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As we approach the end of 2015 and the beginning of 2016, it's time to take a look back at how far we've come in just 365 days. As a startup in an industry filled with giants, we feel like we've done well not just keeping our heads above the water, but outpacing all the slower swimmers. 2016 will be an even more amazing year for us (more on that later), but for now, we felt it would be nice to gloat...er...look back with pride on our successes this year.
However, it wouldn't be possible to do that if it weren't for you guys. Without our customers, without the IT professionals, without the resellers, integrators, and AV gurus, we wouldn't be here today. We're happy to be your wireless presentation solution, and in 2016, we hope to be the solution for a lot more meeting rooms around the world. Wireless collaboration has invaded businesses, schools, churches, and government offices everywhere, and it has the terrible side effect of making us all more productive, more communicative, and more efficient. Thank you for helping us lead the charge against boring slideshows and monotony.
A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, a great war was fought and won for the independence of the galaxy. As we look back through the lense of time, we're offered a unique look at how the Rebel Alliance leveraged teamwork and cooperation over sheer technological strength to achieve victory. But where are the roots of this achievement? How did the Rebel Alliance work together as such a cohesive military?
Space is big lately, and there’s no place it’s bigger than education. An entire generation of scientists, engineers, doctors, and other world-changers are growing up around us. We, as adults, have a responsibility to not only teach the next generation, but to make the things they learn interesting.
Space offers an interesting opportunity to showcase the kind of collaborative learning our product is known for, but it’s also just a fun thing to think about. Here, we’ll use the popular spaceflight simulator, Kerbal Space Program, along with a couple of mods and, of course, the wePresent. Our objective is to create a realistic simulation of what a mission to space would be like.
Greetings, wePresenters! We've had a busy month here as we get ready to close out the year, but we're getting a lot done! A lot has happened since the last time we had a news roundup, though, so we thought we would take a moment to catch up with all our favorite people. Here's a quick look at what's going on in our world.
For a lot of people, actually standing in front of a room and speaking is the hardest part about giving a presentation. You might be one of those people. It's possible that you've skipped parts one, two, and three of this series because you're the kind of person who is pretty whiz-bang with a pen, but a bit of a milquetoast in front of the board room. That's alright, we welcome all sorts here.
Alright, so we've started out with a plan, written out our presentation into a cohesive story, now it's time to start applying the clearcoat and waxing out the scratches. Now, you may have the kind of presentation that doesn't require a whole lot of videos, graphs, or that sort of malarky, but there are still stylistic elements to consider. The best presentations in the world today, such as the keynote presentations given by Apple or Google, all make judicious use of various types of media, and each multimedia element of that mix is carefully selected.
Now, I know you're looking at that title and thinking "My word, you're going to teach me to write and edit a presentation in under 800 words?" Well, no. If I could teach a crash course in writing a presentation in 800 words or less, then it wouldn't be a subject worth approaching, would it? But, as Shel Silverstein told us, the best way to eat a whale appears to be by starting with tiny bites, so let's carve off an appetizing slice of this particular sea mammal and get to chewin'.
To paraphrase Ferris Bueller, technology moves pretty fast, and if you don’t stop to take a look at it every once in awhile, it might pass you by. As more offices, schools, and other meeting areas move toward wireless presentation, you have to stop and ask yourself if you’re really taking advantage of all that the technology can give you. Better tech doesn’t just mean a smaller casing for the finished hardware, after all. There’s a lot in every wePresent that’s changed from the old computer-and-a-projector setups, as much as there was between those setups and the slide projectors they replaced.
Have you ever heard of Ignite? It's basically a community event where anyone can speak for 5 minutes about any topic, accompanied by a 20-slide presentation. Ignite speakers talk about business ideas, community issues, harrowing tales of adventure, or just talk about their favorite hobbies. They've become popular enough that most cities that have some sort of higher learning institution usually host an Ignite event.
And while that's fun and interesting in and of itself, the best part of Ignite has to be Slide Roulette. Same concept as a typical 5-minute Ignite speech, except with one awesome twist: you don't get to choose your slideshow. For five minutes, you stand in front of a crowd, doing your best to riff off someone else's Ignite presentation, of which every slide is as much a surprise to you as it is to the audience. Some people naturally freeze up, some flounder their way through, and a lucky few are able to play the crowd like a mandolin, quickly and skillfully repurposing slideshows into standup comedy routines.