zondag 15 juni 2014

Pitch & Poster

11 June 2014, by Stacey Kondrakiewicz (University of Wisconsin-Whitewater)

We woke up to a rainy Toronto. After breakfast at the hotel, we made our way to the Engineering building where we met with guest speaker Wayne Galliher from the city of Guelph. He talked to us about Guelph’s Water Conservation and Efficiency Program. He spoke about all the projects they are implementing in Guelph to reach their goal of “using less water and energy per capita than any comparable Canadian city.”

After Wayne’s presentation, there was a brief break before we “dove” into our pitch and poster presentation training, where we learned about the rules for our 2 minute pitch and our poster which will be created in Microsoft Power Point. After looking at 9 previous posters, we got a good idea for what to do and what not to do. We also watched 3 different pitches and commented on what we liked about them and what we didn’t like. As we watched the pitch presentations, we realized how fast 2 minutes goes.
For the rest of the day, it was group work time where we continued to work on our case studies. Once work seized for the day, around 6:30, we all were excited for the free night ahead. This was the first night since we had been here that we didn’t have anything planned. So we had the whole evening to ourselves to grab dinner, and relax. I grabbed dinner with my American counterpart, Chesten, from the Metro Market that is less than a 30 second walk from the hotel (ILLC). We grabbed dinner to bring back to hotel, as well as buying groceries for the next couple of days. Luckily, there is a fridge in the lounge on our floor. The fridge is getting pretty full now but there’s still room for more! I spent the rest of the night, curled up with a book and my computer.

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