CyNam(Cyber Cheltenham) is a platform of over 900 members made up of the best cyber technology minds from local SMEs and start-ups with the aim to support people, offer expertise, guidance, funding, and new business.
For the first time in their five-year history, they hostedCyNam20.2 virtually. DRPG delivered this virtual event as a broadcast, live from ourheadquartersinHartlebury, withCyNampresenting from the studio, joined by a host of remote presenters from around the UK.
Ensuring the same essential elements of theCyNamlive events were factored in, we included virtual networking sessions that were hosted or facilitated by event sponsors or key members of the cyber community. Delegates were able to opt in to attend these sessions before the event. Event sponsors were also awarded packages that gave them various opportunities around the virtual platform and event.
The event began withpanel discussiononinnovation, provided bySajHuq, Programme Director at LORCA with fellow panellists’ Dr Godfrey Gaston, Executive Director of CSIT and Co-Founder of Global Epic and Stephen Wray – Director and Cyber Lead at Deloitte UK.
Following the panel discussion, therewere further live talksthat included topics coveringdata and ethicswith further guest speakers from the cyber community,a Cyber Showcase panel featuring case studies fromthe latesttechstart-ups, and the jam-packed event concluded with a live Q&A panel,which covered ahostof hottopics including: trust by design, understanding and knowing your mission as cyber security company, and culture.
With 1,400 delegates registering for the event and an attendance of over 800 on the day, the virtual event was a resounding success. The audience was from much further afield than just Cheltenham with members joining not only from across the UK, but as far afield as Australia!
Madeline Howard, Director ofCyNamcommented “From the outsetCyNamwas excited and delighted to be working with DRPG. They enabled us to improve our internal event management and content delivery as well as helping us focus on how to best engage with our community during the event as we grew from a local to an international audience. We are looking forward to continuing to develop our events with the support of DRPG.”