Makers Summit
Speaker information pack

Are you interested in being a Speaker in the first ever Makers Summit?


Awesome!


This page contains all the information you will need to get started, prepare, and deliver an incredible learning experience for our attendees. 


Before you continue, please watch this 6-minute orientation video.

About

What is this summit about?

This summit is an opportunity for Makers and Educators to come together, present their work and learn from each other. 


The top objectives of the Summit are:

  1. 1
    To introduce attendees to practical skills and technologies that can help them become better Makers (see Who is the target audience for more information on the attendees).
  2. 2
    To highlight and promote the work of Makers and Educators who are Speakers in the event.
  3. 3
    To inspire new Makers through example based on the creativity, work ethic, and generosity of Master Makers (that is, the Speakers in the Summit).
  4. 4
    To help create a world-wide community of Makers and Educators who will continue to learn from each other and support each other after the Summit is finished.

Why is this summit important?

Our motto is:

"Make the change you want to see in the World".

You have probably heard of the original variant "Be the change you want to see in the world.".


Makers are about using their learnings to create things that enhance their lives in some way (solving problems, having fun).


Makers also impact others through the things they create and their way they live their lives. Makers are self-driven, hungry for new technical and scientific knowledge, and relentless problem solvers.


Through this Summit, we want to give Makers from around the world to learn from each other, inspire each other, and get to know each other without any geographical and financial limitations.

How does it work?

The Tech Explorations Summit is a "virtual summit". A virtual summit is like a traditional conference, but instead of hosting it in a physical conference center where attendees have to travel to, it is hosted online and is accessed by the attendees using an Internet connected computer.


Attendees will register for a free ticket. This ticket allows the attendee to access the livestream of the Summit presentations via a special URL. Registration is required in order to plan and provide sufficient resources for the video livestream. The software that handles this aspect of the Summit has a maximum capacity. Knowing how many attendees are likely to need access to the livestream will enable us to ensure that sufficient capacity will be provided.


Speakers will record their presentations ahead of the Summit. This way we can avoid last minute technical or other glitches that can cause problems to a live event. The recorded videos will be livestreamed to the registered attendees on schedule.

When will it take place?

The date of the Tech Explorations Summit is set for Saturday, December 7, 2019.


Its duration will be two or seven days.

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How many speakers will there be?

We are planning to have between 20-25 Speakers.


At the time of writing this, we are still in the recruiting stage. Final numbers will be confirmed mid-October.

20-25 speakers

7 days

3 talks/day

Who is organizing this Summit?

This Summit is organized by Tech Explorations. Tech Explorations is an online education provider for Makers. Dr Peter Dalmaris is the founder and Director of the company. 


Tech Explorations is begun in 2013 with a mission to provide Makers from around the world with the best possible training content in topics like the Arduino, Raspberry Pi and KiCad.

Who is the host?

Dr Peter Dalmaris is an Electrical Engineer, and University lecturer turned online educator and Maker.


Peter is the author of Maker Education Revolution, a book that explains how the principles embedded in Maker Education can help to transform education in the 21st century.


As founder of Tech Explorations since 2013, Peter has been working relentlessly to implement his vision of affordable and high-quality technology education to the World.

Since his first Arduino course, Peter has helped over 80,000 Makers from 172 countries to enjoy learning and making electronic gadgets through his video courses and books.


Peter is also the host of Stemiverse Podcast and the Tech Explorations Podcast, in which he interviews STEM Educators and Makers about education and their technology adventures.

Where will it take place?

On the Web! 


A virtual Summit is a conference that takes place online. Instead of travelling to a conference centre, attendees can simply get a cup of coffee, block out a couple of days at home, and sit in front of their computer to watch and participate in the conference presentations.

Who is the target audience?

Tech Explorations Makers Summit is for Makers.


These are people who are driven by their curiosity about technology and engineering, and that enjoy creating working machines.


Makers are a diverse group of people with a wide range of ages, educational and professional background. They come from all over the world. Makers also have diverse special interests and like to create things using electronics, plastic, wood and metal, as well as programming languages and the Internet of Things.


