I spent Thursday and Friday night watching the live Webcast from the US and seeing how things were done and how they worked out. OK, so I wanted a heads up to see how everyone did their presentations in order to be a bit better prepared, I mean I want Walldorf to be better than Palo Alto was — a tough act to follow but we can do it!!
So what did I do to prepare? Well at first I figured I had plenty of time until I received and E-Mail stating that I had to have things mailed in “no later than April 11th”, OK not a problem, everything was already completed. What I wanted though, was to see how Palo Alto went in order to make alterations if needed. Also the fact that as far as I know we will have WLAN access but it is not 100% yet which means I’ll have to have backup material because my demos may not be accesible.
One thing I always worry about in terms of a technical presentation, especially with programming involved, is time. My original presnetation had about 40 slides and 6 demos, but watching Palo Alto I noticed that they all ran over in terms of time limit. Since I don’t want to keep anyone from lunch or going home and there is a chance that the person before me might run over I decided that it was time to take a hard look at what I had and see what I could do about it.
I’ve reduced my slides down to about 15 and only 4 demos. If time allows we can certainly go into further examples, demos or simply “try something out”. Now, some may wonder how could you cut things down so much? For my presentation – “Integrated Web Content”, there is a core set of tools needed to achieve this whereas the rest is pure specific detail to fit your needs. My presentation focuses on that core set of tools needed to accomplish the task as well as some specific examples.
So now that I just emailed the presentation off, it’s time to think about all the other pieces of the puzzle.
- Driving – been there a few times already no map needed
- Hotel – They seemed to book up fast but got one direct in Walldorf, so I can crawl home from the pre-evening event 😉
- Clothing – I’m taking my que from the US, most were in casual clothing, jeans, OK not so many t-shirts other than the new SDN t-shirts. I’ve heard I have one coming. The best shot I have one is here
- Registration – OK so long taken care of
- Gadget Fun Friday, What’s in your bag?? – Packed as always and ready to go
- Laptop with WLAN – Yep
- IRC Client – yep a nice small one HydraIRC
So I hope everyone is looking forward to it like I am and I hope to see many of you there at the pre-evening event in Marktstube!!
Oh and Mark – I’ve learned something about you recently and when we get there I’m buying you a drink!!