We are excited to welcome you as a speaker for cdCon 2021. As a reminder, the event will take place virtually Wednesday, June 23 – Thursday, June 24, 2021, during Eastern Daylight Time. Please click through the tabs on this page to access information.
Schedule, Timing & Speaker Profiles
The schedule will be posted on the cdCon website using Sched.com on Wednesday, April 7
Please confirm your timing on the cdCon website schedule when it is posted on Wednesday, April 7.
Platform & Specifications
We will be using the virtual event platform Hopin that will allow speakers to deliver content by pre-recorded talk and join live for Q&A at the end of the session. Hopin is a virtual venue with multiple interactive areas that allows attendees to move in and out of rooms just like an in-person event and enjoy speaker content and making personal connections.
An optional PowerPoint template is available to download for your use but is not required.
Pre-recording Information & Tools
Speakers will pre-record their talk, which will be played through the event platform, and will then join the video live for Q&A with attendees for an additional 10 minutes.
Some suggested tools to use for recording are Quicktime, Google Hangouts, Zoom, a screen recorder, or something similar. The recording should show your slides/screen as well as you presenting using a picture in picture style format. Please feel free to reach out with any questions.
Uploading Instructions for Pre-recorded Sessions
We have multiple options for uploading your pre-recorded presentation:
Videos need to be received no later than Friday, May 21.
As with physical events, live interaction is essential to the success of virtual events and we are asking every presenter, whether presenting live or via pre-recorded session, to join for live chat with attendees at the end of their session, within the platform. This will provide added value to the audience and create more of an ‘event’ experience. You will have 10 minutes immediately following your presentation, for Q&A.
If you are concerned about your timezone and how that could impact the live Q&A portion of your session, we will do our best to reschedule your session slot to a time that is convenient for you. If you are not comfortable with the idea of a live Q&A, or cannot participate “live,” please contact Jennifer Crowley immediately at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Technical Tips for Virtual Presentations
Lighting, Webcam and Microphone Best Practices
Best Practices for Lighting
Best Practices for Webcams
Best Practices for Microphones
There is no dress code for presentations, and we encourage you to be comfortable. That said, you must be aware that the Code of Conduct applies to this space, both in terms of what you show on camera and what you say. We ask that you be tasteful and considerate in choosing your clothing and surroundings. Keep in mind that we are a global community. Please refrain from wearing shirts with global brand logos that are not your own. Solid colors (not white) also work best instead of prints.
Tips to Keep Your Virtual Audience Engaged
Inclusive Speaker Orientation Online Course
The Linux Foundation, in collaboration with the National Center for Women in Technology (NCWIT), has created an online course designed to teach the viewer about inclusion, diversity, and unconscious bias. We highly recommend all of our speakers watch the course to learn tips/tools to use when speaking to encourage inclusivity in presentations and messaging.
Code of Conduct
Please read and abide by our code of conduct, which can be found here. We ask that speakers especially review this code of conduct and are inclusive in the words and images used during their presentation.
Best Gear for Online Meetings – Webcams, lights, mics, tripods and more
19 Video Presentation Tips to help you give a great presentation (even if you hate the way you look on camera)
9 Tips for Giving Engaging Virtual Presentations – This article gives 9 tips and within each tip has folks from the tech world giving their advice in a fun/relatable way.
Checklist for Speakers – this article provides checklists applicable for speakers that are live streaming.
If you have any other platform, speaker, or schedule-related questions, please contact us at email@example.com.