Are you a potential speaker at Droidcon? Here’s a few tips that might be handy!

Know your audience
Here’s a few data points on the audience demographic based on job titles that might be useful for you to tune your presentations. (Note: this is based on Droidcon 2011 data, but you can expect a similar pattern).

55%   Engineer/Developer
10%   Students
8%     Manager
3%     Founder/Co-Founder
4%     C-level (CEO, CTO)
3%     Architect
17%   Misc

Prep for Offline Demos
All speakers will be provided Wi-Fi access codes. However, invariably all conferences have their share of Wi-Fi and internet issues, and we’d recommend that you keep everything you need for your demo available offline just in case you run into issues. As you know, if things can go wrong, they will. So, dont leave things to chance.

Session Setup
Please arrive at your session room at least 30 minutes in advance to prep. This will also give you a feel for the space, how the audience interacts, and how you’d like to position yourself best. If you’d like to take a bit of a break and relax someplace ahead of your session, feel free to stroll around the MLR Center or hop up to the balcony area of the Auditorium.

Accessorize
If you have any special needs for your demos – Macbook adaptors, additional cables or wiring, or any specialized setup, please plan on bringing them along so they are at your finger tips.

Timing is Everything
IMPORTANT: All sessions are allocated exactly 30 minutes. You have 20 minutes to present and 5 minutes for Q&A, with the remaining 5 minutes for the next presenter to begin setting up while you answer the last set of questions.

Speakers who have more content that 30 minutes are encouraged to either:

  • split their talk and propose two separate sessions via the Funnel, or 
  • skip the first part of their presentation and make it an advanced session

Time is of essence, and you’d want to pace your session effectively. Let the volunteers in your room know if you’d like a 5 & 10 minute reminder so you dont run out of time for questions.

Help Abounds
Need help? Check in with the friendly volunteers or folks at the registration desk and they’ll be more than glad to assist. Just ask around for Noufal Ibrahim if you dont find anyone immediately.

No pitches please, we’re geeks
This is a developer event. So, if you have a pitch about your company, your apps, or yourself, please leave it at the door. And no freebies either, unless you are a sponsor (who BTW have some awesome giveaways).  

Rehearse, Rehearse, Rehearse! 
If you have a demo, please take the time to rehearse at the Speaker’s Lounge to ensure all your bits are in place. The MLR Convention center has a firewall setup that may block access to some sites.