Edited by: Jesse van Leeuwen

Interviewees: Alex Hirsig, Beatrice Gabriele

 

Without a doubt, you have heard of the event that AeroDelft hosted last Friday, in which we revealed our Prototype to the world. Behind the scenes of this event, a lot of organizing took place. Besides making sure that the stream ran smoothly and arranging extensive logistics, the Events department thinks about how to convey our project to the world in the best way possible.

 

Tell us about your department!

 

The events department is responsible for the organization and overseeing of all social and promotional events connected to the project. This does not only mean organizing events that aim at promoting the team and showing the project’s progress, but also taking part in other events, where we could get exposure. Within our own events, we might also be required to do some public speaking by mediating the event structure or the Q&A session. In order to make sure that all aspects regarding the event’s organization are covered, we follow a clear structure in the form of a script that is then shared with the rest of the team. It is very important to keep in mind that even though operations and engineering operate in entirely different scenarios and have very different tasks, for the event to be a success, it is very important for us to have good communication within the team, this is why we always share our work with the team. 

 

What do you like most about your department?

 

Bea: The best part of being an event manager is working with people that are passionate about promoting sustainable aviation and believe in the project so much. The parties we have worked with so far have both inspired me and provided me with a lot of useful pieces of advice that I will most likely cherish in the future. 

Alex: What I really enjoy about the events department is that I can bring the amazing technical achievements from our team to the people. To me, this is very satisfying work. Also, I am in contact with lots of interesting people. As well from the aviation sector as also people that usually have nothing to do with airplanes. I love this interdisciplinary mix.

 

What have been the biggest obstacles that your department has faced so far?

The biggest obstacle has of course been the organization of online events. They of course limit our creativity and experience on the day of the event. If we have to think back to our last event, the Model Reveal of the Prototype, we really missed sharing the overall excitement and sense of accomplishment with the entire team, considering that due to the Covid-19 measures in place, not all team members were able to be physically present. Online events offer some other options though and within the events department, we try to do our best to make them as interactive and encompassing as possible. 

 

What are you as a department most looking forward to?

 

We are looking forward to being able to host a physical event as soon as possible, as the measures seem to soon relax a bit more! Nevertheless, we are proud of our achievements so far and the big improvements that we make every day. It is quite hard to start working with new people in a new setting and with every new event, we understand each other’s dynamics and rhythms more and more, which makes us much more operative and efficient.

 

Regarding your department, what are you most proud of?

 

In short, to answer the question, we are most proud of the great teamwork behind the scenes of the project.