Speaker Presentation Guidelines

Keynote, Symposia, Minisymposia, Microsymposia, and Workshop Presentation Guidelines

Speaker Lounge Check-In Procedures

Please come to the Speaker Lounge well in advance of your talk. It benefits you to bring at least a preliminary version of your presentation as early as possible so there will be time to correct any technical issues that may arise. If necessary, you can always replace the preliminary version with an updated version prior to your talk.

Upon arrival at the Speaker Lounge, a technician will check you in and upload your presentation if you will be presenting in a Symposium, Award Talk, Minisymposium, or Microsymposium. You will be assigned a preview station to review and edit your presentation and to see exactly how it will appear in your session room.

If you are a minisymposia presenter, please make every effort to finalize your presentation for afternoon sessions by 3:30 pm that day.

Speaker Lounge personnel are not responsible for your devices, i.e., memory cards, disks, laptops, power cords, etc.

Even if you are attending the meeting only for the day of your talk, you should come to the Speaker Lounge as early as possible. This will allow time to load your files onto the presentation server and make sure it is working properly on our systems. An audiovisual technician will be on duty in each individual session room to ensure a smooth transition between speakers, answer any equipment questions, and adjust lighting and sound levels to your requirements.

Session Room Check-in Procedures

Please arrive at your session room 30 minutes prior to your session start time (and no less than 15 minutes before the start of your session). Each room will have a projectionist to assist you with any technical needs. When you arrive at the session room, please introduce yourself to the projectionist and state whether your presentation is a PC or a MAC. When it is your time to talk, the projectionist will open your PowerPoint™ or Keynote presentation and start the slide show.

On the lectern, there will be a mouse, keyboard, and monitor for a MAC. If a PC is needed, that will be available as well.

Internet connectivity may not be available in the speaker lounge and session rooms.


Speaker Lounge Hours

The Speaker Lounge is located in Room 103A of the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. The hours of operation are:

  • Saturday, December 7- 7:30 am-6:00 pm
  • Sunday, December 8- 7:00 am-6:30 pm
  • Monday, December 9- 7:00 am-6:30 pm
  • Tuesday, December 10- 7:00 am-6:30 pm
  • Wednesday, December 11- 7:30 am-11:00 am

Audiovisual & Computer Equipment

Audiovisual equipment in each session room will include:

  • Confidence Monitor
  • Keyboard and Mouse
  • Processor: Multi Core Intel i7 or better
  • MacOS 10.12 (Sierra)
  • 8GB RAM or better
  • 1920×1080 at 24-bit color depth
  • Microsoft Office 2016
  • Keynote (latest version)
  • QuickTime (latest version)
  • Flash Player (latest version)
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader DC
  • Pen-style laser pointer in single screen rooms (not available in dual screen rooms).
  • Audio direct box for computer audio connection to the meeting room PA system
  • Table microphone
  • Lectern microphone
  • Audience Q&A floor microphone
  • Microphone mixer

For best results, PowerPoint 2010/2013/2016 (PC) & 2008/2011/2016 (Mac) users should save their presentations in those versions’ native pptx format. Be aware that embedded media clips may not saved as part of your PowerPoint or Keynote presentation and that the actual video or audio files need to be on the computer you will be presenting from. You will need to supply those files along with your PowerPoint file when you check into the Speaker Lounge. All files uploaded in the speaker lounge will be destroyed on the final day of the meeting. 

*If your presentation contains any video or audio, please bring your files to the Speaker Lounge AT LEAST 24 hours in advance, due to additional processing time that may be required.

  • Speakers should plan to upload their presentation. We encourage this to ensure the sessions run smoothly. Even if you want to present from your own laptop, please plan to bring the latest version of your presentation to the meeting on one of the following media types as a safety backup for your talk. USB Flash Drive or Hard Drive (any brand that does not require drivers).
  • CD ROM (CD-R, CD+R)
  • Memory Card (Memory Stick, MicroDrive, Secure Digital, Multimedia, Smart Media, Compact Flash)

Presentation Guidelines

Please note that in order to take full advantage of the widescreen display you should create your presentation in 16:9 aspect ratio. From Within PowerPoint, click on the “Design” tab. Click “Page Setup”. PowerPoint will default to Slides sized for: “On-screen Show (4:3)”. Change the setting to “On-screen Show (16:9) and click OK. (See below)

If you do not format your presentation in 16:9, your slides will display black bars to the left and right and will not take advantage of the entire screen.

Steps to ensure your success:


  • It is imperative that you check your movies in the Speaker Lounge if your presentation contains video files.
  • Please be observant of the size of your video files. A video file can be just as effective at a lower resolution.

SPECIAL NOTE ABOUT DVDs: If you plan to play a DVD as part of your presentation, please be sure to test the DVD for compatibility in the Speaker Lounge.

For More Information

Please review the ProjectionNET Presentation Style Guide at http://www.projectionnet.com/Styleguide/PresentationStyleguide.aspx for more information about preparing your presentation, helpful hints for designing and presenting your talk, and tips to avoid incompatibilities and minimize potential challenges onsite. If you have other technical questions, please contact us at ASCB@projection.com and we will be happy to assist you.