What’s new at BILT ANZ this year? Vision 20/20 Finalists and More
If you have been coming along to BILT for awhile you will notice that every year it just gets better and better with more and more going on. Not only have we been busy coming up with the classes but the committee is committed to listening to your feedback as well as coming up with new ideas for sessions and activities that add value to your BILT experience and BILT upon your feedback. So what’s new at BILT ANZ 2018?
Gender Diversity Forum
On Day 2, at 9.45am, the schedule mystifyingly listed a class only as “Plenary 2” leaving everyone wondering about what was planned for a session where all our delegates were invited. Last week we announced this will be a very special session “Challenging Our Industry – Gender Diversity in AEC and Technology”. We want you, our delegates, to join our industry panel moderated by Justine Clark of Parlour, in considering how we as individuals can all contribute to positive change in our industry. This session has developed out of much discussion and feedback over the years about the male dominated nature of our industry and our community at BILT and we are hopeful this can be a step in the right direction to influence change.
After much fanfare (and jealous comment from our chairman who is ineligible for the 2nd prize lego), our inaugural Vision 20/20 competition will take place during the closing session on Saturday. The topic The Dangers of Technology, we look forward to hearing what our finalists have to say. And who are they…in no particular order
Carl Storms (doesn’t he have enough to do?)
Mazharuddin Syed Ahmed
For some time, the committee have been considering the idea of a space for our exhibitors to provide brief presentations during break times. BILT EUR actually beat us to it last year, successfully debuting the Presentation Zone. This year, the Presentation Zone comes to ANZ. Located within the exhibition area, the Presentation Zone will feature our exhibitors giving 10 minute presentations each day. Pop by for some additional insight into the products and services they are exhibiting at BILT. You will be able to find the schedule in the app.
If you are not busy enough in the Presentation Zone at lunchtimes, you can also catch up with your favourite speakers. It’s important for us to stay on schedule and many of our speakers have commitments to multiple classes or committee roles, so they can’t always answer your questions and chat directly after class. You used to have to try and catch them if you were lucky to see them at afternoon tea or later at the bar, but this year we are introducing Speaker’s Corner, a designated place within the exhibition hall for our speakers to meet their fans (or hecklers). At the end of their class, speakers will let you know when they will be available in the speakers corner for signing autographs (and chatting all things techie of course)
User Group Lounge
Looking to connect with your local User Group? Or maybe just looking for somewhere comfy to hang out during breaks? Also in the exhibition hall will be the User Group Lounge. Spearheaded by Collaborate ANZ, the User Group Lounge will offer a place to meet members of local user group committees but also some comfy seats.
You will already have seen some of what’s new when you registered and selected your classes. Each year we review our process and all of our tags to try to make it easier for you to select your classes. This year we had a major overhaul, reviewing all tags and adding software filters. We have also now published the full text of submitted abstracts which we hope will give you a better idea of which classes might suit you.
We are always trying to improve your BILT experience, so please do share your feedback and suggestions with us both during and after the event.