I can’t WAIT to go next week to the Museums and the Web Conference in Chicago. After years of being asked, “Are you going?” I can now finally say “Yes!”
And if you are going to, I need your support.
I am thrilled to be co-presenting with fellow museum educators Hillary Cook (Art Institute of Chicago) and Chelsea Emelie Kelly (Milwaukee Art Museum), organized by Sofie Andersen (Antenna International). Our panel – officially titled – A Creative Confluence: When Educational Products & Youth Programming Collide – will explore the question: Can combining youth programming with educational product development through digital media disrupt existing museum practices? [more details here]
The problem arose when we realized we’d be one of the last sessions at the conference. No big deal – that just meant we had to up our game. After a few days of listening to speakers – inspired and charismatic and informative as they’ll be – we suspected the average attendee might need something. A little. Different.
So obviously we decided to informally re-title our presentation: The Elevator Pitch(fork) Death Battle! Don’t worry – same topic, but now with a new format.
We’ll recruit judges from the audience to evaluate – Shark Tank style – our pitches, as we respond to topics thrown at us by the moderator. At first (according to my notes), “each panelist will have 60 seconds to decimate their colleagues/opponents,” as judged by the audience judges. The allotted rounds get progressively faster, ending in the 10 second bonus round. Each round will offer us contestants a choice between two topics to address; for example, the first round will be “Disrupt this! OR Prettiest Pony”
Before the event, I hope to drum up support for #TeamAMNH. So please retweet this to route me on! And on Saturday, April 11, 2015, from 1:30pm – 3:00pm, don’t forget to come cheer me on in person in Salon 12 (3F). (location) See you there!