Buzzword Bingo

The conference season is starting to kick off. Next month, both ETech and South by Southwest will be happening. Before that, we have something a little closer to home: the Carson Workshops Summit on Wednesday. I’ll be going. If you haven’t booked a place yet, it’s tough luck, I’m afraid: it’s sold out now.

All of these conferences should be good fun. But just in case they turn out to consist of hype-fueled buzzword-heavy presentations, I’ve come up with a little game to play while the speakers do their thing:

Buzzword Bingo

If you visit that page you will be presented with a 5x5 grid of current buzzwords (actually, some of the words are names of companies or websites but close enough). If you don’t like the selection, you can refresh for another random smattering.

While the presenters are doing their spiels, listen out for the buzzwords on your bingo card. If the speaker uses one of your words, click on it to mark it as done. If you manage to click all 25 words, jump up and shout “Bingo!”.

If you’re coming to the Carson Workshops Summit this Wednesday, it’s the perfect opportunity to try this out: WiFi will be provided. I’ll be there, ticking off buzzwords as they are spoken. If anyone manages to get a full house, I’ll give them a copy of my book as a prize.

You can jump for joy shouting “Bingo!” if you like but I suppose that might be slightly distracting for whoever’s speaking at the time. Bingo shouts submitted via iChat (keep your Bonjour window open) will also be accepted.

Have fun!

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