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Advice for Geek Night Speakers
SlidesWe project against a glossy white wall so the background of your slides should be dark or strongly coloured. Contrasting colours should avoid white and favour pastel colours or off-whites.
FormatThe "typical" Geek Night format is to have five minutes of presentation material followed by a longer demo or question and answer session. Ideally we prefer a number of small talks on a topic than one long one that tries to cover everything on a topic. The maximum planned length for any talk should be 45 minutes.
There is an expectation that there will be some code and examples and its not uncommon to present prepared material followed by a demo or interactive shell session. A working demo or example of code is appreciated to back up any slide-based "hand waving".
The sessions are usually highly interactive (if you watch videos of previous talks you can see that people often ask questions throughout the talk) and there is an expectation that people can contribute and that a speaker can ask the audience questions in turn or ask for help from the audience if they cannot answer a particular query.
AudienceTends to be technical, well-informed and engaged. Numbers are typically between 20 to 30 people.
Personal InformationWe always like to have a biography for our wiki and it is often helpful if we have a mugshot, even if we don't use them on the wiki.
Recording of the eventSkillsmatter tend to record our events and post the video on their site. If you want to bring your own recording equipment that's cool too.
Apres EventWe update the event page with links to slides and videos. Sometimes we attach the slides to the page but we tend to just link to your copies of the slides so that you can present them in whatever format you prefer. We are also happy to post links or references to things that came up in the talk to the page.
You should also feel free to use the page threads to continue any discussions that started on the night itself.
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