Hosting a Successful Business Conference

Business conferences are often judged on the reaction of the audience and how they would interpret their experience. It’s difficult to say that a business conference was successful when very few people are still talking about it days afterwards.

For this reason, business conferences are often split into two different categories; one being those that aren’t talked about and the other being those that persuade the audience to look forward to the next one.

By following the tips provided below you will have no problem successfully organising and structuring your upcoming business conference so that it both reflects the ambition of your company and has your audience thoroughly interested in what you have to offer.

Take Advantage of Technology

Technology can be used for various aspects of your conference, from spicing up presentations to incorporating those who could not travel the long distance. Gone are the days where you had to travel many miles to meet people, so it would be naive to ignore such a beneficial form of technology.

You could use both video and audio technology to hear what people have to say and visually see their response to business ideas etc. It’s also a great way of cutting costs for your conference.

Face-to-Face Meetings

Online conferences are highly efficient and have worked wonders over the last few years as far as staying in touch is concerned but this cannot undermine the importance of meeting face-to-face and the impact this has on any business conference.

Everything from personal meetings to events plays a huge role in the success of your conference, so try and prioritise these kinds of meetings in future.

Utilise Help from Your Suppliers

Suppliers are the perfect sidekick when it comes to business conferences. They can use their expertise to assist you in enhancing the effectiveness of your conference.

You should ultimately find a way to discreetly integrate them into your conference as you don’t want sales pitches sending the audience to sleep. Having them play a role in your conference could be exactly what you need to reach that all important next level.

Come Up With a Budget that’s Reasonable

There are many different ways the budget of a conference can be interpreted by your audience. They may be put off by the idea of a conference that uses a small budget as this would indicate that you were either not fully committed or in financial trouble.

On the other hand, attendees might be eager to find out why your conference is so extravagant and why they aren’t benefitting from such a lucrative company. It’s important to find the halfway point here and take full advantage of a reasonable budget that gives you room to compromise.

Get Someone In As a Guest

A speaker should ideally be someone who isn’t associated with your company but will bring about more attention from potential attendees and your audience. Do your very best to come up with a celebrity speaker that would welcome the opportunity to assist you at your conference, although in most cases it will depend on your budget.

However, don’t just pick any random person to act as a guest as this won’t have the desired effect you’re looking for on the audience and will ultimately cost you money.

Choose an Appropriate Venue

The venue is a major part of the organisation process and will require plenty of research and planning. You need to think about numerous things such as the requirements of your attendees, disabled accessibility, parking options, nearby transport, hotels and more. You also need to choose somewhere that is going to appeal to those visiting and not somewhere that looks old or run down.

The vast majority of your budget should be focused on your venue, as a truly mesmerising location will really enhance the importance of your meeting. Make sure you talk to your chosen venue and discuss the technology available what they have to offer.

Activities Outside of the Conference

Conferences tend not to last as long as you’d expect them to, usually because people need to take breaks every now and then or need some time to recollect their thoughts.

The best way to encourage a light-hearted and enjoyable conference is to have other activities available for your attendees to enjoy outside of the conference room, such as a drinks bar, pool tables etc. You’ll need some downtime during the event, so you could do anything from a quick drinks break to a large-scale dinner.

So there you have it; seven essential tips for you to follow that will ultimately lead to a much more successful business conference. Remember to put the requirements of your attendees first at all times and plan your event around what you’d expect to see at a successful conference. The fundamental goal is to have people talking positively about your conference and eager to revisit at some stage in the future

Article provided by Mike James, an independent content writer working together with London-based FREE venue sourcing service Function Fixers, who were consulted over the information in this post.

The Hacker Group League Table – Who’s On Top?

Article provided by www.tmb.co.uk, an official Microsoft Partnership Network IT Firm based in the South East of England, specialising in providing support for companies without in-house facilities.

It’s hard not to come across some kind of hacking organisation or “hacker group” these days, with big celebrity names such as Kanye West being on the wrong end of their sly and censorious, yet guarded criticisms in recent weeks.

Hacker groups are well known for having the ability to criticise, call out and humiliate (as was seen on multiple occasions last year), although there are others who utilise their nerdy exploitation techniques for better and more productive purposes.

What we’re interested to find out is who sits atop the league table of worldwide hacker groups. Here’s a list of some of the most notorious, well-known organisations and where they stand in our self-proclaimed Hackers League Table…

Global kOS

kOS is pronounced “chaos” which is a good start and these guys have quite the reputation as well. They have some very well known members that include Shadow Hunter, AcidAngel and The Assassin, while they also have an impressive arsenal of homemade hacking tools.

The “Up Yours” tool was widely celebrated for managing to bring down numerous sites including those of politicians and the Ku Klux Klan.

TeaMp0isoN

A 16 year-old hacker started this group wtith the alias TriCk and subsequently brought together a group that managed to hack Facebook, the EDL and even NATO. Tony Blair was victim of an email account hack that lead to personal data being stolen.

In addition, the BlackBerry developers, Research In Motion, were given a blog makeover after pledging allegiance to the police during the London riots. Their CV is particularly impressive considering they were started not too long ago by a teenager in his bedroom.

Masters of Deception

The name leaves little for the imagination but that might be because it was founded over 15 years ago. They were bitter rivals to the Legion of Doom, a coexisting hacker group based in Texas.

Despite being one of the first to establish themselves in popular media, they spent the vast majority of their time warring with their enemies. It ended on a sour note as racial and class discrimination became common features of both sides’ armoury.

LulzSec

LulzSec has its own motto which is “Laughing at your security since 2011”. It’s responsible for attacks on X-Factor, Fox and Sony as well as both the FBI and the CIA. The X-Factor database was particularly well known after it was revealed that thousands of contestants had their contact information stolen.

After causing billions of dollars worth of damage, they were caught and arrested by the FBI. Shortly afterwards however, the group remerged after hacking a military dating website. Talk about starting from square one…

globalHell

A street-gang member from Texas named Patrick Gregory started globalHell to carry out devastation on various data websites, causing millions of dollars worth of damage.

What Gregory had created was a virtual gang that caused destruction wherever they went, despite turning to computers to get away from his street-gang lifestyle in the real world. Their most notable appearance was on the US Army’s website, which temporarily stated “global hell will not die” on the home page.

Milw0rm

Formed in the late 90’s, Milw0rm had one primary target, which was the Bhabha Atomic Researched Center in India. Their first objective was to steal around 5MB worth of data, before deleting all sorts of data related to nuclear testing off of two different servers. The Atomic Research website was riddled with messages related to anti-nuclear protests.

Hundreds of other websites fell victim to Milw0rm who continued to use them as vessels for their anti-nuclear propaganda. Some of these sites included Wimbledon, the FIFA World Cup, the Saudi Royal Family and even Drew Barrymore.

Anonymous

By far the most famous hacker group known to the online community and one that continues to make the headlines even today, Anonymous have threatened the likes of Facebook, the drug cartel Los Zetas and the Pentagon.

They have previously been quoted as saying they had “declared war” on Scientology. They were most recently in the news for threatening Kanye West, openly criticising his musical talent and achievements.

So there you have it, seven powerful groups of hacking experts that have either posed or continue to pose a major threat to the security of businesses and organisations of all sizes. Some have been known for their protesting and threatened violence, while others have a reputation more associated with admirable targets.

So how do they rank? Here’s our very own league table based on various aspects associated with what makes a hacker group, such as notoriety, reputation and hacking capabilities.

  1. Anonymous
  2. Milw0rm
  3. Masters of Deception
  4. LulzSec
  5. TeaMp0isoN
  6. Global kOS
  7. globalHell