Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What is the deadline for speaker application submissions?
A: June 15th, 2021
Q: Do you accept every presentation application?
A: We try to accept all presentations if the application is clear in title and description. If the "science" is shaky, then we have a peer review board that will screen the application, then make a recommendation to accept or reject.
Q: How are these presentations made in a virtual expo?
A: The presentations are pre-recorded and mounted on the virtual platform to start in a pre-defined time slot. Once the playback ends, the viewers are asked to click on a link to go to the live and moderated Q&A. As a speaker you will be in a Zoom room with a moderator to field your questions submitted by text chat by the audience.
Q: Can I reuse a presentation that I made someplace else?
A: While we would prefer original and new content, a streamlined and updated version on our PowerPoint template is acceptable as long as it it not already up on YouTube. We will not re-use any presentations made in the last Expo. We will accept follow-up presentations if more work has been done to advance the project.
Q: How long should I make my presentation?
A: The short answer is 20 to 25 minutes. However, unlike an "in-person expo", it is easy for the audience to move on, or change the channel, if they are not satisfied with the presentation. So we suggest using the same lecture style as a TED Talk. Focus on a single, valuable, insight or lesson that you learned and support it with your presentation.
Q: Will I be given a branded template to use for my presentation?
A: Yes, we will require that you use our opening and closing slides for your presentation. If you are doing a PowerPoint slides, then we will supply a branded template for your presentation.
Q: Do I have to make a typical PowerPoint presentation?
A: No - this is a video platform. Some of our best presentations were scripted video demonstrations. Do them outside, on the tower, in the basement, in the field. Be creative.
Q: Will you take presentations from International Amateurs in languages other than English?
A: Yes, while the primary language is English, we will accept presentations in foreign languages. However, non-English language will limit the audience size for the presentation.