Speaker expectations
(talks and lightning talks)

Attendees at DataTech19 will come from a range of communities and will be looking for speakers to present technical work clearly, well-contextualised, and in way that highlights its potential wider impact and relevance to others.

To that end we encourage speakers to bear in mind that preparation is one of the most important factors in delivering a successful talk, and to carefully consider the following points when preparing their proposal and, should it be accepted, their presentation:

  • You should ensure that the proposal you submit now matches the talk you actually present at DataTech. Please be advised that the Committee reserves the right to reject a talk if the presentation does not match the abstract and proposal submitted.

  • You should consider how interactive you intend to make your talk. Whether you opt for a lecture-style talk, or a more participatory one, is up to you. However, this should be a consciously planned feature of your talk

  • Be prepared to devote enough time to preparing your session. Consider rehearsing the delivery of your session to be more effective - preferably in front of your peers. Another great way to practice pacing and timing is to record yourself speaking, then review the footage.

  • DataTech generally prefers only one speaker, but we may accept two if you can justify why the second person is necessary.

Poster expectations

  • You should aim to deliver compelling bitesize pitches to audience members examining your poster

  • You should also be able to adapt to questions from a mixed audience.

  • Similarly to presentations, you should make sure that the proposal you submit now will match the poster you actually present at DataTech.  Please be advised that the Committee reserves the right to reject a talk if the presentation does not match the abstract and proposal submitted.

  • Poster formatting requirements will be announced soon. Please check back for details.