As you stroll through the doors of QuickBooks Connect Melbourne, the vibrancy and excitement is tangible. Over 1,000 bookkeepers, accountants and small business owners mingle in the mammoth Exhibition Hall, filled to the brim with app partners and technology experts.
On the right-hand side, there’s a beautiful drawing of the Melbourne cityscape by the talented Lyndsay Knight. Guests are encouraged to channel their inner artist and contribute to the artwork. On the left, there’s a line of people snaking through the crowd, eager to get their headshot refreshed at the photography booth.
While everyone grabs their fresh cup of caffeine and nibbles on breakfast treats, there’s time to meet the app partners, visit the QuickBooks tech or marketing teams for consultations, or shop for keepsakes from the Bazaar – a collection of small businesses, and QuickBooks customers, displaying their wares.
Throughout the day, there’s innovative presentations at the Tech Theatre and live tunes over at the Sound Lounge by musician Liam Cooper contribute to the relaxed, but inspiring atmosphere.
This year, the Main Stage was graced with many truly inspiring speakers, including entrepreneurs like Ronni Kahn, Founder and CEO of OzHarvest, and Abigail Forsyth, Co-founder of KeepCup. Both inspired the crowd with their unique stories of success and believing in your purpose.
One of the most dynamic and much-anticipated presentations was from adventurer and television presenter, Todd Sampson. His passion and enthusiasm for knowledge was obvious as he demonstrated why it’s important to keep testing your limits at any and every age. His presentation, which included clips from his documentary series, received rousing applause.
QuickBooks Vice President, Cassie Divine, unveiled new and exciting QuickBooks initiatives, including introducing receipt capture and automatic mileage tracking across the entire lineup of QuickBooks products. But perhaps the most exciting, was the new SmartLook function which allows you to talk live with a care agent directly through QuickBooks.
The breakout sessions were equally enticing, covering almost every topic under the sun, from marketing to finances. The most popular sessions were those covering Single Touch Payroll – something that’s top of mind for many accountants and small business owners.
Whether it’s because of the information shared, the connections made or the electric atmosphere, there is no doubt that QuickBooks Connect Melbourne was one life-changing event. The question on everyone’s mind by the end was – what will next year’s QuickBooks Connect hold?