DeepTalk a Conference April 17, 2009Posted by gordonwatts in DeepTalk.
Ever wanted to view all the slides from one conference at once, on a really big (or small) screen? And zoom in on just the talks that looked interesting? Well, now you can: DeepTalk. :-)
This was one of my hobby projects. Most of the work was done the evenings while I was on sabbatical. Since I’ve returned to UW development has slowed way down – but I managed to finish up a web site version of this for the CHEP 2009 conference (and presented a poster on it).
The idea is pretty simple. Download all the slides from a conference in an Indico web site, lay them out on a very large gym floor. Then zoom the camera way way out. That is the initial view when you are looking at a conference (for example, the Chamonix workshop discussing the future of the LHC). You can then zoom in using your mouse scroll wheel (or just doing a single click with your left mouse button), pan around by click-and-dragging, etc. If you have a conference you want rendered, there is a small text box at the bottom of the page – just put in an indico web site URL for the conference main agenda page and it will get queued for rendering (or take you to the correct web page if it has already been rendered).
It is based on Silverlight (which runs on Windows and Mac – Linux coming when Moonlight makes its 2.0 releases). There are some known bugs, but if you see other things or additions you think would be cool, definitely send a comment! I’ve been having a lot of fun using it to browse conferences I’ve missed (which is most of them, obviously).