Presentation Pointers

2018 Keynote Bryan Alexander

Bryan Alexander, Keynote Speaker at Innovate 2018: Forward

Congratulations on being selected to present at Innovate!

To ensure a great experience for you and our attendees, we wanted to provide you support as you craft a meaningful and engaging session. Below are some tips to help guide you through your development. Additionally, an Innovate chair is happy to help you brainstorm your session or provide feedback on your plans. Contact with questions or concerns or to set up a consult.

Send Us Your Presentation

Once your presentation is final, please upload your presentation slides to our shared box folder. To do so, email your slides/materials to as an attachment with the following naming convention: Primary Presenter Last Name_Title. You will receive a confirmation email that your file was uploaded.

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Remember Your Session Type

At this year’s conference, we have “old favorites” as well as a new presentation type.

Inform & Engage

These 45-minute information sessions present work related to conference topics. Participants should feel empowered to create similar change in their institutions, departments, communities or work.

  • Stay organized - Ensure your presentation has a clear and easy-to-follow structure.
  • Build in variety - Though this session type is more of a "classic" presentation style, you're still encouraged to break up your presentation with activities or group discussion.
  • Take questions - Consider setting aside time for Q&A at the end of your session.

Lightning Ideas

Three fast-paced and exciting 15-minute presentations will be grouped together into a single session around a central topic. Presenters will deliver their content, and then give the stage over for the next presentation.

  • Align with your topic - Check the schedule for your session's specific topic.
  • Hit the highlights - Remember, you only have 15 minutes. What are the key or most interesting ideas you want to impart? Consider creating a handout or online resource to share additional information.
  • Be energetic - Hit the ground running and pace yourself. These mini-talks should start with an exciting hook and keep the energy high.

The Imaginarium

Facilitated by the STEAM Factory, the Imaginarium is a dedicated hands-on exploration space for showcasing tools and projects, engaging mini-lectures and networking. The opportunities available in this space are:

  • Microlectures - These “TED Talks” style lectures are just 5-7 minutes in length, so they should be high-energy and focused around one big idea (you can elaborate on your ideas at your table display).
  • Tabletop demo/presentation - Decide whether your content translates best through a hands-on demonstration, interactive experimentation or with an expanded slide presentation to guide the discussion.

Sharing Your Story

This year's conference is all about how we can proactively drive forward a vision that advances access, integrates new technology, and re-imagines the environments where students learn.

When crafting your story:

  • Connect to the theme and the thread that you selected.
  • Be yourself and share the personal story behind your work.
  • Be purposeful! What exactly is it that you want your presentation to convey?
  • Support your ideas with noteworthy data, student feedback or other evidence from your work.

Consider Your Audience

Crafting a good session is about more than simply telling your story—it's also about connecting to conference attendees.

  • Be relevant - Frame your content so that it is relatable and has broad appeal.
  • Spark interest - Hook them from the start with an attention-grabbing lead. Pose an intriguing question or share a personal anecdote.
  • Provide concrete takeaways - Identify your goals at the start of your session, and what you want participants to walk away knowing.
  • Be engaging - Break the traditional lecture mold! Consider using active learning strategies or a response tool like Top Hat to engage participants.