It’s showcase time! That’s right, even though it may seem like it was only last month that you wrapped up with last year’s project, it is almost that time of year again. This year’s showcase project will be held on Sunday February 21st and time slots are available between 9:00am and 6:00pm and the deadline for signups is fast approaching! If your chapter has an idea and hasn’t already signed up, what are you waiting for? You can easily sign up online today before the January 29th deadline by filling out the sign up form below.
If you don’t already have an idea, or if there is still something preventing you from signing up, hopefully that issue will be addressed in this article.
Even if you have already signed up we will be going over some good presentation techniques as well as how to best do virtual presentations, a necessary skill in a world now so dependent on Zoom calls.
Last Minute Ideas
Lacking ideas? Here’s a list of some that we have curated as well as links to some external resources to help you find more.
A few curated ideas
- Create a Chrome extension for Amazon that tells you where to buy an item locally. Help support your local businesses. 
- Custom newspaper delivery service. Have your very own newspaper using RSS feeds delivered to you daily or weekly. 
- An independent 3rd party platform for rating online courses and programs. 
- A browser extension that allows you to receive warnings before seeing content that you are afraid of. For example if you had arachnophobia it would warn you before showing an image of a spider.
How to come up with good ideas
- Look for and document problems that you have in your life, big or small. Don’t worry too much about the technical feasibility yet.
- If you are struggling to come up with anything yourself, talk or listen to the problems people around you are facing.
- Go back through your list and start setting aside ideas that have potential. One big thing you will want to look at is the real world applicability (try to avoid things that will be useful only to a small subset of people, ie. your school)
- Once you have a list to start from, you can begin thinking about how each idea would be implemented. Make sure to be reasonable and keep in mind your timeframe. You can always revisit an idea next year if it will take too long to implement.
- At this point you should have a list of good ideas, you can now begin working on your project!
Some resources for ideas
Note that the following are links to external sites and therefore contain content not moderated nor endorsed by INTERalliance. Proceed at your own risk.
Hopefully something here has been able to help you if you are struggling to come up with an idea. Those of you who already have an idea, or even a project, but need a little guidance with the presentation we have you covered as well!
Presentations over Zoom
One of the most important things to consider when preparing for any presentation is, have you planned and informed everyone of their roles in the presentation. Probably the best way to quash out any kinks or miscommunications is by doing a dry or practice run. By doing this you will know ahead of time if there are any outstanding issues like who is supposed to say something that way you can avoid the awkward moment day of, when your presentation comes to a halt because someone didn’t realize they were supposed to start speaking.
Another important thing that doing a dry run will give you is an insight into any problems you may have using the Zoom software to present. If you practice your presentation through Zoom you will know ahead of time how well things are going to work. For example if you plan to do a screen share you may want to check out Zoom’s help center guides or test ahead of time.
The final thing you will want to consider when presenting over Zoom is that if your presentation contains a video, Zoom is not necessarily the best place to play it. When you try to share a video over Zoom, it usually ends up playing back very choppy and makes it hard to understand. If you have a video as part of your presentation test out alternate options such as sending a link.
I cannot wait to see all the amazing projects that you come up with. I’m always amazed at what chapters are able to accomplish and show off during the showcase presentations!
If you have any questions or need any help don’t hesitate to reach out to me firstname.lastname@example.org; I would be more than happy to help in any way that I can.