e-Advantage Sponsoring November Chamber Spotlight Supper with Robert Schifreen


We are very happy to be sponsoring the Brighton and Hove Chamber of Commerce Spotlight Supper.

“One day in 1983, purely by accident, I stumbled across someone’s password that wasn’t mine. I was testing something and I pressed some random keys that turned out to be real. I realised I could see more than I normally could…’

And that was how, unwittingly and without meaning to harm anyone, Robert Schifreen stumbled into hacking and the history books. He became the first person in the world to be charged with accessing a computer illegally. At the time there was no law against hacking, so Robert was convicted of forgery. It was later decided that this legislation did not apply to hacking and Robert successfully appealed against his conviction in 1987.

The curiosity that had led him to court also shaped the different strands of his career: journalist specialising in IT; computer security consultant and commentator; and most recently member of the University of Brighton’s IT department.

At the Spotlight Supper, Robert will talk about:

What businesses should think about when it comes to their own IT security.

His journey from poacher to gamekeeper and how he’s used his hacking experience to help others to protect themselves from uninvited ‘guests’.

How our attitudes to privacy and data protection have changed radically in the last 30 years.

Robert will be in conversation with Miranda Birch, who uses her BBC background to turn the stories in your company into content that will inspire your target audience.

Buy your tickets here.

About the author 

Pete Baikins

Pete Baikins is an international authority on gamification, a lifelong gamer, successful entrepreneur and a lecturer. As CEO of Gamification+ Ltd he mentors and trains companies world-wide on the use of gamification to solve business challenges. Gamification+ won the Board of Trade Award from the UK's Department of International Trade in January 2019.

Pete is co-host of the health gamification podcast Health Points and is also Chair of Gamification Europe, the annual conference for Gamification practitioners.

Pete is an Honorary Ambassador for GamFed (International Gamification Confederation), having previously been the Chair from 2014 to February 2019, whose aim is to spread best practices within and support the gamification industry.

After 15 years as a Lecturer on gamification and entrepreneurship at the University of Brighton he now guest lectures on Gamification at King’s College London and at ESCP Europe at post-graduate and under-graduate levels.

Over the past 20 years Pete has built and sold two businesses. One was in security software and the more recent one was a telecoms and internet connectivity business. He is also an Ambassador for Brighton & Hove Chamber of Commerce in the UK.

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