Free and Open Software Conference and Expo - Columbus, Ohio - October 2-3, 2015

Speaker Information

Speaker Information for Ohio Linuxfest 2015

Thank you for agreeing to speak at the Ohio LinuxFest. These are things we ask of you. We've tried to arrange these in chronological order.

In the recent past there has been a surge of talks at various conferences that have contained inappropriate content. Please remember that Ohio LinuxFest aims to be a family-friendly and professional event. Anyone who cannot meet this basic standard will be escorted from the stage immediately. If you are not sure whether something is inappropriate, please contact us at

  1. You must register for the conference. Do this now. The basic "Enthusiast" registration is free of charge; you can instead opt for the "Professional" registration if you want to attend the professional training on Friday or the "Supporting" level if you want to throw us extra cash :-). Add-ons are also available for extra activities at additional charge—note that speakers get free admission to the after party, so don't buy that.
  2. Let us know ASAP if your talk will involve playing audio through our sound system. We can make 1/8 inch audio plugs available, but they will only be provided in rooms where they are requested. Also, tell us if your talk needs Internet access—we will see what we can do. At the prices we can afford, the convention center's Wi-Fi provider offers limited bandwidth to a small simultaneous number of devices. Have a plan in the event networking isn't available.
  3. All slides must be uploaded to the web site no later than September 20. Slides should be in a non-proprietary format such as PDF or OpenDocument. You can upload slides by visiting, logging in, then clicking the link for your talk under "Related content." Click the Edit tab, then you can upload your slides to the web site. If you do not want them to be publicly visible, un-check the "List" checkbox. Make sure you scroll down to the bottom of the page and click "Save" or the change will not be applied. If you run into difficulty, you can submit them by e-mail instead.
  4. Unless otherwise arranged, be prepared to use your own laptop, connecting via VGA cable to a projector (native resolution 1280x800, maximum 1600x1200). You will need to bring an adapter if you have a different port. We've been told the projectors do not support Miracast. Have a back-up plan ready in case there is networking trouble or your demo explodes (as they tend to do). Please contact us promptly if there is a problem.
  5. Please make sure your hotel and transportation needs are met. Unless previously agreed to we cannot help with these costs.
  6. When you arrive, you will need to check in for the conference at the registration desk. After this, please notify the Speaker Chair by phone, text, or in person at least two hours prior to your talk. (See the conference schedule for time and location.) If we don't get notice that you've arrived, we may give away your time slot to someone else!
  7. A green room will be available for you to relax and go over your talk one last time. See the Speaker Chair for details.
  8. If you want to test out your equipment with our AV setup, we intend to have some soundcheck opportunities. The confirmed times are:
    • Friday, October 2, 8:30-8:45am, room E150-151
    • Friday, October 2, 5:30-6:00pm, room D142
    • Saturday, October 3, 8:15-8:30am, room E150
  9. All talk slots are 50 minutes in length. You should allow time for people to ask questions. Please be prompt in finishing so that the next speaker can set up. Arrive at least 5 minutes before your speaking time so that you can settle in and make sure everything is working.

Thanks! We are aiming to have the best quality conference and we know you are, too.

This page may change at any time. The Ohio LinuxFest reserves the right to cancel any talk at any time for any reason.