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    CIO Story Sessions

    Hear real-life accounts of digital transformation and leadership from your peers: Sabrina Walsh, CIO, Western Sydney Local Health District - Randall Brugeaud, CIO, Dept. of Immigration & Border Protection - Sarv Girn, CIO, Reserve Bank of Australia

    For CIOs. By CIOs

The World's Most Important Gathering of CIOs and Senior IT Executives

As a CIO and senior IT leader,  you need actionable advice to drive digital to the core of your products, processes and talent. But you also need to prepare for disruptive trends that can help you deliver long-term business benefits. This year’s theme, Lead 360. Drive Digital to the Core, will help you see further, explore deeper and to discover how to make digital a core competence for you and your organization.

Gartner Symposium/ITxpo is specifically designed for:
Roles Include:
  • Corporate-wide CIOs
  • Business unit CIOs
  • Senior IT leaders reporting to the CIO
Senior IT Executives

What You Will Learn

Shaped by feedback from you and other CIOs to stay focused on only what is most relevant and useful, the Gartner Symposium/ITxpo experience will include:

  • A community of over 1,500 CIOs and their leadership teams
  • An agenda focused on the imperatives that you and your team must pursue to align with your enterprise mission critical priority
  • Six tracks spanning technology & information, leadership and business strategy
  • Recommended journeys with sessions and peer-to-peer engagements most relevant to you
  • Innovative keynotes brimming with inspiration from the world’s top innovators and leadership experts
  • CIO Story sessions featuring visionary CIOs sharing practical examples of putting digital leadership into practice
  • Over 50 Gartner Analysts onsite providing you with the most personal guidance and advice possible in analyst one-on-ones
  • A wealth of peer engagement opportunities to make lasting connections, share best practices, and network with your peers
  • 80+ solution providers filling the ITxpo showcase with new possibilities for digital business, organized into marketplaces to make it easy to find the solutions you need

What's Included

  • Access to all sessions, including Guest Speaker Keynotes, Industry Monday, Ask the Analyst sessions and Gartner Analyst Keynotes
  • (2) Two private Gartner analyst one-on-one meetings (30 minutes each)
  • Industry Program (Monday), which includes sessions, networking and guest speakers
  • ITxpo exhibit floor, where over 80 leading solution providers display products and services
  • Peer engagement at breakfasts, lunches and receptions
  • Wednesday night Special Event: TASTE Festival
  • Conference agenda planning through Gartner Events Navigator
  • (1) One-year access to Events On Demand

Learn more about Pricing and Registration

Frequently Asked Questions

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All CIOs and IT leaders have unique goals and challenges around two key areas: aligning to their CEOs’ business priorities and advancing their careers, digital roadmaps and organizational influence. Gartner Symposium/ITxpo helps you address both, with a flexible, accessible agenda mapped to your top priorities and anchored in three key areas: Technology and Information, Leadership, and Business Strategy.


2016 Conference Tracks

An agenda focused on your priorities
This year, our track structure is built on a framework of strategic and tactical priorities that overlap and interlock across leadership, technology and information, and business strategy. Learn more about our additional virtual tracks covering your priorities for Cost Optimization and Security.

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Signature Series - Big Thinking and IT Trends Revealed

The Signature Series sessions challenge you to think and lead panoramically, anticipate disruptive forces and stay steps ahead.
Hear Gartner's top predictions, strategic technology trends and CEO perspectives - before anyone else - at Gartner Symposium/ITxpo, such as:
  • The 2017 CIO Agenda
  • The CEO Perspective 2016: How CIOs Should Respond
  • The Top 10 Strategic Technology Trends for 2017
  • Gartner's Top Predictions for 2016

Watch the video and View all Signature Series sessions

Don't miss the Gartner Analyst Opening Keynote: Building Platforms for a Digital Society


Industry Monday

Digital is moving quickly. Prepare for what’s happening right now in your industry — with a full day of networking and solution provider presentations on Monday, cross-industry sessions throughout the week, and industry-specific presentations you don’t want to miss.
The must attend conference in establishing the Future of IT for any organisation

- CIO Dept of Public Works & Highways

Networking, expertise from Gartner and the latest solutions on display by vendors. Gartner Symposium/ITxpo is must for every CIO.

- Chief Information and Technology Officer Urban Utilities

Networking was excellent! Vendors all in one place are great to talk to and the Gartner speakers have given me a lot to think about.

- CIO Australian Dept of Treasury

I found Gartner Symposium/ITxpo to be very stimulating and thought-provoking. The ability to meet with an analyst who is doing original research in a key area of value to my organization has alone justified me attending the conference.

- Information Manager NZ Transport Agency

A superb opportunity to meet and talk to a wide range of people from my industry - a huge range of vendors makes this an essential annual event for me and my team.

- Technology Service Delivery Manager Earthquake Commission

The 'Women in a CIO role' workshop was fabulous and empowering!

- ICT Business Solutions Manager Meridian Energy Limited

Gartner as usual provides a great overview and exposure to the up to date trends, directions and influential movements of the digital economy and business. Absolutely fascinating and encouraging experience.

- Solution Designer Telstra Global

The ability to network and discuss the latest information on digital is outstanding. I will be taking back a lot of recommendations and applying them.

