I am continuing to iterate on the preparation of my 5 minute presentation for next week's Ignite event which is part of the Where 2.0 conference - but it's an evening event which is open to the public, so if you're in the vicinity of San Jose try to stop by even if you're not attending the conference. Brady Forrest's blog
has a complete list of what’s on and it sounds like it should be a really interesting program. I'm third on the list for the second set which starts at 8:15pm - so the audience should have had a few drinks by then which hopefully is a good thing :) !!
My topic is “Social Networking Based on Future Location”:
This presentation talks about the challenges in building a fine-grained model of a person's future location, and about the range of powerful applications that can be built off such a model. Many applications focus on the current location of a person and their friends - future location is harder to handle but arguably more useful.
I originally proposed this as a 30 minute presentation so it’s definitely both challenging and fun to work on fitting it in to the Ignite format of 20 slides which auto-advance every 15 seconds, for a total of 5 minutes. I have done a few practice runs already and the timing is really critical in this format, so I anticipate several more iterations of tweaking the slides and content before Tuesday. I’ll write a bit more about tips for doing Ignite presentations once I’m done with it all. Brady referred the presenters to this post from Jason Grigsby
which has some good advice in it – most especially the one about how you need to adapt on the fly when you stumble. If you are 5 seconds behind then you’re missing a third of your time on the next slide, so it’s pretty hard to catch up.
I believe they’ll be recording the presentations and posting them online, but I’ll also record one of my practice runs just in case - so one way or another we will get a version of it online shortly. I'm looking forward to an interesting time and catching up with lots of people at both Where 2.0 and WhereCamp.