Overflight Award for Excellence

November 10, 2008

ArnoldIT.com and J Boye created an award to recognize the best presentations at the Boye 08 Conference held in Aarhus, Denmark. The conference attracted more than 260 attendees and featured more than 40 speakers from around the world.

The winner of the Overflight Award for Excellence was 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 honorable mention went to Niklas Sinander from EUMETSAT in Germany, who did a popular talk on Wiki from theory to practice. The winner and runner up received a Lucite trophy with the award logo. The winner received 500 euros.


Left to right, Stephen Arnold, ArnoldIT.com, Niklkas Sinander, EUMETSAT, runner up, Caroline Coetzee, Cambridge University Hospitals, and Janus Boye, JBoye.com.

Janus Boye and Stephen Arnold created the award to permit the community attending the conference to identify presentations that met the following criteria:

  • Information that would be useful to delegates upon returning to work
  • Research supporting the presentation
  • Quality of the delivery and examples
  • Importance of the speakers’ topics at the time of the conference.


A panel of distinguished attendees and information practitioners had the task of assessing the presentations and determining the winners. The judges were:

  • Andrew Fix, Shell
  • Volker Grünauer, Wienerberger
  • Magnus Børnes Hellevik, The Norwegian Labour and Welfare Administration
  • Ove Kristiansen, Region Syddanmark
  • Pernilla Webber, Alfa Laval.

The Overflight Award will become a permanent feature of the conferences organized by Janus Boye. A happy quack to the winners and to the judges who made the selection for this award.

Stephen Arnold, November 10, 2008


One Response to “Overflight Award for Excellence”

  1. Niklas Sinander on December 1st, 2008 6:12 am

    Dear Arnold and Janus,

    Today I received a very nice thing in the post – the Lucite trophy for the Overflight Award for Excellence.

    I would like to again thank you for awarding me the runner up for this award. This is the first recognition I’ve got for presenting, and I’m truly happy to have received it.

    I like to share knowledge when I have something that I think is worthwhile to share. It is really awarding and worth all the effort that people are appreciating it, and hopefully gets inspiration and useful information to take back home and apply in their own work.

    I hope to see you in the future on conferences or other places.


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