Ignite Sydney sparks up

Ignite Sydney sparks up

Summary: Ignite Sydney kicked off its inaugural event last night, with the goal of ending the "death by PowerPoint" presentation style. Twelve presenters took to the stage to take on the unique Ignite format.


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  • Kieran Ots was the winner for his talk on "A year of failed projects (and what I learned from them)".

    Movie buffs will note that Ots' t-shirt is clearly not fail.

    (Credit: Chris Duckett/ZDNet.com.au)

  • Going neck and neck with Ots in the voting for most of the night was Jason Yip. Yip's talk on programming processes used many hand-drawn slides to great effect.

    (Credit: Chris Duckett/ZDNet.com.au)

  • Google's Pamela Fox spoke to the crowd on the pros and cons of using Flex vs. HTML5.

    (Credit: Chris Duckett/ZDNet.com.au)

Topics: Software, Browser, Software Development


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  • 12 x 20 = 240 slides/hour still "death by PowerPoint"

    With only five minutes, and really only needing to cover two points at most, why have a slide at all. Just need a poster! It doesn't matter how long a presentation is, you still need to introduce it and conclude it (with some coherence between them!).

    I find that too many presenters try to cram a lot of information into their presentations so that there is breadth, but not enough depth.

    Supply the depth (in an engaging way) and participants will want to look at more.
  • why use slides?

    Patanjali raises a good point - why have slides at all?

    We considered this for Ignite Sydney and decided that an interesting talk without slides is great, but Toastmasters already do this well.

    We wanted to showcase a new, fun and interesting format, and felt that well-designed slides can deliver this.

    We will be uploading video footage of the Ignite Sydney presentations shortly, and I invite Patanjali and others to decide for themselves whether the presentations were enhanced by the inclusion of slides.