Yesterday Thursday 29th August 2013 I attended the Young Software Engineer of the Year Awards held at the National Museum of Scotland. One of my honours project students received an award for the work of his honours project titled “Procedural Shader Driven Rendering on Modern Hardware” (more info). The prize consisted of a certificate, a glass trophy (seen below) and a really generous cash prize.
The days events lasted well over 12 hours with a reception, networking session and a series of talks starting things off at the Sheraton Grand Hotel. The keynote speaker Dr Vint Cerf gave a really entertaining talk covering the birth of the Internet right the way through to present day and into the future with a vision of the net reaching out into the solar system and beyond to our closest neighbouring star 4.3 light years away.
In the evening we moved to the National Museum for the awards dinner (attended by over 600 people). It was a stunning location for the dinner and all those I chatted to who hadn’t seen it before were really amazed. Only a small section of it was open (as seen in the images below) for the dinner, but it certainly gave appetite to visit again and spend a day visiting all the exhibits it has to offer.