The PowerPoint Live Template Contest: Conversation with Rick Altman

The PowerPoint Live Template Contest: Conversation with Rick Altman

Created: Saturday, March 21, 2009 posted by at 7:48 am

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Rick Altman of PowerPoint Live has launched the PowerPoint Live Template Contest for this year’s event to be held from October 11 to 14 at Atlanta. Winners of the template contest will get a free trip to the fall event!

For those of you who want to see how the winning entries look like, head to this exclusive page we created last year that shows you all the winners over the years.

Also exclusive is this small conversation with Rick.

Geetesh: So the PowerPoint Live template contest enters its fifth year — I know you cannot say what you are looking for in a winner, but you could say what you are not looking for?

Rick: I can say both. We are looking for an intelligent and elegant design that will remain as attractive on Day 3 as it was on Day 1. We are not looking for something that shows off a person’s knowledge of PowerPoint features. That is the job of our presenters.

Geetesh: Tell us more about what the winner gets.

Rick: Free pass to the conference and round-trip airfare from any city in the United States that Delta Airlines flies to.

Now, how do you take part in this contest? Head here to learn more.

And who judges the entries? The entries are judged by a panel of conference regulars, including “yours truly”:

Ric BretschneiderRic Bretschneider, is Senior Program Manager for PowerPoint at Microsoft and he celebrates many years as a Microsoft veteran, having joined the company in 1993 to work on PowerPoint for Windows and the Macintosh. Over the years, he’s contributed to the design and direction of the application, and been awarded three PowerPoint related patents.

Nancy DuarteNancy Duarte has been a Principal of Duarte Design since1990. Her firm is in the heart of the Silicon Valley and the client list is loaded with Fortune 500 companies. Her passion for business communications that are clear, meaningful and attractive has opened doors for her in a business world full of cluttered and complex visual communications.

Julie TerbergJulie Terberg develops custom presentation solutions — unique for every client and purpose as owner and principle designer at Terberg Design. She co-authored a book on crafting medical presentations. Julie also conducts training sessions for those who want to expand their skills, and is a Microsoft MVP (Most Valuable Professional) for PowerPoint.

Geetesh BajajGeetesh Bajaj has been a Microsoft MVP (Most Valuable Professional) for PowerPoint since 9 years now, and is currently authoring his fifth book on the program. Based in India, Geetesh also runs the popular web site.

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