At last week's J. Boye Conference in Philadelphia, I was particularly honoured that Steve Arnold offered to continue the Overflight Award for Excellence launched at our European conference in November 2008 as a way of highlighting good practitioner presentations.
The award and $500 goes to the best conference speaker and this time went to Volker Grünauer, head of e-marketing at Wienerberger in Austria. Volker gave a very inspiring talk on how Wienerberger have developed their web strategy and discussed how they relate it to customer behaviour.
An honourable mention went to Donna Spencer from Australia, who did a popular talk on the user experience track on Getting Content Right.
The award was given to the best presentation at the conference based on a few simple criteria:
- A fresh project
- Value to attendees
- Quality of presentation
In order to find the winner, a small committee reviewed the talks from our many speakers, talked to other delegates and met to identify the winner. The committee consisted of:
- Dana Hallman, Office of the Comptroller of the Currency
- Karen Rosenzweig, Novartis
- Peter Svensson, Lund University
- Troy Winfrey, University of Baltimore
Thank you to the committee members, to Steve and many congratulations to Volker and Donna.
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:
- 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!