Speed geeking

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Speed Geek event during the launch of TechSoup Canada

Speed geeking is a participation process used to quickly view a number of presentations within a fixed period of time. Speed geeking gets its name from speed dating, since they both employ similar techniques.

Method[edit]

A large room is selected as the speed geeking venue. All the presenters are arranged in a large circle along the edge of the room. The remaining members of the audience stand at the center of the room. Ideally there are about 6-7 audience members for each presenter. One person acts as the facilitator.

The facilitator rings a bell to start proceedings. Once proceedings start, the audience splits up into groups and each group goes to one of the presenters. Presenters have a short duration, usually 5 minutes, to give their presentation and answer questions. At the end of the five minutes, the facilitator rings a bell. At this point, each group moves over to the presenter to their right and the timer starts once more. The session ends when every group has attended all the presentations.

Advantages[edit]

Speed geeking is a great way to quickly view a number of presentations and demos in a short while. For example, one hour is enough time to view 12 presenters if you spend 5 minutes at each presentation. The 5 minute limit also keeps presentations short and interesting.

Disadvantages[edit]

Each presenter has to give their presentation multiple times.

Related Processes[edit]

A Lightning Talk is another method of quickly going through a number of presentations in a short period of time.

PechaKucha - presentations (20 images shown for 20 seconds each) are sequential.

Ignite (event) - presentations (20 slides shows for 15 seconds each) are on a given topic.

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