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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 Zoo on Thursday 12 September, 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.

The complete schedule is available here.

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.



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Swarm Conference 2024 tickets are now on sale! Early Bird discounts are available on in-person tickets through until 30 June.

With two webinars and our full-day live event, the Swarm calendar is packed with community management expertise

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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.

Our sponsors

Thanks to our 2023 sponsors, who helped bring the Swarm Conference to life:

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General Sponsors



Swarm is looking for sponsors for our 2024 event

If you're interested in learning more, please reach out by completing the following enquiry form: