Workshop, Demonstration, and Lightning Talk Guidelines for Presenters
Please note that the organizers of the Resilient America Conference and Expo reserve the right to decline workshop, demonstration, and lightning talk submissions or reassign them to a different category (e.g. a submitted workshop may be accepted as a demonstration or lightning talk).
Workshops are educational presentations lasting 45-minutes. The primary purpose of a workshop is to educate participants about a topic with a focus on skills, knowledge, procedures, and categories of tools. The focus of a workshop should not be on the features or usefulness of one particular product.
Demonstrations are 20-minutes in length and involve actually using a tool, demonstrating a skill, or providing hands-on opportunities for attendees to try out a tool or skill. The focus should still be educational, but it is acceptable to focus on a particular product and point out its features, as long as the presenter is actually demonstrating its use and/or allowing attendees to try it out. Demonstrations do not have to be product focused – additional examples include demonstrating how to split firewood, how to setup an emergency outdoor shelter with a tarp, how to sharpen a knife, how to run a community meeting, etc. If a demonstration is deemed to be focused on a particular product, it will only be accepted if the presenter or the presenter’s company is also an exhibitor or sponsor.
Lightning talks are 5-minute long live talks that employ Powerpoint, Prezi, or some other visual aid and can be on any relevant topic including product promotion (they will be labelled as such in the program schedule). Lightning talks are highly effective if they are visually arresting (in a way that connects to the topic), have a few main points, and surprise the viewer. The visual aid associated with talks will be posted at the Resilient America website after the event. If a lightning talk is deemed to be focused on a particular product, it will only be accepted if the presenter or the presenter’s company is also an exhibitor or sponsor.