Do you like hearing about and seeing the sort of projects your fellow engineers are tackling? Are you working on any interesting projects yourself? Do you like hearing yourself talk? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then the Gadget Smackdown at EE Live! 2014 is for you.
Each person gets five minutes in front of a live audience to present a few slides and describe a project that person has finished, is building, or plans on building one day. (I have some projects that have been on the back burner for a decade or more.)
The Gadget Smackdown was one of the more popular events at last year's conference. It was so popular, in fact, that Allied Electronics is sponsoring three -- count them, three -- Gadget Smackdown sessions at EE Live! 2014.
All three sessions will be held in the EE Times Fantastical Theater of Engineering Innovation, which is located in the heart of the exhibition arena.
The first session will be held Tuesday, April 1, from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. The second will be held Wednesday, April 2, from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. The third will be held Thursday, April 3, from noon to 1:00 p.m. Your hosts for this soon-to-be-legendary extravaganza will be yours truly and Richard Quinnell, the editor-in-chief of a sister site, IoT World.
As I mentioned earlier, each contestant will get five minutes to present a brief overview of the general operating principles of a gadget, demo it, and/or convince the audience of its merits. The winner will be selected based on the readings of a digital applause-o-meter -- a device that will be entered into the competition itself by its developer.
Tuesday's Gadget Smackdown session will run at the same time as the conference party, but since both events occur in the main exhibition hall, this will only add to the fun and frivolity. Speaking of which, I may be persuaded to provide some background music for the proceedings by playing a medley of classical tunes on my rare, antique Himalayan nose flute.
Ah, even the mention of this little beauty takes me back to my time as a world-famous explorer (when the name Tracker Max was whispered in awe around the globe). If I close my eyes, in my mind's eye, I can see the Tibetan monks gathered in a circle around the campfire. I can hear the haunting, nasal tones of their nose flutes echoing back and forth across the valleys, pausing only for the ritual flute-cleaning ceremonies.
But we digress. Are you interested in beguiling the rest of us with your project du jour? If so, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org, and we'll get you added to the schedule. This is going to be first come, first served, so don't delay. Contact me today.
EE Live! 2014 All Access passes and Engineering Summit passes are still available at the conference's official site with discounted advance pricing. Make sure to follow updates about other EE Live! talks, programs, and announcements on its social media accounts at Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Google+.
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— Max Maxfield, Editor of All Things Fun & Interesting