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Engineering Leadership Conference | 30 May - 2 June 2012 | Adelaide Convention Centre, Adelaide, Australia

2012 Engineering Leadership Conference
Delegate Newsletter No. 4 – Farewell to ELC 2012

To the 450 delegates who attended ELC 2012, thank you for supporting the event.  I trust that you found the conference worthwhile as a learning experience, in addition to the numerous networking and entertainment opportunities.  I have received very positive feedback about so many aspects of the conference – the quality of speakers, the topics covered at both the plenary and concurrent sessions, the conference workshops (which were almost universally fully booked!), the industry showcase and other feature events like the business breakfast and gala dinner.  On behalf of the ELC 2012 Organising Committee, thank you for this encouragement – it makes the many hours of planning over the last 2½ years worthwhile.

In wrapping up ELC 2012, there are some announcements and reminders which I would briefly like to run through.

Scholarship and Mentor Package Winners

Congratulations once again to the nine ELC 2012 delegate scholarship winners (valued at $2000 each) and 18 mentor package winners (valued at $600 each).  These awards were made possible through the generous contribution of several of our conference sponsors and supporters.  Winners were introduced to delegates at a formal lunchtime presentation on the Thursday of the conference.  Feedback from many of the winners was that it was a terrific experience which they will greatly value as they progress through their careers.  They particularly acknowledged the interest shown by sponsor hosts and allocated mentors, who took the time to meet with them and discuss issues as the conference proceeded.  If you are still unaware of who the winners were, visit our Engineering Leadership Community (ELC) social media sites on LinkedIn or Facebook.

Congratulations also to the two Women in Engineering scholarship winners (valued at $2000 each) and nine Year of the Regional Engineering Team award winners (valued at $1000 each), who all attended ELC 2012 as a result of the support received from these two Engineers Australia special interest groups.  I am also aware that a number of engineering organisations provided privately funded scholarships to enable their best and brightest young engineers to attend the conference.  In all, over 40 delegate positions were funded by the generosity of private companies and Engineers Australia hosting organisations – a very significant, and greatly appreciated, investment in our future engineering leaders.

Most Popular Presentation and Most Popular Poster

This year, voting for these two awards was conducted via an online survey conducted through the ELC 2012 EventLink App.  Thank you to all who voted.  It was great to be able to acknowledge the award winners at the end of the conference, rather than via a post-conference survey several weeks after the event.  We will certainly continue with this approach in the future.

For those who missed the closing session:

Winners of the “most popular presentation” award were Trent Stapleton and Ellen Coates for the topic “Focus on the Process: How our Leaders Planned their Careers”. Trent accepted their prize at the closing ceremony, which was a 32GB 3G Apple iPad 3.

Winner of the “most popular poster” award was Ken Thomson for the topic “A Transition into Green Leadership”. Ken’s prize was a 16GB Wi-Fi Apple iPad 3, which he accepted at the closing ceremony.

Results of Grand Engineering Challenges Survey

Thank you to all delegates who voted in the Grand Engineering Challenges Survey, which was also conducted through the ELC 2012 EventLink App.  The survey provided key input for the final plenary session at the conference, where a panel of engineering industry leaders were asked to present their views on how the engineering profession in Australia should display visionary engineering leadership to enable these challenges to be solved.

The top three grand engineering challenges deemed by ELC 2012 delegates as most relevant to Australia were:

  1. Restore and improve urban infrastructure
  2. Make solar energy economical
  3. Provide energy from fusion

Not surprisingly, “Provide access to clean water” was a close fourth.

Speaker Presentation Videos

All ELC 2012 keynote speaker and concurrent session presentations were recorded by professional video production company MediaVisionz and are now available for access both online and on hard copy DVDROM disks.  The videos are similar to what is separately being provided by MediaVisionz for various Engineers Australia technical presentations.  You can see examples at http://www.engineersaustralia.org.au/webcasts/mediavisionz.

At delegate prices of $176 (incl GST) for online access or $330 (incl GST) for the two DVD set, the conference video represents an excellent opportunity to obtain a valuable leadership training resource.  I am very pleased with my DVD set and will be using it as an important in-house training facility, as well as a personal opportunity to look at the many excellent presentations which I was unable to get to during the conference.

If you were unsure about ordering the online access or DVDs during the conference, the opportunity is still available.  To order, simply print the order form and fax it to MediaVisionz with credit card payment.

ELC 2012 App

The ELC 2012 EventLink App was a huge success at the conference, with delegates using it as a conference planner, as well as for over 300 twitter communications and as a photo diary of the event.  In line with our plan to use electronic distribution of documentation through this medium, all conference papers, presentations and posters, along with sponsor promotional material, are now available through the App.  Simply look for “Handouts” under the “Technical Program”, “Poster Sessions” and “Sponsors & Exhibitors” icons.

Delegates who are yet to use the ELC 2012 EventLink App through a PDA or tablet, but who still wish to do so, are reminded that details on how to load the App were included in ELC 2012 Delegate Newsletter No. 3.  If you have trashed that newsletter, you can request another copy by sending an email to chair@engineeringleadership.org.

For those delegates who would prefer to access the conference papers, presentations and posters from the convenience of their main computers, you are reminded that a web version of the ELC 2012 App is available.  It is currently a “beta” site which doesn’t look as fancy as the App, but all of the information is available (as it was on the internet kiosk computers during the conference).  The link is http://beta.core-apps.com/invisage-elc12.  You will still need the delegate username and password of “Leadership2012” the first time you use the App.  Remember that use of the App is restricted to registered conference delegates.

Delegates should also note that conference papers, presentations and posters will not be published on the main conference website at www.elc2012.org, since this is open to the general public.

Delegate Feedback

The ELC 2012 EventLink App also provides an opportunity for delegates to give us detailed feedback on all plenary sessions, concurrent sessions, poster presentations, workshops, technical tours and social events through numerous “Rate Session” buttons within the App.  These buttons are now active, and are an opportunity for the Organising Committee to receive, summarise and pass on detailed feedback from delegates about the event.  It is a great medium to enable us to learn from the conference and continuously improve these major events in the future.  Please contribute as often as you can under the various rate session options, as both positive and negative feedback will be equally valued.  We will keep the “rate session” buttons active until Monday 9 July, before summarising the results.

The Future – ELC 2014

Following the success of ELC 2012, many delegates have approached me about the location, timing and event focus for ELC 2014. As announced by the National President, ELC 2014 will be one of a number of major Engineers Australia conferences, bringing together key decisions makers, industry representatives and peak bodies in late 2014 to form a National Engineering Convention. This will be an exciting opportunity to attend the largest single gathering of engineering professionals in Australia and to engage with young engineering professionals, leaders in practice and colleagues. The exact timing, location and overall format for the 2014 National Engineering Convention is expected to be announced within the next few months.

As life returns to normal for me and the remaining members of the ELC 2012 Organising Committee, I have a special request of all delegates. If, as so many delegates have said to me, you enjoyed ELC 2012 and received a great deal of benefit from attending, please join me in becoming an ELC Ambassador, promoting the benefits of attending ELC 2014 and future engineering leadership conferences. If the majority of ELC 2012 delegates come back in 2014, bringing two colleagues each, we will have over 1000+ delegates at ELC 2014. What a fantastic way to launch the National Engineering Convention.

Best wishes to you all for a successful future.  I look forward to seeing many of you at ELC 2014.

John Olson,
Chair, ELC 2012 Organising Committee


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