TEDx conferences are independently organized TED events following the original philosophy of introducing interesting speakers and ideas worth spreading. Prezi is often used as an optional presentation tool at these conferences. Giorgio Ungania, organizer of TEDX Dubai have now decided to go even further. He wants to create the first TEDx where every speaker will have to utilize Prezi as a presentation tool. They will build their own TEDx Prezi style, and to boost the process, create a little academy where speakers will be trained on how to use Prezi.
On the top of that Giorgio plans to make every TEDxDubai prezi available for sharing & remixing, with our new Reuse feature, and on the TEDx Dubai website they will post the video recording of the talks together with the relevant Prezi. Becoming excited about all this, we asked Giorgio about hows and whys after the jump.
You have decided to organize the first TEDx event with only prezi presentations allowed. How do you think this will affect the event and the audience?
Prezi, the innovative presentation technology, will create an equal starting canvas for all TEDx Dubai 2010 speakers; following the true spirit of TED of Ideas Worth Spreading, the TEDx Dubai 2010 Prezis will be made available on the net together with YouTube recordings in order to create a seamless experience for online visitors. TED is a forward thinking event and Prezi is possibly the most forward thinking presentation tool yet.
You also want to set up an academy to teach speakers how to use Prezi. How will this work?
Because not everybody will be familiar with Prezi's technology, we are planning to run some workshop to train the speakers in creating their own TEDx Dubai 2010 Prezi presentation. The ease of use and intuitiveness of the UI will make the workshop very easy to conduct even remotely via Voip when the speaker is not a UAE resident. Also the possibility of collaborating on line on the same file via web browser will be a great advantage over traditional presentation applications.
How do you think sharing every TEDx prezi for reuse will affect the TED philosophy and approach of knowledge sharing?
The new " remix" feature of Prezi will allow TEDx Dubai 2010 ideas to become a starting point for many other "variations on the theme". Every TED talk is an amazingly powerful tool per se, and it inspires, affects and motivates thousands of people all around the world. TEDx Dubai speakers will be given the option to "open source" their TED Talk making their Prezis "remixable" to anybody interested to add or remove, copy or paste elements; this way some ideas coming from the TEDx Dubai chapter can become starting points for other TEDx Talks around the world.