January 31, 2010 20:03
I've been evangelizing the .NET platform for over 2 years, occasionally speaking (and listening) at venues from small local events to ponderously named conferences.
And let me tell you something: long presentations are not worth the time.
Long workshops are fine because you actively participate, but the KPI of long presentations is too low. Attention slows down
in 20-30 minutes, and in 50 minutes most of the listeners nap in their
chairs to the strains of soothing background hum of the presenter's
Surely it depends on the speaker's charisma. And surely there's no guarantee that short talks are any better. But why not give it a try?
Conference with short talks.
So I decided to organize a conference where talks will be only 10 minutes long.
It's too little to deliver
complicated stuff but surely is enough to drop some interesting idea or two, so that people would go
home and dig the rest themselves. (Which I believe is a goal of long
presentations as well.)
There's nothing revolutionary in the idea but it hasn't happen here in Czech Republic yet.
So, your humble correspondent is glad to announce that the conference with short talks about .NET, code-named Knetlik, will take place on February 13, 2010.
More details and agenda available on the website (special thanks to my wife for her overall support and website usability suggestions. Everything you like on the website comes from her. And everything you don't like comes from me because I didn't always listen).
Somehow I managed to persuade a lot of extermely bright people to present there. Some of them are very well-known in the .NET community for their outstanding contributions. Each can deliver at least 6 hours of invaluable content. But they're given only 10 minutes. It will be a blast.
If you happen to be in Prague on this day - don't miss it.
On such a high note, I'd like to say a special thank you to Štěpán Bechynský and Tomáš Petříček who tremendously helped me on the way - without them I wouldn't even have dared to think about such an endeavor. I also would like to thank everyone who was tweeting, blogging, criticizing, making suggestions, and otherwise supported the event.
See you there!
- Ignite and Perl Lighting Talks are probably the most popular "short talk" conferences. If you're intrigued, watch this video where Scott Berkun conducts a short talk about conducting short talks.