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Created by Sammy Wegent and produced by Scott Lifton and Anthony Veneziale, special guests at the 7:30 PM performance also include spoken word poet Sarah Kay, Future Mate creator Brian Fountain and improv guru Nathan Phillips.
Speechless, according to press notes, "puts players on the spot with nothing more than a stage, a microphone, and a PowerPoint deck of images they've never seen. The result is a series of fall-down laugh-riot presentations, often presented by engineers, programmers, and product developers from major tech companies, vying for prizes and bragging rights."
At each show, a virtual spinning wheel determines what kind of random talk the speaker must give — it may be a TED talk, app launch, new hire orientation, video game pitch, quarterly report or sexual harassment seminar — while slides are presented to accompany their talks. A panel of judges score each presentation on a F.U.T.I.L.E. system (Funny, Understandable, Transcendent, Informative, Legendary, Entertaining). Contestants are chosen via advance web applications, with one audience member selected at each performance to participate.