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Presenting Your Ideas

In our third meeting (23/09/2016) you should present your project idea.

You will be given 15 minutes as follows:

  • In the first 5 minutes you will present the main scenario (use-case) and users (target audience) that your application targets.
    • Describe the situation, the need (the problem), the data involved, and the decisions made in the process.
    • Describe the overall architecture of the application. What functionality will be implemented in each part? (client/server/mobile/external sources/etc.)
    • Estimate what can be demonstrated in Milestone 1, and what can be demonstrated in Milestones 2 and 3. Estimate possible extensions that could not be finished within the time frame of the semester, but seem to be natural extensions of your application.
    • Include a few UI mockups in your presentation.
  • In the next 5 minutes you will answer questions from the rest of the class and the course staff. During this discussion, the course mentors will estimate whether your use-case is well developed and your estimations are realistic.
  • In the last 5 minutes you will get feedback from the mentors.

Some Tips:

  • Early feedback is a good thing! It is advisable that you send us your idea as soon as possible via email ( - this can save you a lot of time (e.g. if you took a wrong direction, impossible mission, etc.).
  • 15 minutes is a very short time!
  • If you are preparing a power point presentation - do not prepare more than 5 slides (including cover slide).
  • Be visual: if you have already thought about user interface, you may show a sketch of it in the presentation.
  • You may bring your own laptop (so no compatibility problems would occur during your presentation).
  • Be simple and precise.
  • Take a look at presentations from previous semesters. An example for a good presentation: Moishd - 2010/2011A
  • Rehearse your presentation within the team and make sure you are all on the same page.
  • If you plan on using slides, please email them to us before the meeting.
  • If you have some free time, consider watching the Y Combinator Office Hours videos (YouTube)
  • For creating UI mockups consider using Balsamiq, offered for free use during the course:
License Name: Startup Programming 2016
License Key: eJzzzU/OLi0odswsqgkuSSwqKS1QCCjKTy9KzM3NzEtXMDIwNKsxNLEwMDewsDAAgZqQGkMADFMRhw==
License End Date: Jan 01, 2017

If you haven't done so already, please send us an email with the names of your team members (

Good luck!