Within the wide group of people we call "Makers", we can identify are three special and relatively homogenous subgroups:

  1. 1
    STEM Teachers, who have the aforementioned special interests, but are also educators themselves, with the responsibility of teaching others. For them, Making and Teaching overlap.
  2. 2
    STEM Students, who are naturally Makers, but also have a more formal engagement with Making activities through their educational institution programs.
  3. 3
    Engineers, or people with a technical professional background, who like to make things in their spare time but are also employed in some capacity in a relevant field.

How much will it cost to attend?

Attendees can register and attend the Summit live for free. 


If attendees wish to re-watch the presentations after the end of the Summit, they will need to purchase a Full Access pass.


A Full Access pass entitles a person to access all presentation videos, with no expiry. Full Access privileges also contain bonuses and special offers that are not available to free-view attendees, including an exclusive online community on Facebook.

$0 Livestream

$25* Full Access

* The pricing of the event will be confirmed by end of October.

Speaker FAQ

Why should you be a speaker?

We want this Summit to be a Win-Win-Win opportunity for the Attendees, Speakers, and the Organizer.


Here's a list of the benefits that you, as a Speaker in the Tech Explorations Summit, should know:

  1. 1
    This Summit will expose you to thousands of people who are interested in what you have to say and teach. If you are operating a blog, website, ecommerce site, Youtube channel, online school, write books, or are an online instructor, then this Summit can be a source of new traffic for your work outside of the Summit.
  2. 2
    You will be promoted as a leading authority in your field.
  3. 3
    You will have the opportunity to promote your products or services to an audience eager to hear from you.
  4. 4
    You become part of a small community of leaders in the Maker and Education space. You can build relations with other speakers that can pave the way for future collaborations and projects. The networking effect is, after all, one of the most powerful reasons why conferences exist.
  5. 5
    No need to travel, speak from home at a time that works best for you.
  6. 6
    Reach a far larger audience than via a traditional conference.
  7. 7
    The Summit gives you the opportunity to provide a lot of value to the participants during and after it has finished. See "How can you provide a lot of value to the participants?" below for more information.
  8. 8
    Monetize your participation as a Speaker directly, but being a Summit affiliate partner.
  9. 9
    Increase the size of your email list by drawing traffic to your website.
  10. 10
    Speak on what you know best, in a short presentation + interview style; no need for extensive preparation.
  11. 11
    You can add your status as a Speaker in the Tech Explorations Summit in your bio. List it on LinkedIn and your CV. If you have not had the opportunity to speak at this kind of event in the past, then this experience will be extremely useful to build up your Speaker credentials.

One of the most powerful human needs is to leave a trail of good work behind, and help people.


This Summit is an opportunity for you to leave behind another bit of good work in your life's trail and be a positive influencer for thousands of people.

How much of your time will you need to invest in this Summit?

Unlike a traditional conference, your time investment in this Summit is minimal.


Peter invited you to be a Speaker because of your expertise in a specific topic.


Your talk will be on this topic.


This is a topic that you already know extremely well, and that requires almost no research (if any at all). Most likely, you have already delivered talks on this same topic.


The bulk of your preparation time should go into sorting and organising your existing knowledge. 


Think of the Summit an opportunity for you to introduce a new audience to your topic.


To achieve this, focus on the 2 or 3 "take away" points that your audience will be able to take away from your presentation, and use in their projects. 


These 2 or 3 points will not overwhelm your audience. They will also simplify your preparation. 


Your presentation should be simple, linear, and practical.


Leave details for the QA, should relevant questions arise, or give the audience links to your relevant work on your website os elsewhere for anyone wanting to drill deeper.


To make a successful appearance as a Speaker in the Summit, you will need to invest time in three areas:


1. Preparation

2. Presentation

3. Communication


Most of your time will go into preparation. You should budget up to 3 hours for this. 


In addition, you will need around


1. 1.5 hours for the presentation (that is around 45 minutes for the actual presentation recording, and the rest in "warming up", testing, and logistics),

2. Any amount of time you want to put aside to communicate with your audience after the Summit. This is not necessary, but recommended. You will be able to interact with your Full Access Pass holders in the Summit Facebook group and in the Virtual Summit website.


