Tribal hosts the first Empower Conference

Published: 06/08/2018

On June 11-12, Tribal hosted the first Empower Conference at the ICC, Birmingham. The event was the first of its kind, bringing together our customers in higher education, further education, and skills, training and employers. Attracting nearly 600 delegates, it was our biggest customer event to date.

The packed agenda covered two days, with over 60 breakout sessions, 30 product showcase sessions and 16 exhibitors.

Feedback from the event has been positive, with delegates commenting on how ‘slick’ and ‘professional’ the organisation was. Many remarked that they thought the conference was the best one yet.  The Empower conference app, our first year of using an event app, was also popular with delegates commenting that it was extremely useful for planning sessions and keeping an eye on all things Empower related. As with previous conference, we used Slido for interaction in all sessions. Delegates asked 459 questions over the course of the two days and took part in 29 spot polls.

Our plenary sessions featured varied and different perspectives from Paul Feldman (JISC), Ian Dunn (Coventry University Group), Ann Potterton (BT), Nick Linford (FE Week) and Tony Allen (Allen Apprenticeships). The first morning culminated in a lively discussion on the future of education and where we may be heading. In the final plenary of the day, Andy Nagle (Microsoft) delivered a thought-provoking session on AI & The Personalisation of Learning.

Across the two days, our breakout sessions were packed out, with topics including Degree Apprenticeships, GDPR and delivering a great student experience. A big thank you to all of our customer presenters who helped create our busy agenda!

The evening was celebrated with a gala dinner and live music from The Beard Band – where the band took requests from Twitter and had everybody up on the dance floor. We also launched the Empower awards, which was a chance for us to thank our customers who have made the best use of Tribal's solutions and services to better serve their institutions and learners in the past 12 months.

Congratulations to all nominees and winners:

  • University of the Year – Vickie Vowles Award
  • University of the Arts London
  • Further Education Provider of the Year 
  • Burnley College 
  • Skills, Training or Employer Provider of the Year 
  • APM
  • Outstanding Student/Learner Experience 
  • DerwenCollege 
  • Pioneering use of Innovation and Technology 
  • Teesside University
  • Howard Knowles Award
  • Melinda Cook - NorthumbriaUniversity  

Planning for next year’s conference has already started and we’ll be releasing a “save the date” notice shortly – so make sure you keep your eye out for this!