Sábado, 12 de Novembro de 2011

5 tips for your presentation today

Did you take advantage of the elevator pitch bootcamp yesterday?

You did? Good.

You didn’t? Well, there’s still some time to rehearse before presenting your project to the public later on, but remember, presentation skills are crucial.

We’ve had cases in previous editions in which great projects weren’t rewarded as they should simply because their presentation didn’t get the point across, while not so great projects earned prizes due to their great presentation skills.

Our advice (based on years of pitching stuff ourselves and watching as year after year of contestants tried their thing) is that every team should have at least one member completely focused on rehearsing their presentation, starting… yesterday.

Seriously, you have only 90 seconds to strut your stuff. Whoever does the presentation doesn’t have to be the project mentor, the lead coder, the UI designer, or the biggest ego - your team should pick the the one person who’s able to deliver the best possible elevator pitch to the audience and to the jury.

So here are our top 5 tips for a killer elevator pitch:

  1. Focus on the problem you’re solving
  2. Tell a compelling story
  3. Use 4th grade language (seriously)
  4. End with a bang (hardware projects are exempt from this one…)
  5. Practice, practice, practice

Seriously, don’t waste agonizing seconds poring over the neat bits of code in the solution (unless they were the problem), try to explain things as if you were doing so to an investor who couldn’t tell PHP from DDT, and give a well-rounded, well-rehearsed presentation.

That’s the key bit. PRACTICE. Remember, there is a small stage upstairs at the “Sala do Tratado” where you can go and rehearse to your heart’s content. Do so, and good luck!

publicado por rcarmo às 12:24
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Sexta-feira, 11 de Novembro de 2011

Project Selection Update

Friends, coders, countrymen,


Since lunch is a fluid concept at Codebits, we wanted to make sure everyone on the project teams was available and decided to start the interviews at 15:00 so that you're well fed, alert, and able to withstand our thorough interrogation.


(Just kidding, we don't bite. Well, not all of us, anyway.)


Keep your eyes peeled for further updates.


publicado por rcarmo às 13:28
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Got Eagle Eyes?

The SAPO Fotos team just keeps on giving, and this time around we're awarding prizes for the best details you spot in our amazing new panorama photography site


All you need to do is up upload a screenshot of the panorama detail to SAPO Fotos with the tags "codebits2011" and "eagleeye" until 17:00 today, and post a link to it here in the comments. The best photos will be awarded prizes, and we'll announce the winners by then.


You get bonus points for providing a description of how and where you found things.


P.S.: There may or may not be some Easter Eggs hidden in those panoramas, so make sure you look hard...


P.S.S.: Please reply to this post and leave a link to the photo in the comments section. Yes, we know, there are entirely too many "codebits2011" photgraphs out there, but that's a good thing!

publicado por rcarmo às 13:15
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More Bots In a Row (The Six-Pack Edition!)

And they keep on coming, folks!


First off, the winners for the previous photo-op contest should pop over to the SAPO Fotos team (ask for Bernardo Mota near the panorama Mega Bot) to collect their prize.


Oopsie. Yeah, we know there are two identical T-Shirts in there. Sorry, it's been a long night. Or two.


Next up, we have another opportunity for you and your buddies to show off the amazing T-Shirts we have for this year's event:


We're now handing out prizes for photos tagged with both "codebits2011" and "botsixpack" featuring six or more people with identical T-Shirts


The photo featuring more people until 17:00 wins, so start finding people that share your excellent taste in clothing and arranging things.


To make it more challenging, make sure both faces and T-Shirts are clearly visible.

publicado por rcarmo às 12:20
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