What is Swarm?
Swarm is Australia’s annual – and only- conference for professional community builders and managers.
Swarm connects established experts with new talent through a broad-ranging agenda and hands-on workshops, designed for anyone involved or interested in online community, social media management, moderation and digital communications.
Across two days we dive into keynotes, workshops and more, spanning everything from network algorithms, to crisis management, to gamification.
Myself and Swarm co-founder Alison Michalk
Why should you attend?
The 21st century is powered by communities. Business, education, social enterprise, health, policy – community thinkers are needed at every level of our economy and society.
Swarm is the ultimate immersion experience for practitioners shaping our new century.
Though it’s tailored for online community professionals, the Swarm experience will help anyone who wants to learn more about online communities, how they work, and how to get the best out of them.
Swarm alternates between Sydney and Melbourne annually, with attendees hailing from all over Australia, North America, Europe, Africa and more.
It’s the ‘family BBQ’ for community managers in Australia, but we’ve had the good fortune to build a global family.
The origins of Swarm…
Looking to connect local community and social media managers, I held the first Australian Community Managers Roundtable in Melbourne on March 13, 2009, and a regular series followed.
Roundtable scope and attendance quickly grew beyond the format. So fellow attendee Alison Michalk and I set about creating an experience to better serve our growing industry. We founded Swarm in 2011, and the adventure began!
Tamara Littleton, CEO of Emoderation, with former Huffington Post Director of CommunityJustin Isaf at Swarm 2014.
How do I learn more about Swarm?
You can find many of our attendees and participants in the Australian Community Managers group on Facebook.
How QLD Police gets 60,000 likes on Facebook posts (Marketing Magazine)
Who’s who in online community gather for Swarm 2014 (Campaign Brief)