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Battledecks 2010

2010 SXSWi Panel with Heather Armstrong, Jen Bekman, Rebecca Bortman, Joshua Cagan, Anil Dash, Erika Hall, Mike Monteiro, Ted Rheingold, Chris Sacca, Albert McMurry, Avery Edison

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Battledecks: A Cornerstone of Every SXSW Experience.

  • Mar 14, 2010

Admit it, how many SXSW newbies thought this session was about fighting robots?

Battledecks is a session that personifies the SXSW experience and shouldn't be missed.  Take one part powerpoint, one part karaoke, one part stand up comedy, mix it up and throw it against the wall and the ooze dripping down would be a good representation of battledecks.

This year, not only were the contestants at the top of their game, but the judges brought their A-game as well. Judge (Ted) Rheingold's ever evolving safari themed wardrobe was every bit as entertaining as the presentations.

I'm pissed that I missed Brian Solis's session, but if I HAD to miss it, at least it was so that I could attend Battledecks 2010.

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March 14, 2010
Awesome review! I'll be sure to check out Battledecks the next time I make it out to SXSW!
March 14, 2010
I'm seeing this next year. Wish I had your write up earlier! Good stuff!
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review by . March 12, 2010
posted in SXSW on Lunch
If you start preparing now, you (ok, someone like you) could take home the trophy at BattleDecks 2011.      1. Start drinking at 9am.    Only people who are already buzzed will get the high points for showing no fear, and be able to make any sense of the insane slides you will be presented to work with.      2. Spend a couple hours a day on 4chan   No, really.... you need to be up to date/speed on your internet memes. You are pretty much …
Quick Tip by . March 13, 2010
posted in SXSW on Lunch
Battledecks FTMFW! Twisted Powerpoint + improv = hilarity. Should be part of every SXSW attendee's experience.
Quick Tip by . March 12, 2010
posted in SXSW on Lunch
Off to an epic start! 9.5 for creativity.
Quick Tip by . March 12, 2010
posted in SXSW on Lunch
I'll be honest -- this is my only MUST SEE panel of the conference. @Mike_FTW's slides threaten to be gutbusting
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Battledecks is a fast-paced, fun, laugh riot where "contestants" have to put together a presentation on the fly as slides are randomly projected for their confusion and the delight of the audience. Contestants are then judged by a Panel of low-level celebrities, who can be bought. Battledecks was performed at SXSW '08, packed the room, and got great reviews. We are committed to having a diverse group of both contestants and judges.

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Albert McMurry
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Friday, March 12 at 03:30 PM
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Events, Sxswi 2010, Panel, Friday March 12, Greater Good, Heather Armstrong, Avery Edison, Jen Bekman, Mike Monteiro, Heather Bortman, Joshua Cagan, Albert Mcmurry, Anil Dash, Ted Rheingold, Erika Hall


Type: Panel
Location: 18ABCD
Date(s): Friday March 12

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