Your presentation time includes a 30-minute pre-summit Zoom call with Peter (if you are reading this document, you have probably already done the pre-summit call), and a 45-minute actual presentation Zoom call that will be recorded.


Finally, you will need to spent a few minutes every couple of weeks on reading and responding to emails from the organising team.

How can you provide a lot of value to the participants?

The Summit gives you the opportunity to provide a lot of value to the participants during and after it has finished.


There are four ways to do this:

  1. 1
    Your presentation contains highly valuable and actionable content. You will teach something new and useful, and that is valuable on its own right.
  2. 2
    You can provide free bonus content in the form of PDF documents, your slide deck, video recordings, or cheatsheets, to name a few possibilities. These bonuses are free for the attendee to get during the Summit and use after the Summit. This way, the value you provide to the attendee is enduring and you remain to be connected with them.
  3. 3
    You can provide special offers to paid products, like online courses, books and ebooks, consultation sessions and more. With these special offers, you can raise revenue directly as a result of your participation to the Summit. 
  4. 4
    For attendees that have purchased a Full-Access Pass, your can provide special bonuses and offers that are not available to anyone else. This is a way to provide value to those attendees that are prepared to pay. These attendees are typically working on a particularly hard or pressing problem, and need more specialised advise and assistance. They need your help! This is also a way for you to raise additional revenue.

Can you sell Full-Access Passes to your audience?

Yes, and that is an excellent way to raise additional revenue as a Speaker.


You can be an affiliate reseller of the Summit Full-Access Pass.


A Full-Access Pass entitles attendees to access the full content of the Summit and the Summit ends.


For Full-Access Pass holders, you can provide free bonuses and special offers only to attendees that have purchased the Full-Access Pass, knowing that they are qualified customers and therefore open to investing money for high-quality educational content.

What will you talk about?

We invite Speaker based on their specific expertise and track record as a creator of "things" and content in the Maker community.


You should already have received an email invitation from Peter. This email should contain at least one topic idea that has a strong connection to the topics that the Summit attendees will be interested in.


Perhaps you also had your pre-summit Zoom call in which you went into your topic in more detail.


In general, your presentation topic can be drawn from one of those (this is not an exhaustive list):

  1. 1
    A book you have written on topics such as programming, electronics, woodworking, Maker education, software applications for Makers, and Internet of Things.
  2. 2
    A project that you are particularly proud about.
  3. 3
    An experience that you had, such as participating at a major Maker Faire as an exhibitor or presenter.
  4. 4
    Your role as an engineer in an organisation that creates tools (software or hardware) for Makers.
  5. 5
    Your role as a Maker Club organizer or mentor, and your experiences around organising a community for Makers.
  6. 6
    Your experiences as a founder of a company that commercialises something that you created.
  7. 7
    A presentation that you gave in a Maker-related event, such as a Maker Faire or Science Faire.

Any of the above is a good starting point for a presentation topic. Start with a tentative definition of your topic, and discuss the details with Peter before you commit, if you haven't done so already (via Zoom or email). 

What kind of equipment will you need?

This Summit is an online event, so you will need the equipment that you normally use to conduct an online conference call:

  1. 1
    A computer with decent Internet connection.
  2. 2
    A microphone headset (such as the Logitech H390 USB Computer Headset).
  3. 3
    Presentation software like Google Slides, Powerpoint or Keynote.
  4. 4
    A USB Web cam to record your face during the presentation, which is a very good way to help the audience recognise you among the other Speakers.
  5. 5
    Optional: A second video camera to record your hands-on demonstration (if your demonstration is computer-based, this camera is not needed).

We will use Zoom to record your presentation. You will need to install the free Zoom client on your computer. 


If you need any help with your hardware and software setup, please let us know and we'd be happy to help. We can also schedule a trial Zoom meeting to test everything before the actual presentation takes place.

What is the presentation objective?

The primary objective of your presentation is be to teach a specific new skill. You can break this skill in two or three key learnings. 


