Rules for Speaking at GHC 17

In addition to accepting the Code of Conduct for all attendees, speakers must agree to our rules for speaking. Failure to follow these rules will result in disqualification for speaking at GHC.

Views expressed by speakers at GHC are their own and do not represent the Anita Borg Institute or the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing (GHC).

All Speakers

Expected Behavior 

  • All speakers must register for the conference. If you are unable to speak after confirming your participation, complete the speaker change request form or inform the Anita Borg Institute as soon as possible if you will not have a substitute.
  • All speakers commit to presenting as scheduled by the Anita Borg Institute.
  • Speakers must arrive to their assigned room 30 minutes before their session begins.
  • Speakers must discuss the work for which they were selected to present. Any handouts you provide to attendees must be directly relevant to the session topic and your work.

Unacceptable Behavior 

  • Speakers may not use their scheduled talk to promote irrelevant agendas.
  • Speakers may not hand out promotional materials before, during, or after their session.
  • All promotional material must be distributed at their company’s booths.
  • Speakers may not bring company swag into the session room with the intent of distribution. Swag may only be distributed at the speaker’s company booth in the Expo Hall.

Specific Session Types

All track sessions (this excludes the Student Opportunity Lab and Poster Session)

  • Slide Template: Use the Anita Borg Institute designed PowerPoint template with the GHC 17 theme. You must use this template in its entirety for your panels, presentations and handouts. You may add your company logo as long as you don’t remove our GHC 17 logos. You will have access to this template in late August/early September.
  • Speaker Ready Room: Before you speak at GHC, you must submit your presentation slides into our Speaker Ready Room system, which will allow us to have your items ready to go upon your arrival. More information will be posted this summer.
  • Audio/Visual Information: The Anita Borg Institute will provide an LCD projector, projector screen, lectern, wired lectern microphone, two wireless handheld microphones, and one standing microphone for Q&A. Onsite Audio/Visual requests cannot be accommodated.

Student Opportunity Lab (SOL)

  • Time: You must keep your presentation under 20 minutes. SOL rotates each session every 20 minutes, so you will not be able to go over the session time frame.
  • Occupancy: There are only ten people per table per session. According to fire marshal rules, you cannot exceed this limit.
  • Location: You must present at your assigned table. A map of table will be provided onsite.
  • Handouts: The Anita Borg Institute will not provide any material for your session. You are responsible for printing and bringing any materials you plan to distribute. No swag is allowed.
  • Speaker Ready Room: SOL presenters do NOT need to upload presentations to the Speaker Ready Room system.
  • Audio/Visual: Due to the nature of SOL, speakers do NOT have access to any audio/visual aids for their presentation.

Poster Presenters

  • Posters and space: Posters cannot be larger than 45″ x 37″. You may organize your space any way you prefer. For instance, you might want to use a single large page format, or you could choose to have a number of separate pages posted in the space. Your poster will be displayed on a 90″ x 37″ corkboard space, shared with another presenter.
  • Location: You must present at your assigned space only. A map of your location will be provided onsite.
  • Presenters: Only one presenter per poster.
  • Setting up: You must set up your poster on Tuesday, October 3, 2017 between 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. Staff will be present during these hours to help you set up. The Anita Borg Institute will provide pushpins.
  • Audio/Visual Information: The Anita Borg Institute will not have power or audio/visual equipment available for the poster presenters.
  • ACM-Student Research Competition (ACM-SRC): All rules above also apply to the ACM-SRC poster presenters. The competition will happen in two rounds: the first round is on Wednesday and the second round is on Thursday. Winners are announced on Friday. Please check the ACM-SRC website for specifics about this competition.