'THIRST' Wins SlideShare's World's Best Presentation Contest

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Winners Selected by Industry Luminaries Guy Kawasaki, Nancy Duarte, Garr Reynolds and Bert Decker

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The response to this year's contest has amazed us. The number of entries increased fivefold from last year, while number of votes jumped tenfold. The world is starting to recognize presentations as a digital media format with its own blockbusters and stars

SlideShare.net , the world's largest community for sharing presentations, announced winners for The World's Best Presentation Contest 2008.

The World's Best Presentation Contest is an annual competition that recognizes the best designed and most thought provoking digital slide presentations. Contestants uploaded powerpoint or pdf files to SlideShare.net and SlideShare netizens from across the world voted for their favorites. Judges chose the final winners from the top voted presentations.

This year's contest attracted 2415 entries and 22,000 votes from voters in 130 countries. There are 3 Overall Winners, 6 Category Winners and 9 Honorable Mentions. The first, second and third prize winners will receive a MacBook Air, Amazon Kindle and iPod Nano respectively. Winners in each category will receive an iPod Touch.

The first prize was won by "THIRST," a presentation about the worldwide water shortage. "Footnotes," a photolog documenting Melanie's journey through photos of her feet, won the second prize. Finally, the third prize winner was an informative presentation about the crisis in Zimbabwe, speaking out against the political, economical and agricultural shortfalls.

Overall Winners:

First Place: THIRST
by Jeff Brenman

Second Place: Foot Notes
by Melanie Kahl

Third Place: Zimbabwe in Crisis
by Daniel Hrstich

Category Winners Include:

Hello, I'm Sacha Chua! in About Me

Storytelling 101 in Business

Creativity in Creative/Offbeat

us•able in Technology

THIRST in Education

Foot Notes in Picture Slideshows

Several presentations received Honorable Mentions including "Story of my life," "Got Roots?," "Tongo Asia" and several others. The full results are at http://www.slideshare.net/contest .

The Judges:

  •     Guy Kawasaki is a managing director of Garage Technology Ventures, and founder of internet startups - Truemors.com and Alltop.com.
  •     Nancy Duarte is a principle of Duarte Design, a global leader in business presentations whose clients include Adobe, Cisco, Citrix, HP and even Al Gore's "An Inconvenient Truth". She is author of the book Slide:ology.
  •     Bert Decker from Decker Communications is author of the bestselling book You've Got To Be Believed To Be Heard. He is a frequent commentator about Presidential debates on NBC's Today Show.
  •     Garr Reynolds is the founder and director of Design Matters Japan and the author of the bestselling book Presentation Zen: Simple Ideas on Presentation Design.

About the Contest
The first ever World's Best Presentation Contest, in 2007, received 425 entries unearthing presentation gems such as "Shift Happens" and "Meet Henry" which have become viral hits on the web and have spawned a new genre of web-only presentations that are made for SlideShare.

"The response to this year's contest has amazed us. The number of entries increased fivefold from last year, while number of votes jumped tenfold. The world is starting to recognize presentations as a digital media format with its own blockbusters and stars," said Rashmi Sinha, CEO, SlideShare.

About Slideshare, Inc.
SlideShare is the world's largest community for sharing presentations. SlideShare gives professionals, consultants, academics and authors the ability to publish and share presentations on their blog, website, facebook profile or on slideshare.net. Founded in 2007, the company is privately held and based in San Francisco, California and New Delhi, India. For more information visit http://www.slideshare.net.

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Rashmi Sinha
SlideShare Inc.
415 777 5770
press @ slideshare.com

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