Following the success of last year’s Norfolk Developers Conference (Nor(DEV):con), which attracted an unprecedented 400+ speakers, delegates and sponsors on the Friday alone, Nor(DEV):con 2017 promises to continue the record breaking trend. Run by Norwich-based community group for software enthusiasts Norfolk Developers, the Winter conference is in it’s fifth year and will bring together delegates and companies from across the whole professional spectrum.
The conference is a meeting of minds for business and technology professionals, academics and hobbyists, who’ll come together to explore the fundamental role technology plays in developing the East of England’s economy. Nor(DEV):con will take place from Thursday 23rd to Saturday 25th of February 2017 at the King’s Centre on King Street in Norwich.
Back by popular demand, the conference will feature the dedicated business presentation stream to highlight how essential technology is for the wider business economy. The 2017 agenda is peppered with business-centric sessions (indicated by blue vertical lines). This year Thursday 23rd February will also feature a school’s day bringing together up to 80 students from schools across the Norfolk to design solutions to 21st Century Internet of things problems, guided by Paul Foster, local evangelist at software giants Microsoft.
Paul Grenyer, Nor(DEV):con organiser, said, “We were astounded by the pure number of people through the doors on the main conference day in 2106. All of our business sessions were packed, showing that the conference is fulfilling a great need locally. Norfolk continues to be tipped as one to watch in the UK’s technology sector and is already considered a centre of technical excellence. Today technology is so ingrained and intertwined with the local economy that one cannot exist without the other and Nor(DEV):con is a celebration of this.”
The content-rich conference will feature keynote speeches, workshops and talks from industry influencers, including:
• Nigel Cushion, founder and Chairman of Nelson Spirit, a social impact business supporting and developing leaders, will present ‘Leadership and technology – past, present and future’, Why leadership and technology go together. Why Norfolk has led in past, is leading now, and will continue to lead in the future. How technology is making “management” obsolete but leaders are needed as they always have been. How do we support and encourage leaders to help Norfolk stay at the front of the curve.
• Dr. David Bozward a serial technology entrepreneur, educator, mentor and authority on international youth entrepreneurship and education with over 20 years entrepreneurial business experience, will present ‘What does an investor want from a startup?’ It’s so easy, just three things, a product, a willing market and a team to make it happen. So in this session we will be looking at the good, bad and ugly of presenting this to investors and what is a good product, market or team? In this interactive session we all explore what is needed to get an investor’s interest.
• Mark Curtis and Chris Greeves of Larkin and Gowen accountants will be presenting a session and workshop on ‘Mission Impossible? Maximise your profit and create more time for yourself!’ Would you like to unlock the secrets behind making more profit with minimum efforts and at the same time creating more time to do the things you really want to? If so then this is the session for you. It will be followed by a workshop which will enable you to leave the day with some clear ideas and actions to implement into your business and also how you can work with your clients to help achieve the same.
The University of East Anglia will be Nor(DEV):con’s Elite Sponsors. Gerard Parr, Head of School of Computing Sciences & Chair in Telecommunications Engineering said, “ By supporting Nor(DEV):con 2107, there is exposure for students to the opportunities that exist in the digital sector in the East of England, as well as that engagement with SME’s and industry in general. “
“One path is looking at engagement opportunities linking into business opportunities for our graduates who maybe want to set up their own business. That link goes both ways, creating opportunities for small companies who are looking to match their particular needs with graduates coming off our portfolio of courses here within the School of Computing Sciences. These graduates are looking to launch their careers and we want to help create opportunities for them while they are still students. We’re achieving this by sponsoring the conference this year”
The conference features a programme packed with interactive sessions demonstrating the latest and greatest advances in technology and will give businesses a real insight into how they can use technology to add value to their own business. The popular conference dinner and evening wine reception gives delegates the chance to network as well as a thought provoking Q&A sessions with the speakers.
For more information, sponsorship opportunities or to book tickets, visit www.nordevcon.com
The full conference agenda can be found here: http://www.nordevcon.com/agenda-2017/