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Michael Rodrigues - NSWs inaugural 24 Hour economy Commissioner & former MD, Time Out

What is the vision of Sydney we want to work towards? Do we want a retirement village for young people? Or do we want a city that is vibrant, diverse, inclusive and inspiring? 

The objective of the Night Time Industries Association is to promote Sydney as a vibrant and creative city, and to build a new positive narrative for Sydney’s nightlife that includes:

- that Sydney is a fun and inspiring place to live, work and play;

- that Sydney’s nightlife contributes to the cultural value of the city; and

- nightlife stimulates creativity which is an important economic driver for NSW;

To achieve this objective the Night Time Industries Association will need to be active developing positive messaging and media and communications activities.

Mike has also helmed Time Out in Australia for the past ten years, burrowing deep into the arts, culture and hospitality verticals that underpin his business. These days he draws upon audience data to identify audience trends in the consumption of city-based entertainment, combining it with sector knowledge to help institutions and businesses answer the question: will people come to my stuff now, tomorrow and in the future?

In recent years Time Out has evolved beyond its publishing roots. In 2014, Time Out Lisbon editors turned a historic market hall in the city into Time Out Market, thus creating the world’s first food and cultural market, and the first market experience rooted wholly in editorial curation. A place that previously housed the city’s top vendors now brings together the best of the city under one roof: its best restaurants, bars and cultural experiences, based on the editorial curation Time Out has always been known for.

In 2017, 3.6 million visitors came to the market to explore excellent food from 32 restaurants and kiosks, enjoy drinks from eight bars and cafes, buy from five shops, attend cooking workshops in the Chef’s Academy or events in the Time Out Studio, a 900-capacity entertainment venue. It has rapidly become the most popular attraction in PortugalIn 2019, new Time Out Markets are set to open in Miami, New York, Boston, Chicago and Montreal

Rennie Addabbo - Country Director, Sonos

Rennie Addabbo recently joined Sonos as Country Director, responsible for end-to-end operations of the Australian business, including sales and marketing, customer care, operations and finance.

Prior to that, Rennie was General Manager for Microsoft’s Interactive Entertainment Business in Greater Asia, responsible for marketing and category management for the Xbox business and category management for Surface, MS Band, PC accessories and Windows throughout Asia. 

Over the last few years the Xbox business across Asia has made significant strides forward from a brand point of view on the back of high-impact marketing campaigns and initiatives, many recognised through peers across the industry including awards through AdNews Agency of the Year, Asian Marketing Effectiveness & Strategy and MCV Pacific Awards across a number of categories.

Aside from driving high-impact marketing initiatives through his regional marketing team, Rennie was instrumental in Xbox becoming #1 in Asia in 2012, he led the introduction of Xbox as the first sanctioned games console in China, drove the marketing team that launched Microsoft Surface and Band products to the Asian market and was part of the leadership team that helped Kinect for Xbox 360 achieve a Guinness World Record for fastest sales. 

Prior to that, Rennie delivered consecutive years of double digit growth as Regional Director of Finance for Greater Asia. 

Earlier in his career, Rennie spent eight years in telecommunications in strategy, business development and marketing roles, and was part of a founding team responsible for a UK-based start-up venture that developed and built one of Europe’s largest fibre-optic networks.

Rennie lives in Sydney, Australia with his wife and three children. Rennie enjoys golf, music and is an avid fan of the English Premier League, NBA and AFL.

Phil Silverstone - General Manager, Eventbrite

Phil Silverstone is the General Manager of Eventbrite, the world's largest self-service ticketing platform. In his role Phil is responsible for the growth of the business in Australia and the region. Prior to Eventbrite, Phil had a successful global career in financial services, with over a decade in senior roles with GE, and prior experience in top tier investment banks.