Last month, Cloud & 5G LIVE — the inaugural virtual iteration of the event — was broadcast to hundreds of audience members worldwide.
On 11 and 12 October, more than 500 tuned in to listen to engaging firesides, keynotes and panels featuring leading experts in telco, cloud, 5G, AI and sustainability.
Cloud & 5G LIVE highlighted ‘exciting and pivotal’ change happening industry-wide
Broadcast live from BizClik HQ in London, stage host Neil Perry, Head of Multimedia and Editor in Chief of Procurement Magazine, reflects on the bumper two days, and emphasises the sheer volume of collective expertise of the Cloud & 5G LIVE speakers, including the likes of Tobias Kederer, EMEA Practice Leader – AM3 & Sustainability, AWS Professional Services at AWS, Mark Bunn, Senior Vice President, SaaS Business Operations at Nokia, Susanna Kass, Co-Founder of InfraPrime, Melanie Benham, Solution Engineering Director Cloud Systems West Europe at Oracle and Manish Mangal, Global Business Head, 5G & Network Services at Tech Mahindra.
“It was astounding to see the sheer level of experience and insight we had on the Cloud & 5G LIVE stage over the two days,” he shares. “It is such an exciting and pivotal time in the industry currently, and the discussions reflected that from start to finish.
“Key themes that regularly surfaced were the importance of professionals in the cloud and 5G industry being able to translate the value and benefits of the technology across all parts of the business ecosystem to maximise the value of the technology to a wider company strategy.”
Perry underscores how the wide scope of cloud and 5G and its impact on other industries was also highlighted across the two days of the event.
He continues: “Another key theme was simply lifting the lid on the huge range of potential uses for cloud and 5G technology, and how all sectors can learn from each other in finding successful use cases. We have had some wonderful feedback from our audience, and want to thank everyone who contributed to such a successful industry event.”
And the glowing feedback has not just come from those tuning in.
‘A breathtaking experience’
Paul Graham, Technical Consulting Manager at Oracle Consulting — the parent company of which was Cloud & 5G LIVE’s main sponsor — hailed the virtual two-day conference as “interesting and entertaining”, highlighting how the convenience of it being live streamed allowed both for the flexibility and engagement of people watching wherever they are in the world. On day one of the event, Graham hosted the keynote 5G Private Networks, he stressed how there is “no innovation without connectivity”.
Whereas Susanna Kass, Co-Founder of InfraPrime and Energy Fellow at Stanford University — who hosted Future of Data Centers Innovation and Impact: Sustainability and AI and was a guest host of Cloud and Clean Energy Tech Innovation and Sustainability Impact for the Future of Data Centre with Microsoft’s Brian Marrs, chose to applaud the sheer magnitude of expertise that continued to grace Cloud & 5G LIVE’s virtual stage as sessions came and went. “Cloud & 5G LIVE is a breathtaking experience, with a richness of content by premier hyperscaler speakers and industry leaders, each sharing remarkable insights,” she admires.
Ceren Clulow, Programme Director of Connecting Cambridgeshire at Cambridgeshire County Council, called Cloud & 5G LIVE “the best virtual event I have ever seen and been part of,” passing her heartfelt thanks on to organisers, attendees and speakers alike for facilitating in-depth conversations and providing a platform for intense knowledge sharing. Her keynote, 5G and the Transformative Role of Local Bodies, brought a different perspective to Cloud & 5G LIVE to how local authorities play a key role in facilitating the deployment of digital infrastructure and therefore enable digital transformation.
Highlights from Cloud & 5G LIVE 2023
Rounding off Cloud & 5G LIVE 2023, BizClik Marketing & Partnership Manager Alice Page, who leads marketing for Mobile and Data Centre Magazines, encompassed not only how much innovation was showcased across the two days, but how we are only just starting to see its lasting effects.
“It has been an absolute pleasure launching Cloud & 5G LIVE, our first stand alone event for Mobile Magazine, and to proudly incorporate it into the esteemed collection of BizClik LIVE events. Every speaker session was insightful and provided so much advice and guidance for the industry. I'm thrilled about the lasting impact our event has had over the course of two days and look forward to extending the wealth of knowledge of our expert speakers far and wide in the coming months. The goal for our LIVE events, and brands as a whole, is to foster collaboration, amplify the collective voice, facilitate knowledge sharing, and propel businesses to new heights - and I believe that is exactly what we achieved at Cloud & 5G LIVE.”