Expansion to keep Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre at the forefront of event tech

In advance of opening its new $200 million expansion space next month, Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC) has invested in cutting-edge technologies offering the flexibility customers need.

MCEC’s new expansion space has been purpose built to leverage the venue’s original innovative approach to integrated audio visual and ICT technologies. The new expansion will feature 4k laser projectors, LED based theatrical lighting equipment and fully integrated rigging infrastructure, creating highly customisable event spaces.

Other initiatives include:

  • Introducing a specialised production team within the business, MCEC’s in-house specialist technology team offer services in: audio, rigging, lighting, vision, multimedia, network systems and production management. Building these skills in-house allows MCEC to deliver a more personalised and thorough technology offering.
  • Improving our Wi-Fi offering for customers with a $2 million investment, increasing our wireless capacity by 400 per cent and making MCEC the only convention centre in Australia to offer no data caps.
  • A $1 million investment in expanding vision and projection capabilities through the implementation of Barco, Panasonic and Roland hardware, enabling the delivery of visually stunning and technically seamless events.

MCEC Chief Executive, Peter King said as a venue MCEC hosts over 1,000 events annually and each of those event experiences is unique.

“At MCEC we work in partnership with our customers to deliver tech solutions with the aim to inspire and transform delegates’ experience,” Mr King said.

“Rather than simply offering whatever’s newest on the market, we understand our customers want to be able to access expert advice and a range of technology options that allows for individual customisation.

“By investing in our employee skill-base, we have the knowledge to deliver complex events and offer solutions focused customer service.

“The new expansion has allowed us to future-proof our venue, we’re able to meet the technical needs of today’s customer and continuously adapt into the future.”

A testament to MCEC’s technology credentials is the calibre of events choosing MCEC as their host venue.
The recently announced 2018 Reimagination conference and Digital Disruptions’ Awards joins a growing list of leading technology and disruption events that have made the move to MCEC which includes: C2, Cisco Live, VidCon and the National iAwards.