Delegates were wowed by a mixture of speakers on topics ranging from artificial intelligence to virtual reality and inspirational speakers such as prize-winning CEO & international public speaker, Simon Biltcliffe, to award-winning authors and incredible entrepreneurs.
An assortment of fantastic interactive opportunities were available for delegates including speed networking with Carter Jonas, The Learning Playzone with a selection of engaging business games, OxLEP’s ‘Oxfordshire Business Voice’, Chapman Robinson & Moore’s full size F1 Simulator and our Live Well, Work Well Business Lounge provided by Aston & James.
There really was something for everyone with over 900 registrations, 90 exhibitors and 55 presentations. The Cotswold Hall was a hive of activity involving G-Smatt’s media enabled event structure, Warpline’s live video studio and the CIS Tech Zone alongside the variety of business professionals exhibiting which created an incredible energy throughout the day.
Our BIO2018 Product Partners were a great addition to the event providing samples and interactive articles to the variety of business professionals present in the exhibition hall.
The day ended with a bang as delegates showed us what they’re made of by singing or ‘syncing’ in support of Sobell House for our Open Mic Challenge. Oxfordshire’s business community also took this opportunity to thank Bob Price, outgoing Leader of Oxford City Council, for his remarkable contribution to Oxford!
BIO founder and Event Producer, Richard Rosser, added: “BIO was a great success but that’s a reflection of the hard work put in by the sponsors, exhibitors, speakers, product partners, influencers etc….. not to mention the hours of preparation invested by my superb team at B4. The success of the event comes down to the fact that the Oxfordshire business community supports it and the excellent feedback we have received since the event gives us that extra motivation to make sure BIO2019 is even bigger, even better and even more useful to the fantastic businesses we have here in Oxfordshire.
“We are very open to suggestions as to how you think we can make BIO2019 tick all of these boxes as every year we start with a blank sheet of paper and build the event from scratch. We look forward to engaging with you next year and thank you once again to everyone who supported us for BIO2018.”
To see our recap of the day, the tribute video to Bob Price and our opening session video ‘Oxford & Oxfordshire – World Class & Connected’ visit the links below. Read more about BIO2018 in the next edition of B4 and to get involved with BIO2019 visit www.businessinoxford.com and complete the contact form.
See Our Tribute to Bob Price visit: www.youtube.com/watch?v=ytc874YAtFk
Or to see our ‘Oxford & Oxfordshire – World Class & Connected’ Promo visit: www.youtube.com/watch?v=SRGir4qCwds
Or see Freddie Jewson’s BIO2018 Show Reel visit: www.youtube.com/watch?v=ION_uAa4lK4
Over 100 event surveys were completed within one hour of being sent out and here’s a summary of the findings: 90% of guests were “very satisfied” with the event overall.
Guests reported the following as some of the most valuable aspects of the event: The diversity of topics and thought-provoking speakers, the networking opportunities and high levels of interaction, and the great overview of Oxford’s successful and interesting businesses and the future of the city itself.
Guests rated highly the following aspects: “Networking opportunities”, “Variety of exhibitors”, and “Relevance of conference content”.
If you would like to complete our event survey then please visit: www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/JP3GBXW
BIO2018: ABOUT THE EVENT
- Date: Wednesday 23d May, 8am – 6.30pm
- Location: The King’s Centre, Osney Mead, Oxford, OX2 0ES
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