Oh how I wish I was back in 2005 and getting ready to go to University! Here’s 15 tips for making the best of your University experience. For those of you who get your results today – make the most of your time ahead!
Any of you who’ve met me will know I’ve got the most Home Counties Accent, ever. This affords me a few funny moments, especially during time I’ve spent in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. In fact just anywhere outside of the Home Counties.
I’ve been in Launceston in Cornwall and people have asked if I’m from there. In Dundee people thought I was from Oxford, and in Wales, pretty much everyone thinks I’m from London. In Belfast people thought I was from Edinburgh. I think the best one was in Dundee: an international student on my course told me my accent was “really difficult to understand compared to [my friend from] Yorkshire”. I’m baffled. But it always reminds me that not one section of the UK (or the world) are the same and we can always learn more about somewhere new.
Foundersconf is coming to Cardiff on the 8th July 2013. Eight founders from a diverse range of industries sharing their stories. Stories of success, failure and a hundred lessons to be learnt. The conference is suitable for everyone, from budding new entrepreneurs, new business owners and long-standing business folk.
The day (10am – 5pm) is about story-telling, listening to the types of insights that would normally only be learned by making costly mistakes. The word of the day is inspiration, so come, get inspired.
Needing some funding? Have a great new business idea? Pitch it in 60 seconds. The best pitch on the day will get an investment of £1000.
A seed fund of £1000 is up for grabs on the day to the attendee with the best new business idea. Attendees will need to register to pitch, on the day you’ll be invited up onto the stage and given 60 seconds to pitch your idea to the audience and the panel of judges.
No PowerPoints. No fancy tools. Just you and your idea.
Register for pitching here: www.foundersconf.co.uk/pitch
A provoking article I read last week by Pete Flint, CEO of Trulia.com where he ponders the idea of teaching ourselves an innovative mindset. Interesting.
Ever wondered how Steve Jobs or any other innovative individual or inventor comes up with ideas? There’s significant reason to believe that they’re not born with such a skill. Instead it’s who they’re surrounded by, their attitudes and what they’ve learnt.
A mindset is a way of thinking, way of approach or just an outlook. In this case in creativity and maximizing potential from whatever resource they come across – whether that be technology, people, theories or ideas.
Can it be taught? Yes.
If we can teach ourselves to be innovative, creative and see opportunity in our everyday – perhaps we should take the initiative to not only go to the seminar and learn about creative things – but actually go out and apply it until the light bulb/eureka moment happens.
If you don’t think of yourself as creative or think of yourself as an inventor or innovator then perhaps you should fake it until you make it – or you could come along to our innovation labs and become more innovative through actually putting these ideas into practice and learning about the thought process and how to put it into practice.
Innovation and enterprise is about “doing” and actually making something of your idea or seizing the opportunity you see. If the CEO of a major US group sees it’s importance perhaps it’s worth investigating.
This evening is the University’s first ever Powered By PechaKucha event. We have four entrepreneurial people from across Cardiff delivering 20 slides in five minutes, with networking in between each of the speakers, with nibble and refreshments to keep everyone vitalised.
What makes a PechaKucha style presentation different to a “bogo” sit and listen to me lecture?
It’s rapid. Fast-paced. Full of energy. Engaging.
It’s not death by Powerpoint.
Come and listen to four of Cardiff’s most engergies entrepreneurs this evening and see what it’s all about.
Take a picture of anything you think is enterprising, apply some artistic filters, colours etc,. and then upload to Instagram and tag it with #CardiffUniE and perhaps a title if you’re feeling very artistic.
Have a look at some examples, here: http://instagram.com/cardiffunie/
Photos will then be judged by our expert panel:
Bill Garnett, Proprietor, Pomegranate Fine Art
John Abell, a Cardiff born and based artist
Joao Morais, a freelance writer for the Wales Arts Review
Competition is only open to current Cardiff University, University of South Wales, and Cardiff Metropolitan Students. No cash equivalents. Prize winners will be contacted via their twitter.
It’s time for something a bit different.
