20 slides… 15 seconds…

1 hell of a night…

Bettakultcha

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What is Bettakultcha?

Bettakultcha is a night of presentations by passionate people about things they love, hate, find interesting, or just want to vent. There’s no censorship, rehearsals, or reruns. Every speaker must meet our three rules – 20 slides – 15 seconds each slide – NO SALES PITCHES.

We’re totally independent and self funded, we don’t have any grants, sponsorship or investors which means that we’re an open forum for ideas, inventiveness and fun.

Here’s what’s been happening

The Tech Off Takedown

The crowd in the hall was at least 200 strong, mainly young people in their twenties. A super-hero costumed DJ on the stage was providing the deafening rock music as we waited for the event to begin. Finally, the theme music from Rocky announced the entrance of the MC and his entourage. The scene was straight out of Madison Square Gardens for a heavyweight bout of some kind – security guards in dark suits flanked the MC who was wearing dark glasses that doubled as a matrix sign scrolling various ‘Tech Off’ messages. This was nothing like any tech event I’d ever attended. Earlier that day I’d been contacted by Royd Brayshay, a friend of mine who texted me a link directing me to some event details. He asked if I wanted to go as he was intending to be there. The promotional copy suggested it was a wrestling contest interspersed with tech talks. It all sounded bizarre but I thought if it has talks in it, I’d go. Once at the event I discovered there was no actual wrestling, just the hype surrounding wrestling – capes, costumes, prize-fighting belts and over-the-top MCs. Judging by the effort put into the show the sponsors had clearly allocated a ton of money for it. The outlandish MC (@BeyonceOfTech) and his crew cruised past me and sailed onto the stage. Once he had the microphone the MC harangued the crowd for their lifeless response to his appearance and baited them into becoming a vocal mob. After ten minutes of vocal pistol-whipping the crowd bayed at the required ear-splitting volume. It was then... read more

Tell stories, not data

A close friend of mine is a teaching assistant in a well-respected school. She works mostly with disadvantaged children who have special needs and she is a wizard at motivating them. She told me this tale recently of an incident she was involved with at school and I asked her if I could retell it here because it demonstrates how stories have incredible power and can produce astonishing results (she agreed of course, otherwise I wouldn’t be retelling it). Her main charge at school is a boy called Daniel (not his real name) and he had always struggled with the basics. Simple arithmetic was proving to be a real stumbling block for him. Several teachers had tried to teach him the principle of adding up a column of figures and carrying over the tens into an adjoining column if the added up numbers exceeded nine. No matter how many times they went over the principle, Daniel just couldn’t get his head round the idea – it was too abstract for him. Then my friend (let’s call her Jane) was given the task of helping him. Now, my friend is a genius at intuitively understanding children and their interests so she approached this issue in a novel way. “Look, Daniel” she said “at the bottom of this column of figures is a room. This room can only hold nine people at the most so when all the numbers in this column are added together and they total less than ten, then that number of people can still all fit into the same room together so they can continue to party.... read more

Where have we been?

We’ve been to a fair few places since the first Bettakultcha at Temple Works in Leeds in 2010. So many in fact we thought we should make a map! If we’ve forgotten any please let us know.

 

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