tools to uncover new opportunities, have deeper conversations with your clients and gain the confidence to develop new service offerings.

One of the greatest challenges for small businesses is accessing capital when they need it most. In this session, we’ll address if there’s a small business funding gap and unpack the role of the accountant and bookkeeper in helping small businesses get ‘finance ready’. You’ll learn the role that advisors can play in this space and how to empower your clients with the skills and knowledge they need to get started on their finance journey. From Cash flow management to enabling seamless payments - this session will ensure Accountants and Bookkeepers understand all the ways they can support their clients through Xero.

The world of work is changing – and as it does, small business owners’ people-related obligations multiply. From processing employee-initiated expenses, tracking employee time and attendance, to creating and managing rosters and paying their staff correctly in an ever-changing regulatory landscape, small business leaders wear many hats in addition to the day-to-day running of their business. In this session we’ll show you how to help your clients seamlessly manage people processes through our connected suite of employee management tools, including how Planday’s powerful rostering and time-tracking solutions support accurate and fast pay runs.

Accurate reporting is a must-have for any accounting or bookkeeping practice. That’s why we’ve updated our suite of reports with powerful customisations, so you can get quick access to answers and streamline your financial analysis. In this session, we’ll show you how much value is packed into our new reports and offer some useful tips to help you make the most out of reporting in Xero.

There's a misconception that Xero is only suitable for small to medium sized firms. This session will debunk the myth by guiding you through the steps, with firsthand insights on how large accounting firms, like Nexia, RSM, BDO and Grant Thornton, implemented change and transitioned to Xero.

Sponsored | Stripe: The real reasons why you need invoice payments with Stripe. Leigh O’Neill, EGM - Financial Services Satya Tammareddy - Head of Sass Platforms, APAC & Japan, Stripe. It’s no secret that the power of the Xero and Stripe partnership makes it easier for businesses to seamlessly collect payments from their customers and get paid faster. But did you know there are more reasons why businesses need online payments with their invoice? In this session we’ll share the unexpected benefits of providing an integrated payment experience and give you an insight into how Stripe is making a meaningful impact on businesses now and in the future.

Over the last few years, new laws and regulatory changes have been introduced that make payroll compliance a key focus for Australian businesses. Managing this can be time consuming, and getting it wrong can be costly. In this session, we’ll show you how Xero can help you stay on top of your payroll and help clients navigate compliance in the digital economy.

Cash flow is the lifeblood of any small business, yet Xero Small Business Insights data shows that negative cash flow impacts more than 90% of small businesses in Australia and New Zealand. In this session, we’ll share the latest updates in Xero that will help your clients prepare quotes, send invoices, collect online payments and pay supplier bills more efficiently, so you have better visibility of their cash flow and can spot any red flags before they become a problem.

If you struggle to run an efficient practice, manage workflow effectively, engage clients, get invoices out the door and get paid on time – this session is for you. We’ll show you how to take your practice management to the next level with Xero Practice Manager and leading practice apps Ignition and FYI Docs.

Sponsored Session: GoCardless - Future state discussion: The new era of payments. Jeanette Cheah - CEO HEX Katrina Stuart - MD New Payments Platform Luke Fossett - Director ANZ at GoCardless Danielle Smith - Acting GM Partnerships, APAC The way you and your clients get paid is changing. Find out what the future of payments will look like in Australia. Join Luke Fossett, Director ANZ at GoCardless, Katrina Stuart, MD at the New Payments Platform and Danielle Smith, Acting GM Partnerships, APAC, Xero as they discuss what they predict the future of payments looks like for Xero users. Hosted by Jeanette Cheah, CEO HEX.

Led by Xero’s EGM, Architecture & Integration James Bergin (who will be joined by accounting experts, web3 investors and crypto founders), this panel aims to demystify emerging technologies like blockchains and cryptocurrencies and explore the possible impact they might have for you and your clients.

eInvoicing is revolutionising the way invoices are sent and received, and the government is backing this initiative to support safer, smarter and faster payments to businesses. Discover practical tips and hear from industry experts on why adopting eInvoicing will benefit both you and your clients.

