[clug] October CLUG - Thursday Oct 22 - Lightning talks - short focused fun for all

Bob Edwards bob at cs.anu.edu.au
Thu Oct 8 01:55:13 UTC 2015

On 08/10/15 12:33, Steven Hanley wrote:
> All
> So no one keen on this idea?
> No proposals/talks reeceived so far.
> Also I have just realised I will be in Adelaide that day so can not attend
> the meeting.
> 	See You
> 	    Steve

I actually find lightning talks somewhat frustrating. I understand that
some find it a source of entertainment, and in a large audience you have
different audience dynamics to contend with, but I wonder how effective
they are at getting ideas and information across? Maybe I am just
getting old...

I would be happy to do a short (5 - 10min) talk or two on stuff that
I am working on. I don't really want the "pressure" of keeping it to
whatever the stupidly short time limit is that lightning talks usually
go for, and I think that a short question time at the end (of each
talk) is useful.

I'd think maybe a 15 min. slot with up to 10 mins of presentation and
time for questions might be a more useful format for a smaller
gathering like CLUG.

I could talk on:
  - building a portable "FreedomBox"-like appliance
  - writing a small recursive YAML parser in C (for fun)
  - hacking on FOSS games for Linux (something I know little about...)
  - other stuff

I will/can be there on the 22nd.


Bob Edwards.

> On Thu, Oct 01, 2015 at 05:29:18PM +1000, Steven Hanley wrote:
>> All
>> After BCG's excellent talk on linux audio software we are going to try
>> something a bit different this month.
>> So lightening talks have been presented at most linux.conf.au events in
>> recent years, there is an example page describing them and the 2007 lca
>> (Sydney) plan here
>> https://www.linux.org.au/conf/2007/LightningTalks.html
>> Format, we set up a timer visible to all at the front of the room counting
>> down from 5 minutes to 0. You have that time in which to present
>> something (hopefully) interesting to everyone at CLUG.
>> It can be on any fun, hacking, linux, hardware, open source, geeky thing you
>> want to talk about.
>> I will line up with Bob to have a computer we can display slides (pdf, or
>> open office presenter format) if you need them. (possibly the computer built
>> into the lectern)
>> Please email me (or the list) with a talk or multiple talks if you want to
>> get involved, good practice to sharpen presentation skills and staying on
>> topic in limited time.  Also useful to get the word out to convince people
>> to get involved or hacking on something interesting if you think it is of
>> interest to others.  Or to show of cool geeky ideas or talk about events or
>> whatever people may want to get invovled in.
>> 	See You
>> 	    Steve
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