Wednesday, September 3, 2008

A tale of two presentations

I have two presentations scheduled next week, with a major contrast in styles - one is 5 minutes and the other is 90 minutes. The first is at Ignite Denver, which is at Fado Irish pub in downtown Denver on Wednesday evening next week (September 10th). Ignite is an O'Reilly sponsored event with an interesting format:
If you had five minutes on stage what would you say? What if you only got 20 slides and they rotated automatically after 15 seconds? Around the world geeks have been putting together Ignite nights to show their answers.

You can register here for free (and if you want to be on my team for the trivia quiz let me know!). I'll be talking about my thoughts on future location and social networking, among a fairly eclectic agenda which ranges from a variety of techie topics to the wonderful world of cigars and how to swear in French! I'm looking forward to the challenge of trying out this presentation format for the first time. If you're in the neighborhood I encourage you to stop by, I think it should be fun.

The following day, Thursday September 11, I switch from having to talk about future location for 5 minutes to talking for an hour and a half at the GIS in the Rockies conference in Loveland, CO. The standard presentations there are 30 minutes but the organizers asked if I would talk for longer, which was nice of them! It was a tough job to get my GeoWeb presentation into 30 minutes, so I'll have the luxury of being able to expand on the topics I talked about there, as well as talking more about the technology we're using, including PostGIS and Google Maps, more about some of the scalability testing and system design challenges we have addressed, and more about how I see the overall marketspace we're in and how we fit into that. I'm on from 3:30pm to 5pm - hope to see some of you there.


Anonymous said...

For a 5 minute presentation you could try the "Ignite" method.

-- Ed Sieja

Anonymous said...

Sorry, I missed the title, it is indeed an Ignite event - have fun.

-- Ed