About the Classrooms

  • Presentations in the classrooms at Medicine X will be recorded. These high quality video recordings of your work will be made available in an open access manner to public.
  • We request that you arrive at your designated speaking location at least 15 minutes before the scheduled start time of your session to make sure your slides are ready, receive your microphone assignment, introduce yourself to the chair in charge of moderating your session and tell the session chair how you would like to be announced to the audience.
  • If you are presenting on the main stage, please click here for instructions.

Oral Presentation

  • Your presentation will be 20 minutes in length. You will give your prepared oral presentation during the first 15 minutes of your allotted time. The remaining 5 minutes will be reserved for questions from the audience.
  • Please note that due to scheduling, we must insist that speakers do not exceed their allotted time. Unfortunately, there can be no exceptions with regard to the time allotted for the duration of your presentation. The chair in charge of moderating your session will stop your talk after 15 minutes regardless of whether you have finished giving your talk.
  • When you have finished preparing your slides please send us a copy with any attached files to medxspeakers@stanford.edu by Aug 2-9, 2017. If you need to make changes to your slides after this date, we can accept updates up until Tuesday, September 5, 2017. Presentations will be loaded from an Apple MacBook Pro laptop computer for digital projection.
  • Under no circumstances will we be able to accept presentations once your session has begun, nor can we accommodate presentations from personal computers.
  • We kindly request that you arrive at your designated location at least 15 minutes before the scheduled start time of your session.

Oral Ignite! Presentation

  • Your Ignite talk will be 5 minutes in length, on our Medicine X Ignite! stage being built especially for this year’s conference on the first floor of Stanford’s LKSC conference center.
  • In addition to the special stage, presenters in the Ignite! format will have a video recording of their talk published to the Medicine X YouTube channel and also on our Medicine X website. These videos will be professionally produced and published at no additional cost to the presenter.
  • Please format your remarks as a five-minute Ignite talk. An Ignite talk consists of 20 slides changing every 15 seconds.
  • We seek original, impactful talks that are handcrafted for our Medicine X audience.
  • There will be no podium, so we encourage you to walk around and use the space of the stage.
  • Our cameras will follow you, but try to stand where the lighting is best. We will have a mark on the stage to indicate this spot.
  • We ask that you be mindful of time when planning your talk. If you go over your allotted time, you will be stealing that time from the people that follow you. The chair in charge of moderating your session will stop your talk after 5 minutes regardless of whether you have finished giving your talk.
  • Please note that due to scheduling, we must insist that speakers do not exceed their allotted time. Unfortunately, there can be no exceptions with regard to the time allotted for the duration of your presentation.
  • When you have finished preparing your slides please send us a copy with any attached files to medxspeakers@stanford.edu by Aug 2-9, 2017. If you need to make changes to your slides after this date, we can accept updates up until Tuesday, September 5, 2017. Presentations will be loaded from an Apple MacBook computer for digital projection.
  • Under no circumstances will we be able to accept presentations once your session has begun, nor can we accommodate presentations from personal computers and devices.
  • We kindly request that you arrive at your designated location at least 15 minutes before the scheduled start time of your session.

Panel Presentation

  • Your panel will be 45 minutes in length. The format of your panel will be determined by your panel’s moderator; this might include individual presentations followed by a moderated discussion session.
  • Please note that due to scheduling, we must insist that speakers do not exceed their allotted time. Unfortunately, there can be no exceptions with regard to the time allotted for the duration of your presentation.
  • If have slides for your panel presentation, when you have finished preparing your slides please send us a copy with any attached files to medxspeakers@stanford.edu by Aug 2-9, 2017. If you need to make changes to your slides after this date, we can accept updates up until Tuesday, September 5, 2017. Presentations will be loaded from an Apple MacBook computer for digital projection.
  • Under no circumstances will we be able to accept presentations once your session has begun, nor can we accommodate presentations from personal computers.
  • We kindly request that you arrive at your designated location at least 15 minutes before the scheduled start time of your session.

Workshop Presentation

  • Your Presentation will be 90 minutes in length.
  • There will be a projector and computer available for your use at your discretion.
  • Please provide your own iPad/iPod if you would like that to display on-screen.
  • Please let us know how you envision your workshop so that we may do everything we can to accommodate your request.
  • Please remember this is a Workshop session. Audience interaction is extremely important. Please plan for time to interact with your audience. Plan for fun ways to engage your audience in your presentation.
  • Please note that due to scheduling, we must insist that speakers do not exceed their allotted time. Unfortunately, there can be no exceptions with regard to the time allotted for the duration of your presentation.
  • Please save any slides necessary for your workshop as a PowerPoint or Keynote presentation on a USB flash drive. When you have finished preparing your slides please send us a copy with any attached files to medxspeakers@stanford.edu by Aug 2-9, 2017. If you need to make changes to your slides after this date, we can accept updates up until Tuesday, September 5, 2017. Presentations will be loaded from an Apple MacBook Pro laptop computer for digital projection.
  • If you are using any video or sound clips in your presentation, please let us know and email us the original file alongside your presentation.
  • We kindly request that you arrive at your designated speaking location at least 15 minutes before the scheduled start time of your session, to ensure that any necessary preparations are complete.

Poster Presentation

This year, we are displaying posters digitally and in smaller groups to facilitate a better viewing and learning experience for both the presenters and the audience. We have scheduled 90 minutes for each group to present their posters, and the posters will be displayed for the whole morning or afternoon session.

Preparing Your MedX Poster

  • Be present by your poster during your scheduled 90 minutes.
  • Download our PowerPoint or Keynote template which are set to the exact dimensions of our displays.
  • Slide/Poster size: 52.14″ x 29.29″ (16:9 aspect ratio)
  • You may have up to five slides (Your first slide must be your full-size poster, slides 2-5 can show enlarged graphs and supplementary information )
  • Recommended fonts: Times New Roman, Calibri, Arial.
  • Recommended font size: 34 pt or larger at a slide size of 52.14″ x 29.29″.
  • Charts, graphs and images can be embedded into your poster.
  • Layout can only be in landscape.

Tips

We greatly admire the well-rehearsed and impactful talks often presented by TED. Therefore, we would love to share with you some tips from the TED organization itself, to help you tailor your presentation:

1. Dream Big. Strive to create the best talk you have ever given. Reveal something never seen before. Do something the audience will remember forever. Share an idea that could change the world.

2. Show us the real you. Share your passions, your dreams… and also your fears. Be vulnerable. Speak of failure as well as success.

3. Make the complex plain. Don’t try to dazzle intellectually. Don’t speak in abstractions. Explain! Give examples. Tell stories. Be specific.

4. Connect with people’s emotions. Make us laugh! Make us cry!

5. Don’t flaunt your ego. Don’t boast. It’s the surest way to switch everyone off.

6. No selling from the stage! Unless we have specifically asked you to, do not talk about your company. And don’t even think about pitching your products or services or asking for funding from the stage. Please no calls to action to “visit our office” or “website.”

7. Feel free to comment on others speakers’ talks, to praise or to criticize. Controversy energizes!  Enthusiastic endorsement is powerful!

8. Don’t read your talk. Notes are fine. But if the choice is between reading or rambling, then read!

9. End your talk on time. Doing otherwise is to steal time from the people that follow you. We won’t allow it.

10. Rehearse your talk in front of a trusted friend…for timing, for clarity, for impact.