First of all...
Thank you for your interest in being a presenter or "remote" presenter at a Horizons Unlimited Event. Whether you've presented at HU events in the past or you're thinking about giving it a go for the first time, we're really looking forward to seeing your ideas.
We can't guarantee that you'll end up being included in the final event schedule, but we will confirm one way or the other as soon as we can. If your plans change in the meantime, please let us know.
Scheduling & Themes
The first presentations at many events begin on the Thursday afternoon, with a full schedule of sessions running right through until late Saturday night and sometimes Sunday morning.
HU Events are all about Inspiring, Informing and Connecting
overland adventure travellers! Where we have multiple presentation rooms, we try to organize presentations around these themes.
We'll have 40 minute and 90 minute sessions available for presentations, workshops, Q&As and demonstrations.
There is also a Pecha Kucha format, in which you have 20 slides each staying on screen for 20 seconds. It's a fast-paced and entertaining way to get your message across in 6 minutes and 40 seconds, especially suitable if you have a product or a book to sell! (watch examples)
The venues have varied facilities, but always separate presentation rooms for talks, and outside space for practical sessions.
Each room will have a PC laptop running Microsoft PowerPoint, and most will also have a PA system so you won't have to shout. If you use KeyNote, you'll need to bring your own Mac with you. Computer and AV equipment won't generally be available for outside sessions.
A Presentation Crew volunteer will be on hand to make sure you don't over-run and that all the electrickery works as it should. Some presentations may be filmed for use by Horizons Unlimited. Please let us know if you prefer not to be filmed.
Remote "Web Chat" Presentations
Including Skype-based presentations from travellers out on the road adds another exciting and interactive element to our events, so we're really looking forward to seeing your ideas.
Assuming your journey goes according to plan, consider where you're likely to be during the event, what time zone you'll be in, and whether you'll have a reasonably good Internet connection.
Think carefully about what you'd like to talk about (and be asked about) during a 20-30 minute Skype session and whether or not you'll have photos, video or PowerPoint-style slides we'll need to display for you at the same time.
Before you complete the form, please read the following carefully:
The form is quite long, with many options, and includes space for up to four different presentation ideas.
Be prepared to provide the following BEFORE starting the form:
- Presenter Profile: about you in no more than 50 words
- The two pieces of information that will appear on the event schedule if your idea is accepted:
- Presentation Title: prepare a snappy and interesting title that's no more than 40 characters long (including spaces)
- Presentation Summary: no more than 140 characters long (including spaces)
- Presentation Description: This description is what will be displayed on the event webpage, and is the "sales pitch" for your presentation! One to two paragraphs only please.
Give yourself plenty of time to think about what (and how) you'd like to present.
Then return to this page to complete the form.