Proposal Presentation

Posted: Tuesday, September 23
Due: Tuesday, September 30 (before classtime)
Point Total: This assignment is worth approximately 9% of your project grade (3.5% overall).

Assignment Overview

In this assignment, you and your teammates will present your project idea and plan to the class in six minutes followed by two minutes of questions. We will be timing the presentations and will cut you off if you go over so you must rehearse beforehand. Note: you cannot and should not use Prezi. Trust me, it takes extreme discipline to use this tool correctly and most of you do not have enough speaking experience to do so. With Prezi, you will spend far too long on senseless animations that will only confuse your audience and take them away from your message--exactly the opposite of what you want from a good talk. I ban Prezi for your own good. Oh, and don't use clip-art either. :) See R06 Presentation Tips for rationale.

Other than those restrictions, you can use basically any software to help you present (as long I have it on my laptop) including: Mac Keynote, Microsoft PowerPoint, Google Docs. You need not using backing slides at all but I encourage it. :) I also fully encourage creative ways of presenting including skits, video, and audience participation (note: it's somewhat hard to do these things with seven minutes of presentation time).

Note: everyone should bring their laptops to this class session. Don't forget your laptops! If you don't have a laptop, we will have the laptop cart so you can simply check one out during the class period. You cannot use an iPad, phone, or other touchscreen device. You must use a laptop.

Presentation Order

The presentation order was randomly selected (using Excel's =Rand() function). We will begin promptly at 9:30AM. If you are the first team, you must arrive at 9:20AM and be prepared to present at 9:30AM. Please email me if this is a problem. Below, the Tuesday, September 30th groups:
  1. Mark the World Through Physical Movement
  2. GPS One Button Coffee Shop Locator
  3. Location Based Pandemic Game
  4. Giving Gamers a Reason to Go Out
  5. Location Aware App Launcher
  6. Music Maker
  7. College Trading App-Specifically Designed For Textbooks and Dorm room things

The following teams will present at the beginning of class on Thursday, October 2nd:
  1. Custom Cartographer
  2. Quadcopter Route Navigation
  3. Resolving Campus Issues through Mobile Reporting
  4. Find me if you can!

Link your presentation here.

Talk Breakdown

The talks will be six minute presentations plus two minutes Q/A followed by two minutes of peer feedback. You must use my laptop to mitigate transaction costs between switching teams (e.g., hooking up various laptops to the projection system which will inevitably fail; see law).

Each presentation must include:
  1. A title with tagline
  2. An introduction of all team members including names, year in university, and major(s)
  3. Problem motivation
  4. Problem description
  5. A short review of past solutions to problem
  6. Your proposed solution and what makes it unique
  7. Your target users and how they will benefit from your specific solution
  8. A description of your two formative research methods
  9. For one of the methods, go a bit deeper and tell us about your participants, your procedure, your data and analysis, and some of your key results.
  10. Based on your formative research, what are the implications for design
  11. Conclusion

Talk Grading Rubric

Matt and I will be using a sheet very similar to this for our grading [link].


You will be performing reviews as a way to learn from your peers. Please be polite and respectful in your critiques. Malicious, nonconstructive comments will NOT be tolerated. We are all in this together. Let's support each other towards the goal of making our projects the best they can possibly be. You should also fill out feedback for your own team honestly and constructively.

Your peer review feedback forms are here:


Please upload your talk to Canvas. If you used GDocs for the talk, simply provide a link to the slides.

Talk Examples

Here are two examples from past classes that were engaging, told an appropriate and convincing story, and followed the instructions appropriately for the assignment (at least in 2012). Note: the assignment criteria was different in 2012 but the examples are useful just the same.

You cannot really get a full sense of a talk simply by viewing the slides (though the slides can, alone, show off primary points, the structure of the talk, speakers attention to detail, aesthetics, etc.). So, you cannot necessarily emulate these presentations exactly without knowing what the speakers did and how they did it. When I'm preparing for a talk, I like to remind myself that one can give an amazing talk without slides but the opposite is not true (i.e., I've seen plenty of bad talks with amazing looking slides).
  1. Example One: SafePath .
  2. Example Two: Alliance (their slides made the class dizzy and the animation disrupts the flow of the talk--despite these two things, however, this team made a very thought-provoking and compelling presentation).

Some of My Talks

Also, I suggest that you take a look at the slides of some of my talks to get a sense of what I aim for in my own presentations (at least in terms of visual style):

Making in the Human-Computer Interaction Lab (HCIL)

Links: [Slideshare] [PPTX]

Gamifying Green

Links: [Slideshare] [PPTX]

The Design and Evaluation of Prototype Eco-Feedback Displays for Fixture-Level Water Usage Data

Links: [Slideshare] [PPTX]

Moving Beyond Line Graphs

Links: [Slideshare] [PPTX]

If you download the PPTX (PowerPoint) files, you will need Segoe Condensed, Segoe UI Light, and Segoe UI Semibold fonts. You may also need Helvetica and variants (e.g., HelveticaNeueLT Com 25 UltLt).

Presentation Tips

  • Read R06 Presentation Tips

  • You can use any presentation medium you prefer except for Prezi. Many students seem to prefer Google Docs; I think this is fine and I understand this makes collaboration easier but please make sure the slides don't look thrown together at the last minute with randomly placed clip-art and long bullet point lists.

  • Remember, to reduce delays between presentations, we will be presenting off of one single laptop. Thus, if you use a custom font in PowerPoint or Keynote, please make sure that this is loaded onto the presentation laptop before class begins.