You have 5′ and 20 auto advancing slides!

“You have 5′ and 20 auto advancing slides”, this was the request I received during the summer to prepare a session for the IBM Academy of Technology Innovation University, an internal event organized in Yorktown (New York) last September and chaired by my great colleague Isabell Sippli.

“Ignite is a style of presentation where participants are given five minutes to speak on a subject accompanied by 20 slides. The first Ignite was held in 2006 in Seattle, Washington, and was sponsored by O’Reilly Media and MAKE magazine” reports wikipedia about it, see here https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ignite_%28event%29.

At first look, the exercise is “apparently” simple: you need just to cover 5′: “it will be a very easy task, specially for an IT guy that use to speak even for hours about a niche topics, like me!” I wrongly thought …

So, I decided to accept the challenge even not knowing which topic I have to prepare and present, instinctively considering it a great exercise.

But few minutes after I realized that this was not an easy task at all! Specially if you would like to condense and glue key complex concepts and definitions in one single place and package a message and possibly add some value for the folks that is going to listen you in just 5′ minutes.

This is the result of my exercise: I did a trip around a magic word “sense” and its different associations (I have to thank F. Renzi for stimulating me to think about this word!).
So, I assembled a number of concepts around it: I built a tour that starts from our natural senses, as living beings, and expands to touch tech concepts like Internet of Things (that are new Sense and hyperSense abilities) and Cognitive Computing (makingSense and hypermakingSense abilities) to conclude and highlights opportunities and challenges we have in linking those concepts in the contest of Human-Computer interaction as we can go deep in a noSenses and wrongSenses hole. 🙂

In any case, this is the final result I posted on YouTube, hope you enjoy!

Sense, makingSense and noSense
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=24odWJMC7lY

A number of people and their artworks and initiatives supported me during my 5′ tour that I need to thank such as:

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