Guidelines for Submitting a Presentation for LACNOG

“The secret of being boring is to tell everything” – Voltaire

Introduction

This guide presents a series of suggestions for preparing a successful presentation in line with the LACNOG meeting program.

Who can present at a LACNOG meeting?

Generally speaking, LACNOG presenters are of the community and work in activities involving the administration, management, operation and research of TCP/IP based networks. There are no restrictions based on age, sex, religion, race, language, sexual preference, country of residence, or any other standard. Preferably, speakers should be able to present in person during the event.

How to present at a LACNOG meeting

The first step for presenting at a LACNOG meeting is to submit a presentation proposal along with a photo and a brief biography (less than 100 words) during the call for presentations period. How proposals must be submitted will be specified during this period.

Applicants must also specify the type of presentation they wish to offer:

  • Lightning talk: short, 10-minute presentation with an additional 5 minutes for questions
  • Presentation: 20-minute presentation with an additional 10 minutes for questions
  • Tutorial: 45-minute presentation with an additional 15 minutes for questions

Abstracts submitted by each applicant will be evaluated by the LACNOG Program Committee (PC) using a score system that takes into account the relevance of the topic addressed and the quality of the presentation. This means evaluating the abstracts submitted by each applicant.

If a proposal is accepted, the next step is to work on the final presentation according to the selected format. The final presentation will be evaluated by the Program Committee, who will determine whether or not it will be accepted. The final presentation must be consistent with the initial abstract and meet the requirements listed below.

Once a proposal is formally accepted, the PC will assign the presenter a time slot during the LACNOG conference. The PC will group presentations according to common themes and eventually according to their difficulty or degree of expertise.

What topics can be presented at a LACNOG meeting?

 

In the spirit of LACNOG, the topic to be covered by the presentation should be geared towards regional Internet development. The topics of interest to LACNOG include, but are not limited to:

  • Network operation and professional experiences, success stories
  • IP network architecture, sizing, configuration and administration
  • Routing and switching protocols, including unicast, multicast, anycast, and others
  • End-user applications (e.g. E-mail, HTTP, DNS, etc.)
  • Value-added services such as VPNs, distributed systems, cloud computing, etc.
  • Peering, regional traffic exchange, IXPs
  • Transition to IPv6 and IPv6 Deployment
  • Network security and data management, attack mitigation
  • Network monitoring, performance, measurements and telemetry
  • Network automation, evolution and convergence
  • Infrastructure and physical transport including optical and wireless networks
  • Internet governance issues, legislation and regulations
  • Research and education

Presenting solutions to problems related to these issues is strongly encouraged. Interesting case studies sharing network operation experiences will take precedence over other presentations.

LACNOG presentations should be interactive and encourage the participation of the audience. Speakers should take into account that there is always an open microphone and an online chat system through which participants can ask questions.

Presentations Specifics

In light of prior experiences, the Program Committee recommends estimating 60-120 seconds per slide, including titles. In other words, the various presentation formats should not exceed the number of slides specified below:

  • Lightning talk: 5 to 10 slides.
  • Presentation: 10 to 20 slides.
  • Tutorial: 20 to 45 slides.

LACNOG events have an average attendance of 400 and sessions are held in very large rooms. Participants should be able to see the presentations from any part of the room. With this in mind, we recommend that presentations follow the guidelines below:

  • Clean, simple layout
    • Colors and contrast should allow attendees to read the contents clearly from a distance
    • Minimum font size: 28 pt
    • Avoid saturating slides with text
    • Avoid unnecessary graphics that might distract the audience
    • Animations should be designed in such a way that the slide can be understood without them, for example, when the presentation is downloaded in PDF format.
  • Addressing and configuration examples:
    • The use of IPv6 addressing as defined in RFC 3849 is recommended for the examples. If using IPv4, the use of addressing as defined in RFC 5737 is recommended. Recommended ASN ranges for BGP systems are those of RFC 5398.
    • It is advisable to use examples of configurations of different equipment brands or pseudo-code (not necessarily limiting the examples to one particular operating system).
    • If you wish to provide ready-to-use configuration blocks, we recommend publishing these blocks on sites such as GitHub or similar.
  • Presentations are accepted in the following formats: Microsoft Powerpoint (PPT, PPTX), Apache OpenOffice Presentation (ODP), LibreOffice Impress (ODP), or Portable Document Format (PDF).
  • The company logo should be shown on the first and last slides with restraint. The use of logos that completely cover a slide is discouraged in any part of the presentation.
  • Authors retain copyright of their material but authorize LACNOG to publish the documents on a public website of LACNOG’s choice.
  • In no case will presentations that are commercial in nature or contain commercial messaging (including those of the presenter’s own company or organization) be accepted.

Examples of technical presentations are available in the Recommendations for Presenting at LACNOG.