“We love the supportive and collaborative nature of Wellington, its super connected, and its size lends itself to an excellent environment where it is easy to share ideas, do business and to build reputation and credibility.”
Information and Communications Technology Conference
Webstock is a two day web design and development conference with three days of pre-conference workshops. Webstock is a place where business and creative minds connect to inspire, educate, and meet. It combines the internet with creativity, arts and social change and each year it continues to attract a stellar line-up. Last, but not least, Webstock prides itself on being a unique and memorable conference like no other.
In 2014 Webstock chose to use two Positively Wellington Venues (PWV) – the St James Theatre as its anchor venue and the Michael Fowler Centre (MFC) for pre conference workshops. Both venues reside in a walkable precinct that links through the heart of Wellington. Not only are the two venues in close proximity to each other, but also to the CBD, hotels, restaurants, shops, galleries, Parliament and the airport.
The character, heritage and state of the art technology in each PWV venue fit perfectly with Webstock’s venue selection criteria. The St James Theatre’s stunning 100 year old auditorium was used for the main conference with plenary for 820 delegates.
The theatre’s theatrical facade and dramatic showbiz elegance provided the perfect paradox between the building’s history and heritage and the cutting edge ideas shared on stage, thus creating a unique setting to suit the sometimes eccentric and always entertaining personalities of the presenters.
The MFC housed pre-conference workshops in three spaces (Renouf Foyer 1 & 2 and the Lion Harborview Lounge) with around 40 delegates in each session.
The team at PWV facilitated a seamless delivery of every aspect of the event. Working behind the scenes with their highly experienced food and beverage partners at Restaurant Associates (RA) and the technical and production team at Multi-Media Systems. PWV provided the logistical glue required to ensure the venues were good to go and delivered it all on time and on budget.
"Best ever conference’ responses from delegates, exhibitors and speakers and superb value for money. I would never hesitate in recommending this wonderful city to anyone. You will want to return, and soon. It is a gem of a destination"
Business Event by The Conference Business, Sydney
Laura Richards, director of The Conference Business in Sydney, had the following to say about Wellington:
Wellington was an outstanding destination for their clients’ three day conference: perceptions and impressions exceeding all expectation; offering innovative, quality experiences that wowed.
The conference kicked off with great local pubs that fast became favourites, followed by an informal evening at Dockside enjoying superb local wine and beer. An outstanding Gala Dinner was hosted at Te Papa Museum with a guest speaker from the US who was ‘Mr Special Effects’ - his team were in Wellington to film The Hobbit 2. Delegates quickly discovered, the city is one cool little film making capital!
Overall, in Wellington you can be guaranteed the highest standards in service, not to mention exceptional local produce – simply a dream city to run an event in.
Julie Abbott, Event Manager
“Wellington lived up to its reputation as being a really cool place to have a business event in. The advice from the Business Events Wellington team was smack on and I have one super happy client. I highly recommend Wellington as an incentive destination"
Business Event by Groundwork, March 2014
Julie Abbot, director of Event Management company Groundwork, created a full on weekend in Wellington for 20 discerning guests beginning with a delicious welcome dinner at Duke Carvell’s.
Waking the next morning to a perfect Wellington day, they challenged themselves with a Boomrock Experience and then a fun early evening beer tasting at Hashigo Sake by the Craft Beer College before a nights’ freedom to sample the Wellington nightlife.
On their final day they raced against each other on the Wellington Harbour followed by a BBQ in the yacht clubrooms. To round off the day they indulged in private dining at Shed 5. The group enjoyed their stay at the Copthorne Hotel Oriental Parade.
Unique showcase events in Wellington:
A successful new start up showcase event this year was Caffeination. A celebration of all things coffee in New Zealand’s Coffee Capital.
Over 6,500 attended the showcase held in Positively Wellington Venues refurbished Shed 6 facility on the waterfront in over two days in March.
Read more about Caffeination or see how delegates and exhibitors felt about the festival in the video below.
Why Wellington worked
Wellington, New Zealand’s capital city is home to a vast number of hugely successful ICT businesses from established high flying companies like Silverstripe, Xero and Intergen to individuals who are starting up and going for it. It has the highest concentration of web-based and digital technology companies per capita in New Zealand, and the ICT sector is flourishing three times faster here than in any other region in the country.The city has a positive synergy between developers, designers, governmentand entrepreneurs. Innovative culture thrives in this vibrant city. Webstock chose St James Theatre as its anchor venue, using the stunning 100 year old auditorium for the main conference with plenary for 800 delegates.
The theatre’s theatrical facade and dramatic showbiz elegance provided the perfect paradox between the building’s history and heritage and the cutting edge ideas shared on stage, thus creating a unique setting to suit the sometimes eccentric and always entertaining personalities of the presenters. Pre-conference workshops were held at another the Michael Fowler Centre, and the after party was held at Wellington’s prestigious Embassy Theatre.
All venues are located in the heart of the city, and only a stone’s throw away from each other, conference delegates are in close proximity to hotels, restaurants, shops, galleries, and Parliament. It’s easy to see why organisers make Wellington their first choice for conferences and events like Webstock. Huddled between the hills and harbour, the city is a breeze to get around with regular international and domestic flights and transfer time from the airport to the city centre is just fifteen minutes.