Cyber Fraud, Data Breach and Data Security – Event Review

By | Business

This morning McKean Park Lawyers hosted a seminar titled Cyber Fraud, Data Breach and Data Security: What can go wrong, will go wrong. The presentation revolved around the Cyber Fraud aspect, covering the common ways that an email becomes compromised. Including how the perpetrator gathers information on how the victim speaks and operates and the way they leverage this information.

 

Unlike some of the previous Cyber related events I have been to before, there was less focus on the ramifications of an incident. Instead this seminar focused on some of the ways these crimes are performed. From simple things like using forwarding rules to access emails through to how passwords are broken down.

 

The attendees came from a variety of industries, including Insurance Brokering, Real Estate and Legal Practices.

 

The space was a re-purposed board room it seemed, affording significant space to mingle before and after the seminar, while still allowing enough room to be comfortable when seated. The food provided by McKean Park was very tasty, with a wide selection of savoury pastries and rolls, my personal favourite was the breakfast pie.

 

Overall the event was a good insight into how cyber-criminals leverage the systems in place to capitalise on breaches in Cyber Security.

 

Things to Note

  • Location: McKean Park Lawyers, Level 11, 575 Bourke Street, Melbourne
  • Highlight: Great insights into how cyber-crime works
  • Cost: Free
  • Hot Tip: Be sure to try the breakfast pies

Ratings:

  • Venue:  3/5
  • Catering: 4/5
  • Speakers: 4/5
  • Networking Opportunity: 3/5

Total: 14/20

Start Up Grind Hosts Didier Elzinga – Event Review

By | Business

This evening Start Up Grind hosted Didier Elzinga, Founder of Culture Amp. Culture Amp is an employee feedback platform that replaces the universally hated annual review meetings. The attendees predominantly operated their own Start Up businesses, coming from a range of industries, including pharmaceuticals, media and travel.

 

The major attraction of the event for many of the attendees, was the chance to learn about Culture Amp and Didier’s approach to start ups. Didier began his career working with Rising Sun Pictures, a filmography company specialising in CGI.

 

Culture Amp aims to improve the culture within businesses medium or larger. Often working with major businesses internationally. The Culture Amp provides a platform for larger companies to maintain an ongoing conversation with their employees. Focusing on performance, interactions amongst staff and identifying problems that have arisen in an efficient manner.

 

The audience were also given the chance to ask questions. Many of the questions related to the Start Up process, including how to gain funding and challenges that they may face. The standout question for me was related to the biggest challenge that Didier achieved during his time with Rising Sun Pictures. It was incredible to hear how Didier approached the issue of potentially having to cut staff numbers drastically during the fallout from 9/11. Didier made sure the conversation included his staff, as they were affected the most by the issue.

 

All in all the event provided an insight into the Start Up space and the importance of Culture within businesses of every level. While the attendance of this event was lower than other events hosted by Start Up Grind, I found the event was a great chance to speak to a number of people starting their own businesses.

 

Things to Note

  • Location: Zendesk, 67 Queen Street, Melbourne
  • Highlight: Interesting conversation with a number of different Start-ups
  • Cost: 
  • Hot Tip: Be sure to have the LinkedIn app

Ratings:

  • Venue:  3/5
  • Catering: 2/5
  • Speakers: 4/5
  • Networking Opportunity: 3.5/5

Total: 12.5/20

DWM Solutions: Optimising Your Business Through Technology and Culture – Event Review

By | Business

This evening DWM Solutions held an event titled Optimising Your Business Through Technology and Culture. Held at The Larwill Studio the event was aimed at arming attendees with the right knowledge when it comes to IT Systems and Security, alongside how to adapt Business Culture to help foster a productive environment.

 

The attendees were from a variety of industries, from education through to hospitality. The majority of the attendees were either from DWM or had a connection with DWM.

 

DWM Solutions provided a hands on look at how efficient systems and a positive work environment can foster productivity and business success. DWM also sought to educate the attendees about Cyber Security and prevention of catastrophic data loss. Sophos, an international Cyber Security firm, specialising in Threat Detection and Prevention presented on cyber-crime. The presenter from Sophos was very informative, providing a variety of facts and anecdotes on how a data breach can occur and how common they are.

