Speaking at my first
(Hackers & Painters)
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
My Project Trifecta goals
1. Open source the project
2. Write a blog post
3. Give a talk
A sound card I designed
• Open source
• Write blog post
• Give a talk
Pair with a senior speaker
• Swift for IoT @ iOS Conf 2016
• Oct 2016
Set a deadline for yourself
• GopherCon SG
• May 2018
Your future boss might be in the audience
• Hackware v2.0
• 27 July 2016
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
• Speak at meetups before going to conferences
• Internal office sharing sessions
• 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”.
The meetup/conference Trifecta
3. Engineers.SG recorder
What will you be?
By: Yeo Kheng Meng (firstname.lastname@example.org)