I have never been to a conference like this where there are so many senior people in the room at any one time and you have such an opportunity to network, ultimately leading to people that open the door and introduce you to other gatekeepers in the organisation.
The first hour [of speed networking] in particular was full of energy and full of buzz; it was very exciting.
The thing that I have most valued about the presentations is that they have been really practical and enabled us to have clear messages to take forward about what others have learnt and done. It's a really good opportunity to get a picture of what lots of different vendors are doing and through those conversations, what other local authorities are doing too.
I think the opportunity to talk with other delegates as well as vendors informally over coffee and dinner has been really effective.
But ultimately, those opportunities are when you need to make the most of this opportunity.
In the first few seconds, you can create a relationship that is going to last for months.
It brings together a unique forum where you can bring together those who are facing challenges and they get to meet first-hand the people with the solutions.
It’s a great way of bringing people together in a great setting.
It has been militant in its precision and everyone has been super friendly.
The format and structure of the events provide plenty of opportunities for interaction and discussion.
It has been a really good and efficient use of my time.
The structure and organisation of this forum is always first class. The production behind that and their way of organisation is absolutely first class.
One of my jobs as Chair is to make sure things happen on time but it's the team at ah! I've been a big fan of the whole concept for a number of years.