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GCCEC partners to connect education today with the future

GCCEC partners to connect education today with the future

Posted on 14 May, 2015

Senior decision makers and practitioners from information technology, library and teaching and learning leaders in higher education gathered at the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre (GCCEC) this week for The Higher Education Technology Agenda (THETA) 2015 conference.

More than 500 innovators and 200 sponsor representatives and vendors converged on the Gold Coast to discuss the delivery of information technology services and share ideas on how to better the way our scholars communicate, create, connect and consume information.

The four day biennial event, hosted by Griffith University on behalf of CAUDIT1, CAUL2 and ACODE3, attracted interest from organisations across the nation and served as a catalyst for innovations from non-related fields to be combined to produce unique solutions.

The GCCEC joined forces with Australia’s Academic and Research Network (AARNet) to facilitate the conference’s complex connection requirements, developing an agreement to enable a 10 gigabit per second (Gbps) internet connection to permanently run between the GCCEC and the Griffith University Hospital Campus.

The GCCEC has long had a reputation for attracting clientele that require the most complex and demanding technological intricacies to showcase their events, making it one of the Centre’s drawcards, according to General Manager, Adrienne Readings.

“The partnership with AARNet enabled us to provide the client with an increased bandwidth ten times faster than the standard of most venues,” Ms Readings said.

“To bring that into perspective, the GCCEC was able to provide delegates with high capacity and high performance wireless connection speeds equivalent to what Telstra currently uses to service the whole of the Gold Coast region.”

The Centre’s six-man IT team played a vital role in streamlining the connection process, combining their expertise and experience to manage 80 percent of the client’s network and run 200 cable connections within 24 hours – almost twice the amount they would usually construct over a three day period.

“We are currently seeing a shift in client demand driven by associations and blue-chip organisations that operate hybrid conferences which require the latest infrastructure and technology to be able to stream live to hospitals, universities and the like to create interactive experiences in real time,” she said.

“THETA were no exception to this trend so it was imperative we provide them with the necessary elements to ensure the success of their four day event.”

The ground-breaking partnership follows on from the Centre’s recent investments in Information Technology infrastructure and Audio Visual capacities and forms part of the GCCEC’s ongoing commitment to remain at the forefront of innovation.

The dedicated network will be made available for future research, education and training events at the GCCEC.

1 CAUDIT – Council of Australian University Directors of Information Technology

 2 CAUL – Council of Australian University Librarians

 3 AUDE – Australasian Council on Open, Distance and e-Learning

What Our Clients Say

I have conducted two major formal dinners at GCCEC for approx 700 people each time, the more recent of these being held in March 2015. I am completely satisfied with all aspects of working with GCCEC and their performance in presenting our function. They were completely professional and were willing to do things exactly the way I wanted them done, even meeting some unusual requirements. When I requested to make layout changes only hours before the dinner the request was accommodated immediately and with professional ease. The dinner was an alternate drop three course full service meal with drinks package, and it was without a doubt the best formal dinner I have ever attended. I have managed many similar dinners in the past but this dinner achieved by far the best result, it was the easiest to organise and to then manage on the night. Our GCCEC functions manager was a competent and willing professional who achieved an absolutely flawless event. I am still trying to understand how the catering staff were able to prepare almost 700 perfectly cooked and presented meals and get them to the tables whilst still hot. An excellent event perfectly presented by cheerful and competent professional staff.

Bruce Schmidtchen
Chairman, 5RAR Assoc Inc 50th Anniversary Reunion Committee

We have held our major event, the Conference of Major Superannuation Funds (CMSF), at the GCCEC on six occasions since it opened in 2004. Through holding our event at the GCCEC we have established a terrific relationship with the venue. Each and every staff member works tirelessly to ensure that our event is run to the highest calibre. Any task, no matter how little or large is undertaken to ensure our expectations are met and our event is delivered successfully.

AIST Events Team

It’s the small things that make such a big difference. My organisation has held its conference annually at GCCEC since 2008, during which I’ve experienced unparalleled service. I continue to be amazed by the dedication, friendliness and professionalism of all staff – be it sales and event management to back of house and floor staff. They know my event inside and out, making the experience seamless. I have thoroughly enjoyed each and every conference I’ve held here!

Marika MacKenzie
Communications Manager, Optometry Queensland Northern Territory

You guys did it again! It is such a pleasure to work with a dedicated, proactive and friendly team. Your can-do attitude, your attention to detail and your willingness to try something new all help to make our lives easier and to keep our event fresh and interesting. Once again, the food was superb and the level of service provided by everyone at the centre was exceptional.

Julie Hood
Director Events Australian Petroleum Production & Exploration Association

There is no doubt that next time we need to be ‘creative’ on the Gold Coast; the GCCEC is the only venue we’d choose. No matter how difficult or unusual our demands prior to the event, nothing proved impossible for you and during the conference your professionalism and attention to detail ensured that everything ran without a hitch enabling us to focus properly on the job in hand. Last, but not least, the catering was superb!

Greg O’Neil
General Manager - Rural Merchandise CRT Rural Supplies