The morning for the 2015 FEI EMEA conference started well with everyone turning up on time. A full day workshop was running in parallel with the Opening and morning presentations, and yet the room filled to capacity with more than 120 attending, and extra chairs were needed to be brought in to cater for the enthusiastic attendance.
A brief welcome from the Summit Chair, Hannes Erler (Swarovski) and a succinct introduction to our first speaker by Mike Hatrick (Climate-KIC) had us quickly move into the excellent selection of speakers lined up for the day, none who disappointed.
Separate notes are provided from the team on the speaker presentations. However with two speakers talking about Space during the day, that certainly was the topic that caught the attention of the attendees and many conversations were focused on the opportunities before us in this area. The understanding that New Space activities are shifting from science fiction to mainstream business took many of us by surprise, in a good way, and lots of excitement and discussion followed.
The other key theme for the day was about Passion & Purpose. The importance of this for both individuals and the organisation was mentioned a number of times by our speakers.
The end of the first day had us all 'getting connected' with the ChiefHumourOfficer.com team before networking and dinner. We all formed small informal groups and went off to explore Vienna to find somewhere for dinner, which was great for those who had flown in that morning and came straight into the conference.
contribution by Dr. Claire McGowan, CEO for SODA Inc. a business incubator based in NZ, and founder of www.ipmarket.com, an online community for entrepreneurs interested in IP.