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SMi Group are thrilled to announce the 4th annual Social Media within the Military and Defence sector conference convening in 2014 on the 17th and 18th of November in central London.

This is your oppurtunity to discuss and network with MoD's from across the world and key military institutions such as the U.S Army, Royal British Legion and NATO. Understand the latest instrumental uses of social media, including its integral role in recruitment, operations, audience engagement and crisis management.

Social media is an essential part of modern communication and it is a conversation that is essential to the military and defence sector. This conference promises to give your organisation the tools and knowledge necessary to excel in this field of communication. The latest technological developmentsstrategic applications and cutting edge case studies will be explored by experts in the field.

Testimonials from last year's event:
SVPA, (Head of Communications), -- “Top notch, great speakers and I gained so much!”
RAF (Information Officer) -- "Excellent line up of speakers and topics."
Ministry of Defence, Singapore (Executive) -- "There were many fascinating presentations."

Understand the indispensable strategic role of social media in modern military and defence communications.

The conference agenda draws together communication and social media experts from national armies, top MoD's, and leading private defence companies.

The comprehensive knowledge provided by this conference will equip any military and defence professional with the essential information, tools and skills to implement an outstanding social media communication strategy. 

 

• Interact with excelling MoD's, national armies and private defence companies who are shaping the social media landscape
• Understand the evoling role of social media in operations, crisis communication and open source intelligence
• Examine the latest cutting edge case studies into gamification, policy influence and monitoring live conflicts
• Analyse the latest technological platforms + innovations and how they enhance social media interaction
 

Key personnel:

Head of Online Engagement; ACC Director of Public Affairs G80Division Staff; Account Executive ICS Sales Manager; Account Supervisor; Information Security Specialist Sr; Account Supervisor- Interactive Interactive Account Executive; Army Lead – Cyber Security Major; Assistant Division Commander Management Supervisor; Chief Knowledge Officer (CKO) Manager; Chief of Public Affairs Internal Marketing Specialist; Chief Operating Officer Marketing Support Specialist; Chief, Command Information Marketing; Maritime Solutions; Chief, Media Relations; New Media Director in the IDF; Commander Outreach Coordinator; Communications Director Public Affairs Officer; Communications Specialist Public Affairs Specialist; Corporate Communications Directorate Research Analyst; Creative Director Secretary of the Air Force Public Affairs; Data Scientist Senior Community Manager; Deputy Chief of Public Affairs Senior Consultant; Deputy Public Affairs Officer Senior Editor; Direct Marketing Project Officer Social Media Account Executive; Director of Community Engagement Social Media Analyst; Director of Digital and Social Media Social Media Chief; Director Of Organizational Development Social Media Director; Director of Public Affairs Social media Research and Strategy; Director of Social Media Software Engineer Leader; Director, Communications Strategies; Special Projects Scientist; Director, Industry Solutions Sr. Program Analyst; Director; Military Affairs Division Supervisor; Director, Online and Social Media Division Supervisor; Interactive Director; Strategy & Planning; Internal Communications Technical Writer; Doctrine Developer and Analyst; Vice President of Marketing; Editor and Consultant Web News Director; Executive Account Web Strategist; Executive Vice President
 

2013 attendees included:

Airbus Abu Dhabi; B F B S Radio; BAE SYSTEMS; British Army; Bundeswehr Academy for Information and Communication; Canadian Army; D S T A Defence Science & Technology Agency; DCDC - MOD UK; Defence Forces Ireland; Department of National Defence; DoD; Edelman; Embassy of Ukraine; EU Naval Force Somalia Operation Atalanta; European Defence Agency; Finmeccanica; Government of Singapore; Guy's and St Thomas NHS Trust; HootSuite ; IHS Jane's; Joint Defence Staff ; Market Wired; Ministry Of Defence; Ministry of Defence, Finland; Ministry of Defence, UK; MOD SIngapore; National Security Council; National Security Council Selangor ; NATO; Norwegian National Security Authority; Purple Strategies; QinetiQ; RAF Lossiemouth; Republic of Singapore Air Force; River PR; Royal Air Force, UK; selex es; Swedish Armed Forces; Terma A / S; U.S. Army Installation Management Command Europe; UK MoD; US Army;

Conference programme

8:00 Registration & Coffee

8:30 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Andrew Morton

Andrew Morton, Director of Social Engagement, SHRM

8:40 OPENING KEYNOTE ADDRESS: U.S. Department of Defense social media strategy: informing, educating and entertaining

Cathy Milhoan

Cathy Milhoan, Director, Defense Media Activity

• Implementing successful social media strategies
• The importance of training personnel on social media platforms
• How the DoD engages with key audiences
• The future of the conversation: new communication tools and technology
 

