Quantified Self Global Conference 2018
Show&Tell Talk Instructions
All of the Quantified Self talks are delivered by attendees like yourself. We are an enthusiastic group of experimenters, tool makers and learners. Our main method for knowledge dissemination is the Show&Tell talks. If this is your first Show&Tell talk at a QS Conference, there are restrictions on the type of slides that can be used that are very important to take note of. If you have given a talk before, the format has changed significantly. We no longer use auto-advancing slides. We now have your slides focus on the data. In either case, it’s important to fully understand the format, so please read the rest of this message for some logistics and resources.
THE SHOW&TELL FORMAT
We no longer use auto-advancing slides. Instead, we want your slides to focus on the good stuff about your project and leave out the fluff.
We do this by restricting slide types to just a few. In addition to your intro and outro slide, these are the allowed types of slides:
-Statements that involve personal data. (e.g. “Over the course of three years, I journaled 723 times.)
-Screenshots or pictures of the self-tracking tool that was used.
-Pictures of yourself while tracking. If you are tracking your marathon running, that would be a picture during practice or race day. If your project involves eeg, that would be a picture of you with electrodes attached to your scalp. Whatever helps us understand how the data was collected.
-The only bulleted text that is allowed is the “what I learned” slide.
Things that should not go on your slides:
-quotes (you can still recite a quote in your talk. If the quote is hard to understand if it’s only heard verbally, it may not be a good fit),
-bulleted text (the exception being your “What I learned” slide),
-a logo that in the right corner of each slide.
Here is what we really want to know: What did you do; How did you do it; What did you learn?. The most important part is: What you learned. Make sure this takes up at least 90 seconds of your talk. We really want our audience to learn from your personal story of self-tracking, self-experimentation, and self-transformation.
POINTERS FOR GIVING A GREAT SHOW&TELL TALK
I’ve helped hundreds of speakers put together their Show&Tell talks for various QS events. Here are the pieces of advice I most often give to speakers during our practices:
We will run the presentation off of our own laptop (Macbook Pro running macOS Sierra). We will accept presentations in either Keynote or PowerPoint. Please use the 16:9 aspect ratio for your slides.
In Powerpoint 2013 and later, the default aspect ratio is 16:9. If you are using an earlier version of Powerpoint, the default is 4:3. Here are instructions on how to change the aspect ratio.
If you are using a non-standard font, please send the font files along with your slides.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Are these going to be auto-advancing slides like at earlier conferences?
No. That format had its benefits, but we feel like going forward, it’s better that we focus the slides on the data and tools.
Can I really say what I need to in 7.5 minutes?
Yes, but first you have to decide what you need to say. Focus on what the main idea is. Then use details that support that main idea. If something is interesting but doesn’t support the main idea, leave it out. It’s hard to do, but it helps people focus on the main idea of your talk.
PRO TIP: If there is a detail that I left out of my talk, I’ve found it easy to shoehorn into an answer during the Q&A period.
How can I be sure my talk is working?
We want to take an active role in helping you give the best talk possible. Therefore, we are requiring that all speakers send in their slides and schedule a practice talk.
What aspect ratio is the projector using?
All slides should be 16:9.
My presentation is too big and gmail won’t send it.
WeTransfer is a good tool for sending large files. Or you can share the file in Dropbox to firstname.lastname@example.org
I have a question not addressed here.
Other questions can go to Steven Jonas: email@example.com