This page includes information for those presenting at OpenEd19. If you have a question that isn’t answered here, please email

Conference Technology

As you plan your presentation, please keep the following in mind:

  • Each presentation room will be outfitted with a screen and projector. The projector will accept both VGA and HDMI connections.
  • You will need to bring your own laptop. Please review your laptop’s video connections and bring adapters as necessary. Please put your name and contact information on your adapter so that we can return it to you if you leave it in the room after your presentation. The conference will have a limited number of loaner adapters available, but we can’t guarantee that our adapters will be compatible with your make and model of laptop.
  • If you plan to use audio during your presentation (e.g., show a video) please bring a portable speaker with you.

Types of Presentations

Please double-check the acceptance email you received notifying you that your proposal to present at the conference has been accepted. The first full paragraph reads, in part:

Following review by the Program Committee, I am pleased to inform you that your submission entitled ‘Title of Your Presentation‘ has been accepted for presentation as a Type of Presentation (length in minutes).

After confirming the Type of Presentation for which your proposal was accepted, please prepare according to the following guidelines:

  • Traditional Presentations will last exactly 25 minutes. At the end of 25 minutes, the current speaker should disconnect their laptop from the projector and allow the next speaker to begin setting up. The current speaker can use the intermediate five minutes to answer questions. The next speaker should begin promptly at their scheduled time.
  • Lightning Talks will last exactly 5 minutes. At the end of 5 minutes, the current speaker should disconnect their laptop from the projector and allow the next speaker to begin setting up. The current speaker can use the intermediate two minutes to answer questions. The next speaker should begin promptly at their scheduled time.
  • Poster Sessions will be presented during the Wednesday evening reception, where the whole conference will be in attendance. Your poster should be 4 feet by 3 feet (48″ x 36″) in size. The conference will provide pushpins for you to use to affix your poster to the mounting surfaces we will have placed throughout the space. Pushpins are the only approved method of affixing your poster to these surfaces, so please do not plan on using any kind of tape or any other means of attaching your poster to the surface. Presenters should stand or sit near their posters in order to engage with attendees as they move throughout the space. If you have never designed and printed a conference poster before, the following resources may be helpful:
  • Roundtable Sessions are conversations around a table. Please refrain from showing slides on your laptop at your roundtable session because these are inevitably difficult for people at your table to see. Providing attendees with printed handouts is much more effective. Please plan to bring at least a dozen copies of your presentation, your paper, or other information you want those at your table to have access to during your conversation. Roundtable sessions are scheduled for 30 minutes each.
  • Panel Presentations are 50 minutes long. In a Panel Presentation, up to three speakers make brief (no longer than five minutes each) opening remarks. Following these brief opening remarks, a separate moderator asks questions of the panel for up to 10 minutes. The moderator then facilitates questions from the audience for the panel. At least half the presentation time should be allocated to the audience Q&A.