Sum­mit de­layed to May

Geelong Advertiser - - NEWS - DAVE CAIRNS

PIVOT Sum­mit or­gan­is­ers have pushed back Gee­long’s edgy tech con­fer­ence for six months, just four weeks af­ter an­nounc­ing the pro­gram for this year’s event.

The fourth Pivot Sum­mit, which was to be in early De­cem­ber, has been post­poned un­til May when it will line up along­side the Gee­long Af­ter Dark fes­ti­val.

The late move is be­ing driven by an op­por­tu­nity to se­cure a ma­jor spon­sor­ship deal, a broader mar­ket ap­peal and the chance to cre­ate a spe­cial col­lab­o­ra­tive event in­cor­po­rat­ing per­for­mance and the arts.

Tick­ets to the post­poned event will be re­funded or reis­sued with ex­ist­ing ticket hold­ers to also be in­vited to an off­pro­gram VIP spe­cial event.

Pivot Sum­mit CEO Leigh- ton Wells said the post­pone­ment of the event, which last year was head­lined by Ap­ple founder Steve Woz­niak, started to be re­con­sid­ered about two weeks ago.

“There is some re­ally ex­cit­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties for Pivot Sum­mit to move to May,” Mr Wells said. “We are in some ex­cit­ing dis­cus­sions with some ma­jor prospec­tive part­ners that are tak­ing a long time.”

Mr Wells said the sum­mit would now be held on May 3-4, with the event pro­vid­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties in con­sumer-fo­cused tech­nol­ogy such as eS­ports, gam­ing and the arts.

“We are piv­ot­ing a bit,” he said. “But we never wanted to be just a busi­ness event.”

He said next year’s Pivot Sum­mit would be of a scale that would sur­prise at­ten­dees.

“What we are see­ing shape up is some­thing in­cred­i­bly ex­cit­ing for peo­ple,” he said.

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