Saturday, May 09, 2009

Talks in 90 seconds

At the workshop I'd mentioned, because of time constraints only 11 of the participants had the chance to give full talks. To try to get a better sense of what everyone else was working on, the organizers let anyone else who wanted to speak give a 90 second talk after dinner on the first night. This was a fascinating exercise, taken in good fun by all involved. The time limit was enforced by a big analog timer with a loud buzz.... As you might imagine, conveying what your group is doing given just 90 seconds is a challenge. About 19 people tried this, using anywhere from one to ten (!) powerpoint slides. It worked surprisingly well, actually. A neat idea.

3 comments:

gs said...

Wikipedia:

Speed dating is a formalized matchmaking process or dating system whose purpose is to encourage people to meet a large number of new people.
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Business speed dating has also been used in China as a way for business people to meet each other and to decide if they have similar business objectives and synergies. Speed dating offers participating investors and companies an outstanding opportunity to have focused private meetings with targeted groups in a compact time frame.
Apparently the concept continues to evolve and spread. Is the venture capital industry next?

DanM said...

Doug,
Did you? If so, what did you say? If not, what would you have said? C'mon, tell.

Doug Natelson said...

Hey Dan - I was lucky enough to give a longer talk, which in some ways is much easier. As for what I would have said, I'd have summarized our sensor-related work, ideally on one slide. 10 slides in 90 seconds is pretty crazy....