Think Like a Red Bull Soapbox Racer for Epic Presentations

The world-famous Red Bull Soapbox Race is coming to our hometown this summer, and we have a shot at being one of 40 teams angling for glory. This got us to thinking: What can this crazy-creative, adrenaline-filled, crowd-pleasing event teach us about presentations?

We created this Haiku Deck to capture 6 quick tips for winning presentations, all illustrated with entertaining photographs of previous Red Bull Soapbox creations from our killer Creative Commons image search.

You can spin through it in less time than it’ll take us to (fingers crossed) steer our oversized origami crane down Yesler Way toward the finish line. If you like our tips, you can help us secure a spot in the lineup by tweeting the Haiku Deck, or posting your favorite slide to Instagram, using the hashtag #TeamHaikuDeck.

Think Like a Red Bull Soapbox Racer

As always, your support is the wind beneath our colorful paper wings!

P.S. If you’re really in the mood to send a little love to #TeamHaikuDeck — who is working really hard to make your presentations speedier to create and save across all your devices — you can also vote for us in the Tabby Awards Users’ Choice awards. (Just search for “Haiku Deck” on the page, then scroll down a bit to click the red bar that says Haiku Deck.)

2013 Decks of the Year Finalists: Best Conference or Event Haiku Deck


As the year draws to a close, we’re showcasing the many amazing, inspiring decks that have been created by our community in 2013. We’ve selected ten categories, and each day beginning December 16th, we’ll reveal the five finalists in two of those categories.

Best Conference/Event Haiku Deck

Haiku Deck is an awesome way to wow your audience with engaging visuals and to capture the highlights and soundbites that resonate during a conference. The third category focuses Haiku Decks presented–or created–at a range of events around the world.

1. I Have a Good Feeling About This, Reg Braithwaite

Reg Braithwaite presented this epic, decade-by-decade survey of technology innovation as the opening keynote at WebRebels 2013 in Oslo, Norway. His clever, well-chosen visuals and no-holds-barred text combine to create exactly the kind of stirring, tightly thematic, personality-packed keynote talk we’d like to sit in on. We also love his creative use of the Strangelove theme and colorful stat charts to highlight key points.

Click for a smart, entertaining crash course in hardware and software development, and cast your vote for Reg by sharing it with the hashtag #hdbestof2013!

I have a good feeling about this – Created with Haiku Deck, presentation software that inspires

  2. Positive User Experience: The Power of P2, by Michele Mizejewski

Michele Mizejewski, who leads web initiatives at the University of California San Francisco library, showcased Automattic’s P2 WordPress theme at WordCamp SF 2013 with this vivid, punchy Haiku Deck. Her creative, well-chosen visuals illustrate how P2 is like a Reese’s peanut butter cup and how “silos are the enemy of good user experience.” We particularly appreciate how she used the bold Novella theme and interspersed screenshots to clearly illustrate her points and demonstrate the functionality of P2.

Click to see how P2 is WordPress with a dash of shibboleth, and cast your vote for Positive User Experience by sharing it with the hashtag #hdbestof2013!

Positive UX: The Power of P2 – Created with Haiku Deck, presentation software that inspires

3. The Mini Company, by Desiree Groenendal

Design blogger Desiree Groenendal of keynoted at HIVE Berlin, sharing her advice for monetizing a blog in this chic Haiku Deck. Her stunning slides were picked up and embedded by fellow bloggers, making her deck — the first she’d ever created — the most-viewed Haiku Deck of all time. Her use of the high-impact Underdog theme, coupled with well-composed images, concise lists, and clear takeaways, make this a standout example of a conference presentation with rich content value that extends far beyond the room.

Click to read how “amazing things will happen if you work hard and be kind,” and cast your vote for The Mini Company by sharing it with the hashtag #hdbestof2013!