 

9:20 Adapting Private Sector Techniques for Military Use: Social Currency in Africa

April Deibert

April Deibert, Program Manager, West Africa Regional Training Center (INL/C), Commonwealth Trading Partners, Inc. (CTP)

Adapting Private Sector Techniques for Military Use: Social Currency in Africa
·         How to Develop Social Currency to Leverage Face-to-Face Community Building Efforts and Social Media to Drive 'Brand' Appreciation or Preference
·         How to Encourage Cooperative Partnerships, Empower the Local Population, and Identify Force Multipliers
·         Case Study: West Africa Regional Training Center’s Alumni Network—Digital Opportunities and Challenges

10:00 Morning Coffee

10:30 Is the aerospace & defence sector homogenous in its application of social media?

Jeremy Greaves

Jeremy Greaves, Head of Communications , Airbus Group

• Outlining the case against the normative application of social media
• QUANTAS Case study: social media as a tool of crisis monitoring
• Voyager Case study: gauging sentiment
• How AIRBUS engages with social media
 

11:10 Lockheed Martin use of digital media

John Neilson

John Neilson, Director of Communications, EMEA, Lockheed Martin

• How is Lockheed Martin using digital media to engage with its myriad audiences?
• Communicating overseas
• Return on investment: how we measure success
 

11:50 Sifting Social Data: Word Sense Disambiguation Using Machine Learning

Stu Shulman

Stu Shulman, CEO, Texifter LLC

  • The five pillars of text analytics: search, filter, cluster, code, and classify.
  • How to query historical Twitter and use Gnip PowerTrack filters in Sifter.
  • Create an ActiveLearning loop for individuals, groups, and crowds.
  • Measurement techniques that underpin valid inferences at scale.
  • 12:30 Networking Lunch

    13:30 Leveraging the Deep Web to produce task oriented open source web intelligence”

    Niv Blond

    Niv Blond, Sales director, 3i-MIND Technologies GmbH

    • A Contributing intelligence source for the  establishment of full “Terrain Dominance” capacity
    • Real time monitoring and alerting on events related to deployed forces safety & security
    • Leveraging WEBINT to produce target profiling, validation and BDA

    14:10 Key elements of community management

    Andrew Morton

    Andrew Morton, Director of Social Engagement, SHRM

    • How to build traction with your audience
    • Making the most of your resources
    • Contents promotion: the key lessons
     

    14:50 Afternoon tea

    15:20 So social media is the new normal: what’s next?

    Liz Azyan

    Liz Azyan, Digital Consultant , LGEO Research

    • The rise of HEROes (Highly Empowered & Resourceful Operatives) within our working environment
    • How HEROes and Turning PRO can make a huge difference to social media communications & management in defence and militaries everywhere
    • The challenge that we must take to protect, empower & unite our countries
     

    16:00 Social Media – Can the military learn from the corporate experience?

    Malcolm Wells

    Malcolm Wells, Director, Malwell Corporate Projects Ltd

     ·         The military and large corporations are high profile organisations whose operations are susceptible to public and political pressure – how can this pressure be managed and what is the role of social media?

    ·         The possibilities of social media – what is realistically achievable?

    ·         How can an effective social media capability be generated, resourced and sustained?

    ·         What are the limitations of transferring the corporate experience into the military sphere?

     

    16:40 Chairman's Closing Remarks

    Andrew Morton

    Andrew Morton, Director of Social Engagement, SHRM

    8:00 Registration & Coffee

    8:30 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    Andrew Morton

    Andrew Morton, Director of Social Engagement, SHRM

    8:40 NATO’s digital outreach

    Steven Mehringer

    Steven Mehringer, Head of Communications Services, NATO Headquarters

    • NATO’s new ways of communicating to the world
    • Why a multi-platform approach is most effective
    • Measuring effectiveness vs. counting followers
    • Impact, results and best practices in engaging with multinational and multilingual audiences 
     

    9:20 Innovation Hub: Collaboration beyond Time and Space

    Rachel Legaspi

    Rachel Legaspi, Innovation Hub Officer, NATO Innovation Hub Community Member

    10:00 Morning coffee

    10:20 European Commission social media strategy

    Dana Manescu

    Dana Manescu , Head of Sector, Social Media, European Commission

    • Outlining the European Commission social media approach
    • Informing, engaging and interacting with multinational audiences
    • How the European Commission utilises key platforms
     

    11:00 EU Naval Force and social media

    Michael Quinn

    Michael Quinn, Media Plans Officer, EU Naval Force Somalia Operation Atalanta

    • A culture change from ‘transmission to a conversation’
    • Atalanta Social Media Channels and Website
    • Future use
     

