The EventThe Mobile Developers' Summit is an annual event hosted by Saltmarch. This year it was at Bangalore, last 10-11th of October, 2013 at the NIMHANS Convention centre.
I was invited to speak on behalf of Mozilla about the "Firefox OS and the power of HTML5". [Slide Deck]
The TalkThe talk revolved around the idea, how Internet as a Platform changes the game, what myths do we have around it and pointers to what changes in direction we can already see. To some extent, it compared the capabilities of Native vs. Web applications - with little brief on how easy it is to make web applications to be device-compatible, and how the market ecosystem is different & more meaningful than the rest. Showed a couple of demos, insights about the platform & gave some contexts of WebApp development. In the end, tried to demonstrate the world map, where Firefox OS has already launched, and the opportunities of Indian Freelancers & Startups in the global open app-marketplace.
The AudienceNoticed that the excitement around Firefox OS talk was latent but high. In fact, many of the event-speakers attended the talk as well. The questions asked were substantial & original - eventually, after eating up 5min more than my allotted stage-time quota, I had to call the extended Q&A outside of the conference hall (another 1hr, but who's complaining?).
The TakeawayFor the lack of a proper recording solution from the event hosting team, I fell back to G+ hangout on Air to record the session (& identify my mistakes, as a speaker). Go ahead & check that out... I'm totally okay with public shaming for my mistakes.
Sorry about the crappy recording - that's the best I could do at that instance.
The PostmortemPersonally, I find that this time my style of presentation was kind of set to "class-room" mode, rather than "evangelical" mode. From previous feedbacks, I had planned not to speak in fast pace (with jumbled-up phrases now & then); rather to go with choppy, distinct words/phrases - which worked out.
I need to work a lot on my voice-modulation (which would've automatically be there, if I had some affective-empathy - sadly, I don't). Crash courses on voice-modulation (trainings for RJs, etc.) sounds cheap (and, in reality, they aren't), so I was thinking, some sort of storytelling-to-kids kind of activities can help me on this. Added to TODO list.
Also, I move a lot. Usually, in workshops it's not a problem. It's okay to move around the desks, among the students. But in here, on stage, I look particularly annoying moving in a bee-dance motion. STAND. IN. THERE. GODDAMMIT.
One other thing to mention, although didn't practice time keeping (just had a rough idea - which could no way be followed on stage properly) - the planned 50min content delivery actually sync'd pretty great in realtime.