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Lightning Presentation Guidelines

Please e-mail your presentation slides abstracts@syndromic.org no later than Monday, January 21, 2019.  Please name your presentation as: [your last name]_lightning.ppt -- for example "Smith_lightning.ppt".

Important Changes for 2019

In past years, authors were required to present slides in advance of the conference with pre-timed slides. All presentations were merged together to make one timed presentation. This year, you are required to send a copy and it will be loaded individually onto the presentation computer. You will be given no more than five minutes and the session moderator will notify you and close the presentation if you exceed your time.

We ask that you arrive at least 10 minutes prior to the start of your session.

Each speaker has just 5 minutes for their talk. The 5 minutes will be strictly adhered to - all submitted presentations should use self-running slides that automatically transition. The presentation must be set to end no later than 5 minutes. At that point, there will be a 15 second transition period for the following speaker to get to the podium, and then the next presentation will begin.  This format does not include questions/discussion after each individual talk. Instead, the last 10 minutes of the session will be devoted to audience questions. Presenters are expected to be present for the question period.

The easiest way to create a self-running slide deck is to click on the Slide Show menu/ribbon, and choose the Rehearse Timings button.  This will then allow you to walk through your slide deck while the tool records the time needed on each slide.  You just need to ensure your presentation ends at exactly 5 minutes.

Authors are strongly encouraged to:

  • Ensure that all font sizes are large enough to be read from the back of the room
  • Ensure that line widths are thick enough to be seen from the back of the room
  • Ensure that color choices provide high contrast
  • Rehearse beforehand to colleagues who will give you feedback

For questions concerning your presentation, please contact Mark Krumm.

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