Melvin's digital garden

PKM talk proposal

Title: Level up your note taking skills and cultivate new ideas

Alt title: Building a personal knowledge mangement tool in Vim

Elevator Pitch (300 chars)

Do you struggle to remember what you’ve learned? I took notes for every talk I attended, but it was hard to find them again. Then I learned about the Zettelkasten method and its modern incarnation, Digital Gardens. Learn how to create your own digital garden to learn in public and develop new ideas.

Topic background

We live in an age where information is readily accessible. Note-taking is an important skill to develop personal insights and in-depth understanding. Unfortunately, it is often not thought of as a crucial skill and we often do it in a haphazard manner. Niklas Luhmann, a prolific German sociologist, developed an extensive note-taking system of index cards, Zettelksaten, to help him remember and develop new ideas. Today we have several digital tools that implement the key ideas of his Zettelkasten system.

Scope of presentation

  1. Explanation of the key insights behind the Zettelkasten method.
  2. How to make notes that matter and publish them on your own digital garden.
  3. Use the garden to cultivate new ideas and share them with others.

Audience Takeaways

How to learn in public with a digital garden.

Prerequisites for the audience in order for them to appreciate the presentation

Experience taking notes.


Melvin is an avid programmer who enjoys designing and implementing novel algorithms. At Solve Education!, Melvin develops intelligent tutoring systems to enable adaptive learning. Melvin also works on the AI for Magarena, an open source card game. Melvin received his B. Comp (Hons) and Ph.D. degrees from NUS School of Computing.

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