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Students from over 120 countries choose to study at Aston University – a safe and friendly campus enjoyed by a global, multicultural community. Birmingham is one of the UK’s most diverse cities and home to an unrivalled cultural heritage, top sporting events, music, performing arts and outstanding world cuisine.

Their commitment to research, enterprise and inspiring teaching delivers local and global impact

A new Government league table, The Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF), considered to be a game changer for UK universities due to its unprecedented emphasis on teaching quality and student satisfaction, has given Aston University a Gold award – the highest possible accolade.

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As part of the Elonex Group, Elonex and Orb have teamed up to bring businesses and creatives throughout the UK a full-lifecycle brand solution, complementing heavy hitting strategy and identities with digital out of home and experiential spaces to help define and elevate brands across sectors.

Together, ORB and Elonex are on a mission to better connect the creative world with the media world, making the importance and commerciality of brand an even bigger conversation in the sector and in the business community.

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Opening Event Sponsor

SCC unleashes the potential of IT for global businesses, as one of Europe’s largest independent IT groups.

Operating out of 65+ locations in the UK, France, Romania, Spain and Vietnam, SCC delivers limitless IT solutions in partnership with the world’s best technology vendors.

They provide multi-award-winning data centre modernisation services, networks and communications, workplace productivity, business process outsourcing, security and innovation solutions to customers in a broad range of public and private industry sectors.

They’re trusted to discover, design, supply, migrate, manage and optimise IT that supports European economies through enduring partnership, driven by curiosity and inspired by innovation.

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Western Union pioneered the idea of moving money around the world and has been connecting people globally for over 164 years. As one of the world’s leading providers of cross-border business payments, Western Union Business Solutions is transforming how businesses can expand globally through one of the largest and most diverse payment networks in the world.

Companies around the world count on them as their global payments partner. With fast, cost-effective payment solutions and customised cash management strategies, they help organisations of any size and in any industry achieve solid results.

Community Sponsor

Founded in 2004 in Birmingham, UK, Packt’s mission is to help the world put software to work in new ways, through the delivery of effective learning and information services to IT professionals.

Working towards that vision, they have published over 6,500 books and videos so far, providing IT professionals with the actionable knowledge they need to get the job done – whether that’s specific learning on an emerging technology or optimizing key skills in more established tools.

As part of their mission, they have also awarded over $1,000,000 through our Open Source Project Royalty scheme, helping numerous projects become household names along the way.

Knowledge Sponsor

Tech Nation empowers ambitious tech entrepreneurs to grow faster through growth programmes, digital entrepreneurship skills, a visa scheme for exceptional talent, and by championing the UK’s digital sector through data, stories and media campaigns.

Tech Nation’s vision is to make the UK the best place to imagine, start and grow a digital business.

Their Mission is to empower ambitious tech entrepreneurs to grow faster through knowledge and connections; to build a UK economy fit for the next generation.

All of this is underpinned by their values that are centred around originality, meaningful collaboration and making a real impact.

Innovation Sponsor

Bruntwood SciTech (a 50:50 joint venture between Bruntwood and Legal and General) is creating a network of innovation districts; connecting the UK’s most ambitious cities, regions and science and technology communities through extensive opportunities for collaboration and access to our public, private, academic, clinical partner network.

Bruntwood SciTech creates the environments and ecosystems that companies in the science and technology sector need to form, collaborate, scale and grow; including high quality office and laboratory space, a range of scientific services and bespoke programmes of business support, along with connections that offer unrivalled access to finance, talent, markets and mentorship.

Collaboration Sponsor

An iconic Birmingham landmark in the heart of Eastside, Millennium Point is a unique venue destination in Birmingham City Centre, and just a short walk from all three main train stations. The home of ThinkTank (Birmingham’s science museum) and Birmingham City University amongst others, many of you will know our landmark building, but a lot more goes on behind the scenes than meets the eye!

Owned by Millennium Point Charitable Trust, everything we do as a landlord, events venue, meeting place and facilitator feeds back into our charity, in order to give back and support science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) related projects, initiatives, organisations and individuals across the West Midlands.


We are a highly professional IT recruitment consultancy delivering an exceptional level of service through our true recruitment partnership approach. We believe in working together with our customers as an extension of their employer brand to promote their opportunities to the best talent in the marketplace.

For us to be able to achieve the best results possible for our clients, we promote continuous consultant collaboration to ensure that both technical and recruiter knowledge is being passed through our consultancy to benefit you. We are committed to being a modern social recruiter, leading the way in social recruiting. Recruiting on the tech scene means that we provide the best digital experience possible to clients and candidates.

Through our years of experience within the IT industry, we’ve been able to consistently deliver results across all aspects of our clients’ it recruitment needs, from development, support and testing, to professional services, marketing and infrastructure – we do it all, all over the UK!


Founded in 2010, Squibble helps growing companies build unique online experiences.

From large-scale organisations to nimble start-ups, we work through conversation and collaboration to define our clients brand positioning and to help them find their voice. Then, we achieve clarity and consistency across their online presence. Customers typically find that they can improve their customer engagement and generate more sales with one of our clients turning over £5000,000 in less than 6 months.

Squibble is a multi award winning company based in the heart of the Jewellery Quarter. A bunch of foodies, TeamSquibble can often be found tasting the delights that the JQ restaurants have to offer.


Based in Birmingham’s famous and vibrant Jewellery Quarter, Bootcamp Media are a fresh-thinking Internet Marketing and Web Design agency. Our office is bursting with great ideas, packed with passionate and talented staff, and each of us possesses the desire to succeed both as a business and for all of our clients.

Our team is made up of talented, creative and driven individuals who are keen to demonstrate their marketing prowess. With a combined experience of over 30 plus years we are confident that Bootcamp Media is the right partner for your business.


Wow group have been the country’s ecommerce web development specialists since 2002. Not only do we provide bespoke design, development & support across a range of ecommerce platforms, we are also a full service digital agency. We offer digital marketing, conversion rate optimisation and hosting & support services. Get in touch using the contact form below and let’s see how we can help you achieve your goals.