Oh, the things you learn.

Michal is a software engineer in Seattle and last weekend she went to a party which was basically a MUN with some booze. She took her experience to Twitter – “Last night I went to a party where everyone had to prepare a 3-minute lecture on something they were passionate about. I won best presentation.”

It wasn’t long before the tweet went viral, and everyone was talking about DTL – The Drink, Talk, Learn game. Imagine talking about your favorite thing, in front of people you know, people you don’t know and also, maybe.. your crush? Now imagine doing this with a slide up on a screen, standing at a podium while you’re drunk enough to see 4. Overwhelming, enough?

The Drink, Talk, Learn (DTL) Game And Its Rules

Ok so the outline is pretty simple:

  1. Create PowerPoint presentation.
  2. The Presentation should not go beyond 3 Minutes.
  3. If you do go beyond, you’ll have to first finish your drink and then resume to your lecture.

In the complete set of rules, there are some more penalties attached to cheating. For example, if the crew finds out that you automated your presentation to 3 minutes, then you face worse drinking penalties. You can’t interrupt the presentation unless your comments are witty and quick. Any boring, elaborate heckling is not allowed. They call it “non-witty” banter for which the consequence is something called “The Death Screech” – which I assume involves some nails and a chalkboard.

The “true moral compass” of Shadow – the Hedgehog

🔥Shadow in my different styles 🔥 #shadowthehedgehog

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Michal’s chosen topic was The “true moral compass” of Shadow – the Hedgehog. Shadow is a character from a very popular Sega video game; Sonic the Hedgehog. Her presentation consisted of character alignment charts, Locke’s theory of the blank slate and why she was so passionate about the game.

We later found out that the DTL party was hosted by her friend Clarisse. Clarisse’s inspiration came from the first DTL that four University of Waterloo students came up with in November 2012. After that, the game came into demand all over the United States. “Due to the co-op program at our school (six co-ops in a five-year program), many students bring the tradition with them when they travel for their internships,” she explained.

Only a nerd could make a game like this.

But hey, we’re not complaining. The game is a great ice-breaker, easy to play, super fun and also helps you know each other better. What’s not to love? Michal highly recommends it, saying, “I ended up learning a lot about Seattle public transit, the history of Windows startup sounds, and fancy rats.”

There are three awards that are given at the end of the game. Best dressed, best presentation and the person whose speech was the closest to the three-minute mark, before going over. If you’re wondering, Michal won ‘Best Presentation.’