Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Open Silicon Harbor

OpenCon is taking place on September 17th 2014 at the Footlight Theater, Downtown Charleston.   OpenCon 2014 will feature a one day agenda with representatives from both the government and commercial sectors.  Take a look here for this years agenda and to keep updated on the speakers, panels and Ignite speakers.  I will take part in 2 different sections during the event.
First I will take part in the PaaS Industry panel from 1:45pm to 2:45pm.  We will discuss the latest on Platform as a Service.
Moderator: Michael Howard (SRC)
Panel: Kenny Peeples (Red Hat), Alex Moundalexis (Cloudera), Ian Andrews (Pivotal),Derrick Sutherland (Shadow Soft), Jeff McCormick (Crunchy Data Solutions)
Second I will take part in the Ignite talks which are from 3pm-4pm.   Ignite is a presentation format that is shorter than the Pecha Kucha format, a presentation style in which 20 slides are shown for 20 seconds each, but longer than lightning talks, which are short presentations from five to 10 minutes in length. At an Ignite event, each speaker has a time limit of five minutes, and must use 20 slides with each slide advancing automatically after 15 seconds. This forces speakers to maintain a rapid pace. At a just-comprehensible clip of 160 words a minute, Ignite speakers can utter about 40 words per slide, making a total of 800 words for the complete talk. At OpenCon the audience will have beer.  I will do my Ignite talk on Fuse Service Works on Docker.   The video below is a good example of Why and How to give an ignite talk.

From Scott's Blog ( on what he has learned:
  • Pick strong stories and big themes
  • Figure out your points before you make slides
  • 300 seconds is easy to practice.
  • It is good to breathe
  • Don’t get hung up on slides
  • Make your talk fault tolerant
  • Watch some ignite talks! 
  • You can hack the format
  • Plan to lose your first and last slide.
  • Keep your fonts large
  • You can find royalty free images to use