Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Rich pictures feedback

Thank you for your presentations yesterday!

They were for sure more innovative and exciting than the "business plans" the students wrote in the course last year, but next year's presentations will be even better. I will now be able to give them more detailed/specific advice as I have a better grasp of the exercise, the problems and the bottlenecks involved.

I congratulate the two winning groups; Good deeds (winner) and Sharp fashion (runner-up). There were other groups I liked (Street fun for example seemed like a really useful idea and there were obviously a lot of thinking behind Geniq and Rich Pictures - but a five-minute presentation was not enough to understand it). I will obviously need to read your accompanying documents in order to fully appreciate your posters.

Anyway, all groups who presented have "passed" the compulsory group assignment (part of the examination) and thus also every person whose name is on your posters.

Here are some thoughts/feedback from the group assignment that will inform my thinking about and instructions for next year's students. I also got some feedback from Linda B who told me that poster presentations like the one you did yesterday are common in the Netherlands):
- The "lecture hall" sucked. The first groups (high level of noice) had a definitive disadvantage but the place was not a good choice. To change to a better lecture hall has the very highest priority.
- Some posters had too little text; you were supposed to "clearly state a target group, a problem area and a proposed (social media) solution (service or tool)" on your poster but several groups didn't
- Perhaps poster should be more self-explantatory and able to tell a casual reader what it is all about without someone standing beside them. That way you could put up the posters in the morning, let other students look at them all morning (and colleagues of mine grade them) and then present them in the afternoon.
- Perhaps a more open format where people drift from poster to poster rather than more formal 5-minute presentations of the concept where everyone listens (but few hear). That way you will also get more questions, comments, feedback on your poster from other students.
- You voted for the poster "you liked the best". I should probably develop the criteria for evaluating the posters and students should know about them in advance so they can adapt their posters to these criteria. "Self-explanatoriness" (above) might then be one critera for judging/evaluating a poster.

Anyway, you were guinea-pigs/pioneers. Thank you for your effort.


  1. i liked the open space but the way of presenting was too centered on one group at a time.

  2. - I think each presentation should start with a short phrase (tweet) that sums up the project.
    Something that gives a really quick overview of what's going to follow.
    - The place was indeed noisy, or we just couldn't speak loud enough
    - I think we should stick to a short presentation time. It's like speed date where you have 5 minutes to make a good first impression

    I also agree with the ideas mentioned in the post.

  3. Kaupo, perhaps each project should have a tagline; "your world, your imagination" (Second Life), "challenge everything" (Electronic Arts)? That would be nice!

  4. There's a new category in the annual Mashable awards called the "Most Influential Social Good Champion"
    For those wishing to realize the "Good Deeds" idea, or even otherwise, it's worth finding out the biz plans & motivation factors of some of these nominees

  5. And yes the tagline is not a bad idea either :)