This event will see a number of speakers present on the topic of “Our Light Bulb Moment”. They’re all self-employed/Freelance or entrepreneurial in some way or form. They’re all local to Cardiff or South Wales and have some awesome stories to tell – but with a twist.
The difference is they will have five minutes and twenty sides – or about 30 seconds per slide to present on the topic of “their light bulb moment”. Why? Because this way we can present many awesome stories in a short amount of time and provide time for guests to network and meet the presenters.
The current billing is:
Ollie Noakes, Owner, Boulders Climbing Centre
Emma Wilkins, MD, The Welsh Business Show
Meera Raikundalia, President 2012 -13, AIESEC Cardiff
Mark Bowman, MD, MB Ventures
Attendance will be by booking only, tickets are FREE but you must register before the event.
We are proud to announce the event is endorsed and powered by PechaKucha – the global organisation for events such as these.
Book your FREE tickets now: CardiffUniE.eventbrite.co.uk
1. What is PechaKucha 20×20?
PechaKucha 20×20 is a simple presentation format where you show 20 images, each for 20 seconds. The images advance automatically and you talk along to the images.
2. Who invented the format?
The presentation format was devised by Astrid Klein and Mark Dytham of Klein Dytham architecture. The first PechaKucha Night was held in Tokyo in their gallery/lounge/bar/club/creative kitchen, SuperDeluxe, in February, 2003. Klein Dytham architecture still organize and support the global PechaKucha Night network and organize PechaKucha Night Tokyo.
3. Why invent this format?
Because architects talk too much! Give a microphone and some images to an architect — or most creative people for that matter — and they’ll go on forever! Give PowerPoint to anyone else and they have the same problem.
4. What are PechaKucha Nights?
PechaKucha Nights are informal and fun gatherings where creative people get together and share their ideas, works, thoughts, holiday snaps — just about anything, really — in the PechaKucha 20×20 format.
5. Why have PechaKucha Nights gone viral globally?
With PechaKucha Nights now happening in over 500 cities around the world, we have discovered that most cities — not just Tokyo — have virtually no public spaces where people can show and share their work in a relaxed way. If you have just graduated from college and finished your first project in the real world, where can you show it? It probably won’t get into a magazine, and you don’t have enough photos for a gallery show or a lecture, but PechaKucha is the perfect platform to show and share your work.
6. Who can present?
Anyone can present — this is the beauty of PechaKucha Nights. Astrid’s daughter presented when she was 5 (about her artwork) and Mark’s mother presented when she was 69 (about her elaborate wedding cake creations).
7. What can people present?
The key to a great presentation is to present something you love. Most people use PechaKucha Night to present their latest creative projects or work. Some people share their passion and show their prized collection of Nana Mouskouri records, while others share photos of their latest visit to a construction site or their recent holiday snaps. We always recommend people go and see a PechaKucha Night before they ask to present to get a good feel for what it’s all about.
8. What makes a good PechaKucha?
Good PechaKucha presentations are the ones that uncover the unexpected — unexpected talent, unexpected ideas. Some PechaKuchas tell great stories about a project or a trip. Some are incredibly personal, some are incredibly funny, but all are very different, and they turn each PechaKucha Night into “a box of chocolates.”
9. Is PechaKucha Night like TED?
Many people have said “oh, so you’re like a local TED!” A very nice complement, but not quite right. TED is brilliant, but very different to PechaKucha. TED is top down, PechaKucha is bottom up! Deanne the hooper, Astrid’s daughter, or Mark’s mum could not present at TED, but they had awesome stories to share at PechaKucha Nights.
10. Was PechaKucha the first format like this?
That’s a good question. We have all heard of elevator pitches, a presentation so short you could pitch it to someone in an elevator. 20 seconds x 20 images is a bit longer than that, but the idea is the same: short, concise presentations. As far as we know, PechaKucha was the first to put a limit on the number of images and number of seconds — and the all important auto-forward. There’s no “next slide” or “go back one, please” at PechaKucha Nights.