Submit your Talk Proposal for the Midwest AWS Community Day 2020
AWS Midwest Community Day has been organized to share our passion for all things AWS. As a volunteer-led event, we rely on our fellow AWS user group members to provide educational information for attendees and count on them to not use this speaking opportunity to pitch their products and services. We appreciate your time and passion in preparing for your speaking session!

Each speaking slot is 45 minutes for a long-form talk or 15 minutes for a lightning talk.
The AWS user group community is very interactive. For the long form talks, we recommend that you plan on roughly 30 minutes for your actual talk, leaving 15 minutes for Q&A. This is a community driven event and the content, slides, conversation, etc should not be sales related. We also require all speakers, sponsors, and attendees to abide by the Code of Conduct.

Event info and registration:
Thursday, June 11, 2020
Mitchell Hall
250 Cleveland Ave,
Columbus, OH 43215

See the full FAQs below for suggested topics.

Due Date: March 7th 2020
Email address *
Presenter Name(s) *
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Proposed Talk Title *
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Proposed General Topic *
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Proposed Abstract (200 word max) *
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What format is your presentation? *
Who is the target audience? *
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Job Title
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Twitter Handle (if you have one)
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GitHub Handle (if you have one)
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What is your local AWS User Group? *
What topics / experience ranges will attendees have?
We will have everyone from pros to beginner. Please at least cover basic overviews of technologies before jumping in. A variety of topics/levels are welcome.

What should I talk about?
+ Experience with AWS services and tools
+ demos/workshops involving AWS services
+ Migration project moving on-prem AD to AWS ADFS
+ Hands on demo of AWS SecretsManager
+ Tips for AWS Certification
+ Managing an IoT array in regulated Oil and Gas
+ 1 year of Cost Optimization experience
+ Workshop: Serverless Image Processing Workflow with AWS Step Functions

What can I NOT talk about?
This is a community driven event so all content should not be sales related. Please avoid anything that may seem like a sales pitch. Only mention your company or product if it is directly related to the AWS services used. 1 slide with 'background' at most.

Did my talk get approved?
We are gathering talks now. We hope to get as many talks as possible. The organizing committee will select the best content and let you know as soon as we finalize the lineup.

Where is the event?
Mitchell Hall
250 Cleveland Ave,
Columbus, OH 43215

How long can I talk?
These are 45 minute time slots, but it’s fine if the actual talks are closer to 30 minutes. These are fairly informal and meant to be a bit interactive, so you’ll want to have time for Q&A.

Do I need to send in my slides early?
Yes. You will be asked to submit your slides or outline as a part of the speaking approval process. Presenters will project from their own device but the A/V team may require slides beforehand. We will provide a slide template, mainly for consistency with the title/cover slide.

Why should I speak?
+ Complimentary ticket to AWS Midwest Community Day
+ Recognition on website and printed materials
+ Exposure to the AWS community as a thought leader
Please note that as a volunteer, non-dues-paying organization we are unable to provide speaker honorariums or expense reimbursement.

As a speaker, we ask that you:
+ Submit your slides and AV requirements via email by June 1 for consideration.
+ Be responsive to any requests for additional information and, if required, a conference call to discuss your proposed talk.
+ If chosen, please do not deviate from your submitted topic.
+ Provide your knowledge to our audience and not include a sales pitch, either overt or veiled.
+ Be in your speaking area not later than 15 minutes before your speech is to begin.
Speaker substitutions are highly discouraged. If an emergency arises, please clear your substitute with the event organizers.

Do you have any guidelines?
Each speaking slot is 45 minutes for long form talks or 15 mins for lightning talks.
The AWS user group community is very interactive. We recommend that you plan on roughly 30 minutes for your actual talk, leaving 15 minutes for Q&A.
Should your audience not engage in Q&A, please thank them for their time and release them to their next session.
Please do not read directly off of your slides. There is no such thing as being over-prepared!
Less slides always make for a more engaging speech. For a 30 minute talk, aim for 1 slide for every 3-5 minutes.
Don’t make your slides too cluttered. 24 pt. type and above works well.
Try to keep each slide focused on only one point or thought at a time.
Have fun!
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