For Authors

Presenting at IDC2016

Our AIM for IDC2016 is to increase conferring and reduce passive listening.  To that end we are encouraging ALL presentations to ‘go short’ rather than ‘go long’.  We want all presenters to be able to summarize their work in the most efficient way possible so as to encourage dialogue and debate from the audience and so as to allow serious networking and conversation within and beyond the conference.  This philosophy is challenged by the need to try and keep as single track as possible whilst also trying to cover as many research perspectives as possible and allow publication of work.  To that end we ask ALL presenters to begin the design of their presentation by considering what is the main aim in presenting the work (is it to seek collaboration, is it to seek feedback and ideas, is it to present a product or result) and then to consider what it is that the audience, which is an audience of specialists, will take away.  If you want this audience to use your method – make this a main feature (whilst obviously telling them how and why they should use it), if you want the audience to pay attention to a key research finding – make this explicit – this will give your work the best chance to be cited, and used, by the community.

For spoken presentations we will provide projection and a laptop which can use a standard USB interface.   If you anticipate using something crazy then do contact our technical chair (Dan Fitton – see the website) in good time.  If you are new to conference presentation, we would always suggest that you rehearse your talk, both to give you confidence in the delivery but also so that you can be sure that you are telling a coherent story.  We ask you to present the motivation for the work, the main methods used, the details of the study and then the findings but be minded that it can be hard to distil a paper into a short talk and so you should be wary of trying to include everything; working with experienced colleagues can help in this regard.  The IDC audience is generally kind but also critical – so be familiar with your work and be ready for challenging questions like why? and who? and what? All attendees will have the paper available to them on a USB stick and the papers will be in the ACM DL.

Full papers
Full papers at IDC are being presented in a panel mode with each paper being presented and then with a facilitated discussion with questions at the end of each set of three (or exceptionally four) papers.  The panel chair will have read the papers ahead of time and will bring into the discussion, and into the questioning, all the authors.  Additionally we will facilitate the audience to log down and deliver additional questions for the authors where time may prevent them from being answered during the presentations.

In presenting your work for this track we ask you to consider a time for presentation of ten minutes and to that end we suggest, should you be using PowerPoint (or similar), not more than twenty and ideally  considerably less, PowerPoint slides.  Innovative methods for presentation are welcome – there is no need to use slides if that is not your preferred presentation mode.  Ahead of the conference we will encourage you to read through, or at least be reasonably familiar with, the other papers in your panel.  Once the confirmed programme is in place we will help you to negotiate this.

Notes are not presented in panel sessions and for these you will have ten minutes to present and that time will include questions so you should be aiming for a six to seven minute presentation.  This would normally be no more than 15 PowerPoint slides – ten is a good number to aim for.   Realize in this track that if you use up your time in talking there will be NO questions so once again the message is to be succinct and clear.

Posters at the conference will be left up for the whole time and will be ‘staffed’ only for specific times.  We ENCOURAGE all poster presenters to either include their image on their posters (so folk can find them) or to put some images alongside the poster (so folk can find them).  We also encourage all those presenting posters to include contact details by their work.

Posters should be no greater than A0 Landscape.  We encourage individuals to be creative with their posters – maybe just printing out the title and authors and then maybe assembling them when they attend, maybe a poster can be assembled from images brought along, or from items gathered during the work.  The only condition is that once assembled the poster be not greater than A0 landscape.  We seek informity not conformity in posters.

For all tracks, including demos and workshops etc., we encourage presenters to consider bringing some postcards that can be circulated to ‘advertise’ their work.  Consider bringing a summary on a postcard, maybe with a QR code to your own pages or to your lab.   Consider adding a game or a puzzle to the postcard so that those who get it start to feel some attachment and can benefit from having that item in their hands:-)  Maybe mention other related work on your postcard – we suggest you get 50 -100 printed and bring them along:-)


For IDC it is common for images of children to appear on presentations.  Please ensure that such images are shown with the appropriate consent of the children and their parents.  If you have permission to show photos but NOT for them to be reproduced please make that clear before you present work (or on your poster) so these images are not photographed and shared inadvertently by conference attendees.