What's on

Microsoft Ignite Australia is the place to be next February if you’re looking to connect, learn and innovate. Run your eyes over the below to see the main forces behind this big bang of ideas and innovation that is Australia's largest tech conference. 

How it'll go down

Starting and ending with inspiration (plus a whole lot of wow in the middle), Microsoft Ignite Australia kicks off with a big keynote. Experience frequent episodes of ‘damn, that’s brilliant’ as your choice of sessions, Breakout Sessions, Learning Labs, receptions and parties follow.

Monday 13 February

3:00pm - 7:00pm

Pre-Event Registration

5:00pm - 7:00pm

MeetUp Madness

Tuesday 14 February

7:30am- 7:00pm


11:00am - 12:30pm

Opening Keynote

1:30pm - 6:00pm

Breakout Sessions & Learning Labs

5:30pm- 8:30pm

Welcome Reception

Wednesday 15 February

7:00am - 8:15am

Diversity & Inclusion Breakfast

8:00am - 6:30pm


8:15am - 7:45pm

Breakout Session & Learning Labs

Thursday 16 February

8.00am - 6.30pm


8:15am - 6:15pm

Breakout Sessions & Learning Lab

6:15pm- 10.30pm

Microsoft Ignite 'After Dark' Celebration

Friday 17 February

8:30am - 1:00pm

Breakout Sessions and Learning Labs

2.00pm - 3.00pm

Closing Vision Keynote

Maximise your experience

These are just a few of the activities, events and experiences to help you to learn, connect and innovate.

Certification Central

Swot up, skill up and get certified. Microsoft Ignite is the place to build your knowledge and prove your worth. You’ll have the opportunity to attend scheduled exam cram sessions led by experts plus the option to complete practice exams.

Community Lounge

The home of the Hack@Ignite sessions and a destination in its own right, this is the place where some of the most interesting conference conversations go down. Swap stories, scars and expertise with Microsoft evangelists, speakers and other delegates.

Diversity & Inclusion Breakfast

The Ignite Diversity Breakfast this year will be based around the topic of Inclusion and Accessibility.

Our 3 dynamic panellists will share advice and experience around universal design and making your apps/websites/systems easy to use for everyone that might like to use it.

Panellists include David Masters and Kenny Johar Singh with special guest speaker Dr Vivienne Conway from Web Key IT Pty Ltd. Places are limited so turn up early to share a tasty breakfast in awesome company.

Hosted by Aaron Whittaker and Michelle Sandford – it’s the best way to start the day!


As well as non-technical talks for technical people, we’ll inspire you with innovation sessions that take a peek at where technology is heading and we’ll showcase cutting edge projects, worked on by industry leaders. Join your fellow thinkers to scale new heights of inspiration - to grow yourself, your team and your organisation.

Ignite Learning Zone

Home to hands-on and instructor-led labs, the Ignite Learning Zone will be set up ‘classroom style’ with 250 individual workstations where you can choose to participate in scheduled labs as a group or complete one of 150 pre-selected labs. Delegates; feel free to bring your own device.


Sit in reverence of these tech giant’s pacing figures - small against the stage and microscopic against the monumental footprint they’ve each left on the industry. Feel the collective, quiet awe of thousands of delegates as they become possessed by the keynote’s resounding words. Be inspired by the voice, the wit, the savvy, the grit. Read on to prepare yourself for all heights of awesome.

Check out the Microsoft Ignite Australia 2017 speakers.

The Partner Community

Situated in The Expo is a diverse range of sponsors and exhibitors showcasing their innovations, solutions, services and perhaps a few prizes! Make the connection and take advantage of their knowledge.

Make Yourself More Awesome (powered by MVPs)

Build your professional skills with help from Microsoft Most Valuable Professionals (MVPs) at this dedicated space, adjacent to the Microsoft Showcase. Scheduled topics will include collaborating better with your teams, visual storytelling, becoming a speaker at technical events, and many, many more.

Microsoft Showcase

The place to see, learn and explore new opportunities across the Microsoft range of products and services. Meet with Microsoft product teams and ask the tough questions.

Networking Events

Opening with a bang in The Expo on Tuesday evening, meet the Microsoft Partner community and technical experts at the Welcome Reception. Ignite ‘After Dark’ on Thursday night is a fresh opportunity to connect and celebrate your learning experience.

MeetUp Madness

Be the spark that starts Microsoft Ignite. If you’re heading to the Gold Coast early, we invite you to join MeetUp Madness, a series of User Group meetings covering all the subjects you care about. It’s your chance to connect early with likeminded peers, hear from experts and whet your appetite for the main event. Oh, and did we mention the pizzas, beverages and freebies? Sessions will be announced in January.

Want to organise a session?
If you're a leader of an existing Community User Group and would like to be involved in organising a session, please connect with Megan at memall@microsoft.com

Kick-off Sessions

Microsoft Ignite offers 1,000+ mind-expanding hours of content. Plan your journey with our Kick-off Sessions. You will hear from our expert speakers about the ideas, products and technologies that will unfold throughout the week, so you can customise your journey to get exactly what you need!

Inspiration and brilliance start here.