When it comes to bidding for an international conference, there’s plenty of support on hand to help you secure your event in Wellington.
Te Herenga Waka — Victoria University of Wellington, with Business Events Wellington and Tourism New Zealand, have celebrated many international conference wins.
Dr Nadia Pantidi talks about her experience of the bidding process, as a senior lecturer of interaction design and chair of the NZ Association for Computing Machinery’s Special Interest Group on Computer-Human Interaction.
We were excited to host the International Annual Conference on Computer-Human Interaction (OzCHI). It helped to raise our university’s visibility internationally and provide new collaborations with academics and industry worldwide.
It was an opportunity to bring people here and showcase the excellent and diverse research we do in the area of human-computer interaction. It was also a chance to show what Aotearoa New Zealand and specifically Wellington has to offer across several industries such as gaming, film, fine arts and tech start-ups.
As our bid has proven, a successful bid must persuade judging panels that our creative capital is capable of hosting the conference. And that it’s an attractive destination for conference delegates. This highlights the importance of collaboration with the likes of Business Events Wellington and Tourism New Zealand’s Conference Assistance Programme.
The Conference Assistance Programme is open to associations or organisations, including universities, that want to bid to host international conferences in New Zealand. There needs to be at least 200 international delegates.
It’s clear that tapping into the Conference Assistance Programme has far-reaching effects. Securing international conferences brings international delegates to see, explore and connect in Wellington.
Hosting conferences here also allows local experts to attend and share knowledge and research with leading international experts. They can: