CHALLENGE BOWL 2019 – SAN ANTONIO, TX
The first thing that struck us (literally) in Texas was the humid heat, at the end of September, with its almost 40 ° C (99 ° F) and an “I think I need gills to breathe” effect. Seriously, the heat was “taken away” in the following days by the tropical storm Imelda which, fortunately for us, hit San Antonio only by a smear but enough to flood the streets (and bring us some extra heat).
The conference, organized in 4 days of presentations and initiatives, allowed us to deepen our knowledge on numerous issues related to our doctoral projects. We have collected ideas on how to develop research, offering new points of view on available technologies and allowing us to speak personally with members of companies, SEG managers and administrators and other students. In particular, the comparison with other students from different universities allowed us to share our experiences and knowledge. The conference was therefore incredibly interesting and stimulating, together with all the collateral events that allowed us to network and have fun. As for the Challenge Bowl, alas, we didn’t win.
The excitement was so great, having to challenge 11 different teams from North America, South America, Saudi Arabia, China, and India. We, together with another team from Germany, were the only European representatives ready to battle for the final prize. For the less prepared: the Challenge Bowl is a quiz challenge, in which specific questions relating to geophysics, physics or geology are asked, together with questions on the history of the SEG, which must (and should) be answered (possibly) correctly. It is a bit like the Millionaire’s TV quizzes, the conductor is not Gerry Scotti but Peter Duncan, an exceptionally euphoric man, and perfectly-identified with the role of presenter. Instead of having all the time you want, you have about 10 seconds, in some shifts even less, and 11 other teams are against you more fiercely than ever. In short, zero pressure, all very relaxed.
With the hope of participating in the Challenge Bowl again in the coming years, and hoping to defeat the competition and make up for defeat, we thank those who made this experience possible.
Alessandra Lanzoni & Nicolò Bertone