    11:40 EU and the Multinational Capability Development Campaign

    Chris Stace

    Chris Stace, Project Officer Command and Control- Information, European Defence Agency

  • The use of social media as a situation awareness sensor
  • The EU's Common Security & Defence Policy operational context
  • The use of social media as a form of open source intelligence

     

  • 12:20 Understanding the audience and current social media behaviours

    Erik Lagersten

    Erik Lagersten, Director, Communication and Public Affairs, Swedish Armed Forces

    • Target group analysis
    • The government and the Military-industrial complex vs. the most powerful person in the world (aka. Emma age 18)
    • Case examples
     

    13:00 Networking Lunch

    14:00 From Communication Strategy to StratCom

    DScnMil Mika  Kalliomaa

    DScnMil Mika Kalliomaa , Director of Communications, Finnish Defence Forces

    • From Communication Strategy to StratCom
    • Engaging with our key audiences
    • Co-ordinating efforts across different platforms
     

    14:40 Afternoon Tea

    15:00 Mining Social Date for Online Sentiments to Aid Decision Making

    Roy Jacques

    Roy Jacques, Managing Director, Sysomos

    • What online data is accessible for research purposes and how do you gain access?
    • Objective focussed data exploration – opportunities and limitations
    • Exploring the ‘W’s’ – What, when, why, where and who
     

    15:40 Challenges and opportunities with real time communications

    Fredrik Johnsen

    Fredrik Johnsen, Communications Advisor, Norwegian National Security Authority

    • What is real time marketing anyway, and how do we succeed?
    • How do we measure success of real time communications?
    • What is the future of social media and real time communications? 
     

    16:20 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day Two

    Andrew Morton

    Andrew Morton, Director of Social Engagement, SHRM

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    FEATURED SPEAKERS

    Andrew Morton

    Andrew Morton

    Director of Social Engagement, SHRM
    April Deibert

    April Deibert

    Program Manager, West Africa Regional Training Center (INL/C), Commonwealth Trading Partners, Inc. (CTP)
    Cathy Milhoan

    Cathy Milhoan

    Director, Defense Media Activity
    Chris Stace

    Chris Stace

    Project Officer Command and Control- Information, European Defence Agency
    Dana Manescu

    Dana Manescu

    Head of Sector, Social Media, European Commission
    DScnMil Mika  Kalliomaa

    DScnMil Mika Kalliomaa

    Director of Communications, Finnish Defence Forces
    Erik Lagersten

    Erik Lagersten

    Director, Communication and Public Affairs, Swedish Armed Forces
    Fredrik Johnsen

    Fredrik Johnsen

    Communications Advisor, Norwegian National Security Authority
    Jeremy Greaves

    Jeremy Greaves

    Head of Communications , Airbus Group
    John Neilson

    John Neilson

    Director of Communications, EMEA, Lockheed Martin
    Liz Azyan

    Liz Azyan

    Digital Consultant , LGEO Research
    Michael Quinn

    Michael Quinn

    Media Plans Officer, EU Naval Force Somalia Operation Atalanta
    Rachel Legaspi

    Rachel Legaspi

    Innovation Hub Officer, NATO Innovation Hub Community Member
    Roy Jacques

    Roy Jacques

    Managing Director, Sysomos
    Ruth Powell

    Ruth Powell

    Armed Forces Engagement Manager, The Royal British Legion
    Steven Mehringer

    Steven Mehringer

    Head of Communications Services, NATO Headquarters
    Stu Shulman

    Stu Shulman

    CEO, Texifter LLC

    Andrew Morton

    Director of Social Engagement, SHRM
    Andrew Morton

    April Deibert

    Program Manager, West Africa Regional Training Center (INL/C), Commonwealth Trading Partners, Inc. (CTP)
    April Deibert

    Cathy Milhoan

    Director, Defense Media Activity
    Cathy Milhoan

    Chris Stace

    Project Officer Command and Control- Information, European Defence Agency
    Chris Stace

    Dana Manescu

    Head of Sector, Social Media, European Commission
    Dana Manescu

    DScnMil Mika Kalliomaa

    Director of Communications, Finnish Defence Forces
    DScnMil Mika  Kalliomaa

    Erik Lagersten

    Director, Communication and Public Affairs, Swedish Armed Forces
    Erik Lagersten

    Fredrik Johnsen

    Communications Advisor, Norwegian National Security Authority
    Fredrik Johnsen

