Speaker's Bounties

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The Nxt Marketing Fund Committee has created a series of Speakers' Bounties, intended to foster the creation and development of confident, accurate & outspoken Nxt evangelists.

  • Current Bounty Period: May 1 - July 31, 2014
  • Bounty Available:' 50,000 Nxt

Qualification Criteria

In order to qualify for a bounty, speakers (or teams of speakers) must make a live presentation, in front of a local audience, that educates the audience on Nxt's features, benefits, technologies, or applications. Online-only presentations, such as Google Hangouts or videoconferences, are not eligible. The presentation must be recorded on video, and made available on the Internet for public use, under any form of Creative Commons license.

In order to be considered, links to videos must be posted in this nxtforum.org thread. The post must also include information on:

  1. the name of the presenter
  2. the topic and date of the presentation
  3. contact information for the presenter (or team of presenters) responsible for the content
  4. a Nxt account number to receive donations.... or a bounty, if awarded
  5. the specific Creative Commons license under which the work may be re-used (if the video platform does not support this feature natively)

Bounty Amounts and Program Dates

The program will begin for events recorded on or after May 1, 2014, with bounty amounts to be available as follows:

  • May 1, 2014 - July 31, 2104: 50,000NXT
  • August 1, 2014 - October 31, 2014: 100,000 NXT
  • November 1, 2014 - January 31, 2015: 150,000 NXT
  • February 1, 2015 - April 30, 2015: 125,000 NXT
  • May 1, 2015 - July 31, 2015: 75,000 NXT
  • August 1, 2015 - October 31, 2015: 50,000 NXT
  • November 1, 2014 - January 31, 2016: 50,000 NXT

The bounty for each period will be awarded within two weeks of the end of that period. Bounties may be divided among multiple submissions, and no single submission can receive more than 50% of the total bounty available for any period. Not all submitted videos are entitled to a bounty.

Evaluation Criteria

Submitted videos will be assessed based on:

  1. video and audio quality
  2. the factual accuracy of the information presented
  3. the professionalism, polish, energy and charisma demonstrated by the speaker or speakers (see below for further detail)
  4. the quality of any post-production, including editing, titles, added graphics, and other elements

Scores for professionalism, polish, energy and charisma are all aided by the following 7 factors:

  1. A great opening. The first and last 90 seconds of a speech are the ones people remember (so long-winded introductions, thanks, unrelated jokes, etc are note beneficial)
  2. A benefit to the audience. The speech must answer the question audience members will ask themselves: "what is in this for me?"
  3. Engage visually. There is no doubt that 80% of what you "say" in your speech comes from what you don't literally say. Body language, energy, physical engagement and appropriate visual aids all have significant impact.
  4. Engage emotionally. There is a lot of research that suggests that emotional engagement generates strong responses. This is how "advertising" works. When it's done poorly it appears obvious and hyperbolic; but when a speech is wrapped into a simple narrative structure, audiences willingly suspend disbelief and engage on an emotional level.
  5. Strong closing. This must be memorable and must reiterate the call to action. What do you want your audience to remember? What do you want them to *do* in response to your speech?
  6. Confidence, polish and professionalism speak volumes. Speeches should be prepared, rehearsed, re-rehearsed, and polished. Only speakers with many, many years of experience can "improvise" a quality presentation of any kind.
  7. Flow and structure. The speech has to follow a logical structure that is connected, somehow, and moves from one point to the next. It needs to have a good opening and closing (see point one and point five), paired with a logical presentation of points and a clear call to action (point two).

If you are interested in putting together a presentation and would like some coaching or assistance, reach out! Many community members are willing to assist.

Bounty Decision Process

At the end of each bounty reward period, the Marketing Committee will compile a list of eligible videos, and the committee members will "score" each submission based on the evaluation criteria. When compiled, final scores will be used to determine distribution of bounty funds.

The same scoring system will be used by all assessors. In cases where presentations are delivered in other languages, appropriate assessors will be located from the pool of Nxt translators working on other materials.

Assessors will score presentations based on the following criteria:

  • 20 points: Communication (volume, mannerisms, clarity)
  • 20 points: Organization (introduction, flow, conclusion)
  • 30 points: Knowledge (covers the topic accurately; answers questions correctly [if applicable])
  • 10 points: Visual aids (easy to read slides, good use of graphics; slides not too wordy; good demonstrations)
  • 20 points: Production Quality (video & audio quality, camera work; editing, titles, added graphics)

Additional Notes

  • Bounties are rewarded for the quality and content of the presentation only. Speakers who would like to travel to conferences in order to speak at an event may apply to the Marketing Committee separately to have travel/attendance costs covered or subsidized.
  • As a result of posting Nxt account numbers associated with a submission, creators may receive donations of tokens or other assets from the Nxt community. The number and size of these donations will not play a role in the evaluation of the submission by the committee
  • The language of the presentation is not restricted to English.

Entries and Winners

Period One: May 1 to July 31, 2014

The Nxt Generation of Payments

  1. Name: John Manglaviti
  2. Date: Recorded May 6, 2014 and mixed May 10, 2014
  3. Nxt account number for donations: 9473409584092831715
  4. Creative Commons license for reuse: Attribution CC BY