Our Essential Guide for #rfringe13 Speakers

If you have indicated that you would be happy to give a talk or presentation at Repository Fringe and we’ve said yes then  you may be wondering what our set up is, what presentation formats are supported etc. This post should run you through all of the details.

For All Speakers 

Our main rooms have lectern mics and we also have a company in videoing Repository Fringe talks so they will also ensure that you can be heard/recorded. Our projectors take VGA inputs so please bring an adapter if you need one (we will also have several adapters to hand to try to cover most set ups).

Image of a VGA cable

This is what a VGA cable looks like!
(VGA by Flickr User Phil Hawksworth)

We would really love to be able to either upload or link to your slides wherever this is possible. If you have any concerns or restrictions around your slides being shared please do let us know. If you have already uploaded them somewhere then just let us know the URL and we’ll happily point to it.

Pecha Kuchas

You have probably come across Pecha Kuchas before now, they are basically 20 slides for 20 seconds each. Typically those slides have few, if any, text on them and the slides transition automatically. It’s a fun format and perfect for a quick pitch of an idea or project

You will need to provide a presentation with 20 slides for 20 seconds each. Acceptable formats include:

Other formats – Google Presentation, PDFs, etc. – are also fine as long as you can devise some sort of clever manual 20 second alarm (we hear comedians at the Fringe all own vibrating watches for this very purpose!).

For more information on the format see also the OR2012 Pecha Kucha page.

A Pecha Kucha – featuring Dr Brian Cox as an entity – underway at the 2011 Repository Fringe.

Short Presentations (10 mins + Q&A)

Slides or presentation materials of any type are fine for these sessions. We would, however, prefer to receive your presentations (via repofringe@gmail.com) a couple of days in advance so that we can ensure they work with out set up, and so that we can cue up several at a time.

Longer Presentations

Again slides or presentation materials of any type are fine for these sessions. Please let us know if you need a particularly unusual set up (e.g. live use of Skype, Google+ or similar; 3D videos; etc) so that we can ensure all will be well. If you can send us your presentation ahead of time we would really appreciate that.


OK, sadly we don’t have the kind of budget to furnish our speakers with special “r0iders”. We can’t provide you with a room full of freshly bathed puppies; or goldfish bowls full of only yellow peanut M&Ms; or fridges full of 8 types of obscure imported mineral waters…

Image of special M&Ms printed with the "pi" symbol

Custom M&Ms will *not* be provided for speakers at Repository Fringe!
(Pi Day by Flickr user amitp / Amit Patel).

However, if there is anything that we can do to make your presenting experience that wee bit easier or more pleasant, whether more information on the set up, or some special bit of kit, or a guide to accessible routes to the venue, or whatever… just let us know!

We are really looking forward to seeing your presentations in a few weeks time!

– Nicola and the Repository Fringe 2013 Team




I am Digital Education Manager and Service Manager at EDINA, a role I share with my colleague Lorna Campbell. I was previously Social Media Officer for EDINA working across all projects and services. I am interested in the opportunities within teaching and learning for film, video, sound and all forms of multimedia, as well as social media, crowdsourcing and related new technologies.

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