Five Minutes of Fame
Details temporarily lifted from email chain until something is more solid:
Quick question. I know there are "formal" labs and lectures that go on at scheduled times at noisebridge, but would anyone be open to having "lightning lectures"? I'm kind of lifting this from the CCC format, but I think a lot of people are working on little projects, or maybe want to give a 5 to 10 minute talk on an idea they've been playing around with, and don't want to devote a longer session to it. I suggest this because I'm kicking around a few things I may want to present.
Everyone seemed to like it and had questions, so:
I like the idea of five minutes for two reasons: it's a good way for new speakers to help counter speaking anxiety (and get their name on a speaker list) without giving a huge long talk, and it's also experience for things like job interviews and product presentations. SF is a huge startup culture, and if you can't explain what your startup is doing within five minutes, nobody will listen.
Mitch: it could definitely be a monthly event. Consider it something like open mike night at noisebridge. I'm also hoping it could lead to a lot of diversity in projects, because if someone has an idea they're thinking about doing, they can do a brief talk on it and get community support.
daniela: "open to the general public" is kind of tricky. My thought was we could have a single night where a bunch of talks happen, rather than some impromptu lecture that you miss if you come five minutes late. If we did something like videotaping the talks, I could see that some speakers would want to opt out of that.
jim: that's a similar vein, but a jellybean talk sounds more like an introductory segway into the main talk, whereas these would be completely random interests people have in no particular order (unless someone requested it). The advantage of a five minute talk is that if you miss it, you can find the speaker, and they can tell you what the talk was about in five minutes :)