[Hacker-event-theory] Thoughts on Lecture Events

Nick Farr nick at nickfarr.org
Sun Jan 26 05:33:46 CET 2014

A few notes from OHM on Lecture Events:

TL;DR: Make it as simple as possible for a person to step up, plug in, talk
and leave.

The Podium: An ideal setup has a VGA, HDMI and mini stereo cable visible
when you approach the podium, along with a podium microphone that
is adjustable.  The "magic" for making the display work should happen at
the A/V desk in the back of the room.

Speaker Time Notification:  Ideally, the time left for a speaker should be
on a very large clock visible in the back of the room that begins counting
down when the speaker starts talking.  However, most of the time you will
have a volunteer with cards.  These cards should read "10 Minutes", "5
Minutes", "ONE MINUTE", "STOP".  Anything else is confusing for many
speakers, many of whom are already nervous about giving their talk and may
not have had times.

Do you guys have any others?

Nick Farr
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