Three weeks ago the SAIL project met physically again. This time in Bristol, at the premises of the SAIL partner HP Labs. The main meeting took place between Tuesday Sep. 18th and Thursday Sep. 20th, but already on Monday several of the work packages met, eager to get going. And some also stayed during Friday that week, continuing the work.
In a pan-European project like SAIL, with 25 different partner organizations involved, these face-to-face meetings with interactions between everyone involved, are a good and needed complement to the more daily work. Some areas needs interaction beyond phone conferences and emails.
On Monday evening the PMT (project management team) and the POET (project overall engineering team) met to outline the activities during the remainder of the SAIL project time.
The working days at these meetings are quite long and intense, and during the evenings the discussions continues over dinner. Tuesday evening included a dinner for everyone, and this time we visited S/S Great Britain, a great experience and very impressive. Suitable enough, as we are approaching the end of the SAIL era, this ship was the “bridge between sail and steam, the bridge between wooden and iron ships”. A remarkable piece of engineering, which has been restored. A visit is recommended if you are in Bristol.
The journey for SAIL continues, and we are starting to see the end. The end of the SAIL project, but not the end related to the technologies developed within SAIL.
Disclosure and disclaimer: I am engaged in SAIL, an ICT project about the Future Internet, on behalf of Ericsson. However the opinions expressed in this post are my personal, and not those of the SAIL project or my employer.