Session and Presentation Guidelines
Technical presentations should be generic and educational in nature. For participants uncertain of the detailed implementation of this policy, examples of items permitted and prohibited from the Conference Technical Sessions are identified below.
1. Items Acceptable:
The following are examples of items that are considered acceptable at the Conference technical session:
- Author’s complete name, business affiliation, professional affiliation(s), business logo and/or mailing address on a title or introductory slide.
- Use of valid technical data to support a product without reference to a company’s trade name, specific name, location of facilities, etc.
- Photos or slides of in-service products or equipment related to the understanding of the presentation not identifying a specific product or company.
- Refusal to respond to a question or comment that is commercial in nature and that should be discussed outside the technical session. The presenter should also explain that it couldn’t be responded to because of its commercial nature.
- References to products and organizations that have no commercial significance to the presentation, offered for a more complete understanding of the subject (e.g., IBM compatible, Internet, OSHA, etc.)
- Non-technical trademark names that have become common over time and are often used as generic names (e.g. vice-grips, scotch tape, etc.)
- References to nationally or internationally recognized consensus standards organizations, government departments and regulations. (e.g., IEEE, NFPA, NEC, NEMA, UL, CSA, IEC, OSHA, etc.)
2. Items Prohibited:
The following are examples of items that are prohibited from the Conference Technical Session:
- Company or organization logos (except on title slide).
- Text or statements that include specific products or company references.
- Photos or slides that identify specific products or company references.
- Text or statements for the purpose of commercial gain or improved business position.
- Direct quotes from references that make commercial statements.
- Reference to or information on a company’s internet address or website.
- A response to a question or comment that is commercial in nature and that should be discussed outside of the technical session.
- The use of profanity.
- References or comments that could be considered disrespectful, inappropriate, off-color, or otherwise offensive and unprofessional.
A sample PowerPoint presentation template is available here.