The final length and format of accepted sessions will be determined by the advisors. Please select what you feel will be the most appropriate.
|Lectures||60 or 30 minutes||Lectures are issue-oriented, provide concrete examples, and contain both practical and theoretical information. We generally prefer only one speaker but we may accept two if you can demonstrate the second person is necessary.|
|Panels||60 minutes||Panels take many different viewpoints on a topic or issue and combine them in one debate session with a moderator. Debate among panelists (with very different opinions) is welcome and audience participation time should be accounted for. We prefer 60 minute time for this format and no more than 5 people with diverse representation. Include all of the panelists you have confirmed in the proposal. A very limited number of panels will be accepted.|
It is very common for us to receive a proposal on a wonderful topic that we want to accept, but that requires a format change. If the advisory board feels your talk should be changed to 30 or 60 minutes, we will let you know.
60-minute lectures tend to be inspirational, high-level, or wide-ranging talks that cover a subject of broad importance. 30-minute lectures tend to cover a single, narrow topic in depth. Panels tend to examine a controversial or difficult topic with no easy answers and lots of interesting talking points; panels are 60 minutes, which is enough time for about eight planned questions. In all cases, expect to leave time at the end for Q&A.
Also consider who is speaking. Most lectures are given by a single person, unless there is a compelling reason that requires multiple speakers (especially for a 30-minute talk, where there is hardly time to switch speakers). Panels generally have a moderator and three or four panelists who are established and known experts on the topic; everyone in the room is likely to have an opinion, after all, so the only reason to make it a panel and not just a list of questions for audience discussion is if the panelists have opinions that are worth listening to.Common mistakes:
The benefits of being a speaker include:
When you agree to speak at XRDC, you are making a commitment to deliver a well prepared talk and to speak on the topic you have proposed. We ask that you do not drastically change the submitted topic or content.
You will be evaluated by attendees on how well you delivered your presentation, aim to be among the top 25 presenters.
We expect our speakers to submit the final version of their presentation to be made available on the GDC Vault.