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Speaker Guide

Submitting Your Slides

You can now submit your slides directly through the CFP management system immediately when you submit your initial proposal or any time before the event by logging into your account, choosing your presentation and uploading your slides. We only accept presentation slides in PDF format to ensure that there are no formatting issues.

Slide Due Date: August 13, 2014

How To Give a Great Tech Talk

In the instance that your talk is accepted, we want to make sure that you give the best presentation possible. To do this, we enlisted the help of seasoned conference speaker Josh Berkus (PostgreSQL Experts) who has prepared an in-depth tutorial on “How to Give a Great Tech Talk”.

You may not instantly become a brilliant orator overnight, but we strongly encourage all of our potential speakers to watch this tutorial and hopefully you will see more of the audience watching and listening to you as opposed to checking their email during your presentation.

Skills you will learn include:

  • Know your audience
  • How to prepare for a talk
  • Nobody cares about your slides…but make good ones anyway
  • The 7 Habits of Highly Ineffective Speakers
  • Clock-watching
  • Audience interaction 101
  • When your demo crashes
  • The audience outside the lecture hall
  • Common presentation issues and tips

Part 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iE9y3gyF8Kw

Part 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gcOP4WQfJl4

Complimentary Passes For Speakers

In the instance that your submission has multiple presenters, only the primary speaker for a proposal will receive a complimentary pass for the event. For panel discussions, all panelists will receive a complimentary event pass.

Our Policy

Linux Foundation events are working conferences intended for professional networking and collaboration in the Linux community. Attendees are expected to behave according to professional standards and in accordance with their employer's policies on appropriate workplace behavior.  

While at Linux Foundation events or related social networking opportunities, attendees should not engage in discriminatory or offensive speech or actions regarding gender, sexuality, race, or religion.  Speakers should be especially aware of these concerns.  

The Linux Foundation does not condone any statements by speakers contrary to these standards.  The Linux Foundation reserves the right to deny entrance to any individual.

Please bring any concerns to to the immediate attention of Linux Foundation event staff, or contact Amanda McPherson, Chief Marketing Officer, at amanda (at) linuxfoundation (dot) org.  We thank our attendees for their help in keeping Linux Foundation events professional, welcoming, and friendly.

Dates To Remember

  • CFP Open: January 9, 2014
  • CFP Close: May 2, 2014
  • CFP Notifications: May 30, 2014
  • Schedule Announced: June 1, 2014
  • Event Dates: August 20-22, 2014

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