Thank you for speaking at Women Techmakers Belfast 2019. We have put together some speaker guidelines below, and if you have any queries, please just get in touch. See you on the 9th!
- The Women Techmakers Belfast organisers are here to assist you and provide a comfortable, safe environment for speaking. If there is anything at all you need - before, during or after you give your talk - please reach out to us.
- If you'd like some practice giving your talk please feel free to use the Speakers’ room at any point during the conference day (except maybe during your talk slot!)
- By attending and/or participating in a Women Techmakers event, you agree to follow our Community Guidelines and Anti Harassment Policy.
- As this event is family friendly, please keep this in mind when preparing your talk
- Use inclusive language - avoid gender-exclusive words such as ‘guys’, ‘man’, ‘he’, ‘girls’, etc and avoid stereotypes and making assumptions about people
- Avoid ableist language - Words like “crazy”, “dumb”, “insane” or “lame” are examples of ableist language, devaluing people who have physical or mental disabilities. Avoid assuming expertise - the event attendees will have a huge range of experience and familiarity in different areas, using words such as “just” or “simple” or “obviously” can belittle the knowledge of experts while alienating those who are unfamiliar with the subject area.
- Please be aware of guidelines around animated content for photosensitive folks. Ideally keep to less than 3 flashes per second to keep content suitable for those with photosensitivity related disorders. If you are unsure, contact us and we can review.
- Text on slides should be readable from 15-20 feet away.
- We recommend a font size where no more than 10-12 lines can reasonably fit on screen at once, particularly code examples.
- For longer code examples, we recommend making the snippet scrollable, or broken onto multiple slides.
- Ensure all critical text in your slides (including syntax highlighting) uses strongly contrasting colours. Not all venues have high-contrast displays or projectors. Some audience members may also have sight issues.
- When presenting, please use any microphones provided and make sure you are speaking clearly into them, so that everyone in the venue can hear you.
- We recommend you record a video of any live demos ahead of time, and have it ready to play back in case your live demo doesn't go as planned on the day.
- If you are live-coding with IDEs or terminals, ensure your font size is zoomed-in to meet the same standards as the above section, and the same applies for any other demo screens e.g. browser window
- Please ensure you have read the Community Guidelines and Anti Harassment Policy and that your presentation content (visual, textual or otherwise) adheres to it.
- If you do not wish to do Q&A after your talk, please let us know in advance and we will ensure this is the case on the day.
- Talk slots are either 20min (full length) or 10min (lightning) - we will adjust your time warnings based on whether or not you wish to take Q&A
- We will signal to you when you have 5 minutes left, and again when you have 1 minute left, and then once your time has finished. We want to hear your talk in full, but moderators will have to cut it short if it goes longer.
- Feel free to use your own timer, audience-visible or otherwise, to keep you on track.
- Please time your talk out in advance and make adjustments to ensure you meet the time limit.
- There will be live captioning of all talks, so please be mindful of speaking at a reasonable speed to allow the captioner to follow along