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!