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The NIER Presentation Style at ICSE09

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There will be two NIER sessions at ICSE09, with each having 9 presentations in a 90 minute slot. Each talk will be given a maximum of 6 minutes and 40 seconds, tightly controlled. Authors are free to use whatever style they like for their short time, from no slides to 40. However, we wanted to point out an interesting (and challenging style) that is often fun for audience and presenter alike: Pecha Kucha.

Pecha Kucha is a simple presentation format where each speaker shows 20 slides running for 20 seconds each, for a total of 6 minutes and 40 seconds per presentation.

We have put together some background material for any authors wishing to try it out. And as an audience guide for those who want to cheer presenters on. A special thanks to the NIER co-chairs, Alex Orso and Harald Gall. And of course, to James Clause for being willing to share his Pecha Kucha: the video below was put together by James, a presenter at ICSE07.

Here are a few of James' notes:

  • Figure out how much you can say in the time period you want to use. Everyone speaks at a different rate so it's important to figure this out. I did this by writing a script of what I wanted to say and then using a timer to figure out how long it would take me to repeat the script. Then I added or cut length as necessary. (I found that it was more accurate to use the number of characters in the text rather than the number of words when counting the length. I think this is because the number of characters in a word can vary too much)
  • Keep the slides simple. For me, 2 bullet points were all I could manage to fit in each slide. I also found that animations weren't very effective because the audience didn't have enough time to take everything in the short amount of time.
  • Try and find some images that can help give an intuitive understanding of what you're presenting (i.e., the recording icon on the application icon).

Similar videos can be found on YouTube by searching for Pecha Kucha.

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