A PowerPoint party in London
|Years active||2012 - present|
|Skill(s) required||Academic presentation|
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A PowerPoint party, or a Drink Talk Learn (DTL) party is an event format and drinking game where participants give a three-minute presentation with visual slides to other guests about something they are passionate about. The concept gained attention on social media in 2018 after images of one event went viral on Twitter.
In January 2018, Seattle-based software engineer Michal, @Miexriir on Twitter, posted photos of herself giving a presentation on the morality of Sonic the Hedgehog. The post was retweeted 30,000 times. The organiser of the party told Buzzfeed News that the concept of a Drink Talk Learn party 'was created by engineering students Megan, Michael, Derek, and Munt from the University of Waterloo in 2012'
Interest in the concept has come at a time when the value of PowerPoint as a tool has been questioned, with critics like American statistician and information designer Edward Tufte, who has argued that it allows 'unstructured information to appear informative'.
Since the concept began in 2012, it has spread to other cities in the United States and Canada, as well as to other countries since finding popularity online. The rules of the party posted online by the organiser of the viral party state that “the point is to deliver presentations on stuff you find interesting and want to share/inform/tell/rant to the rest of us all while drinking and having a good time.” The rules require drinking penalties to be imposed if a contestant exceeds the three minutes allocated for each presentation. In addition to awards for best presentation and being closest to three minutes without going over, the rules give another award for best dressed participant.
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