Overflight Excellence Award 2008 goes to Caroline Coetzee


It has been a very exciting and also busy week hosting more than 260 delegates in Aarhus for jboye08, our annual online conference for practitioners.

Among many duties, I was particularly honoured that Steve Arnold offered to found a new award to the best conference speaker.

The Overflight Excellence award and a €500 cash prize went to Caroline Coetzee from Cambridge University Hospitals in the UK. Caroline did a very interesting and relevant talk on The business case game (or is a website really more important than a maternity unit?) which explained how to get senior management support in the first place.

An honourable mention went to Niklas Sinander from EUMETSAT in Germany, who did a popular talk on Wiki from theory to practice.

The new award was given to the best presentation at the conference based on a few simple criteria:

  • Research
  • Value to attendees
  • Quality of presentation and graphics
  • Importance of the topic at the time of the conference

To find the winner, a small committee reviewed the talks from our 89 speakers, talked to other delegates and met over lunch to identify the winner. This years committee consisted of:

  • Andrew Fix, Shell
  • Magnus Børnes Hellevik, The Norwegian Labour and Welfare Administration
  • Ove Kristiansen, Region Syddanmark
  • Pernilla Webber, Alfa Laval
  • Volker Grünauer, Wienerberger

A big congrats to Caroline!


Janus Boye
CEO and Group moderator

As founder and managing director at J. Boye, Janus has grown the business from an office at home in 2003 to an international operation today with members in Europe and North America.

Janus is a frequent speaker at industry events and chairs the renowned J. Boye Conferences held since 2005 in Denmark and since 2009 in Philadelphia, US. Among the organisations that have recently called upon Janus' expertise are  local government agencies, the UN in New York and companies such as Brother, Carlsberg and Red Bull.

2 Responses to “Overflight Excellence Award 2008 goes to Caroline Coetzee”

  1. Congratulations Caroline! Very well deserved.

  2. Congratulations from this end too, Caroline! I hope we will get the opportunity of sharing th presentation again – in another forum.

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