Let's experiment with something different this month for the meetup format. At past events, we've had either one 60-minute talk or three 20-minute talks. For December, we're going to try out an "open mic night" format. Here's how it'll work:
• Everyone who wants to (time permitting) will get 5 to 10 minutes to talk about anything they like. You can give a quick talk about something you've been working on, ask a question about a problem you've been struggling with, run a demo for a interesting tool you've found, etc.
• The only rule in terms of content is that it must be related to natural language processing.
• You can use slides or a computer, but it's certainly not required. You can just get up in front of the group and ramble on for 5-10 minutes if you like. We won't judge you.
Essentially, it'll be an hour or so of impromptu lightning talks, hopefully with a high degree of audience interaction.
To guarantee yourself a speaking opportunity, please send me an email (greenbacker [at] gmail dotcom) ahead of time or leave a comment below. This isn't necessary, however, and we'll try to accommodate everyone who wants a chance to speak.
We'll meet at 6:30pm in the upstairs bar at Stetsons near the intersection of 16th and U Streets NW in Adams Morgan. Introductions & announcements will start around 7:00pm, and presentations will begin at 7:30pm. Afterwards, there'll be plenty of time for follow-up questions, networking, and drinks.
Please note: Stetsons is a 21 and over venue.
DC NLP meets on the second Wednesday of each month to network, socialize, and learn about the interesting work folks are doing in natural language processing, computational linguistics, text analytics, and more.
Do you have something you'd like to share with the group? Let us know! We're always looking for speakers to give talks at future meetups, and don't forget to follow @DCNLP on Twitter!