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Speaking at Tech meetups/conferences for Junior Devs

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A talk I gave at JuniorDevSG in Sept 2018 on tips on being a new tech public speaker.

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Speaking at Tech meetups/conferences for Junior Devs

  1. 1. Speaking at Tech meetups/conferences for Junior Devs JuniorDevSG (14 Sept 2018) By: Yeo Kheng Meng (yeokm1@gmail.com) 1
  2. 2. Questions as a Junior Dev • It’s scary! • I’m rusty… I have not given a presentation since I graduated • What can I talk about? • How does speaking help me? 2
  3. 3. My Background 3
  4. 4. My resume • NUS Computer Science 2015 • 2015 – 2016 - Algoaccess • Sept 2016 – present – IoT Engineer @ SP Digital 4
  5. 5. Volunteer activities • Hackware organiser • Repair Kopitiam coach • Engineers.SG recorder 5
  6. 6. My speaking stats https://engineers.sg/presenters/68 Organisation Times Spoken Hackware 15 Papers We Love 4 iOS Dev Scout 3 NUS Hackers 2 NUS Greyhats 1 Creative Crew 1 CS3217 Guest Lecture 1 Total 27 6 Conferences iOS Conf SG 2016 iOS Conf SG 2017 GopherCon SG 2018
  7. 7. How I got started? 7
  8. 8. My first Tech Talk (23 Jan 2015) 8
  9. 9. Speaking at my first public meetup (Hackers & Painters) 9
  10. 10. What can you talk about as a Junior Dev? • Your Personal Projects! • Back to basics/introductory topics • Quick Start to Eagle • Introduction to Bluetooth Low Energy • Find an interesting niche interest: Retrocomputing • Making Parallel Port Sound Card • Windows 3.1 on a modern PC • Linux on 486 10
  11. 11. My Project Trifecta goals 1. Open source the project 2. Write a blog post 3. Give a talk 11
  12. 12. A sound card I designed • Open source • https://github.com/yeokm1/pcb-covox-amp/ • https://github.com/yeokm1/covox-music- player • Write blog post • http://yeokhengmeng.com/2017/01/a- science-project-bringing-the-covox-speech- thing-to-2017/ • Give a talk • https://engineers.sg/video/a-science-project- building-a-sound-card-based-on-the-covox- speech-thing-hackware--1339 12
  13. 13. Pair with a senior speaker 13 • Swift for IoT @ iOS Conf 2016 • Oct 2016
  14. 14. Set a deadline for yourself • GopherCon SG • May 2018 14
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  16. 16. Benefits of speaking • Best way to learn is to explain to someone • Increase your network • Improve your presentation/public speaking skills • Free conference entry 16
  17. 17. Conference Cheapskate • Volunteer to be a conference organiser • Volunteer to record under Engineers.SG • Be the conference speaker 17
  18. 18. Bonus Benefit 18
  19. 19. Your future boss might be in the audience • Hackware v2.0 • 27 July 2016 19
  20. 20. Logistical tips for (conference) talks • Long before your talk • Test your slides under 1280x720p resolution. • Avoid internet access in your presentation. Download all Youtube videos, preload webpages. • Visit conference venue beforehand and stand at the podium • Handheld vs podium vs wearable microphone • Rehearse in front of friends/colleagues. Ask for potential questions • Measure time taken (more critical for conferences) • Create backups of slides, demo videos. Copy to thumbdrive. • Just before your talk • Ask friends in the audience to prepare to observe you closely to give feedback • After the talk • Ask friends to give feedback while memory is fresh • Review your recording on Engineers.sg 20
  21. 21. Start small • Speak at meetups before going to conferences • Internal office sharing sessions 21
  22. 22. As an emcee (GeekCamp Nov 2017) 22
  23. 23. Good Speaker ≠ Good Emcee 23
  24. 24. Emcee tips • Emcee ≠ Speaker • Use meetups as training grounds • Prepare for time fillers e.g. Jokes, quizzes, trivial • Verify the pronunciation of speakers’ names ahead of time • Meetup emcee ≠ Conference emcee • Event Length • Fixed Speaker Scheduling • Microphone usage • Most challenging: Phrase announcements in a way that is “announce-able”. • http://yeokhengmeng.com/2017/11/my-first-conference-emcee-experience/ 24
  25. 25. The meetup/conference Trifecta 1. Speaker 2. Emcee 3. Engineers.SG recorder What will you be? 25 By: Yeo Kheng Meng (yeokm1@gmail.com)

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