 

A presentation was also delivered by Datto, who specialise in the prevention of catastrophic data loss. Datto operate on an isolated data back-up system. Their systems run independently of a businesses systems, so that if an attack or disaster occurs a back-up can be available almost instantaneously. To demonstrate their product the Datto presenters backed up the laptop that was running the presentation for the evening. Don’t worry it was a used laptop! Then they proceeded to have an audience member demolish the laptop with a hammer. Once destroyed Datto demonstrated the steps it takes to recover and run, via a virtual desktop, the backup.

 

All in all the presentation had a certain Shock-and-Awe factor to it, alarming the audience with how prevalent Cyber-attacks like Ransom-ware are. Combined with the physical demonstration from Datto, the presentation was fascinating.

 

The catering by The Larwill Studio was also top notch, offering a variety of finger food and beverages to satisfy any taste. The space was interesting in its own right, with a selection of artwork by a number of different artists.

 

Overall the event was good, an insightful presentation on various methods of securing your information and mitigating the effects of data loss. I would attend more events held by DWM.

 

Things to Note

  • Location: The Larwill Studio, 48 Flemington Road, Parkville
  • Highlight: Smashing a laptop as part of the presentation
  • Cost: Free
  • Hot Tip: Don’t overreact to Cyber Threats

Ratings:

  • Venue:  4/5
  • Catering: 4/5
  • Speakers: 4/5
  • Networking Opportunity: 3/5

Total: 15/20

Meet the Member Event Review

By | Business

This evening the Australian British Chamber of Commerce (ABCC) and the Netherlands Chamber of Commerce Australia (NCCA) combined forces to hold Meet the Member. Held at the newly opened Spaces Co-working offices in the Rialto Tower, the event encouraged networking between the Chambers. Select members of each chamber also had the opportunity to present a sixty second pitch. The members who were given the chance to pitch came from a number of industries, from tax advisory and IT to photography and furniture wholesales.

 

While the attendees came from a diverse range of businesses, there was a significant presence from larger firms. I was also able to talk with a number of smaller businesses, based both locally and internationally. All of the attendees I spoke with had ties to either the UK or the Netherlands in regards to business. The one thing I found quite odd was a number of people did not have business cards, some forgot them and others simply do not have a business card.

 

The new Spaces offices felt a lot like a library or study space from a University or Highschool. The space reminded me of my days spent studying for exams with my peers. However, the space was fantastic for a networking event. Being large enough to allow attendees to move from one conversation to another, without being so large that the space felt empty. The catering offered by ABCC, NCCA and Spaces was wonderful, catering to every preference and need. My personal favourite were the miniature burgers!

 

All in all the ABCC and NCCA held a great event with a wide range of fascinating conversations to be had. I would definitely attend more events from the ABCC and NCCA.

 

Things to Note

  • Location: Spaces, Ground Floor, Rialto Tower, 525 Collins Street, Melbourne
  • Highlight: A diverse group of attendees from both the UK and the Netherlands
  • Cost: $40
  • Hot Tip: Take some blank business cards

Ratings:

  • Venue:  4/5
  • Catering: 4/5
  • Speakers: 3.5/5
  • Networking Opportunity: 3.5/5

Total: 15/20

VTIC September Mixer

By | Business

I have said this before and I will undoubtedly say it again, another month, another wonderful Victorian Tourism Industry Council Mixer! Held once again at the DoubleTree by Hilton in the heart of Melbourne’s CBD. This month’s mixer gathered tourism and hospitality businesses from far and wide.

 

The attendees for the VTIC mixers are always a varied and fascinating bunch, ranging from tour operators through to destinations. There is never any shortage of engaging conversation to be had. Alongside many familiar faces, there were new people to connect with. I spoke with many people from both destinations and tours, as well as industries supplementing the Tourism Industry.

 

The VTIC and DoubleTree staff put on a wonderful spread, with catering options to cater to every need. As with previous months the VTIC team organised another ice breaker to encourage people to have more conversations. This month the theme was locations and destinations. On each name tag a place or area was printed, the idea being that you tried to find the matching half. For instance, I had Dal Zotto Wines and I had to locate the King Valley. This gave people a great way to break into conversations.

 

As always I had a wonderful time with the VTIC Mixer. The catering was fantastic, the people were more than happy to share what they do and the space was a great highlight of what Victoria has to offer. I am definitely excited to attend more VTIC Mixers in the coming months.

