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Speak, Discuss, Demo, Entertain

Session can be 50, 25, 10, or 5 minutes long depending upon the type of session. Presentations may be in one of the following formats:

Traditional Presentation

Traditional class sessions focus on a single topic, with some time left at the end for questions and answers. Laptop, microphone, video projector and screen will be provide in the assigned room. Bring your presentation on a thumb drive.

Panel Discussion

Presenters may come together for a collaborative presentation on a particular topic or answer questions from a moderator and attendees. A panel facilitator arranges for the panelists to participate and moderates the panel discussions. Microphones will be provided.

Workshop

Workshops are interactive sessions where attendees receive step by step training or actively collaborate to create new projects and solutions. Attendees should bring their own laptops. The presenter will be provided a microphone, projector and screen.

Demo

Show code, development, or a working demo. This is meant to be a technology promotion to help teach or inspire fellow programmers. This time is not a marketing pitch to sell product. Up to five of these can be run in an hour. Microphone, video projector and screen will be provide in the assigned room. To be safe bring your laptop ready to go with the demo.

Idea Pitch

Give the audience your best shot in 5 minutes or less on what app(s) should be built, how the industry should work together, and how FamilySearch or other entities should contribute. This is not a complaint session but positive ideas that can be executed with the proper backing. Up to 10 of these can run in an hour. All you need is your thoughts and notes. A microphone and an audience will be provided.

We encourage sessions to be innovative, include step-by-step instructions, and offer new solutions and ideas that incorporate technology. We caution presenters against text-based slides and becoming infomercials for a particular product or line of thinking. We ask that sponsored sessions serve to educate the attendees without requiring them to purchase a particular product.

Session Presentation Submission Process

To submit your session for consideration for FamilySearch DevCon, please fill out the FSDevCon Form, and click the submission button after completing the form.

You need to do the following:

  • Complete a short submission profile including a short bio.
  • Summarize previous speaking experience and topics.
  • Enter your presentation title.
  • Enter the presentation type.
  • Submit a 40 to 50 word abstract for your proposed participation. Please include learning objectives for attendees. For example: “You will learn how to use Angular.”
  • Submit a 150 to 200 word long abstract for your proposed participation.
  • Place PowerPoint presentations on SlideShare before September 8, 2014.
  • Email PowerPoint Ignite Slides to gordon@familysearch.org before September 16, 2014.

After you have successfully completed the submission process, you will receive an email from the FamilySearch DevCon Team confirming your submission.

Demo or Idea Pitch Submission Process

To submit your session for consideration for FamilySearch DevCon, please fill out the FSDC-Pitch Form, and click the submission button after completing the form.

You need to do the following:

  • Enter your name and contact info.
  • Enter your presentation title.
  • Enter the presentation type (Demo, Idea Pitch).
  • Email PowerPoint Ignite Slides to gordon@familysearch.org before September 20, 2014.

After you have successfully completed the submission process, you will receive an email from the FamilySearch DevCon Team confirming your submission.

Evaluation Criteria

Submissions will be evaluated according to the following criteria:

Relevance

  • Does the proposed session help attendees build family history apps?
  • Does technology presented play a role in the implementation of the topic discussed?
  • Does the topic speak to a broad audience of programmers?

Innovation

  • Are the ideas, methods, and subjects timely and relevant to attendees?
  • Is the subject matter fresh?

Clarity

  • Is the intent of the session clear and concise in the abstract and title?
  • Are the learning objectives well-defined?

Presenter

  • Is the presenter knowledgeable and experienced on the topic submitted?
  • Is the presenter careful in the submission process to meet all requirements and willing to meet the expectations if selected?

What to Expect

Because FamilySearch DevCon is a nonprofit event, we do not pay speakers. We hope you will consider this conference an investment since it is a live forum to reach people with the insights and knowledge you have to share.

Traditional Presenters, Panel Moderators, and Workshop Facilitators (50 and 25 minutes) will be provided the following while at the conference:

  • Access to the speaker lounge.
  • A laptop computer.
  • A projector.
  • A screen.
  • A wired Internet connection.
  • A lavaliere microphone.
  • A handheld microphone.

All other equipment required for your presentation must be supplied by you or the attendees in your session. Please indicate in your course abstract whether attendees will need to bring something with them to the session. FamilySearch reserves the right to edit session titles and abstracts. You will be notified and consulted if there is a need to make changes to your title or abstract.