Five Minutes of Fame

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Five Minutes of Fame

April Showers Edition!

I am happy to post this month's "Five Minutes of Fame" schedule:

All speakers have been notified, and the current schedule is as follows*:

Slot 0: "The Reviewed Movies of John Waters" -- froggytoad
Slot 1: "Find ha.sh:  A search engine for files you already have" -- Asheesh Laroia & Jeffrey Malone
Slot 2: "The Two Sides of Business Empathy and Power" -- Karl Long
Slot 3: "Orb Swarm : Kinetic Art Breaks From the Machine" -- coreyfro
Slot 4: "Integrating ZigBee into a project" -- nils
Slot 5: "Charlieplexing" -- Josh Meyer
Slot 6: "Rise of the Steamfucking Machines" -- Ani Niow
Slot 7: "Learn to Read: 한글 인 파이브 미느츠" -- Skory
Slot 8: "Watchuwant.tv"  -- Arvind Narayanan, Adam Bossy, David Molnar
Slot 9: "Safire's Magic"  -- Safire

Thanks to all the audience and participants, see you tomorrow, 8PM at 83c Wiese!

  • location and time are concrete, although this schedule is subject to change


What is it?

Five Minutes of Fame (FMoF) is an adaptation of CCC's Lightning Talks. The idea is that we have ten 5 minute talks within an hour. Talks can be shorter, but not longer, than five minutes.

When and Where does it happen?

Third Thursday of every month at 8pm, at Noisebridge.

This means the next event will be on April 16th, 2009 at 8pm.

Why are we doing this?

There are many reasons:

  • It's great for people who are interested in what's going on at Noisebridge -- no need to sit through long lectures.
  • Some people are working on projects that are not ready for a full 30 minute or hour long talk, but they want to get their ideas out. Maybe they need help, maybe they want to propose an idea to the Noisebridge community.
  • Some people are shy to public speaking and want to practice without giving an "official" conference talk, which can be daunting. This is a great way to try it out, in a community of peers.
  • San Francisco is the mecca for startups. If you're trying to sell your idea to someone, you need to be able to explain it in five minutes or less.
  • "The Law of Fives"

How can I participate?

Easy - sign up to give a talk! Contact aestetix or froggytoad by email (aestetix [@] gmail.com) (miloh [@] froggytoad.net).

For April, you can also twitter @miloh!

Include your name (or handle), talk title, your website/url, and a short description.

In your email, use the subject line "Five Minutes of Fame Submission DD-MM-YYYY" (filling in the date of the upcoming FMoF for which you are applying.)

Slides must be in PowerPoint (.ppt) format unless otherwise agreed upon and submitted by the Friday before FMoF. All slides are subject to approval. If you are using your own laptop to present, you must arrive at least one (1) hour before FMoF begins and notify aestetix upon arrival.

Speakers will be notified as to the status of their talks before the schedule is released. If your talk was not accepted, feel free to submit next month!

Talk schedule will be finalized and released on the Monday before FMoF.

Call for presentations is open! Please email your talk ideas to miloh [@] froggytoad.net

Other Questions

Can anyone attend or speak?

There are a limited number of slots for speakers, and members or regulars are given priority to speak about the projects they are working on. Although there are substitutes for people don't show, schedule early to be assured your 5MoF!

What if I show up late?

If you are giving a talk, please notify me so we can rearrange the schedule. If you want to see a talk that you're going to miss, find the person who gave it and chat with them for five minutes :)

Past FMoFs

2009-02-19

2009-03-19

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