Exhibition closes for the day.

Agenda: Day 2

Exhibition hall opens.

Welcome to day two with Matt Okine.

An entertaining session from a surprise guest that will make you scream!

In this session, you will hear how Xero is building for the future and how you can too - all through the partnerships that power the Xero platform. Discover how key app partners are plugging into the recently launched Xero App Store to build flexible, customisable solutions and expand their offerings to best serve clients. You will also get an inside look at Xero’s latest strategic partnerships and peek into the future of the platform.

An inspiring session from a surprise guest that sparked true change.

A new generation of digital natives will be joining the workforce at the end of this decade and we want to ensure you are equipped to meet them where they are. Rachael Powell, Xero’s Chief Customer Officer sits down with some special guests to discuss how they are preparing for Generation Alpha by using Xero’s small business platform to transform their accounting and bookkeeping firms.

Morning tea, networking and exhibition time.

Breakout sessions.

On behalf of XPAC, Andrew Van De Beek will share reflections on how the industry is evolving and the importance of leading with purpose. He’ll share tips on how to help clients find their purpose and ways to have more impactful interactions.

In an increasingly digitised world, keeping your practice safe from cyber attacks has never been more important. Without strong security parameters in place, you risk compromising not only you and your clients’ financials and identities, but also a hard-earned industry reputation. In this session, you’ll discover the best ways to reduce the risk of cyber attacks, as well as tips for empowering and training your employees to bolster this with ‘the human firewall’ concept.

Xero is forging a new customer experience path, one that uses advanced technology and a customer-centric approach to transition from providing support to driving success. This session will help you get the best out of Xero Central and, better still, teach you how to train your people to solve issues faster.

Currently, advisors are facing a period of seismic change. From sustainability and the evolving workforce, to digitalisation – practices must adapt to succeed. Our panel of experts will tackle these key trends impacting the industry, offering advice on how your firm can flourish in changing times.

Join AFL premiership hero Tom Boyd and other experts who will tackle two non-negotiable areas that staff will expect you to invest in: fostering an inclusive team (whether remote or hybrid) and prioritising wellbeing. You’ll walk away with actionable tips to implement change – all so you can better attract and retain staff.

To meet the changing needs of clients and the evolving generation of accountants and bookkeepers, practices will be challenged to adapt their perspectives in order to thrive. In this session hear from a panel of partners who are exploring new challenges and opportunities in the industry, and discover more ways to prepare your practice for the future.

The beauty of the Xero small business platform is that you have the flexibility to add customised apps and tools into your clients’ workflows, so you can offer new solutions and grow your practice. This session will show you how to build your own ‘app stack’ within the Xero App Store, and tailor your offering to suit clients within specific industry verticals such as retail, trades and hospitality.

Fostering an active and engaged community online – or being part of one – can help shape your advisory offering and unlock business opportunities. This panel of experts will discuss how to leverage or build a community of clients, prospective clients or peers, and unpack the benefits and challenges.

Lunch, networking, exhibition time and product demos.

A keynote presentation with our special guest, Chris Jordan AO, Commissioner of Taxation and Registrar of the Australian Business Register.

The inspirational speakers won’t be the only thing to move you on day two. The famous Xerocon party hosted at Luna Park Sydney is being transformed in to a neon playground. Dress to theme and wear your favourite 80’s outfit and get ready to step into our playground and let your inner child out! Tickets are sold out.

App Partner Side Events

Sold out. Date: Tuesday 6th September Time: 11:30am - 5:00pm Venue: Ivy Sunroom, Sydney NSW

Date: Tuesday 6th September Time: from 1pm

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Title: Ignition Precon Party Date: 6th September, 2022 Time: from 6:30pm Venue: Bungalow 8

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ServiceM8 After Party Date: Wed 7 Sept 2022 Time: from 6pm Venue: Cargo Bar, 52-60 The Promenade, King Street Wharf, SYDNEY

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