This week was a great week. It was extremely busy, I had my thesis presentation on Thursday. I was very happy with the experts that were in the jury. They were a good representation of the web and marketing landscape in Belgium. I don’t think I was nervous, but there was a little pressure to explain everything really clear in my presentation. You can find the presentation online. Like usual I make very minimal slides, just one or two keywords on a slide. So without me chattering, you probably won’t understand what the slides mean.
Friday I got the news I passed for my thesis + project, so this was good news. Tomorrow, Monday, I’ll know my exact grades.
Friday I was in the newspaper “Het Belang van Limburg” because I was nominated for a prize called Wanatoe (article, in Dutch). Wanatoe is a prize organized by the same newspaper and is for graduate students, for their final thesis project. All last year students from the “KHLIM” and “PHL” school could participate. I was a bit surprised I was nominated and very glad the jury saw some potential in my project.
Reading your own interview is kinda strange. I’m not sure the interview was a good representation of the person that I am. I don’t like to be called a web designer, but I understand that this is term everyone knows, so it is logical that a mainstream medium like a newspaper likes to use this term.
Yesterday evening I went to the official awards ceremony of Wanatoe. And completely unexpected I got a prize !? I was already pretty surprised to be nominated and now I have the chance to work further on my project in a very good environment. I’ll get coached for over one year by the people of “Z33” and “platform vormgeving limburg”. The first prize, so the actual Wanatoe prize, went to Heidi Ector. She made a kind of dance choreography, so something very different from my project. I hope I get the chance to check out what she made. It seems pretty cool. Just like the other nominations.
This all came very unexpected but I’m very glad the jury saw the potential of the new media in my project and acknowledged it. I’m getting pretty excited what the rest of the year will bring.
I saw back a friend I met in Africa Friday. All of a sudden he turn up on our traditional after school year BBQ, very unexpected but extremely nice to see him again. Welcome to Belgium Patson.
Next week will be very different. Wednesday night I leave for Rock Werchter, it will feel good to have a no-computer-week. I’ll prove to you all, I don’t have problems going trough the days without a computer or the internet. At least as long if there is beer, women and rock’n roll. 🙂