SlideShare launches its first ever contest!

We have been working on this for a while, and its great to be able to finally share it. We launched the “World’s Best Presentation Contest” on SlideShare today. This contest was thought up by Guy Kawasaki. I have read his blog for a while and had gone to his Art of the Start workshop. Guy suggested the idea of a best presentations contest on SlideShare and helped make it happen.

Pulling this contest together was a very different experience than other SlideShare developments – all along, we were actively working with other parties to make it happen. Apart from Guy, there are three other judges – all well known and respected in the field of presentations. I already knew of Garr Reynolds of Presentation Zen. I also learnt of Jerry Weissman and Bert Decker, both extremely well known in this field. Guy’s company Garage came on board as the contest sponsor. Microsoft sponsored the prizes (an Alienware laptop and two Xboxes).

I am really curious as to what will show up in the contest. Already the entries show a huge diversity – lesson plans for Spanish, advise about raising venture capital, a lecture on synsthesia. Check out more.

3 thoughts on “SlideShare launches its first ever contest!

  1. hmmm? isn’t this putting too much emphasis on the meidum as opposed to the performer. When I read Guy’s postings about what makes a really good presentation, it is about 80% about the presenter and not that much about the PPT (or similar media). Isn’t this putting the emphasis on the wrong syllable so to speak?

    I mean its a great way to promote Slideshare and it highlights the importance of thinking of your PPT (or similar media) as an artifact of an event that stands on its own, but I think misses the brilliance of a good presentation … The presenter.

  2. Good comment Dave, but I think it’s putting emphasis on the “deck” – which is often put forth as a medium onto itself. And most of the Slideshare posts, and probably the entries, will likely be stand alone decks. That’s why it will be important for entrants to describe what context their PowerPoints were used – as support (the Presenter rules, as you mention) or as stand alones (the written document rules.)

  3. Slides like any other digital artifact are an imperfect representation of the event. The more context you can allow, the richer and more representative it becomes. Context can mean the attached audio/video of the event, the speaker notes, other notes such as how the presentation was used (which Bert mentions above). SlideShare allows a few of them currently (you can notes as comments to each slide). Some people also add links to the audio / video of the event below the slides.

    So, if you want, you can add some context to your presentation.

    (without giving away our future plans, let me add that as time goes on we want to let SlideShare support more context of the presentation!)

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