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Once you have paid, you can
propose a talk via the link
that then appears on your
booking status page.
The MathsJam Gathering is a great place to share puzzles, games, toys, or
anything you've found interesting. We're not looking for Earth-shattering
maths, nor new discoveries, nor anything exceptionally deep or meaningful.
We're looking for things that are surprising, unexpected, elegant, neat,
cool, or whatever just intrigues you.
There are important things you need to know as a speaker.
A Windows laptop will be made available for presenting.
- This allows us to avoid the unnecessary swapping of connectors, etc.
- There may also be a standby Apple laptop available.
- There will also be a visualiser for speakers to use, as in previous years.
Please name your presentation with your name:
- Don't just call it "MathsJam" or "MathsJam2019"
- It needs to be unique to you.
- Have your presentation available on a USB stick, or
- Email it to the Presentation Wrangler.
If you must
run your presentation on your laptop:
- When your talk is due, have your laptop up and running;
- You must talk with the tech team at least two sessions before yours;
- You must rehearse the change over.
- Things can go wrong, and the schedule is very tight.
You will have a choice of handheld 'stick' microphone, or clip-on microphone.
- A member of the tech team will attempt to wire you for sound
- This will happen during the talk before yours
- When you finish your presentation, please present yourself for microphone removal
- Do not just walk back to your seat taking the equipment with you!
This is important:
You really will have
only five minutes
Consider very carefully how many slides you have.
- It depends critically on how much is on each, and how much you say.
- It takes time for the audience to read a slide, longer if you're also saying things.
- If you have more than 2 or 3 per minute, think hard.
- Some people are even more draconian, saying you should think hard if you have as many as 5 slides.
- The main point is this: Five minutes isn't very long - think carefully, and don't include too much.
You slides will have to be visible at the back of a large(ish) room:
- Yes, there are repeater screens, but they are not huge;
- Use a font size such that you can read your text on your laptop from 5 metres away.
- Graphs can be difficult to see - the lines can be thin and hard to see:
- Consider filling in the area under the line - that makes the line obvious from a distance.
Please, please, rehearse your timing!
- You don't have to fill the time available; shorter talks are positively encouraged.
There are some thoughts on providing Language Assistance
for anyone who is a little worried about their ability in
English. Click that link to find out more.
Technical matters ...
Whether you will be presenting from your own laptop or using the one
provided, here is some information you may find useful:
- Aspect ratio 4:3
- There will be a clicker.
- There will be a visualiser.
- There is no Wi-Fi password required
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