This FAQ is a guide for those interested in presenting and voting for sessions at PNW Drupal Summit 2012. It is intended to provide potential speakers and attendees with an understanding of what will be expected of this year’s speakers, as well as an overview of the session selection process. We ask that anyone interested in presenting read this FAQ to ensure that they fully understand the responsibilities that come with speaking at PNW Drupal Summit. All speakers and attendees at PNW Drupal Summit are expected to follow the Drupal Code of Conduct. This page will be updated often, so please check back for the latest speaker information.
- What’s the process and timeline for session selection?
- Who will be making decisions about which sessions get picked?
- Do I get paid or compensated for presenting at PNW Drupal Summit?
- What should I keep in mind when submitting a session for PNW Drupal Summit?
- What are the expectations around language?
- Speaker Training
- Speaker Presentation Slides
- What are some tips I should follow for creating slides?
- What are some good resources for preparing my presentation?
Registered attendees will be able to submit and vote on sessions:
- July 30th (Mon): Session submissions open
- August 20th (Mon): Session submissions Closed
- August 21st (Tue): Session voting begins
- August 27th (Mon): Session voting ends
- September 3rd (Mon): Accepted sessions announced & speakers notified
Your fellow Drupal attendees! After session submissions are closed, all attendees will have 2 weeks to vote on their favorite sessions. Track timeslots are filled with sessions that have received the most votes until there are no timeslots left for that track.
No, there is no payment or compensation for presenting at PNW Drupal Summit other than community exposure and the warm-fuzzy feeling that comes from being awesome.
While we understand that it’s not always possible to know exactly what you’ll be talking about months in advance of a conference presentation, especially when dealing with fast-moving technologies like Drupal, we do ask that speakers think carefully about their intended audience and what they want attendees to take away from their session when formulating their proposals.
The best panels and presentations are the ones where the presenter devotes a significant amount of time to the process of developing their session. You should be prepared to spend a significant amount of time during preparing for your session (and communicating with any co-presenters).
In order to give speakers the ability to focus on developing the highest quality sessions possible, we will be limiting the number of sessions that any single speaker can participate in to no more than one solo presentation and one panel presentation (if a speaker does not present a solo session, he or she may participate in up to two panel presentations). Panels will be limited to no more than three participants plus a moderator. Dual sessions (those with two presenters) are considered panels.
When making your submission, be sure to identify a single point of contact for your session. If you end up not being able to attend, we may cancel your session and replace it with another, even if you are able to find a substitute presenter.
You may be asked if you are willing to work together and/or combine your session with another presenter.
We may check in with you in the weeks leading up to the conference to make sure that your session preparation is going well and you have everything you need.
You will need to provide your own laptop for your presentation. Presenters will be provided with projector specifications and slide templates in a variety of commonly-used formats. Even if you do not use the provided templates, presenters are asked to use special opening and closing slides to assist in the creation of session videos and enable audiences to submit feedback.
Presenters should keep in mind that PNW Drupal Summit attracts diverse people from a wide variety of ethnic, cultural, and religious backgrounds. Speakers should avoid humor that occurs at the expense of any individual or group of individuals or that relies on stereotypes about culture, religion, race, ethnicity, gender, or sexual orientation. Speakers should strive to use professional language and avoid profanities.