|08/10/2009 - Advantage West Midlands urges businesses to take advantage of region’s biggest technology conference|
Advantage West Midlands (AWM) is encouraging local businesses to take up their complimentary place at the annual ICT Conference in November. The successful event, now in its sixth year, will focus on “Competing in the New World”. Attendees can expect to learn about the latest technologies, gain expert advice on subjects ranging from information security to making the right technology investments, receive advice on funding and support and gain access to technology partners, business innovators and thought leaders.
The combined conference and exhibition is being held on 10th November at the National Motorcycle Museum in Solihull. Keynote presentations include Vicky Reeves, Managing Director of Chameleon Net on ‘Innovating Your way to success’ and Anne Glover, co-founder and Chief Executive of Amadeus Capital Partners on ‘Right Investment, Right Time, Right Now’. Last year the event attracted over 420 professionals from within and beyond the West Midlands region.
The event is organised by the West Midlands ICT Cluster and is sponsored by Vodafone, Advantage West Midlands, the Technology Strategy Board, Business Link West Midlands, IBM, Redstone and e-Innovation Centre. The conference seeks to inspire regional ICT companies and organisations to innovate, gain best practice industry expertise and provides excellent networking opportunities. Other organisations participating include last year’s ICT Excellence Awards Overall Champion Rapide Communication, iCentrum, The National B2B Centre, Digital Laboratory and media sponsors Birmingham Post and Daily Telegraph.
This year the host will be award-winning broadcaster Stuart Linnell MBE. The conference programme will incorporate practical workshops on four key themes: Business, Technology, EU funding and Public Sector. Subjects covered include Mobile Technologies, Cloud Services, Internet of the Future and Financing Innovation.
The ICT Excellence Awards ceremony, with categories ranging from Best Innovative Product to Most Improved Business and the Technology Strategy Board’s Special Award – High Growth Potential Business, will take place in the evening after the conference.
Mike Musson, ICT Cluster Manager said: “This year’s event should not be missed by any technology companies wanting to compete successfully in the future. The combination of inspirational speakers, technical specialists and business experts makes this a fantastic opportunity to learn about new technologies, gain hands-on experience and seek practical business advice. Furthermore, feedback from our 2008 highlighted that the ability to network was seen as a powerful reason to attend.”