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levitation. Mr. Ahlborn shared his transportation vision and the depth of Hyperloop TT’s crowd-sourcing and crowd-collaboration efforts. This crowd-sourcing approach has tapped into a network of part-time or volunteer engineers and enterprising companies to design, build, and provide capital to build commercially viable hyperloop systems in both France and China. Following Mr. Ahlborn, back to back concurrent sessions were held with topics that touched on public policy, the effects of disasters, risk management, new technologies, and the state of our profession. Being my first conference, I was amazed at the range of presentations; whether it was ASCE’s Canon 8 on discrimination, using software to develop plans and schedules, LEED Waterfront Edge Design Guidelines (WEDG) certifications, interviewing for projects, and public speaking. As a geotechnical engineer, sitting in on a presentation with members of Colorado’s Association of Geotechnical Engineer’s (CAGE) on design and construction of expansive soils was particularly interesting. The most prevalent topic at this year’s conference was on how to incorporate more resiliency in the design process. We were able to get a glimpse at ASCE’s published Manual of Practice: MOP 140 - Climate-Resilient Infrastructure: Adaptive Design and Risk Management by some of the journal’s authors. Presenters spoke about failing or terminal lifeline systems; water, sewer, power, fuel, and transportation and the need to design for those systems in the case of emergencies. Cities like Ft. Lauderdale, FL are managing risk