Here are 7 events I think are worth keeping on the agenda. Some of these are monthly, some annually, all of them well worth getting too if you can.
Web Directions South (Sydney) – This is the big one, an opportunity to hear from some of the biggest names in the industry on the big topics. Last year included some killer presentations with locals Cameron Adams and Mark Pesce stealing the spotlight. Next one is Sep 23-26.
Future of Media Summit (Sydney) – Held simultaneously in Sydney and Silicon Valley, a great opportunity to for great minds to converse across the planet. Speaker locally include MD at ABC Mark Scott and Ross Dawson. Rare opportunity to hear from guys like Scoble and Loic Le Meur. The 3rd annual summit occurs in Sydney next Monday 15 July.
Advertising & Marketing Summit (Sydney) – Good all-rounder, the next one kicking off on July 21, over 2 days, featuring Mark D’Arcy, Chief Creative Officer at Time Warner and Steve Simpson from Goodby Silverstein & Partners. Also well represented locally with Google MD Karim Temsamani and all the major publishers speaking.
MODM – (Melbourne) Created by passionate podcaster Cameron Reilly, a good opportunity for quality conversation with local Melbournites in the business of digital. You’ll need to join the Facebook group to keep up to date on when and where the next one is.
Digital Harbour (Melbourne) – Semi-regular free talks, check the site for topics and registration, caught a Mobile Marketing seminar on Tuesday which included a preview on Sensis mobile geotargeting products, and Mostyles, very cool mobile site creator. Well worth checking out.
Clickaholics (Melbourne, Sydney) – Living up to the name, these events are a great opportunity to knock down a drink or few with the digital crew. Regular sponsors usually front the drinks so there’s no excuse not to get down. Next one is Sydney Aug 14.
Pubcamp (Melbourne, Sydney) - One I look forward to catching next time round, pitched as a web2.0 media day, they're free and split into a formal and 'unconference' discussion format.
If you want to keep up to date on other events, there’s handy calendars of events at Digital Ministry and for the more tech-inclined at TechEvents.