Let's keep it simple.


The secondary objective of your presentation is to ignite a strong interest (an itch?) in the audience to want to learn more about it.


As an educator, you want your students to leave your presentation feeling that they have learned something important.


Learning is a process that never ends, so you want to emphasise to your audience that there is plenty more to be learned, and to show them the way to do so. This can be done by recommending your work (see below for information on how to promote your own products and services) or to the work of other people that you believe will be of benefit to the audience.

What is the presentation style?

To keep things simple, your presentation will consist of two parts. 


Part One: The teaching and demonstration part.


Part Two: The Questions and Answers part.


Part One will last for no more than 30 minutes. In this time, you will provide background knowledge that will lead to a demonstration.


For example, if your topic is the design of a 3D printable enclosure, start by explaining the limitations and restrictions of designs that can be 3D printed with a regular desktop printer, then explain how to use the design tool and perform the necessary operations, and then continue with the demonstration. In the demonstration, you will show how to design exactly that: an enclosure (box) that can be produced successful by a modern desktop 3D printer.


In Part Two, Peter will play the role of the audience and ask clarification and extension questions. Remember that the Summit talks will be pre-recorded. At the time I am writing this, there is no way for the audience to interact with the Speaker during the presentation.

Can you promote your products or services to the Summit attendees?

Absolutely!


One of the reasons you want to be a speaker in this event, is exactly this: to promote yourself as a leader, increase your influence and personal image, and to promote your products and services to your audience so they receive a significant benefit. 


At the end of your presentation, the host will invite you to tell the audience about any special offer or promotions you may have that tie well with the topic of your presentation. You may want to say, for example, that you cover a particular topic in more detail in a course, book, blog post, web site, etc. and invite the attendees to find more about it by visiting a web page. 


Your special offers and bonuses will also be listed in your presentation page.


Be careful to not over-use this option though, as you do not want to give the impression that you are interested in selling more than you are interested in teaching. Be clear that your presentation is full of value without any extras. But ensure that attendees know where they can find more training if they wish to do so.

Are you expected to do any marketing for this Summit?

We encourage you to do so, however it is totally up to you, and not a condition of being a Speaker.


Think of it like this: If you are taking the time and making the effort to be a Speaker, why wouldn't you want to tell about it to the people that already know you and like your work?


By marketing your participation to this Summit, you achieve two positive results:


1. You strengthen your status as a person of influence among the people that already know you.

2. You can generate additional revenue through revenue sharing of any sales you generate as an affiliate.

How can you promote this summit to you audience?

Participating in an event like the Tech Explorations Summit is an investment.


It is in your interest to maximise the return on your investment.


One simple way to do this is to let your own audience know that you will be a Speaker at the Summit so that they can have the opportunity to benefit from your work.


All Summit speakers are content experts and significant influencers in their space. This summit is a way to bring their combined audiences together and expand their individual reach many times.


Reach out to your audience via email, social media, and by setting up a special event page on your own website.


Here's three simple things you can do: 


  1. 1
    Set up the event page on your website a few months prior to the Summit launch date, and link it to the summit landing page.
  2. 2
    A couple of weeks prior to the Summit start date, make at least two posts on your social media with information about the event.
  3. 3
    Make a special announcement to your email list in the period leading to the Summit.

As a Speaker, you will receive a promotional pack that contains pre-written emails, social media posts, and graphics that you can simply copy and use to promote the Summit to your audience.

Will you have full access to the Summit content after the end of the event?

Yes!


Full access is a paid product, and you as a Speaker will have full access to all content after the event.


This includes access to all special bonuses and offers that other Speakers make.


This is one of the benefits for being awesome :-)

Logistics

0: Your pre-summit chat

If you are looking at this page, chances are you already had your 30-minute pre-summit chat with Peter.


If not, please use this form to book this chat now, before you continue.


If this chat, Peter will explain the Why and How of the Summit, and then we'll discuss your presentation topic.


At the end of the chat, we'll schedule your recording appointment.

1: Your presentation recording appointment

Schedule your presentation recording early. If you had your 30-minute pre-summit call, you probably already have booked the recording.


