Networkshop is a fantastic event that I’ve attended for many years.
Why Networkshop is such a great event
It’s designed entirely around you and provides an opportunity to meet, share ideas, and learn about exciting new industry developments in education technology. As an event it focuses on sector transformation, and how you can use technology to make a difference within your organisation both now and in the future.
On top of this suppliers bring exciting new products to explore, and expert speakers engage audiences and spark conversations with like-minded people.
The networking doesn’t stop at the end of the day either, there’s always something to do in the evenings. Everyone has a good time creating and building on existing working relationships and friendships with new delegates or those they’ve met at previous Networkshops.
In the past we’ve even had dinners on the Orient express and at Hendon air museum!
This year, our dinner speaker is Professor Brendan Walker, a technology-inspired performance artist described by The Times as "the world's only thrill engineer".
Personally I can’t wait to hear how he uses research and technology.
This year, I recommend you attend …
My first recommendation is the ‘professional development processes’ session.
Technical staff often get forgotten about in terms of professional development at universities and colleges. I think this talk will be a real eye-opener raising important challenges, such as how to help develop a network technical person into a manager. We ran a similar session last year and found many network managers said the session was really useful.
Another session high on my list is the ‘a day in the life of government cyber security’ presentation, with Ian Levy from CESG.
Cyber security is such a prolific subject at the moment, and will be popular at this year’s event. Security has always been an issue, but these days challenges in this area are different, and we need to stay in touch with technical advancements to make sure our universities and colleges stay secure.
How Networkshop can promote your professional development
Networkshop is not just about listening to inspiring and valuable talks. It’s truly a colleague-to-colleague event, so there’s another level of depth to the conference.
Not only will you develop contacts, skills and experience, but also a knowledge of how to look ahead and inform your decisions and recommendations in terms of technology in the future-especially at a time of budget pressures and organisational mergers.
My top tips to make the most of Networkshop44
If you’re new, I suggest going to the introduction to Networkshop44, where I will be giving a guideline about how the event is formatted.
Don't forget the exhibitors
It’s good to note that the exhibitors aren’t always pure sales and will bring exciting and tailored exhibitions with them, which is another good chance to network.
Share and explore sessions
The hour long discussion based share and explore sessions provide an opportunity to share your experiences and debate critical issues on a particular theme or topic, and are well worth attending.
Quick fire talks
Lightning talks are also a great chance to share ideas with peers. Developed during the conference, these are quick-fire delegate led talks give you the chance to respond to topics under discussion.
For those new to the event-don’t be afraid to ask questions. Previous attendees will be happy to share helpful hints and advice.
Book your place
Make sure not to miss out, book your ticket here.
You'll also be able to catch up with recordings of Networkshop sessions online from Wednesday 23 March.