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About the Stage

The stage at Medicine X will be entirely digital. This will allow us to build a custom stage environment for each speaker.

  • We will use state-of-the-art technology to digitally project the stage to create a unique subtle motion environment that is custom-tailored for your talk.
  • There will also be a small runway built into the stage that will allow you to walk out into the audience.
  • If you are presenting in a breakout room, please click here for instructions.

Instructions – Quick Links:

Oral presentersPanel presentersIgnite talks | Keynote speakers

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 MedicineXSpeakers@gmail.com by Tuesday, August 30, 2016. If you need to make changes to your slides after this date, we can accept updates up until Wednesday, September 14, 2016. 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 LK 203 (Portrait Studio) at least 25 minutes before the scheduled start time of your session to allow sufficient time for makeup touch-up and portrait.

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 MedicineXSpeakers@gmail.com by Tuesday, August 30, 2016. If you need to make changes to your slides after this date, we can accept updates up until Wednesday, September 14, 2016. 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 LK 203 (Portrait Studio) at least 25 minutes before the scheduled start time of your session to allow sufficient time for makeup touch-up and portrait.

 Ignite! Talks

  • 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 contact your Ignite! speaker coach, Hugo Campos, to discuss your talk and receive guidelines for creating your talk.
  • When you have finished preparing your slides please send us a copy with any attached files to MedicineXSpeakers@gmail.com by Tuesday, August 30, 2016. If you need to make changes to your slides after this date, we can accept updates up until Wednesday, September 14, 2016. 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 LK 203 (Portrait Studio) at least 25 minutes before the scheduled start time of your session to allow sufficient time for makeup touch-up and portrait.

Keynote Presentation

  • Your presentation will be 15-30 minutes in length.
  • 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 MedicineXSpeakers@gmail.com by Tuesday, August 30, 2016. If you need to make changes to your slides after this date, we can accept updates up until Wednesday, September 14, 2016. 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 LK 203 (Portrait Studio) at least 25 minutes before the scheduled start time of your session to allow sufficient time for makeup touch-up and portrait.

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.