Speaker Resources

Information for Speakers

  • The Speaker Green Room will be in Santa Fe 4 on Sunday-Wednesday.
  • Please be in your presentation room at least 15 minutes before your talk to meet your session chair.
  • The Quiet Room will be in Santa Fe 3 on all conference days.

Need some help with your presentation?

Presenters, regardless of experience, sometimes want a little help. If you’d like any help in preparing or presenting your talk, some awesome members of our community have volunteered to be speaker mentors. A mentor is an experienced presenter who has volunteered to help other presenters. For first-time presenters, non-native English speakers, under-confident or uncertain speakers, or anyone who would just appreciate another set of eyes, our mentors will be here to help. You’ll get the best results by forming a relationship with one mentor, rather than contacting several.

  • Anna Ossowski, Developer Relations at Elastic, Speaker, Mentor, PSF Board Member, PyCon Open Spaces + Accessibility, PyLadies London Co-Organizer.
  • Frank Wiles, President of the Board, Django Software Foundation, Founder, REVSYS.
  • Josue Balandrano Coronel, DEFNA Board Member, and Software Engineer at the Texas Advanced Computing Center.
  • Katia Lira, Full-Stack Dev and DEFNA Board Member. Katia gave a tutorial last year overcoming her nerves and fear and you can too!
  • Katie McLaughlin, PyCon AU and DjangoCon AU Organizer, PSF Director, DSF Director.
  • Philip James, Core Contributor to the BeeWare project and Senior Software Engineer at Patreon. Philip has spoken at a number of DjangoCons and PyCons around the world.
  • Dr. Russell Keith-Magee, Founder of the BeeWare project, developing GUI tools and libraries to support the development of Python software on desktop and mobile platforms. He is also a 13 year veteran of the Django Core Team, and for 5 years, was President of the Django Software Foundation. In his day job, he wrangles data pipelines for Survata.

Slide Guidelines

  • Use Keynote, PowerPoint, Open Office, or Google Presentations for your slides.
  • Minimal slides are best—avoid walls of text and long lists of bullets.
  • Aim for high contrast slides, avoiding colors that may be difficult to see for those with colorblindness. (You can check your contrast online; you just need the hex codes for your colors!)
  • Light background with dark text is easiest to read; be mindful that the projection screen is white.
  • Make text as large as possible, at least 68pt.
  • Choose fonts with adequate spacing between letters, and avoid thin or cursive fonts.
  • Leave the bottom ⅓ of your slides free of text to ensure nothing is obscured.
  • If your talk requires live coding or using the terminal, make sure your editor or terminal settings are legible. Dark text on a light background (high contrast) with a large font is best.
  • Avoid or limit flashing videos or animated gifs, as these may have negative effects for people with seizure disorders, migraines, or ADD/ADHD.
  • Images, memes, and GIFs should be appropriate for a professional audience.
  • Your talk should lose nothing if the slides aren’t visible. Generally describe graphs, images, and other information for the audience.
  • Consider including your Twitter handle on your opening and closing slides!
  • Consider publishing your slides after your talk (on the platform of your choice) and tweeting the link with the #djangocon hashtag.

Thanks to AlterConf for their amazing speaking recommendations!