Speak

Are you interested in speaking at our downtown Meetup?

What you need to know:

Commitment. You must come to at least one of our Meetup events and talk to us (Doug Yuen and Mary Ann Aschenbrenner) about your presentation. You’ll get a sense of the event format and audience, and more members will attend if they’ve met you before. We want speakers from our community, and we do expect to see you at multiple events. We’re not interested in speakers who deliver a talk and never come back, or potential no-shows.

No sales pitches. You are encouraged to give a brief bio, which can include explaining what you do or what your company does, but this is not a vehicle to sell your services or products.

Schedule. Typically, we meet on the first Monday of the month. If that’s a holiday or we have a scheduling conflict, the second Monday of the month is our next choice. Occasionally we may do two meetups in a month, and if so, we usually stick to Mondays and avoid doing two events in consecutive weeks.

Speaker lineup. Our upcoming lineup can vary. At a given Meetup event, we occasionally do not have a speaker lined up for the next one. At other times, we’ve been booked up several months in advance.

Confirmation. We cannot reserve the room more than 30 days in advance. So far we haven’t had trouble reserving the room on the days we request, but we make sure we have the room reserved before we officially announce the event on Meetup.

Pre-Meetup questions. Please make sure you’re subscribed to event comments, in case members have questions about your presentation beforehand.

Presentation details:

Projector compatibility. The projector uses a VGA cable, and we have adapters for VGA to USB-C, VGA to Mini DisplayPort (aka Thunderbolt 1 & 2), and VGA to HDMI (haven’t tested that adapter yet). If you can’t connect your computer to one of those, let us know ahead of time. We can run your presentation from one of our computers. We will also have a clicker/laser pointer, which connects with a regular USB port, if you want to use it.

Display resolution. The projector’s maximum display resolution is 1024×768, which may affect your slides or demo. Please test your presentation window in those dimensions.

Arrival time. Please try to arrive a little early (between 5:30-5:45pm), so we have some time to set you up with the projector. One of us will typically be there around 5:30pm.

Slides. If possible, please make your slides available for reference. The preferred way to do this is to post a link in the event comments, either before or after your presentation.