Presentation Guidelines


Presentation Guidelines

The NANOG Program Committee welcomes all attendees and vendors in submitting full-length presentations, panels, tutorials, lightning talks, and track sessions focused on current technologies or soon-to-be deployed technologies and industry innovation.

General Presentation Specs

  • You will need to submit your presentation in one of the following source files: PPT, PPTX, or PDF.
  • Be aware that a PDF of your presentation for publication on the event agenda is posted the day you present.
  • A plain white background is recommended, a yellow background is discouraged. Please be mindful of people with low vision.
  • Presentations containing live demos are highly discouraged. If you have a demo you’d like to present, it should be noted in the abstract of your submission. You must also agree to testing during a dress rehearsal prior to the opening of the conference. Should issues arise during the rehearsal, you will need to have a PC-approved back up prepared (a PPT, PPTX, or PDF of what is in the demo).
  • Presentations should be created with a 16:9 aspect ratio — a slide template is available here.
  • Use at least 28-point fonts (larger for titles), to ensure legibility from any point in the room.
  • All presentations will be run from the Tech Table in the room on laptops provided by NANOG. You will be provided a remote slide advancer to use during your presentation.
  • Confidentiality notices are prohibited.
  • Copyright notices of third party content in your presentation are allowed but shall be listed in 10 point font or less.

Lightning Talks

  • Lightning Talks are strictly limited to 10 minutes. While submitting draft slides is appreciated, it isn’t required.
  • Final Lightning Talk slides should be added to your talk in the PC Tool, or submitted to speaker support prior to the last program break before the talks in PPT, PPTX, or PDF.

Logo Usage

While it is not our goal to censor presentation content, we do ask that speakers refrain from disclosing proprietary information, or using presentations as a platform to promote their place of employment. As such, we ask that you adhere to our presentation guidelines. NANOG allows logos to be used in the following ways:

  • Logos representing the speaker’s company or organization are only permitted on the first and last slides of a presentation.
  • Recognition logos (i.e. thanking the speaker’s sponsors or project partners) on either the first or last slide of a presentation.
  • Text-based copyright notices representing the speaker’s company or organization in the slide footer, maximum size 10-point font.
  • Unobtrusive logos representing other products, companies, or projects are permitted within the talk, where applicable to the content of the presentation. Speaker must obtain any necessary approval for the legal use of such logos.

Configuration Examples

Configuration examples are a useful, and sometimes necessary, means of conveying information. In order to provide the maximum benefit to the largest number of NANOG attendees, we encourage speakers to give multi-vendor configuration examples. Talks or tutorials that only use a single vendor for configuration examples will not be excluded on that basis alone, but will receive lower priority.

This doesn’t necessarily mean each example should be replicated in multiple vendors’ configuration language, as we understand multi-vendor configuration examples are not always possible to use. We ask that every effort be made to use them when possible, in order to increase the presentation’s value to our community.

Code of Conduct

NANOG is dedicated to providing an enjoyable, educational meeting experience. In the spirit of mutual respect and collaboration, we do not tolerate any unwelcome behavior from any member of our community, including speakers, who are required to follow NANOG’s Code of Conduct at all times.

If you have any questions about NANOG Presentation Guidelines, please email the PC, and a representative of the committee will respond to you in a timely manner.