- Every week, six students and a few trainers present.
- People can present on any topic of their choice as long as it's valuable to the group.
- Their talks should have no more than 20 slides which automatically transition within 20 seconds each.
- Everyone in the group has to present at least once.
- We do this once a week, on Wednesdays and we bring pizzas into the office (or an alternate snack).
We had topics ranging from how to play Euchre to the coolness of mathematics; from why dogs are man's best friend to someone's first experience with programming (a complex social system). We had advice on sports, careers and blogging and there were some great questions as well. To blow my own trumpet, I'll say our first Pecha-Kucha night was a great success, given how much we achieved in less than 90 minutes (pizza eating and socialising included).
If you'd like to see the presentations, you can find them under the twupk tag on slideshare. For your benefit, I've also added the presentations to this blogpost, so you can see some of them from here. Of course, nothing can beat the experience of watching people speak live; so you've got to pardon us if the slides don't make sense by themselves.
Before I leave you to view all the nice presentation-ware, I'd like to encourage you to try an activity such as this on your training program and see what people do. As trainers if we can relinquish some control and give that back to our students; more importantly treat them as peers, they're likely to amaze and astound us. That's what our students did to us today. So try it out - give up some control and be prepared to be amazed.
blogging and you - a love story
Mathematics and You - Andrew Clarke
Sports - Sanjiv Suman