The recording will take place at a time and date that is suitable to you and Peter.


It will take between 30 minutes and one hour to complete.


If you haven't made your recording booking yet, please use this form:

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​2: Your speaker profile

All Summit Speakers will have their public Speaker profile in the Speakers page.


Your profile is extremely important: it contains the information about you that attendees will use to decide if they want to attend your presentation.


Please take care to complete this form so that it reflect a high-quality image of you and your work. If you need to make any changes after you submit it, just send us an email (support (at) txplore.com, with subject line "Speaker info change request").

Tech Explorations Summit Speaker Profile Form

Core Speaker information

This is the basic Summit Speaker information.

We will use this information to setup your Speaker profile in the Speakers page, and it will be accessible to the public.
What would you like before your name?
Please use the same email address for all your communications related to the Summit.
For example: Software Developer, Designer, Electrical Engineer, Educator, etc.
Tell us a few things about you. Around 300 words should be enough. Focus on things like qualifications, projects, and work you have done that is relevant to your role as a Summit Speaker.
Suggested size is 300x300 pixels.

Suggested format is Jpeg.

We will use this photo in your Speaker profile page.

Maximum file size is 5MB.

Social Media

Would you like to include your social media links to your Speaker profile in the public Speakers page?

Please add them here.

​3: Your presentation topic and video

What will you talk about? Please provide a title and description of your presentation.


If you have a video you would like to include, please provide a URL that we can use to download it and process it ahead of the Summit. This video can be used in support of your presentation. In most cases, we will record your presentation during a Zoom video conferencing session.


If you need to make any changes to your presentation title and description after you submit it, just send us an email (support (at) txplore.com, with subject line "Speaker presentation details change request"). 

Tech Explorations Summit Speaker Presentation Topic and Video

Please use the same email address for all your communications related to the Summit.
Please make this video downloadable. If you do not have a video at the moment, please leave this field blank.

In most cases, we will help you create your presentation video via a Zoom video call.
Please provide as many details as you can about the topic of your presentation.

Specifically address:

* What is this presentation about?
* Who should be interested and why?
* What technology, tool or technique will you focus on?
* Is this a practical presentation?

​​4: Your free bonuses

A free bonus is a small but useful gift that you can give out to the Summit attendees. It can be as simple as a free PDF document with a pin-out schematic, a circuit schematic diagram, or a list of web resources. It can also be something larger, like 2 or 3 select chapters from a book, or a coupon that can be used to get free access to one of your courses. This is totally up to you.


Ensure that the bonus contains your contact details.


The purpose of the free bonus(es) is to provide enduring value to the Summit attendee, and to keep you in their thoughts. 


If you have more than one bonus, please submit this form one time per bonus.

Tech Explorations Summit Speaker Free Bonus

Please use the same email address for all your communications related to the Summit
For example "Two free chapters from my book 'How to use Siri to control a fan'".
For example, this free bonus may be from you, in which case type in your name. If you prefer it to be from your company, type in your company name.

It may also be from your employer, or other source.
Provide an indicative monetary value of this bonus. Even if it is a single page PDF, if the bonus provides value to the attendee, then it is worth something, so be sure to use a Dollar amount to signal this value.
Please provide as many details as you can about this bonus.

Specifically address:

* What is this bonus (PDF, free course access, a call with you, something else)?
* Why should the attendee want your bonus?
We'll include this image as a visual representation of your bonus. For example, if your bonus is a free PDF, this image can be the cover page of the PDF.

Suggested size is 500x500 pixels, and jpeg.

Maximum size is 2 MB.
Please provide a URL from where the attendee can download your bonus. We will include this URL in your presentation page so that attendees can get their bonus directly.

If you prefer, we can host your bonus on our server (please let us know via email to support (at) txplore.com)
Is there anything else we can help with in relation to this form or your presentation bonuses? Please let us know. Your message here will be held in private.

​5: Your special offers

A special offer is a discount or other incentive to an existing product. Unlike the free bonus, a special offer require a purchase. The product that you are promoting through this offer must contain sufficient value in it to justify the asking price. 


