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About the conference
Swarm is the longest running conference for community professionals in the world. APAC’s flagship community management conference connects local builders, thinkers, managers and makers with top international talent for learning, collaboration, inspiration and outcomes.
Swarm grew out of the Australian Community Manager Roundtables in 2009, and was founded by veteran community management leaders Alison Michalk and Venessa Paech to support and grow community management as a practice.
From 2020, Swarm moved online, to ensure the most accessible, affordable and inclusive experience for all who might wish to participate during the pandemic that otherwise could have cancelled our gatherings.
In 2023 the event returned to a hybrid physical-virtual event hosted from University of Sydney Law School, Sydney Australia.
In 2024, we’re headed to Melbourne for yet another hybrid physical-virtual adventure.
Swarm Conference 2023 took place on 30 August in Sydney, Australia. There were eight sessions across the day, with breaks throughout to reflect, get refreshments, attend to other priorities, or network with attendees. The event focused on the business of community operation, while building and serving safe communities.
For 2024, we’re yet to set the schedule, but anticipate another exciting gathering of some of the leading minds in community management and social media.
Years of SWARM
Online communities represented
Early bird, general admission and discount tickets to Swarm Conference 2024 will go on sale in May 2024!
Want to speak at Swarm?
Swarm Conference speakers, facilitators and experts are among the best community talent in the world.
Reach out to our team if you'd like to learn about about speaking at next year's event. Or if you have an idea, complete our speaker application form here.
What people say
“Many community managers work solo or in small teams. Swarm provides the important opportunity to get ideas, inspiration and best practices from other community professionals so we can all keep growing inclusive and valuable communities for all.”
“You can’t put a price on the value of connecting with community managers from different sectors. As a community for mental health and suicide prevention with specific needs and risks, we learn from everyone and see what fits for us. Swarm is an awesome opportunity to meet others and hear from the best.”
“Without a doubt Swarm is the best community gathering I have attended, and I’ve attended a lot in my 30yr career. Every detail is designed to facilitate relationship building – and it’s wildly successful. I urge everyone to go. ”