Presenting at Pause

You are probably here because you wondering if you should attend or host a session at PauseOnError.

Here are a few things to get you started. First, if you are on the fence, we encourage you to jump in. This is a great opportunity to take some risks and be part of a special shared experience.

PauseOnError isn't like any other FileMaker conference or user group meeting. It began as a way for a group of seasoned FileMaker developers and consultants to take a break from our normal routine, hang-out and share our work, ideas, problems and projects with each other.

It has traditionally been free of mass marketing because we feel it is more important that people discover PauseOnError for themselves and in the process make a personal, informed decision to participate.

PauseOnError is free but we hope you are choosing to come because you feel invested in its philosophy, spirit and ideals.

  1. What kinds of sessions can I present/host?
  2. Do I have to put my session on the schedule?
  3. When can I start putting my session on the schedule?
  4. Where should I do my presentation?
  5. How long is each presentation slot?
  6. Can I stream/broadcast my presentation?
  7. How do I get help on my presentation?
  8. Any tips?

1. What kinds of session can I present/host?
  • Sessions can be about any topic or format you desire. The are no set rules. Formats that worked well in the past include discussions, loosely scripted presentations, code reviews, brainstorms, or creative 'lectures'. Some presenters use Pause as a dry run for (a more interactive version) of their DevCon sessions.
  • You may see that someone else is presenting on a similar topic. This is great! We want to hear many perspectives. You may however want to talk to that person and team up to share a session. For example, you could both do a quick overview of your point of view on the topics, then open the discussion to the room for comments.
  • Please only post 1 topic to the scheduled suites for now so that more folks have a chance to share content. Additional topics can be held wherever you'd like. We'll take another look as the event draws closer to see if we can accommodate a few people presenting more than one topic in the suites.

2. Do I have to put my session on the schedule?
  • No, but it sure makes life easier.

3. Where is the session schedule?
  • The sessions page is here. There are instructions on adding sessions available towards the bottom of that page.

4. Where should I do my session?
  • We'll have designated 4 or 5 big suites for sessions.
  • These suites can hold up to 25 people in each.
  • Sessions do NOT have to be held in these suites but they are available if you choose.
  • In the past, sessions have been hosted in people's rooms, public parks, bars, or in the hotel lobby as an impromptu gathering around a laptop.

5. How long is each session slot?
  • Experience suggests that sessions are best held under an hour (single slot) for most formats. Leave time for questions: some sessions are all questions.
  • As this is an unconference, you are welcome to be creative with time or place, but bear in mind that whatever structure is in place exists to help things go as smoothly as possible.

6. Can I broadcast my session?
  • Yes. You can do whatever you'd like, but do take a look at our thoughts on recording as it may influence your decision.

7. How do I get help on my session?
  • PauseOnError is an un-conference. That means, to the extent possible, this is a self-organizing effort. While the friendly folks on the Steering Committee are here to support you and provide gentle guidance, you (and your session guests) are ultimately responsible for the success of your own sessions.

8. Any tips?
  • Yes...
  • "show", don't "tell"
  • leave PowerPoint behind if possible
  • invite people to ‘think’ about a problem with you
  • avoid stuff you would do for DevCon
  • don’t wing it