On June 27th, we were lucky enough to participate in ConvergeSC held within the College of Engineering and Computing at the University of South Carolina. This was the first year for this event, which amalgamated several Columbia-area professional groups into a conference geared towards promoting aspects of design and internet media to a varied crowd of professionals and hobbyists alike. The crowd ranged from technical specialists to business & marketing professionals, content creators and students.
I can honestly say that this was one of the most valuable conferences Ive been to. The range of talent coming out of this region was inspiring and there is such a tight knit community with a core drive towards sharing ideas. These values made me want to engage and participate plus, they make you feel welcome in true southern style.
Now, lets talk talks each presenter had just 20 minutes to get their point across and deliver an engaging presentation. Not a lot of time right? Well, from my perspective I see that as the point. Ive been through many presentations where the speaker had no concept of who their audience was or how to appropriately present their topic(s) in a meaningful manner. The 20-minute presentation makes you take everything you generally know about a topic and strip that down to core concepts and lessons. If done right, this type of presentation can bring much more value than a four-hour deep technology dive plus you dont alienate the non-techies in the room.
There were some wonderful presentations coming forth from this conference and they will all be made available for the public shortly. For all of the video presentations, you can visit http://convergesc.org which will house the video sessions once deployed, or follow them on twitter @convergesc for the most recent updates.
I wanted to send a special thank you to the organizers for ConvergeSC you hit this one out of the park. Were looking forward to coming out next year.
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