Carrington Room

Event Highlights

Date: 5-9 March 2018

Event Type: International Conference

Delegates: 350

Key achievements: Fully flexible venue use, high speed, large-volume internet usage and special requests.

Introduction

The Learning Analytics and Knowledge Conference (LAK) was held for the first time in Australia in March 2018. Sydney University brought the event to Australia after a winning the bid to host the conference.

In 2016, prior to pitching for the business, Associate Professor of the School of Electrical and Information Engineering at Sydney University, Abelaro Pardo, contacted the SMC. With the limited information available at that time, the SMC worked closely with Professor Pardo to create an outline of the event including space and technology requirements that would be required for an event of this size.

Brief

The University of Sydney chose SMC for its large, flexible and multi-functional venue state of the art conferencing facilities and its accessibility to local Sydney hotels.

The LAK conference utilised the entire whole of the SMC venue, with plenaries, exhibition space and workshops all with extensive technical and operational needs.

One of the non-negotiables for this sizable international technology-enhanced learning conference was reliable and fast internet and wifi access. This multi-faceted conference also required simple, wayfinding signage inside the venue for its many conference sessions that included keynotes, breakouts and workshops. It also needed to highlight delegate hot spots for its international guests.

In a first for the SMC, they were also requested to supply a large amount of Diet Coke for breakfast for the mostly American delegates.

Solution

The SMC provided seamless contact with its accommodation partners, including several nearby options. The majority of delegates chose to stay at Rydges World Square, which meant they were only a few minutes’ walk from the conference venue.

Although the SMC already had superior internet, they went the extra mile to install an enterprise-class internet system at significant cost. The supplier surveyed the building and designed the access points to achieve wifi signal. As a result, SMC now provides the best venue internet and wifi services in Sydney.

The SMC team also utilised its excellent in-house digital; directional signage and pre-programed messaging for each breakout venue. This allowed the client to program up-todate, seamless transitioning of wayfinding messaging across the venue without any additional design, printing or ongoing updates throughout the conference; saving valuable time and money.

SMC Business Development Manager also ordered the Diet Coke especially for the client and added extra fridges to accommodate the client’s needs.

Result

The University of Sydney chose SMC because it was "handsdown the best venue available in Sydney". The organisers said they could not fault the SMC staff in the lead-up to the event. Conference Event Manager, Brooke Fuz said, "The AV was great and the support was there when needed". "It was the best wifi and internet service I have ever experienced. We never had one complaint about connection. We were advised of a large download that was slowing the speed and that user was shut down straight away.” "All the staff from SMC should be commended," she added.

Organisers said the Learning Analytics and Knowledge Conference was a huge success and that they hoped they could bring the event back to Sydney one day in the near future.

 

“...hands-down the best venue available in Sydney”

 

Audio Visual and Broadband Internet

 

PROJECTION

In the Grand Lodge and Banquet Hall, the installation of new Panasonic 12,000 lumen laser light source data projectors deliver crystal clarity, brightness and resolution that is ideal for video and film screenings as well as all highlighting the granular detail in speakers’ presentations.

AUDIO

Throughout the building, new digital mixing consoles, concert quality Martin Audio public address systems, wireless microphone technology and lecturns are all welcome improvements for presenters and performers.

Hearing assistance has also been augmented throughout the venue via wired hearing loops and infrared assisted listening systems.

LIGHTING

A newly installed intelligent architectural lighting system allows for lights to be easily and precisely programmed for different functions. Perimeter RGB shadow lighting allows for different colour combinations and mood lighting states. Importantly, feature walls are augmented with gallery-style wall washer lights that highlight artworks and exhibition content. House lighting throughout the foyers and meeting rooms has been upgraded to second generation LEDs for improved light output and energy efficiency. When SMC re-opens, event organisers will simply use touch screens to select options to light their presenters and performers, add stage washes and special effects as well as change the room ambience. Depending on the style of each event, and if needed, SMC’s AV technicians can also control all lighting from one central location.

RIGGING AND SPECIAL EFFECTS

New rigging infrastructure provides added flexibility and the advantage of quick turnarounds when re-setting rooms for different styles of events. A motorised truss in the Banquet Hall and new centrally placed ceiling motors allow for rigging special effects including giant chandeliers and mirror balls. These staging devices and capabilities mean that event organisers have the option to restyle the same room from conference mode to gala mode with ease and efficiency.

INTERNET CONNECTIVITY

When it comes to online access, SMC recognises fibre-optic internet connection as the industry standard. Taking this standard seriously, SMC has invested in an enterprise level fibre-optic backbone and has the capability of providing fast, secure connections reaching speeds of up to 1000 mpbs both up and down, and can accommodate private premium networks. This is ideal for live streaming and delegates making use of digital applications and social media. SMC also offers free Wi-Fi throughout the entire venue for guests and a cabled in connection in every room is possible. Event organisers simply select a connectivity plan to suit their requirements.

 

Whatever the emphasis and creative composition of your event, SMC is now technologically equipped to deliver events aligned with your strategic goals and convey the messages you want to get across.

 

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Parking

SMC and Secure Parking have teamed up to offer you 15% off ALL parking products at the Secure World Square Carpark when booking online.
At the Secure Parking World Square booking page, click “BOOK NOW” next to any of the products and apply the promotional code: SMCFC16.

Arriving by train? The closest station is Museum Station (300 metres or a 3 minute walk) and then Central Station (700 metres or 7 minutes). To walk from Museum Station, simply follow the Castlereagh Street exit signs inside the station, then turn left heading south down Castlereagh Street. At the first intersection (corner of Castlereagh & Goulburn Streets), turn right to come to the SMC main entrance at 66 Goulburn Street.

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SMC Hotel Partners

 

Located within a stone’s throw of the venue are a range of quality affiliated hotels that makes SMC an attractive option to organisers hosting delegates for multi-day events.

Click on the hotel icon in the above map to see each hotel’s address, phone number and website, or download SMC’s Accommodation Fact sheet.

 

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Introduction

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