- IT Online Systems Manager Foxtel

The Symposium/ITxpo represents a fabulous opportunity to hear about the latest trends in our industry whilst connecting with peers and partners.


What to expect from Symposium/ITxpo 2016


Experience a rich assembly of forward-thinking guest speakers and luminaries, Gartner-invited end-users presenting CIO stories, and Gartner analysts.

Highlighted Speakers

  • Andy Rowsell-Jones
    Andy Rowsell-Jones

    Research VP


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  • Gus Balbontin
    Gus Balbontin

    Former Chief Technology Officer, Lonely Planet

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  • David Thodey
    David Thodey

    Chairman of CSIRO and JobsNSW, Former CEO of Telstra

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  • Peter Bush
    Peter Bush

    Chairman of Pacific Brands, former CEO

    McDonald's Australia

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  • Peter Hinssen
    Peter Hinssen

    Author, Entrepreneur and Expert on Disruptive Innovation

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  • Richard de Crespigny
    Richard de Crespigny

    Captain of Qantas Flight 32

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  • Leah Hunter
    Leah Hunter

    Writer and Augmented Reality Expert, Fast Company, O'Reilly Media, Business Punk, The Guardian

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End User Case Study Speakers

Gartner Analysts


Meet the Solution Providers at the Forefront of Information Technology

Gartner Symposium/ITxpo helps you identify and explore technology and service providers to address your specific needs as a CIO. You'll receive exclusive access to some of the world's leading solution providers in a variety of settings.

  • For Attendees: Learn about the innovative solutions that will add the most value to your business.
  • Learn more about ITxpo and the exhibitor experience.
  • Contact us for information on speaking and exhibitor opportunities.




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Venue & Travel

Gold Coast, Australia


Gartner Symposium/ITxpo 2016 will take place at the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre.

Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre
Cnr Gold Coast Highway & TE Peters Drive
Queensland, Australia - 4218


The Gartner reserved room blocks across Jupiters, Crowne Plaza and Sofitel are now SOLD OUT.
Gartner has secured a limited number of 2 bedroom residences at The Hilton Surfers Paradise at a discounted rate of $299 per room, per night for a Two Bedroom, Two Bathroom ocean view residence or the $359 for a Two Bedroom, Two Bathroom Sky Residence.
If you would like to secure accommodation at The Hilton Surfers Paradise, please complete the online form on:
http://www.hilton.com/en/hi/groups/personalized/O/OOLREHI-GGARG-20161023/index.jhtml or email symposium.hotels@veritas.com.au 
Any questions, please contact the Gartner Hotel Team on +61 2 8908 5633.

Please note: Any hotel changes or cancellations received less than 15 business days prior to the event start date or after Monday 10th October 2016 at 5.00pm AEST will incur a 100% cancellation penalty charge, this includes nonattendance. If you need to make any changes to your booking please contact the Gartner Hotel Team at +61 2 8908 5633 or symposium.hotels@veritas.com.au

Broadbeach Island
Gold Coast, Australia

81 Surf Parade
Gold Coast, Australia


By Air
The Gold Coast has its own domestic airport at Coolangatta, just 20 minutes south of the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre with regular flights from all capital cities. Services are provided domestically by three airlines, Virgin Blue, Tiger and Jetstar, and internationally through multiple Airlines. Brisbane International Airport is located just a one hour drive from Broadbeach.
Airport Shuttle Buses
Airport shuttles can be pre-booked by contacting the Gold Coast reservations team on +61 (0) 7 5574 5111 or 1300 655 655.
Taxi Service (no pre-booking required)
Gold Coast Cabs – 131 008
Taxi’s are available throughout the Gold Coast and operate on a metered system.  The approximate cost from the Gold Coast Coolangatta Airport to the Gold Coast Convention Centre is AUD$65, the approximate cost from the Brisbane Airport to the Gold Coast Convention Centre is AUD$290.
Airport Transfers (required to pre-book service)
Point to Point Airport Transfers +61 7 5554 5552
Shuttle service Gold Coast Convention Centre to Gold Coast Coolangatta Airport $85 (1 – 3 passengers)
Shuttle service Gold Coast Convention Centre to Brisbane Airport $185
*Please contact Point to Point Transfers and advise you are with Gartner.  If you would like to organise a shared private service, please advise the friendly staff at Point to Point Transfers.
By Public Transport
To get to and from the Brisbane Airport, the closest train station is called Nerang. It is about 15 minutes by taxi or you can also catch a Surfside bus.
There is a bus stop directly in front of the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre on the Gold Coast Highway. There are also taxi and limousine ranks at the main entrance. You can also access the rail line to Brisbane via a bus from Jupiters Hotel and Casino.
For more information contact: Surfside Buslines and Queensland Rail
G:Link (Light Rail)
There’s a new way to get around the central Gold Coast with G:link, Queensland’s first light rail system. Fast, frequent trams connect 16 stations along a 13 kilometre route from Broadbeach to Gold Coast University Hospital.  Guests staying at the Crowne Plaza will be able to enjoy a short one stop journey to the Gartner Symposium/ITxpo with the G:link stop directly outside the hotel and the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre!

Car Park & Driving
For driving and car parking information please click here for the Gold Coast Convention & Exhibition Centre’s website. A $10 inclusive of GST flat rate is charged for parking at the centre.