300 Seconds of fame

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300 Seconds of fame
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300 Seconds of Fame
Participants PS:1 Members, associated folks
Topics Pretty much anything
Duration ≤ 300 seconds (5 minutes) each
Need to know
Host Tim Bielawa (@tbielawa)
Where PS:1 Lounge
Frequency 2nd Tuesday of each month
Time After member meeting (post 8pm)

On 2nd Tuesday of each month at PS:One you get to hear your fellow members, geeks, and other associated community-minded people present to whomever wants to show up. Here's the catch, each person is limited to 300 seconds apiece (5 minutes).

Have something you want to share? You've got five minutes. Use it wisely.

What is it?

Why reinvent the wheel when you can just steal from Wikipedia?

A lightning talk is a very short presentation lasting only a few minutes, given at a conference or similar forum. [...] Lightning talks are designed to be short presentations between five and ten minutes long, but are usually capped at five minutes. Most conferences will allot a segment of roughly 30 to 90 minutes long to speakers. Talks are arranged one after the other during the sessions. [...] Lightning talks are brief which requires the speaker to make their point clearly and rid the presentation of non-critical information. This causes the audience to be more attentive to the speaker and gain a broader array of knowledge from the presentations given.

And one last part that's especially important for speakers to keep in mind:

In general lightning talks are given in a format that can include slides but if so, the speaker must be careful not to read the details which they include.

The idea is that we hold about an hour's worth of 5 minute open mic slots every month. They can run shorter (but not longer) than five minutes each.

What can you expect to provide, or receive at a 300SoF event?

Presentations, musical numbers, demonstrations, debates, run-throughs of proofs of concepts, performance art, live circuit bending, etc., etc., etc.

If it fits into five minutes, is feasible for the space, and can be appreciated by the audience, you can expect it to happen here.

Why are we doing this?

  • To help rebuild our sense of community.

Something the pandemic has taken away from many aspects of our lives is a feeling of community and belonging at PS:1. We hope that bringing back the 300SoF series will help reinvigorate those feelings and values by reconnecting each other to our peers.

  • These are an easy way to find out what's going on at PS:One -- no need to sit through long lectures.
  • Some people are working on projects that are not ready for a full 30 minute or hour long talk, but they want to get their ideas out. Maybe they need help; maybe they want to propose an idea to the PS:One community.
  • Some people are shy about public speaking and want to practice without giving an "official" conference talk, which can be daunting. This is a great way to try it out in a community of peers.
  • These days, many of us are becoming entrepreneurs to one extent or another. If you're trying to sell your idea to someone, you need to be able to explain it in five minutes or less.

Attending or Participating

300 SoF is held on the second Tuesday of every month after the weekly 8pm memership meeting and open house tour at PS:One. Nothing special is required to attend — just show up!

All are welcome to participate! Add your talk to the next section below. Include your name (or handle) and talk title. If you'll need projector access, please have your slides sent to the host before the show starts. If you bring your own machine for presenting we can't promise we'll have the right adapter. For this reason submitting your slides in advance is preferred. PDFs and web links are the preferred formats. Support for other formats can't be promised.

A snazzy clicker will be provided for presenters who require one.

If you have any specific questions you can contact the host, Tim Bielawa (@tbielawa), on Slack or via email: tim.bielawa [at] pumpingstationone [dot] org.

Next 300SoF


  • Your name - topic - special requests/needs
  • Ray Doeksen - model rockets and TSRF - reminder/google calendar

Past 300SoFs



March 2022

2022-03-22 was the first regularly held 300SoF in 5 years!

Creative Commons licensing and attribution

Content is available under Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 Unported, cribbed generously from the wiki about Noisebridge's similar event.