Blog : Elliot Kotek

Monash University – Looking Forward to Great Challenges

Monash University – Looking Forward to Great Challenges

Last year, I was absolutely humbled to be awarded the Distinguished Alumni title for my alma mater: https://www.monash.edu/alumni/news/awards/distinguished-alumni/2015/elliot-kotek

Elliot-Kotek-resizeWith an upcoming trip back to Australia on the cards, I’m looking forward to joining the co-hort of students of Monash University Faculty of Science’s “Global Challenges” program for a chat about leadership. My own views on the subject have crystallized more and more over the last year – especially from my time spent recently at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University in Chicago [Evanston, to be specific].

The amazing thing about Kellogg is that the team’s focal point was on building your ethical core and your physical resilience so that you’re mentally and physically prepared for leadership – something we think about in our sporting endeavors, but probably not nearly enough in our leaders, who boast of their lack of sleep as a badge of pride (my self being no exception). No doubt I’ll have much more to share from my Kellogg experience soon (I’m still processing the experience). Save to say, for now, that the AMP Intensive I undertook was indeed intensive, and was also one of the most rewarding experiences, academic or otherwise, of my life to date.

[By the way, the honor from my old university also enabled me to don a cap and gown for the first time in 20 years. Feel free to comment below, I know I look like I belong in the 1970s in this pic: 🙂 ]

A Conversation with “Father of 3D-Printing” Joseph Beaman

A Conversation with “Father of 3D-Printing” Joseph Beaman

In early 2015, I had the huge, and unexpected honor of sharing a stage with one of the “fathers” of 3D-printing, Professor Joseph Beaman, head of the School of Engineering at the University of Texas.

It was an hour of conversation I’ll not soon forget – Joe talking about how the New York Times ran a piece about his selective laser sintering initiatives back in 1986, and how they spoke of it as the future of manufacturing. Of course, times have changed and thirty years have passed and 3D-printing is now being toyed with by consumers, and by teams like the one we sent to Sudan with Not Impossible, thanks to Intel and Precipart.

Project Daniel was, of course, a career highlight, but the opportunities it brought to speak more broadly about innovation and social good on a level such as this, opposite such a generous and warm figure as Professor Beaman is another valuable reward that I’ll continue to value and appreciate. Many thanks to the Medical Innovation Labs for bringing us together. Check out the chat right here:

 

The Importance of Storytelling & Collaboration (Podcast)

The Importance of Storytelling & Collaboration (Podcast)

Thanks to Enso for including me in their “Value Added” podcast – here’s the blurb and the embed if you find yourself with time for a listen:

“Elliot Kotek has produced films like 140 and Queen Mimi, he is the co-founder of Not Impossible Labs, editor-and-chief of Beyond Cinema magazine, along with playing a part in many other awesome projects. Elliot talked about his journey getting to where he is now, the importance of storytelling, and the opportunities to work with brands to bring ideas to life.”