Last week (07.05) I had the opportunity of giving my first presentation as a Microsoft Technical Evangelist during the Lehrlingstag in Walliselen. As I joined the company in the beginning of May, some might say that it might have been early, and I guess it was, but, in the end, I really enjoyed this experience and I am going to explain you why in the next few lines.
All started a few weeks ago, while I was in military, as I received a mail asking me to present Project Spark to some students. Of course, I had no idea what was Project Spark, Who were those students and what was exactly the format of this presentation… Therefore I immediately accepted. I soon discovered that Project Spark was a videogame made to build games, which was really a good news because I like games! The bad news was that the open beta had just started and there was only little information on the internet. I planned to give a general overview of Project Spark, followed by a live demonstration and finally a hands-on-lab to allow the students to play a bit with the game. I realized soon that I would need plenty of time to prepare this as much as I wanted… Thanks god that I was in the army!
By the time as started at Microsoft I had the overview presentation ready but I still had absolutely no idea on the demo and the lab parts? I met Vera and Anna who explained me more on what was expected. And, this day I learned that “Lehrlings” actually mean apprentice and therefore logically the audience would consist of apprentices. I could then finish the demo part and we discussed some guidelines for the lab part with my colleague Raphael.
The day of the event, I felt really cool, and then, I followed presentations from the other speakers and they were all great! I must say that raised the pressure a lot and I was not-so-cool when my time to speak came. Fortunately I had the chance of having a public where the listeners were all gamers and in the result were naturally really interested. The presentation went far better than I expected and the students participated actively in the lab. It was really great to see so much creativity and different ideas that might seem completely crazy! For example I was really impressed by a game where a burning man was making ski on huge snow slope and had to avoid enemies. Finally, we selected some of the persons that developed the most interesting games. We asked them to present their games in front of the other students and explain the challenges they faced and the solutions they implemented to solve them. They were of course rewarded with a prize for their effort.
I was really happy with this experience, I had fun while presenting and animating this lab and I think the participant liked it as well. I could already note a few things that I could improve for the next time. But, in end, this was definitively a great way to start a new job!
Congrats and many more of those happy moments!!!