CHI Madness Example Gallery

There are many ways to giving a great CHI madness presentation. To provide some inspiration, here are some presentations we saw at CHI 2006 and that we liked. Click on the pictures of the speakers to play a video of the actual presentation.

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Luis von Ahn, presented by Laura Dabbish

we liked:
gives a demo
Laura gives a walkthrough of the user experience and then she explains the purpose of the system. Much easier to follow than the other way around.

involves the audience
everybody in the audience can participate in guessing and shouting out the answer, making this session quite memorable.

we also liked:
the absence of text and bullet points on the slides


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Meredith Ringel Morris

we liked:
self-contained mini talk that gets a lot of information across
after watching Merrie's 40 second presentation, attendees clearly know what this project is about.

uses photos to support speech

these photos give a good idea of the user experience and complement Merrie's verbal presentation (unlike text-heavy slides and bullet lists that tend to distract attendees from what is said).

calm presentation
It is true, CHI madness can get frantic. But it does not have to. One slide, a calm self-contained presentation make 40 seconds seem like plenty of time.


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Steve Benford

we liked:
good use of video
no slide deck, no bullet points, just a single video clip that tells a brief self-contained story.

wonderful teaser
who would not want to know how the story ends...


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Steve Whittaker

we liked:
self-referential presentation
Steve embeds a demo of their approach into the way he presents (watch the video)


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Wendy March

we liked:
builds on one interesting finding
Wendy could have tried to make a list of findings from her study. Instead she picks a single interesting fact, which allows her to get people interested. (Why is Wendy's tagline interesting? Read the abstract of that's interesting)

no images for a non-visual topic
Some topics are inherently visual and thus it is easy to summarize them in a photo. Not so Wendy's paper. She could have added generic imagery, but that might have distracted from the topic.

Final tips: Leave out everything that is understood, such as "come to my talk" at the end of your presentation.

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Created January 2007 by Patrick Baudisch and Gonzalo Ramos, Last updated January 2007