Quinta-feira, 26 de Abril de 2012

Damian Conway - Quaquaversal

Aside from the training sessions that Damian will present next week (Mastering Vim and New Features of Modern Perls - more information here), Damian will also offer us yet another amazing lecture:


Temporally Quaquaversal Virtual Nanomachine Programming In Multiple Topologically Connected Quantum-Relativistic Parallel Spacetimes...Made Easy!


The abstract:


Watch in terror as Damian writes a Perl program to extract square roots using nothing but quantum mechanics, general relativity, and the very fabric of the space-time continuum.


Along the way we'll also investigate: Wittgenstein's dark secret; the diminishing returns of physical computation; Roman philosophy; when Super Science Adventures go wrong; the greatest Lego kit of all time; the secret identity of Sith; carbon logic vs silicon logic; the giants of 1930's physics; elementary spin-half quanta under relativistic motion; CAT scans; Will Smith; bongos; drunken bets involving penguins; algorithmic consistency; God's dice and the problem of free will; intrinsic self-inconsistency; the many worlds outside Copenhagen; and the inventor of stage diving.


What happens when Dirac meets Deutsch meets Damian? Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world!


While registration is free, it is mandatory, since seats are limited. The event will take place on May 3rd at 19h in Picoas, Lisbon. You can register at http://quaquaversal.eventbrite.com/. Grab your seats while they last.

publicado por jac às 14:27
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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

Elevator Pitch Bootcamp

Are you ready to present your project? Would you like to be?


Can you deliver awesome, quick-witted and memorable elevator pitches? Would you like to?


Then head to the lounge in between 16:00 and 20:00 today, soldier!


There's a small stage up there where Gonçalo Amorim, from ISCTE-IUL (MIT Portugal) will give you valuable hints and training on delivering the perfect elevator pitch. You'll be able to do your pitch, and Gonçalo will help you improve it.


Do not miss this once-in-a-lifetime chance of improving your presentation skills.


Even if you're not presenting a project at Codebit (and why wouldn't you?), we still recommend you pop in and try it at least once.


Have fun,

publicado por rcarmo às 14:07
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