20×2 Chicago: What Do You Want?
Over the weekend, I got to participate in 20×2 Chicago – an event where 20 creatives are all given the same question. Each participant can answer however they like (presentation, reciting a poem, singing a song), so long as they do so in two minutes or less.
It’s a really fun constraint, and a fun event given how varied the answers (and participants) are.
The event this time took place at Quenchers Saloon, in Logan Square. Which had a remarkable selection of beers.
They even had my new favorite beer: Dragon’s Milk. Because why use a hammer when you can use a sledgehammer?
The crowd, gathering before the show.
Andrew, starting off the night.
In an interesting departure, I opted not to do a talk this time around. Instead, I made a video (and let the crew of Star Trek answer the question for me).
Normally, I’m a bundle of nerves before I take the stage. I like memorizing my talks, and it’s oftentimes hard for me to really enjoy the event until after I’m done speaking.
In making a video, all I really had to do was give a brief intro to the clip. And to top things off, I got to go first! So it made for a really easy evening, where I could just sick back and enjoy all the presenters, start to finish (without worrying about my own portion).
Here’s what I did:
As always, there were so many great answers. Here are a few that stood out to me:
Tanner Woodford wasn’t able to attend, but also created a video response (which was really lovely):
For me, the presentation by Megan Stielstra was by far the most powerful. Recounting a moment when she was assaulated at a bar, it was a haunting story. It’s been days since I heard it, and I still think about it.
But those are just a few presenters, from a full night of creative, personal, and engaging answers. You can check out the full event via the videos, below: