Computing Live! 2018 Disneyland® Paris

Over 400 students and teachers were welcomed to Disneyland Paris® this year for Computing Live!

Mickey himself was even in the reception of the Hotel Cheyenne as the groups arrived.

After a quick bag drop and freshen up the students headed off to enjoy a day in the Parks

On Monday 26th February, Computing Live! was held at the Gaumont Cinema in the Disney Village. Teachers and students were ushered into the cinema and welcomed to the event by Chair Steve Mould.

Charlie McMurdie

Our first speaker of the day was cyber security expert, Charlie McMurdie.

Leading the cyber-crime policing response for the London 2012 Olympics, Charlie developed strategic skills, intelligence operations and a global security plan of the highest level, as she personally briefed ministers. Charlie was previously the head of Fraud - cheque and plastic at Scotland yard, and has served within murder command, Flying Squad and covert ops giving her a breadth of experience of police operations.

Charlie spoke about the direct impact a cyber attack has and the many factors it affects within a company, from direct cost, social reputation and competitor advantage.

She went on to discuss some of the most famous cyber attacks that have happened within recent years, including the hacktivist group Anonymous, famously known for their various DDOS cyber attacks against government institutions & agencies, corporations, and the Church of Scientology.

Tom Nelson

Second on stage was Tom Nelson. Tom is responsible for defining and executing digital strategy across e-commerce platforms to help guests book their holiday to Walt Disney World, Disneyland Paris or onboard Disney Cruise Line. With over 10 years experience at digital agencies, Tom has delivered award-winning websites for a range of global brands, putting the customer at the heart of the experience. In 2015, Tom was recognised by Google, winning their award for inspirational digital marketers.

Tom gave students a real insight into his role, discussing the following 4 key areas:

• Discovery

• Design

• Devices

• Data

These areas help ensure website visitors can find what they are looking for, that Disney can provide a great experience when visitors are on the website, and that he is able to measure what happens online to guarantee he's doing the best possible job.

Anne-Marie Imafidon

Finally it was Anne-Marie Imafidon’s turn on stage. With a keen interest in business, maths and technology, she was considered something of a child prodigy by passing her maths and ICT GCSEs aged ten and A-level computing aged 11. She has won further accolades in her professional career including the UK IT Industry & British Computer Society’s Young IT Professional of the Year in 2013, and the 29th Most Influential woman in IT in 2015.

Anne-Marie highlighted the role coding and robotics plays in improving modern society and showed students an example of a group of friends at University who had coded their dorm room to respond to the keyword of "Study". When said out loud this automatically dimmed the lighting and played music to help motivate them to hit the books!

Anne-Marie also spoke about the current development of driverless car technology and how there is a large risk with this as the technology could potentially be hacked.

Speaker Q&A

Having heard from speakers who apply computing across a wide spectrum of environments the students got to ask questions. From “Will robots make humans irrelevant” to “how long did it take to design the Disney website”.

Thank you to all our amazing speakers for yet another incredible year at Computing Live! Thank you to all the students and teachers who attended the conference and asked some great questions. We hope you learnt a lot and were inspired to take your interest in computing forward!

We hope to see you again next year!

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