The event was held at the Plaza Ballroom, on 191 Collins Street, Melbourne. The venue was incredible and the interiors were stunning. We arrived to a red carpet entrance where attendees were able to get their photo taken with the Alibaba sign behind.
Walking down into the ballroom, it was quite interesting to view the various selection of products on show that Alibaba sell online including vitamins, Kathmandu jackets, baby powder formula, goat milk moisturizes, petfood and sunscreen.
The MC was Ticky Fullerton who moderated the discussion with Daniel Zhang, he was fascinating to listen to and so modest. The atmosphere was electric as all attendees came out of interest to listen to Daniel and the other speaks talk. Following on, we were introduced to four new high level panellist who discussed more about the platform and its use.
The panel included Christine Holgate, the Managing Director and Group CEO of Australia Post, Damien Gance, Co-Founder of Chemist Warehouse, Jessica Rudd, Founder of Jessica’s Suitcase and Maggie Zhou the Managing Director of the Alibaba Group.
The evening continued on after the discussions, were there was a cocktail reception with a big selection of food and drinks. The catering was delicious and some of the best food I have eaten at an event this year.
As it was quite hard to chat while we were seated. There was a chance however to network with the attendees during the cocktail reception. Majority of the attendees we encountered were either managers or business development managers from companies which sell on Alibaba.
Overall, we were extremely impressed by the turn out and set up of this event and hope Alibaba hosts more events in the future.
Things to Note:
Location: Plaza Ballroom, 191 Collins Street, Melbourne, VIC 3000
Highlight: The food and the key speakers
Hot Tip: Linger near the waiters who are serving food
Network Opportunity: 3/5