Skip to main content
Register for Spring 2016

The Next Big Thing

The Next Big Thing


"Spoke and Wheels," May 2012

"Educate. Inspire. Empower." January 2012

What's Next

July 28th: The Principles of Hip Hop

Fall: Reinventing Education

Please RSVP so we know you are coming!

What do you get when you combine the insight of TED Talks, the creativity of Pecha Kucha, and an amazing DJ? You get:

The Next Big Thing: “The Principles of Hip Hop”
Saturday, July 28th 5pm
Columbus State Center for Workforce Development
315 Cleveland Avenue, 4th Fl. Ballroom

Check us out on Facebook!

Here is the line up for July 28th:


  1. Jon Sands, showcase poet
  2. DJ Krate Digga, showcase DJ
  3. Marshall Shorts, showcase artist
  4. Searius Add, TNBT:  TBA topic
  5. Mexie Wilson:  TNBT:  "The 5th Element - Doin The Knowledge"
  6. Joel Nelson, TNBT:  TBA topic
  7. Bess Bolton, TNBT:  "Green Technology is the Newest Hustle"
  8. Javier Sanchez, TNBT:  "Guard My Heart"
  9. Racquel Armstrong, TNBT:  "Hip Hop as a Teaching Tool"
  10. DJ Krate Digga, TNBT:  TBA*

Have something to say about Hip Hop? Can you do it in five minutes with 20 slides lasting 15 seconds? Then submit a proposal to present your compelling message to help bring Columbus State's Hip Hop Institute to a close. You can explore a principle within the tradition of Hip Hop or take a principle and explore new areas. Here are some ideas based on each principle:


Present an idea related to the verbal or written arts: writing, poetry, theater, improvisation.


Present an idea related to the art of movement: dance, fitness, wellness, martial arts.


Present an idea related to the social and cultural dimensions of music and music technology


Present an idea related to visual style, culture and sub-culture, marketing & advertising.

Submit a proposal: Send a brief title and description of your presentation to Kimberly Brazwell ( by July 11th.We may not be able to accommodate all proposals.


What is The Next Big Thing?

The Next Big Thing (TNBT) is an event where presenters, within creative constraints, share an idea, story, or vision on a theme. The goal is to instigate creative thinking and conversation that carries on beyond the event itself.

What are the “Creative Constraints?”

This is modeled after Pecha Kucha and Ignite, two international programs where local affiliates host a presentation event. They each use similar presentation constraints such as those we use: a presenter has to use 20 slides lasting 15 seconds each, a total of five minutes. The challenge is to be concise, energetic and use visuals well. (Our format is the same as Ignite. See this fun how-to video from Ignite for inspiration)

Who organizes The Next Big Thing?

TNBT is a partnership between the Columbus State departments of Human Capacity Development, Instructional Technology and Distance Learning and Diversity and Study Abroad Programs.

Does the audience get to participate?

There will be opportunity to mingle and discuss ideas at the event. Depending on the venue, there may even be via white boards and post-its for impromptu brainstorming and mind maps. Presentations will be archived online so you pick up the conversation via social media.

 Is it free? Yes it’s free!

Join us! Your idea could be "The Next Big Thing!"