Online Influence Conference aims to boost Wales’ digital credentials

The Online Influence Conference 2014 (or ‘Oi 14’) is to take place in Cardiff tomorrow, organised by Coup Media and sponsored by the Welsh Government.

Described as “digital bootcamp meets TED Talks”, attendees at this year’s event will hear talks and masterclasses delivered by leading executives from some of the world’s most successful digital companies, including Twitter, Google, Hootsuite, Brandwatch and Student Beans.

Coup Media’s founder and MD Paul Shepherd believes that the event can help to grow Wales’ tech credentials. He said: “There are good young technology companies here but I don’t think anyone recognises Cardiff or Wales as a place that has a great deal going for it in terms of digital. We think Cardiff and Wales deserve a bigger presence on the world stage for new media and digital technology and, by staging a world-class event for the Welsh digital sector, we hope to play a part in raising awareness of the talent that’s based here.”

Edwina Hart, Welsh Economic Minister, said: "The Oi conference has proved to be a very popular event, attracting a high calibre of speakers and providing delegates with an excellent opportunity to network and hear about the latest developments in social media. I am pleased the WG is sponsoring the event this year as social media represents a high growth sub sector within Digital Media. It also provides an excellent avenue for businesses to reach a wider audience and I hope all those attending will benefit from the talks and masterclasses by some of the world’s largest social media technology companies.”

A limited number of tickets for tomorrow’s event are still available and organisers Coup Media are offering Drum readers a 25% discount on the usual ticket price.