An attendee must want to buy this product even without the discount or other incentive (your special offer). Your offer, however, makes them willing to act now and secure it.


Use this special offer option to promote products like online courses, books and ebooks, consultation sessions, hardware or software products.


If you have more than one special offer, please submit this form one time per special offer.

Tech Explorations Summit Speaker Special Offer

Please use the same email address for all your communications related to the Summit
For example "20% off my super course" or "Get my Amazon Alexa secrets book special edition".
For example, this special offer may be from you, in which case type in your name. If you prefer it to be from your company, type in your company name.

It may also be from your employer, or other source.
Provide the full price of this product. If this is a product that is already available in the market, please type in its actual price.
Please provide as many details as you can about this special offer.

Specifically address:

* What is this special offer (PDF book, course, consultancy call, etc)?
* Why should the attendee accept your special offer?
* Why should they act on the offer now (add urgency)?
We'll include this image as a visual representation of your special offer. For example, if your bonus is a book, this image can be the cover page.

Suggested size is 500x500 pixels, and jpeg.

Maximum size is 2 MB.
Please provide a URL from where the attendee can access your special offer. We will include this URL in your presentation page so that attendees can get their special offer directly.

If you prefer, we can host your special offer on our server (please let us know via the text field below).
Is there anything else we can help with in relation to this form or your presentation bonuses? Please let us know. Your message here will be held in private.

6: Speaker media release

To make this Summit financially viable, we ask that you agree that Tech Explorations has the exclusive right to use the video that contains your presentation. Without this agreement, we will not be able to sell Full Access Passes. This would make this Summit unviable, and the benefits that we expect to reach the attendees, the Speakers and the Organizer impossible.


Here's the longer version:


By participating in the Makers Summit session, you grant to Tech Explorations the right to use photos, biography and marketing materials as a future part of any presentation, program, product or professional activity, and for any commercial, educational or informational purpose.

You waive any rights of ownership or copyright in the resulting video and educational material in which you appear, and acknowledge that no financial compensation is provided in exchange for waiving this right. You hereby release any and all claims, demands and causes of action of any nature whatsoever which you may hereinafter have against you or your officers, directors, employees, contractors and agents arising out of or in connection with my appearance on and participation in the Tech Explorations Makers Summit.

You agree, if by reason of your statements and action on Tech Explorations Makers Summit or material furnished by you for the Event, there is any claim or litigation involving any charge by third persons of violation or infringement of their rights, to hold you and your affiliated stations harmless from liability, loss or expense arising from such claim or litigation.

​7: Your presentation scheduling

We expect to schedule the livestream of you presentation by mid-November at the latest. 


We will schedule presentations that fall under the same broad category in the same session in order to provide coherence and continuity, and allow attendees to follow the Summit based on their interests.


We will inform you of the scheduling arrangements for your presentation as soon as the schedule draft is ready.

​8: During your talk

During your talk, it would be ideal (but not absolutely necessary) for you to be available so that you can interact "live" with the attendees. 


A text-based instant messaging tool will be available to allow attendees to interact with the Host (Peter) and you, the Speaker. They can use this tool to ask questions, or simply to say "hi". 


Being available for the approximately 60 minutes of the session will make a big difference in how your presentation is perceived by the audience, and will add value to your work. 


However, we understand that time difference issues, technical issues, or life in general may prevent you from being available during the presentation. In this case, we will collect attendee questions and forward them to you. We will then allow you a couple of days to address them, and we'll publish your responses (with the original questions) in the after-event presentation page.

​9: After your presentation

After your presentation, we will update your presentation page with the attendee questions and answers text. This will stay published as a public record of your presentation.


The video itself will only be available to attendees that have purchased a Full-Access Pass. 


In your public presentation page, we will include the first 4-5 minutes of your presentation.


If you have given out free Bonuses or Special offers, you should be ready to fulfil them on your web site (unless Tech Explorations is hosting your Bonuses or Special Offers).


Be also ready to receive emails, Tweets, or other communication from attendees, depending on how you choose to handle this.

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