 

  Things to Note

  • Location: DoubleTree by Hilton, 270 Flinders Street, Melbourne 3000
  • Highlight: The continued enthusiasm of the VTIC staff
  • Cost: Free
  • Hot Tip: A great way to discover the best of Victoria’s tourism offerings

Ratings:

  • Venue:  4.5/5
  • Catering: 5/5
  • Speaker: N/A
  • Networking Opportunity: 5/5

Total: 14.5/15

#LinkedInLocal Event Review

By | Business

This evening #LinkedInLocal held a panel discussion on How to Attract Your Audience Through Storytelling. Held at the Launchpad Hub in Richmond, the event was open to professionals looking to make connections within their community.

 

There was a wide variety of people present at the event, ranging from news reporters and social media influencers through to hospitality and events specialists. The panel consisted of a news reporter, a Social Media Influencer and a business coach.

 

The panel discussions were very interesting, covering the how to develop a story, keep your audience engaged and what drives a good story. The panelists were engaging and provided a number of good points. One of the stand-out points that was made is it is better to focus on Noah rather than the Ark. Making your story about people, rather than the facts, allows the audience to relate to the story, by imagining themselves in the shoes of the protagonist.

 

Once the panel discussions were concluded the attendees were encouraged to break into small groups to discuss creating their own story. The group based discussions were interesting, allowing attendees to share their experiences of sharing their story and learn from others who have shared their story successfully. Attendees were encouraged to record short videos of their story, while this was a good way to get people involved I found that some people were not as comfortable sharing their story on camera.

 

Overall the event was enjoyable, encouraging people to participate through the exercise after the panel was different. The attendees were incredibly varied and worth taking the time to talk to. I would attend events with #LinkedInLocal again.

 

Things to Note

  • Location: LaunchPad Hub, 10 Kingston Street, Richmond
  • Highlight: Friendly group of attendees
  • Cost: $30
  • Hot Tip: Get there early and make the most of the networking

Ratings:

  • Venue:  4/5
  • Catering: 3.5/5
  • Speakers: 4.5/5
  • Networking Opportunity: 4/5

Total: 16/20

Effective Business Networking Event Review

By | Business

This evening Small Business Victoria presented a workshop as part of the Small Business Festival. The workshop was titled, Effective Business Networking – Tips to Connect with Ease. Aimed at small business owners who have had little experience with networking, the workshop covered the why’s, how’s and what’s of networking.

 

While the information was relatively rudimentary, focusing on those who are more inexperienced with networking, the presentation was engaging. Throughout the workshop there was plenty of audience participation.

 

One aspect of the workshop that I found interesting was the opportunity for attendees to refine their pitch. I found this section of the event was a great chance to help others refine their pitch. I spoke with a number of attendees that had only just started their businesses and attended the event to gain some tips for networking. All of the people I spoke with appreciated an external viewpoint on their pitch.

 

The attendees for this event were all operating within small businesses, often their own, from a range of industries. There were a number of industrial design businesses, a travel agent and a couple of creative agencies present at the event.

 

All in all I found the event interesting despite being targeted towards those with less networking experience. I would attend events put on by Small Business Victoria again in the future.

 

Things to Note

  • Location: Richmond Town Hall, 333 Bridge Road, Richmond
  • Highlight: High levels of audience engagement
  • Cost: $33
  • Hot Tip: Be sure to participate

Ratings:

  • Venue:  2.5/5
  • Catering: N/A
  • Speakers: 4.5/5
  • Networking Opportunity: 3/5

Total: 10/15

Get Connected – Melbourne Business Network Event Review

By | Business

This evening the Melbourne Business Network presented Get Connected, an event focused on improving networking skills of the attendees.

 

This event was held at the Blue Rock offices. The initial space was vastly different to any of the networking locations I had been in before. Styled after The Faraway Tree and other children stories, the location had a number of small nods to the stories I read as a kid. While it was a decidedly different space it was also a little distracting, with so many different items drawing your eye it took some concentration to really focus on the networking conversations.

 

Once the main portion of the event got underway we were shown to a conference room. The event was hosted by Bev Friend, President of Melbourne Business Network. Bev was an engaging presenter, constantly interacting with the audience and utilized her own experience to provide context and relevance.