    Jeremy Greaves

    Head of Communications , Airbus Group
    Jeremy Greaves

    John Neilson

    Director of Communications, EMEA, Lockheed Martin
    John Neilson

    Liz Azyan

    Digital Consultant , LGEO Research
    Liz Azyan

    Malcolm Wells

    Director, Malwell Corporate Projects Ltd
    Malcolm Wells

    Michael Quinn

    Media Plans Officer, EU Naval Force Somalia Operation Atalanta
    Michael Quinn

    Niv Blond

    Sales director, 3i-MIND Technologies GmbH
    Niv Blond

    Rachel Legaspi

    Innovation Hub Officer, NATO Innovation Hub Community Member
    Rachel Legaspi

    Roy Jacques

    Managing Director, Sysomos
    Roy Jacques

    Ruth Powell

    Armed Forces Engagement Manager, The Royal British Legion
    Ruth Powell

    Steven Mehringer

    Head of Communications Services, NATO Headquarters
    Steven Mehringer

    Stu Shulman

    CEO, Texifter LLC
    Stu Shulman

    Sponsors and Exhibitors

    Supporters

    Workshops

    Strategic review: Threats and Opportunities in Social Media
    Workshop

    Strategic review: Threats and Opportunities in Social Media

    Marriott Regents Park
    19th November 2014
    London, United Kingdom

    Interview with Chris Stace, Project Officer Information and Management and NEC, European Defence Agency

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    Attendee list for Social Media within Defence & Military 2014

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    INTERVIEW WITH STU SHULMAN, CEO FROM TEXIFTER LLC

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    Sponsors and Exhibitors


    3i-MIND Technologies GmbH

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    Texifter provides a cost effective, cloud-based text analytics software solution for medium data problems with 10,000-1,000,000 items. The flagship product, DiscoverText, ingests data and metadata via application programming interface from surveys, social media, public comment, blogs, email, and other repositories. DiscoverText supports advanced search, filtering, de-duplication, clustering, human coding, and custom machine-learning sifters. Texifter is a strategic partner of SurveyMonkey and a “Plugged In to Gnip” partner for licensing unlimited Tumblr, WordPress, Disqus, and Twitter data. The new beta Sifter allows users to generate self-serve estimates of the cost to license data from the completed undeleted history of Twitter

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    CPD stands for Continuing Professional Development’. It is essentially a philosophy, which maintains that in order to be effective, learning should be organised and structured. The most common definition is:

    ‘A commitment to structured skills and knowledge enhancement for Personal or Professional competence’

    CPD is a common requirement of individual membership with professional bodies and Institutes. Increasingly, employers also expect their staff to undertake regular CPD activities.

    Undertaken over a period of time, CPD ensures that educational qualifications do not become obsolete, and allows for best practice and professional standards to be upheld.

    CPD can be undertaken through a variety of learning activities including instructor led training courses, seminars and conferences, e:learning modules or structured reading.

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    There are approximately 470 institutes in the UK across all industry sectors, with a collective membership of circa 4 million professionals, and they all expect their members to undertake CPD.

    For some institutes undertaking CPD is mandatory e.g. accountancy and law, and linked to a licence to practice, for others it’s obligatory. By ensuring that their members undertake CPD, the professional bodies seek to ensure that professional standards, legislative awareness and ethical practices are maintained.

    CPD Schemes often run over the period of a year and the institutes generally provide online tools for their members to record and reflect on their CPD activities.

    TYPICAL CPD SCHEMES AND RECORDING OF CPD (CPD points and hours)

    Professional bodies and Institutes CPD schemes are either structured as ‘Input’ or ‘Output’ based.

    ‘Input’ based schemes list a precise number of CPD hours that individuals must achieve within a given time period. These schemes can also use different ‘currencies’ such as points, merits, units or credits, where an individual must accumulate the number required. These currencies are usually based on time i.e. 1 CPD point = 1 hour of learning.

    ‘Output’ based schemes are learner centred. They require individuals to set learning goals that align to professional competencies, or personal development objectives. These schemes also list different ways to achieve the learning goals e.g. training courses, seminars or e:learning, which enables an individual to complete their CPD through their preferred mode of learning.

    The majority of Input and Output based schemes actively encourage individuals to seek appropriate CPD activities independently.

    As a formal provider of CPD certified activities, SMI Group can provide an indication of the learning benefit gained and the typical completion. However, it is ultimately the responsibility of the delegate to evaluate their learning, and record it correctly in line with their professional body’s or employers requirements.

    GLOBAL CPD

    Increasingly, international and emerging markets are ‘professionalising’ their workforces and looking to the UK to benchmark educational standards. The undertaking of CPD is now increasingly expected of any individual employed within today’s global marketplace.

    CPD Certificates

    We can provide a certificate for all our accredited events. To request a CPD certificate for a conference , workshop, master classes you have attended please email events@smi-online.co.uk

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