When 11 year-old Aaliyah approached me for ideas of “Droids, drones and robots” for her Science Talent Search project, my first call was to my colleagues at Queensland Health’s Clinical Skills Development Service. The simulated mannequins are great for showing kids the wide range of skills needed to drive jobs in the future, from designers to audio techs to scientists and programmers – it’s not all about code!
In October 2016, the Science Talent Search awarded Aaliyah a bursary for her video production “Industrial Robots Healthcare Industry”. Judges commended Aaliyah on the uniqueness of her entry (“new science”). Personally, I think she a better job than most of us in industry at explaining the benefits of our robotic friends!
Aaliyah’s journey has stoked my enthusiasm to develop a SimYouth community – stay tuned.
“With respect, Ray, I think your biography will be a more gripping read than a dry old history of simulation in Australia!” I’m working with Ray Page, one of the Grandfathers of simulation in Australasia, and certainly in flight simulation globally, to write his biography. It’s a great story about innovation and Australian bravado, and a quiet celebration of some of Qantas’ great achievements.
Off and on for several years, I’ve had a voluntary role as Chair of the Organising Committee of Australasia’s simulation conference. I now have the title of Congress Executive and my focus continues to be broadening the scope of our conversation and welcoming a wider diversity of practitioners and organisations into our community.
Mentoring has been a great way to learn more about the startup community, rapid prototyping and lean startups. Early in 2016, Era Innovation and UQ ran a Lean Start-Up Challenge for students in the MBA program. I mentored a brother-sister team who are reinventing a family business – Roberts Traction Technologies. I was truly inspired by the commitment David and Sarah had to continue the success created by their parents. It was also fascinating to see the types of businesses in the competition and how the business models evolved using lean ideas.
Throw together a nobel laureate, an orthodox priest, a few mathematicians, an inventor, an SAS-trained academic, a socialist collaborator, half a dozen grads and a cigar merchant on the rooftop terrace of an espresso bar and you get a fascinating discussion about society, education, technology and culture. Inspired by Buckminster Fuller, and encouraged by Tim Foresman, we hosted one of what will hopefully be many casual get togethers where the discussion is intellectual, philosophical and the night ages like the fine wine being consumed.