The Mini Company – Created with Haiku Deck, presentation software that inspires

4. Personal Branding, by Wendy Townley

Not all conference and event Haiku Decks are presented from a podium — here’s a beautiful example of how the app can be used to take notes or recap an inspiring talk with memorable quotes and high-impact imagery. Created using the Strangelove theme with the rich sepia filter on, Wendy’s deck is sleek, stylish, and packed with gems from Jasmine Star’s Alt Summit talk on personal branding.

Click for simple strategies to build your own personal brand, and cast your vote for Wendy’s work by sharing it with the hashtag #hdbestof2013!

Alt Summit SLC 2013: Personal Branding – Created with Haiku Deck, presentation software that inspires

5. Cannes Digest 2013, by Zoltàn Havasi

Here’s another variation on a Haiku Deck conference recap — rather than sharing highlights from a particular session, Zoltàn Havasi captures key learnings and takeaways from the legendary Cannes Lions as a whole. Isobar’s head of planning masterfully intersperses his own photographs with solid-color background slides and Creative Commons images from the Haiku Deck keyword search, rounding out his work with detailed Public Notes and links to give us that fly-on-the-wall feeling.

Click to be inspired by moonshot thinking and other creativity techniques, and cast your vote for the Cannes Digest by sharing it with the hashtag #hdbestof2013!

Cannes Digest 2013 – Created with Haiku Deck, presentation software that inspires

Cast Your Vote!

Don’t forget to help select the winner and bring more visibility to these outstanding conference and event decks by adding a comment below, sharing your favorite with the #hdbestof2013 hashtag, or dropping us a line at We’ll select one winner from each category to receive a special Haiku Deck prize (and, of course, creative bragging rights)!

Tips for Conference and Event Haiku Decks

Giving a talk, or sitting in on one? Here are a few helpful tips and resources.


Hackathon Ideas and the Killer Pitch: Haiku Deck at SIC


Last week Team Haiku Deck was in full effect at the always-amazing Seattle Interactive Conference.

Monday, we helped coach the finalists for the AT&T Wearables Hackathon. The teams, who had worked all weekend to build their projects, had less than 24 hours to create their pitch decks, so we encouraged them to keep things simple, use high-impact visuals, and work storytelling into their presentations to capture and hold attention.

Tuesday, we attended the final presentations of the Hackathon ideas and were psyched to see Team GoalPhysics (Joan Jasak, Arunabh Verma, and Roger Hosto) light up the room with their presentation, created entirely with the Haiku Deck Web App. (Team GoalPhysics went on to take third place!)

Hackathon Ideas: Haiku Deck at Seattle Interactive Conference

Joan Jasak presenting GoalPhysics at the SIC Hackathon Finals

Team lead Joan Jasak commented:

“Haiku Deck is a godsend!  We had 48 hours to develop a functional app from scratch – and just a few hours to put together the presentation before a panel of judges. It took me less than an hour to create a polished multimedia presentation with Haiku Deck. This gave me enough time to develop the verbal presentation. And because I had time to practice presenting the Haiku Deck, I was comfortable on stage. Not only was the presentation a success, it turned what could have been a stressful and terrifying  experience into a fun one. Seriously – thanks Haiku Deck!”

“It took me less than an hour to create a polished multimedia presentation with Haiku Deck.”

We also had a chance to catch up with Maria Dykstra, who helped craft this beautiful Haiku Deck to announce the launch of Parllay. (Special shout-out to Friend of Haiku Deck Evonne Benedict for spotting Haiku Deck in the wild!)—engagementscale

Wednesday, our very own Adam Tratt shared his Secrets of a Killer Pitch to a packed room. We tweeted coffees as prizes for audience participation and even built a Haiku Deck right in the room based on the Uncorked board game, an audience member’s fledgling business. Here’s a great recap from Wunderman’s Dionne Gonzales, as well as Adam’s slides:

It was a memorable, action-packed week, and we loved being part of it! Huge thanks to Brian Rauschenbach and team for organizing such a kick-butt event.

P.S. Looking for help bringing your own hackathon ideas or business concepts to life? The Startup Pitch Template Haiku Deck by Jeremy Caplan is a *great* place to start.


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