Updated: Jul 8
Here is everything you could want to know about Demo Day...
What is Demo Day?
Why does WEquil.School do Demo Day?
Who can watch and ask questions?
Who is eligible to present projects?
How can I become a Moderator?
How can I become a Guest Speaker?
How to watch past Demo Days?
1. What is Demo Day?
Demo Day is a two-part virtual presentation led by WEquil.School students every Saturday. There is a private and public demonstration. The private demonstration starts at 12 pm eastern time, includes any topic, and is only available to be viewed by WEquil.School families. The public demonstration begins at 2 pm and is live broadcast on our Facebook page linked below.
Recordings from the public Demo Day are edited and reviewed by WEquil.School members before uploading to YouTube to help promote the school and promote our students. Students are free to use their projects outside of WEquil.School. WEquil.School retains the right to use projects to help improve the school through use in YouTube videos and as examples in virtual classrooms. Students may use a recording of their performances to improve their resume...potentially helping them get a better job or achieve higher educational opportunities.
The process of creating a project and demonstrating it to others is as close as we can get to the process of adding value in the real world. There are no grades in the real world...just people trying to demonstrate that they can add value to others by showcasing skills, insights, products, services, and communicating in a way that speaks to an intended audience. There are no single arbiters of truth in the real world. You need to learn your circle of competence, by creating real things and socializing your creations. There is no limit to how great you can be. Grades limit your performance to 100% ... there is no limit to the value you add to people around the world through Demo Day.
Our students prepare for the real world by creating real things and sharing them with real people. Through the Demo Day process, our students learn to seek and receive feedback from many sources, iterate and improve their projects, connect with others around shared deep interests, and recognize their circle of competence.
3. Who can watch and ask questions?
Everyone is welcome to participate through comments on our WEquil.School Facebook group. We share legitimate comments and questions with our students live during the presentation so you can have a chance to add value to our presenters. Parents that participate in past Demo Days are more likely to receive consideration for having their families present at future Demo Days.
4. Who is eligible to present projects?
Demo Day is currently free to all WEquil.School members that satisfy these requirements...
Members are over the age of 12 or have emailed permission from a parent. Parents can email us at WEquil.School@gmail.com stating this using the subject line "Permission for Demo Day".
Published their project on WEquil.School on their blog, appropriate virtual classroom, and WEquil.School "Level".
Arrived on time and performed during our Thursday at 5 pm eastern dress rehearsal at a satisfactory level as determined by our Moderator.
Once a student has successfully completed 3-5 Demo Days they can request to become Student Mentors. The benefit of being a Student Mentor is that they will no longer be required to practice presenting during Dress Rehearsals. Students Mentors will be encouraged to keep using the Synthesize learning process but this will no longer be a formal requirement.
WEquil.School will be switching to private school. At which point Demo Day will only be available to fully enrolled students. To learn more about WEquil Private School you can email us at WEquil.School@gmail.com.
5. How to become a Moderator?
Student Mentors and above are eligible to moderate a Demo Day. Those who have an interest can reach out to the leadership at WEquil.School. Once a student mentor has successfully moderated a Demo Day they are eligible to apply to become an official Moderator at WEquil.School.
Moderating a Demo Day is a big responsibility that begins one month before the Demo Day begins and includes everything from reviewing the virtual classroom, providing updates and resources to students, marketing on social media, helping students upload projects, setting up the Zoom meetings for rehearsal a Demo Day, moderating the Demo Day itself, and creating the final Demo Day video to be uploaded to the WEquil.School YouTube channel.
Instructions for moderating a Demo Day are as follows:
Apply to be a moderator (1 month out) - You do this by emailing WEquil.School@gmail.com with the subject "Demo Day Moderator Application" and include the following: Full name, proposed subject, proposed Saturday that is at least one month out, why you believe you are qualified, and your acceptance of the responsibilities listed below.
Blog Post (1 month out) - Publish a blog post of the upcoming Demo Day. Use the category corresponding to your blog and appropriate Virtual Classroom.
Publication Notification ( 1 month) - Publish your Demo Day blog post link in WEquil.School's Auditorium. Verify that leadership saw this and published your link on WEquil.School Facebook groups.
Review Virtual Classroom (3 weeks out) - Check out the virtual classroom associated with your Demo Day subject. Propose improvements based on your judgment and by soliciting feedback from WEquil.School through the appropriate "Level" channel. Share these proposed improvements in a blog post "Project" and verify that leadership used this project to improve the classroom.
Call for projects (3 weeks out) - Share your Demo Day blog post again with improvements and ask students at WEquil.School to join. Include a link to the improved virtual classroom. Indicate that you are available to help them come up with project ideas and socialize drafts. Verify that leadership shared your Demo Day blog post on WEquil.School Facebook groups.
Facilitate socialization and collaboration (1-2 weeks out) - Take a leadership role reaching out to students that indicated interest, replying to messages, and socializing drafts relating to your Demo Day.
Moderate Dress Rehearsal (Thursday before Demo Day) - Verify that all projects are eligible for Demo Day (See section 4). Verify that Leadership has provided a Zoom link for the Dress Rehearsal an hour before 5 pm eastern. Run the dress rehearsal in a manner consistent with past Demo Day moderators with one exception...pause after each presentation and allow everyone to provide feedback and suggestions. Indicate to leadership if you believe any project or presenter is not ready for Demo Day.
Create and Publish Agenda* (Friday before Demo Day) - See steps below under "*Agenda Requirements". Publish the agenda by noon on Friday with WEquil.School. Verify that leadership published the agenda on Social media before 2 pm on Friday.
Moderate Demo Day - Moderate the private and public Demo Day in a manner that is consistent or better than the quality of past Demo Days. Work with leadership if you have questions and suggestions for how to accomplish this. Record the public Demo Day using Zoom so you can complete step 10.
Create Demo Day Video - Create an MP4 file of the Demo Day using the Zoom recording. Make edits as you deem appropriate and in collaboration with WEquil.School participants. Share with MP4 with leadership to publish on YouTube.
Agenda is published as a blog post on WEquil.School in the virtual classroom and the Moderator's blog.
The agenda thumbnail (top picture) is created using our Canva Template.
Use profile pictures and full names for kids 13 and up.
Use family pictures and first names only for kids under 13 years old.
Include links to all Demo Day projects and verify that they are also in the appropriate virtual classroom and on the correct "Level".
If there's a Guest Speaker add their photo, name, and profession at the bottom of the agenda
Send out demo day agenda in Slack with links to projects (Tag presenters with @ sign)
Have presenters prepare remarks
On Saturday at 11:00 AM private message presenters with Zoom Link
6. How to become a Guest Speaker?
Guest speakers are experienced professionals on the topic covered by the Demo Day. To become a guest speaker please email WEquil.School@gmail.com with the subject "Demo Day Guest Speaker Application" and provide the following information:
Demo Day Topic and link to that Demo Day's "Blog Post" (see section 5 step 2).
Tell us why you want to be a guest speaker.
Provide a resume and LinkedIn profile.
We encourage successful Guest Speakers to continue affiliating with WEquil.School as a "Fellow". Fellows at WEquil.School are available to become committee members for students going up for graduation. Fellows benefit from their association with Wequil.School and participation in events such as WEquil.Live where they are encouraged to share with our families their latest success in their professions such as recent book publications, public lectures, or new business ventures.
7. How to watch past Demo Days?
You can watch past Demo Days on our YouTube channel link below.
We also share featured Demo Days on our website at the link below.
If you want to learn more about Demo Day or have suggestions for how we can improve please email us at WEquil.School@gmail.com
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