West Midlands ICT Cluster Conference

The West Midlands ICT Cluster Conference takes place next Thursday 22nd November at the National Motorcycle Museum in Birmingham. Attendance is cost-free and there are still places available. I’ll be attending from the 8am Breakfast Networking session onwards, so if you’re going along – let me know so we can meet-up and have a chat!

For more information and to register do visit www.ncc.co.uk/wmict

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The West Midlands ICT Conference, one of our region’s most important ICT events, takes place at the National Motorcycle Museum, Solihull, on Thursday 22 November 2007. This is your opportunity to share in what has happened, be part of what is happening and influence the future direction in one of the West Midland’s fastest growing industry sectors.
Our region already hosts cutting-edge software developers, forward-thinking investors, people who are already building a stronger regional IT industry. The ICT Cluster’s mission is to harness this expertise to bring economic advantage to businesses and individuals throughout the West Midlands. This conference and your contribution, will determine our agenda moving forward – book now and make your voice heard.
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Inspiration
This year’s keynote speaker, Scott Dodds, General Manager, Small Business Division, Microsoft, will share his vision for the ICT market place in the region’s ICT business and government environment. Following the previous success of the Parkinson style format, Scott will be interviewed by Stuart Linnell, the Conference Host. Delegates are invited to submit their questions to the organisers prior to the day of the conference.

Industry Expertise
Learn from two of the IT industry’s leading experts on effective ways to make your business grow. Peter Richards, formerly of BT and now with SAS and Steve Connell, a leading sales and marketing specialist, offer practical advice on winning strategies for ICT businesses.
Miles Garner of RDM, the ICT Excellence Awards overall champion for 2006 and Kevin Corti of PIXELearning provide incisive insights on how they have developed their businesses exploiting ICT and business innovation.
Learn from the workshops hosted by the experts which include John Blake (Head of Hosted IP Technology, BT Global Services), Judy Groves (VP Marketing, SCC), Jon Carpenter (Systems Engineer, McAfee) and James Akrigg (Partner Technology Solutions Lead, Microsoft).

Innovation
Future Directions in ICT – The Business Opportunities. Your opportunity to learn from and to question the panel of experts on the Future Direction of ICT and predicted business opportunities.

Internet Café
To help the busy executive to keep in touch with their office UKita have sponsored a free internet facility which will be available from 8am to 8pm.

The West Midlands ICT Excellence Awards
The ICT Excellence Awards are being held as a separate event this year commencing shortly after the Conference closes. Beginning with a Drinks and Canapé reception the Awards celebrate the achievements of the region’s most successful ICT businesses. In addition to the ICT Excellence Awards, Accredit UK are launching the new ‘supplier standard’ accreditations by presenting certificates to the first successful businesses.

How to Register
Do not miss the chance to be involved in shaping the future of the ICT industry in the West Midlands. Register to attend this conference NOW. Spaces are limited to ensure all delegates have an opportunity to participate fully. Places are complimentary, however due to the heavy demand for places a charge of £49 + VAT will be applied for non attendance if not cancelled 48 hours prior to the conference.
To book your place visit www.ncc.co.uk/wmict or email kylie.smith@ncc.co.uk

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Programme (Subject to change)

08.00

Networking Breakfast and Exhibition
Sponsored by BT

08.30

Registration

09.00

Welcome & Introduction
Stuart Linnell, MBE
Award-winning broadcaster Stuart Linnell MBE has more than 35 years experience in radio and television, working for the BBC, ITV, Sky Sports, Setanta TV and for commercial radio stations in the UK and Ireland.

09.05

Cluster Strategy – Beyond the Successes
ICT Cluster Opportunity Group Chair, Richard Leary MBE

09.30

Keynote Presentation – An Interview with Scott Dodds
Scott Dodds, General Manager, Small Business Division, Microsoft
Scott Dodds was appointed General Manager of Microsoft’s SME & Partner Group on 1 January 2007. The SME and Partner group strives to improve the way that Microsoft and its partners engage with small and medium businesses to drive technology adoption. This involves the delivery of first-class sales, marketing and services programmes, partner education and other support schemes to ensure the best possible customer experience.

10.10

Business Innovation – Exploiting ICT
1st Case Study for Success – Miles Garner of RDM
2nd Case Study for Success – Kevin Corti of PIXELearning

11.00

Break and Exhibition

11.20

Effective Ways of Making your Business Grow
John Sealey, Your Marketing Matters Ltd

Mark Abrams, Previous of Myratech.net plc

12.20

Future Directions in ICT – The Business Opportunities
Panel Session: The future direction of technology and predicted business opportunities.
Panel will include:
Michael Gough, CEO, National Computing Centre
John Blake, Head of Hosted IP Technology, BT Global Services
James Akrigg, Partner Technology Solutions Lead, Microsoft
John Allen, Independent Technical Consultant formerly of SCC

13.00

Lunch & Exhibition
Sponsored by West Midlands Mobile & Wireless

14.00

Workshop 1
New Defences against Increasing Attacks
Jon Carpenter, Systems Engineer, McAfee
Workshop 2
The future of Software for Small Businesses
James Senior and Matt McSpirit, Microsoft Partner Technology Specialists
Workshop 3
Operational Efficiency IP – Becoming unified communications ready
John Blake, Head of Hosted IP Technology, BT Global Services
Workshop 4
How to turn Green IT into Gold
Judy Groves, VP Marketing, SCC

14.50

Move to next session

15.00

Workshop 5
New Defences against Increasing Attacks
Jon Carpenter, Systems Engineer, McAfee
Workshop 6
The future of Software for Small Businesses
James Senior and Matt McSpirit, Microsoft Partner Technology Specialists
Workshop 7
Operational Efficiency IP – Becoming unified communications ready
John Blake, Head of Hosted IP Technology, BT Global Services
Workshop 8
How to turn Green IT into Gold
Judy Groves, VP Marketing, SCC

15.55

Plenary Questions & Prize Draw
Stuart Linnell MBE, Conference Host

16.15

Close of Conference

ICT Excellence Awards

17.00

ICT Excellence Awards Drinks & Canapé Reception
Sponsored by Accredit UK

17.45

ICT Excellence Awards
Hosted by Stuart Linnell MBE with Awards presented by Scott Dodds, Microsoft

ICT Excellence in Innovation (Product) Award

Sponsored by University of Warwick Science Park
ICT Excellence in Innovation (Service) Award
Sponsored by QinetiQ

ICT Excellence Best Public Sector Project for ICT SMEs

ICT Excellence in Skills Award
ICT Excellence in Creative Partnership Award
ICT Excellence Honorary Award for Best Corporate/SME Partnership
ICT Excellence Regional Champion Award
Presentation of the first Accredit UK Certifications

19.30

Awards Finish"

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2 Responses to “West Midlands ICT Cluster Conference”


  1. 1 Matt November 16, 2007 at 2:11 pm

    I\’ll be sitting at the house, stuffing myself with Turkey and watching the ball game (american football to you…) That\’s THANKS GIVING

  2. 2 Richard November 16, 2007 at 2:15 pm

    You Colonials – always work-shy whilst us Kings Men are working hard!
     
    Have a good Thanks Giving buddy. 🙂


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