Beside technical innovations, IFAC World Congresses also stand for socializing with colleagues and friends at exceptional places. While the cyberspace can be regarded as such an exceptional place, maintaining the social character for a virtual conference is not straightforward. Hence, we are proud to offer you the following entertaining and stimulating social events.
Virtual conferences leave no personal memories? Create (y)our own:
Contribute a Picture to a Souvenir and win a Prize
We would like to create a souvenir of the IFAC World Congress 2020 by combining pictures from as many as possible attendees in one photomosaic showing one of Berlin’s landmarks. To participate, simply send a creative, formal, or stylish picture of yourself to firstname.lastname@example.org (until Wednesday, July 15, 12:00 (Berlin time, CEST/UTC+2h)).
You collected and kept a beer coaster advertising the IFAC World Congress 2020? Great! Include *your* beer coaster (handed out at the closing ceremony of the last world congress in Toulouse) into your picture to increase chances for an attractive prize. In fact, we will award two prizes among all contributions. One prize for a picture without and the main prize for a picture with beer coaster!
Legal note: With sending your picture, you agree on using this picture for the mosaic and distributing the resulting souvenir among the conference attendees.
Control engineers are nonmusical? Quite the contrary:
Listen to the 1st IFAC Control Orchestra
The IFAC World Congress 2020 features the performance of the first IFAC Control Orchestra! Originally, the idea was to present a live performance with musicians only from our community on site in Berlin. As the conference now takes place virtually, this idea has been shifted to a remote fashion. More precisely, more than 25 contributing musicians played and recorded their parts separately, and all musical contributions have been combined into two masterpieces that will be presented at the virtual opening and closing ceremony of the congress. Don’t miss these unique compositions including a piece by Deep Purple.
You are a smart-aleck nerd? Prove yourself:
Compete in the entertaining Control-and-the-Universe Quiz
Inspired by pub quizzes and game shows like “Who wants to be a Millionaire?” and “Family Feud”, we conducted an entertaining online Control-and-the-Universe Quiz with a mix of control-related and general questions. The quiz was held on Monday, July 13. In order to stimulate social interactions, interested quizzers were randomly assigned to teams with 3 to 5 players. Participants had to deal with questions like the favorite theorem of the IFAC technical committee chairs or the solar system’s tallest mountain (without using a search engine). After almost three hours of intensive online quizzing, the Control-and-the-Universe Quiz ended with happy faces: More than 200 quizzers from around the world had competed in around 40 teams!
The winners will be announced later during the Congress week and will receive a pleasant surprise! For those who participated, see the following table for the final rank and number of points of your team:
|4||Team no. 10||77|
|10||The Kalman Filters||75|
|14||Ali and the Gang||70|
|19||Cool MPC folks||68|
|19||Luis and the Germans||68|
|24||The control avengers||63|
|31||C G T||55|
|34||404 members not found||45|
The song "For a Lifetime" was conducted by Jochen M. Rieber.
We would like to thank these musicians for their performance:
|Simon Bachler||bass clarinet|
|Arthur Scolari Fagundes||guitar|
|Giuseppe Gillini||guitar, bass guitar|
|Masahiro Mae||double bass|
|Manuel Alberto Martínez Arenas||alto sax|
|Miguel Mauricio Iglesias||cello|
|Mirko Mazzoleni||tenor sax|
|Matthias A. Müller||trumpet|
|Simon Muntwiler||tenor sax|
|Martin Pfeifer||bass guitar|
|Jochen M. Rieber||clarinet|
|Julia Wagner||alto sax|
Arranger, audio engineering: Jochen M. Rieber
Organization, video engineering: Julian Berberich