Demo Day

Monday, Apr. 6, 2020
3:30-5:30PM << NOTE FULL TWO HOURS
Two Virtual Rooms

Guest Reviewers:

In order to provide all teams with time to present and receive feedback, this is a TWO HOUR session. The teams and reviewers will split between two virtual classrooms. Your team will be notified of which classroom you’ll be in PRIOR to class, with appropriate zoom link. 

Please update the product summary document here so we can share with our guests for each of your virtual rooms.

Assignment

Using the scripts you started to develop, prepare a live demonstration of your product as though you were presenting it to either the CTO of your company OR a potential customer. This is not a sales presentation or fundraising pitch, but rather a deeper explanation of the problem you are trying to solve via the product. Each team will get 15 minutes. The sequence will be announced at the start of class. We suggest you plan to present for half the time and reserve the other half for feedback and questions from our guests. Each PM102 student will also be required to provide brief, written feedback to each team in their assigned demo room - a gForm will be shared with the class in slack before we get started.

As this will be a virtual demo day, please decide in advance which student on your team will share their screen for presenting. Each team may decide whether all, some or one team member will have speaking roles. If you plan to demo using a mobile device, please download Zoom onto your (iOS only!) mobile phone and practice demoing in advance of demo day to ensure you are familiar with how to share your screen. You will need to join the meeting from your phone instead of the computer. Tips here.

You can structure your presentation in whatever way you think will get the job done, but you are welcome to use the same suggested flow for the final demo video:

  1. Show a slide that describes your target user and the problem you'll solve for them. 

  2. Next, show the solution: the single screen that, when the user sees it, will elicit the response, "That's just what I need!" Goal: get the audience excited about what you have to offer.

  3. Next, show the path to the solution quickly, mentioning what you are doing at each major step without providing any in-depth explanation. Goal: orient the audience to the major navigational elements of your app, so that when you explain these elements in more depth in the next step, the audience knows how each element fits into the overall context.

  4. Next, walk through the path more slowly, pointing out key UI design choices and explaining how you've provided a good user experience and a differentiated solution, compared to rival apps that address the same need.

  5. Take questions and get feedback from our guests.

We highly recommend you practice your demo presentation 2-3 times before demo day. Having someone record a practice run can also be a good way to improve your performance.

There are no posts required in the Assignment Master the week of Apr 6!

Julia Austin, Senior Lecturer

Harvard Business School

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