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NextGenNetwork's (NGN) ALTITUDE, in its 8th edition, presented a unique and innovative opportunity for young professionals to share their ideas on shaping the Aviation, Aerospace and Space sectors. 

During this fast-paced evening, six future leaders pitched their propositions to key industry experts from Boeing, Moorabbin Airport and Thales:

/ Michael Edwards | Director at Boeing Research & Technology - Asia Pacific 
/ Paul Ferguson | Chief Executive Officer at Moorabbin Airport Corporation
/ Grant Williams | Technical Director, Airspace Mobility Solutions at Thales Australia 


Each contestant had the opportunity to choose among three different but relevant topics:

1. Improve access to safe and reliable aviation for developing nations by reducing the cost burdens; 
2. Digitalisation and Emerging Technologies;
3. Environmental Sustainability.

Topic 1 was presented by:

/ Allissa Li | Aircraft Structures Design Engineer at Airbus in Australia Pacific, who pitched on Cross-National Disparity in Aviation Safety;
/ Xiaoyu Wu | Lecturer, School of Engineering and Built Environment - Aviation at Griffith University who talked about the Application of A.I. expert system in flight training.


Topic 2 was introduced by:

/ Manatsawee (San) Limprapuwiwattana | PhD student at RMIT University, who proposed a Versatile Emergent drone for all emergency services;
/ Anh Tuan (Tony) Tran | Research Fellow at RMIT University, who brought, to the judges' attention, the possibility of a Persistent monitoring and early bushfire warning system using high-altitude balloons.


Topic 3 was presented by:

/ Vaishnavi Sundaramurthy | Graduate Engineer at the Department of Defence, who asked the question: Are we on track to meet our 2030 sustainability goals?;
/ Jessica Walton | Air Traffic Controller at Airservices Australia, who underlined the significance of Nature capital accounting at Australian airports – how measuring the value of nature helps preserve it.


The jury decided to award the prize to all six contestants, instead of having just one winner for each topic, as they all pitched innovative ideas and raised interesting points.

They will then join an exclusive lunch with: 

/ Michael Edwards | General Manager at Boeing Research & Technology Australia 
/ Sarah McSwiney | Senior Manager of Strategy and Operations for the Office of the Chief Engineer at Boeing Defence Australia & Chair of Aviation/Aerospace Australia

Moreover, they have recevied a ticket for the A22 Airspace Awards in April in Melbourne!

Congratulations again!