 

Bev also covered how to interact productively with a number of different personality styles, covering the DISC personality breakdown. The presentation also provided tips on how to best do business with the different personality types. DISC consists of four major personalities, Dominant, Influential, Steady and Compliant.

 

The Dominant subset are the do-ers, they  get the job done efficiently and on time. Influential are the leaders, they motivate others to achieve. The Steady subset are the team player, loyal and patient. Compliant are the group who dot the i’s and cross the t’s, this group are analytical and thorough.

 

The majority of the attendees came from professional services firms, ranging from financial services through to strategic planning.

 

Overall the event was fantastic, providing many helpful tips for networking more effectively. As with the previous Melbourne Business Network event I went to earlier in the month, this evenings event was worth going to.

 

Things to Note

  • Location: Blue Rock, 414 La Trobe Street, Melbourne
  • Highlight: Entertaining presentation with many useful tips for networking
  • Cost: $33
  • Hot Tip: Be sure to listen closely

Ratings:

  • Venue:  4/5
  • Catering: N/A
  • Speakers: 4.5/5
  • Networking Opportunity: 4/5

Total: 12.5/15

VCCI Speed Networking Event Review

By | Business

Tonight the Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI) held another of their Fast Forward – Speed Networking events. This time the event was held at Pitcher Partners new offices on Collins Street, with a stunning view and an expansive space, it was a great location for the event.

 

As with the previous Speed Networking events, asides from the event last week, each conversation lasted for two minutes. This was enough time to provide an introduction to your business and learn more about the other person’s business.

 

Speaking more or less constantly for around an hour in a loud room is always an interesting challenge. Some people were fairly difficult to hear as they were softly spoken, but the majority of attendees made sure they were easily understood.

 

The attendees of the event ranged from Lawyers with varying size law firms, through to hospitality specialists and everyone in between.  Speed Networking always represents a fantastic way to meet a large number of contact fairly efficiently, while still having a meaningful conversation with them. I also spoke with a few people I had met before. Both during the Speed Networking portion of the event and the networking opportunities at both ends of the event.

 

The catering presented by Pitcher Partners and VCCI was fantastic, including a wonderful slow cooked lamb and polenta canape! None of the canapes disappointed, all offering something different and equally tasty.

 

I thoroughly enjoyed this month’s Speed Networking event and will definitely attend the next event in November.

 

 

Things to Note

  • Location: Pitcher Partners, 664 Collins Street, Melbourne
  • Highlight: Fantastic way to meet a large number of contacts
  • Cost: 
  • Hot Tip: Make sure to bring plenty of business cards

Ratings:

  • Venue:  4/5
  • Catering: 4/5
  • Speakers: N/A
  • Networking Opportunity: 4.5/5

Total: 12.5/15

Authentic Education Speed Networking – Event Review

By | Business

This evening Authentic Education held a Speed Networking event. This event was slower to the previous Speed Networking events I have attended. Rather than having two minutes to discuss both person’s business and exchange business cards, this event allowed two minutes per person with an additional minute at the end to exchange business cards. While this could be beneficial for people who are less experienced with networking, many people who I spoke with agreed that it was too much time.

 

Despite the extended time the evening was a success. I spoke with a number of people setting up operations within Australia for international companies, ranging from IT service companies through to food technology firms. I also spoke with individuals either starting their own business or working in a local company. The extended time per person also allowed for a more in-depth conversation about how we can help with their businesses.

 

The host gave out a door prize with a bit of a different twist, he got the people drawn out to give a pitch to the room. I was one of the people drawn and was more than willing to give a pitch.  The host also provided tips and feedback on each pitch. Given the clarity of our pitch the majority of the room understood what it is that Business Growth Partners does and how we can help small and medium businesses.

 

I thoroughly enjoy Speed Networking events, while this one was at a slower pace, I would certainly attend Speed Networking events by Authentic Education in the future.

 

Things to Note

  • Location: Curate Gallery, 306 Collins Street, Melbourne
  • Highlight: Opportunity to meet a variety of people
  • Cost: Free
  • Hot Tip: As always, bring a lot of business cards

Ratings:

  • Venue:  3/5
  • Catering: N/A
  • Speakers: 3/5
  • Networking Opportunity: 4.5/5

Total: 10.5/15