Fancy a chance to have Scott Guthrie watch you speak?

With REMIX around the corner on 18/19th September 2008, once again the community is gearing up to provide it’s own unique brand of “entertainment while you learn” plus opportunities for all members of the UK Community to take part in events and promote their groups and themselves.

To that end, the REMIX team are organising another Speaking Competition along the lines seen at TechEd and the UK Launch. There’s been some discussion recently about promoting new speaking talent on this thread. Well, here is a fantastic opportunity to do just this by offering the chance to speak at a major event to your user group members. In the process they can get some help in improving their speaking skills plus have a chance to win an Xbox 360! Yes “Ready Steady Speak” is back for REMIX.

For those of you not familiar with it, the format is as so:

Contestants will present a 5 min session on a subject of their choice relating to Web Development or Web Design. They will present in front of the REMIX audience and in front of a panel of judges. If there are more than a certain number of contestants (TBD), there will be ‘heats’ earlier in the day with the winners of the heats in a ‘speak-off’ in the evening session. The ‘speak-off’ will take place as stated in the evening of the first day of REMIX and the first prize is an Xbox 360 + Goodies!



  • Speakers must NOT have previously presented ‘full sessions’ at DDD, TechEd, DevWeek, SDN, SQLBITS, VBUG Conference, NxtGenUG FEST or any similar such conferences.
  • Speakers must create a new session of their own with new material which can be based on existing material but cannot be a simple copy of it.
  • Speakers must limit their session to as close to 5 mins as possible (overrunning time will cause the speaker to be marked down).
  • Speakers must not have previously won Speaker Idol or “Ready Steady Speak” UK Launch – Sorry to James Coulter!
  • Speakers must state their desire to enter the competition by no later than close of play on Monday 15th September 2008. E-mail dave ^AT^ nxtgenug ^DOT^ net to express your interest!


  • Speakers should provide if at all possible their own laptop, but one can be provided if necessary. The speaker should notify the organisers of any software prerequisites.
  • Speakers should have spoken previously at a User Group meeting even if only for a 10 min mini-session or ‘nugget’. This is NOT mandatory.

The likes of Scott Guthrie will be there and could be in your audience!

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3 thoughts on “Fancy a chance to have Scott Guthrie watch you speak?”

  1. “Speakers must state their desire to enter the competition by no later than close of play on Monday 15th September 2008.”

    How do you state your desire? Email? Twitter? Muttering under your breath?

  2. @Bruce – thanks for spotting the omission, now corrected!

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