By Tom Vella, London, Southern & Eastern Section Chair
The London Showcase and Lions’ Lair, sponsored by SGN.
This event was organised by both the IGEM London Southern & Eastern Section and The Pipelines Industries Guild and is a returning annual favourite for many.
Held at the Holiday Inn, Bloomsbury, the night started with refreshments and opportunities to network and visit the exhibitors.
The event was opened by Antony Green, Head of Engineering and Asset Management, Gas Transmission, National Grid and President of IGEM.
We were treated to a presentation from Solutions for the Planet "Young Presenters of the Year" winners Priory School Southsea. This was followed by the Lions’ Lair, where four contestants entered the Lair each having four minutes to present their innovation followed by four minutes of questions by the 'Lions'. Each presentation was fascinating, but after a very close call, the judges decided that Morrison Utility Services' Virtual Trial-hole Assistant deserved to win the coveted Tommy McNicholas Shield.
After a break for refreshments, exhibition and networking time, attendees then had the opportunity to hear a keynote presentation from Steve Fraser, CEO of Cadent and President of the Pipelines Industries Guild entitled Building a Better Future.
Thank you to all the exhibitors and everyone who attended, we look forward to next year's event.