Notacon 2006 Speaker Information
Communication and Hacker Culture
Friday April 7th through Sunday April 9th, 2006
Cleveland, Ohio, USA
- Proposals Due: Extended to January 9, 2006
- Notifications sent: January 16, 2006
- Final confirmations from speaker: January 30, 2006
- Event Dates: April 7 through April 9, 2006
(Last updated 1/9/2006)
CFP is closed!
As of January 9, 2006, the CFP for Notacon 2006 has closed. You can go to our speaker page for the list of accepted speakers. As we finalize all of our proposal information, more names will be appearing on the speaker list. If you have submitted a proposal, but not yet heard back from us, feel free to contact us at the address you submitted the proposal to.
What We Will Provide For Presenters
The conference organizers plan on providing, at a minimum, the following accommodations and A/V equipment:
- Full refund of your Notacton pre-registration fee (if any). If you wish to consider the registration a "donation", please let us know. If you want us to transfer the registration to someone else, please contact us and we will gladly oblige. Your refund will be issued to you in the form of a check when you register for the event.
- Seating for at least 100 people for your presentation
- DVD and CD player
- LCD projector with a standard VGA input (Note: Mac users please bring a converter)
- Projection screen or sheet
- Whiteboard and markers or other appropriate writing surface
- Microphone and line-in as well as small PA system
- The ability to lock up some art and visual aids to prevent theft. However, the organizers of the event will not accept responsibility should something happen. You will be required to sign a waiver. Prior arrangements must be made for storage.
- A video and audio recording of your presentation.
Please make sure you let us know if you will be utilizing the DVD/CD player and auxiliary audio input other than regular microphone so that our A/V staff is aware that it may be needed during your presentation. This will allow for setup/troubleshooting so that we can try to prevent last minute glitches.
What we will not provide
Most importantly, we will NOT provide computers/laptops. When bringing yours, make sure you bring ALL of the following:
- Power adapter
- Video adapter (this means you, fellow PowerBook users! Bring your DVI to VGA converter!)
- USB PowerPoint slide "remotes"
- Laser pointers
Anyone not ready for their presentation due to lack of preparadeness will be bumped in favor of a prepared backup speaker.
Your time slot
You will be contacted via email before the event with your designated time slot. If for whatever reason this slot is not going to work, or if you find you are suddenly unable to attend the event at all, please let us know immediately! We will need to find another presenter to take that time slot and update our schedules and programs.
Please note that ditching at the last moment is unprofessional and frowned upon. Doing so may hinder your chances of speaking at our future events.However, if you find that you will have greater flexibility in regards to the time in which you speak, please let us know. You will be awarded brownie points appropriately.
Finally, if you are interested in giving an additional presentation after our schedule has been finalized, please let us know so that we can include you on our list of stand-by speakers.
Logistics during Notacon
Registration will be open starting Thursday night at the front desk and will remain open for the remainder of the event. Artists, musicians and presenters should bring their confirmation numbers with them for quick registration. We encourage you to pre-register your guest in order to ensure the reduced rate. All presenters will be given a unique presenter badge. These badges are non-transferable and must be worn at all times. You or your group will be permitted to purchase one badge for a companion for a cost of $40 at the door.
As a presenter, if you have any problems or needs regarding your presentation, please make these needs known to a conference staff member and we will handle them as quickly as possible.
Unless prior arrangements have been made with the conference organizers, all costs of attending other than admission remain those of the presenter. Theses costs include transportation, hotel accommodations and meals.
Both audio and video recordings will be made of all talks/presentations/performances. Proposals MUST include either a signed waiver granding FTS Conventures the right to record your presentation - OR - a signed document notifying FTS Conventures that we are not allowed to record your presentation in any way. A presenter's willingness or unwillingness to have their presentation recorded will not effect the committees decision on the proposal.
As a presenter, you will be given the opportunity to download a copy of this presentation on the Notacon website after the event free of charge. All speakers must sign the Notacon Transfer of Copyright form -OR- make other arrangements with the event organizers.
Copies of these recordings will be sold for a nominal fee by FTS Conventures at the event. After the recordings have been shipped, the presentations will then be made freely available on our website. All recordings will be the property of FTS Conventures and shared under a Creative Commons license so that everyone may benefit from and appreciate the event. Please see our Media Archives for examples of our past media. There is an unfortunate delay on the availability of the 2005 media due to the overhead of video processing. The audio will be handled in a similar fashion this year as it was in 2004. Video examples will be in the media section as they become available.
Presenters are welcome to record their own presentations, but will need to handle their own recordings. The Notacon staff will not be available to assist with this, whether it in regards to technical assistance or operating your equipment. If you suspect you need help, consider dragging someone else along who might enjoy the event.
Admission and "extras" for individual speakers, artists and performers
Individual speakers, artists and performers will be given complementary admission to Notacon and one reduced priced admission for one companion ($40 rate). Future Technical Symposium speakers will receive two complementary admissions in addition to their own (speaker + two guests), instead of one companion rate. Admissions for groups/bands will be considered on an individual basis. Please include the details of your group in your proposal submission.
Remember that there will be many exciting events taking place. We encourage everyone to stay with us the entire weekend to join in the festivities. Games with prizes, contests, movies, and live music are only some of the things that will be going on throughout the weekend at no additional charge. Perhaps the best "extra" will be opportunities to mingle with other attendees. We encourage an open atmosphere for social networking and community building. We will have a network connection of some sort available, so feel free to bring computers, demos, etc. to use in the hangout room.
For this reason, presenters staying in the hotel are encouraged to reserve their rooms early to take advantage of our low room rates for this event. This implies that you are responsible for your own travel and hotel accommodations. If you feel that you or your topic might single-handedly drive large attendance numbers our way or you happen to be destitute, then feel free to hit us up. Our budget is quite limited, so there are no guarantees. Do not let lack of funds keep you from submitting your proposal. We will do our best to accomodate any idea. It's worth a shot, right?
Speakers and presenters will receive a special badge, different from regular attendees, to mark them as valued members of our community. This will also make them easier to approach after presentations. We encourage interaction with attendees outside of your particular presentation.