Rashmi Sinha is cofounder and CEO of SlideShare, the world’s largest community for sharing presentations. She manages design and business development at SlideShare. Rashmi has a PhD in Cognitive Neuropsychology from Brown University. She did a PostDoc at UC Berkeley in Human Computer Interaction. She blogs at www.rashmisinha.com about social software and running a startup.
Geetesh: Three presentation contests in as many years – how has SlideShare’s World Best Presentation Contest evolved over the years?
Rashmi: The first year, it was a straightforward contest – to identify great presentations. But we realized that there were different categories of presentations and introduced categories (Tech, Education, About Me, Business, Creative / Offbeat), the second time. This time, we have new judges – people who are social media experts and understand the power of presentations as web media. And that is the focus of the contest this time: Presentations as social media.
Geetesh: Tell me about the winner?
Rashmi: The winning presentation is one of those that that makes an impact on you straight away. Health care is such a complex issue. Its really hard to get one’s head around it. Dan Roam has done a remarkable job of summarizing how health care works in America in 57 slides. Its quite impressive.
I wish there would be a series of such presentations explaining complex topics in simple terms.
Geetesh: Tell us more about the Best Acrobat Presentation subset that’s being organized as part of this contest.
Rashmi: Adobe is helping make the contest happen on a much larger scale than before. We have been able to organize it on a bigger scale, offer some great prizes for SlideShare users – all thanks to Adobe. Adobe recently introduce Acrobat 9, a new platform for creating presentations, and we wanted SlideShare users to have a chance to explore this new platform.