22nd International Conference on Information Systems Development (ISD2013), Sevilla, Spain, September 2-4, 2013

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Presentation Guidelines

The ISD2013 presentation sessions are scheduled in groups of 3-4 papers. Each paper is allocated:

    20 minutes for the presentation and
    8 minutes for questions and discussion;
    2 minutes change over time between presenters.

ISD2013 encourages the use of PowerPoint for presentations. To help you prepare for a successful presentation, these guidelines offer some hints and suggestions.

Prepare your PowerPoint presentation

  • Select the key points only for each of your PowerPoint slides. Keep the amount of information on each slide to a minimum.
  • Use a standard font such as Times Roman, Ariel or Tahoma, and a relatively large font size so that the information is readable from the back of a relatively large room.
  • While you can insert images directly into your PowerPoint presentation, try to keep these to a minimum. Images that are created at a dpi setting higher than 75 dpi are not necessary and will only increase the file size of your presentation. JPG images are the preferred file format for inserted images.
  • Use of animation also needs to be restricted. Although animation can enliven a presentation, it may also be distracting and annoying. If you plan to animate various components in your presentation (slide titles, graphic elements, bulleted text, etc), try to be as consistent as possible.
  • As a rule of thumb, the number of slides in your presentation should be less than the presentation time allowed e.g. 10 slides for a 15 minute presentation allows you to speak for 1.5 minutes for each slide.
  • Practice your presentation to check on clarity of ideas and timing e.g. as a department seminar for your academic colleagues and PhD students.
  • It is best to bring a paper copy of your presentation with you to the conference as well as the PowerPoint file.

Final preparations before you present

  • Plan to arrive at your session meeting room at least 15 minutes before the session begins. Take time to familiarize yourself with the set-up of the room. You will control/advance the slides during your presentation.
  • Check in with the Session Chair and take time to go over any last minute changes you might have. You, or one of your co-authors, MUST be present during the start of the session.
  • To keep the program on schedule you need to load your PowerPoint presentation in the break before your session.
  • Equipment set up: Each room will be equipped with a computer, data projector and screen.

Delivering your presentation

  • When presenting, make sure you speak slowly and clearly and avoid reading from the slide. Address the audience when you are speaking.
  • If your topic allows or if you have time, as in a workshop format session, you may consider involving the audience by asking questions. This is a great way to keep the audience interested in your presentation.
  • Try to relax and have fun when you are up there. Include stories where relevant to illustrate your key points.
  • Remember to keep to your allocated time. The Chair will indicate when you have 5 minutes and then 2 minutes of your allotted time left. When the Session Chair signals that your time is up, you need to stop talking quite quickly.
  • Bring spare copies of your Business Card to exchange with scholars who are interested in follow up conversations about your research.
  • You have been allotted 8 minutes for discussion. In addition to answering questions about your paper it is a unique opportunity to gain insight into your audience's understanding of your presentation and to gain feedback on your ideas, theories and paper.

Notes for users of Apple computers

  • Ensure that your presentation will be compatible with the Windows-based platforms and systems
  • Images: Use common image formats that are cross platform compatible such as JPG, PNG, GIF, and BMP.
  • Fonts: Use common cross platform compatible fonts such as Times New Roman, Arial and Courier. As it may be necessary to load your presentation onto a Windows machine, many custom Mac fonts will not translate properly.
  • Animations: Use simple entry animation effects, such as fly in/out, appear, and dissolve. Also, do not use exit animations: PowerPoint 2000 for Windows does not support exit animations.
  • File Extensions: If your Mac version of office does not append the file extension, be sure to include it in your filename. Use .PPT for PowerPoint files and .PPS for PowerPoint slideshow.

22nd International Conference on Information Systems Development (ISD2013), Seville, Spain, September 2-4, 2013

[Web Engineering and Early Testing (IWT2) Research Group] [Escuela Técnica Superior de Ingeniería Informática] [University of Seville]

IWT2 Research Group       Escuela Técnica Superior de Ingeniería Informática        University of Seville