TBI Festival Speaker FAQ 2023

When and where is the conference?

Date: Saturday 14th October 2023
Time: 8:15AM – 6.00PM (sessions run from 9am-5pm)
Venue: CodeNode, 10 South Pl, London, EC2M 7EB, United Kingdom
Venue Contact Number: +44 (0) 207 183 9040 

How do I get to the venue?

Via tube/train: The nearest underground stations are Moorgate and Liverpool Street stations. Both stations are on the Circle, Metropolitan and Hammersmith & City lines. Moorgate is also on the Northern Line, and Liverpool Street on the Central line. 

In addition, Liverpool Street station is a major overland train station connecting CodeNode directly with the outer London regions and rest of the UK.

To reach CodeNode from Moorgate Station, exit Moorgate Station, turn right onto Moorgate, turn right again onto South Place. Walk down on South Place until you reach number 10 on your right.

Via bicycle: For cyclists there is a Santander Cycles Hire docking station just outside our venue on South Place.

Via car: If you want to commute by car to CodeNode, NCP Finsbury Square offers an ideal parking spot. Located beneath the lawn bowls green, you’re only a short walk from CodeNode, Moorgate and Old Street. CodeNode is also serviced by a large loading bay, should you require deliveries or unloading. You can also check out Parkopedia for details of nearby parking.

What hotels are nearby?

South Place Hotel
The Bull and The Hide

Is there disability access at the venue?

The entrance to the venue is on ground level and there is a lift inside to access the lower ground floor. There are disabled toilets within the venue. We also reserve a couple of seats on the front row in each speaker room for anyone requiring this. The venue also allows guide dogs at the event.

Where will I be speaking?

The room that you are speaking in will get sent to you a month before the festival. You will also receive a calendar invite with your room and time allocation, as well as a ticket as if you were an attendee. This is just so we can scan your QR code on your ticket upon entry, allowing you to get into the event.

You can view the different rooms in the venue here.

What are the speaking slot details?

All speaking slots are 40 mins. That must include questions if you choose to take them. We recommend 25 – 30 mins of content, 10 -15 mins for questions and then 5 mins to wrap up and change to the next speaker. There will be an MC in the room to help you connect your laptop. There is a lapel mic in the room for you and a handheld mic for the MC and the Q&A. Your MC will introduce you and keep you on track for time with signs – 10, 5, 2 mins left and a stop sign. Please note that as soon as your talk ends, there will be another session in that room, unless it’s a break period.

Where do I check in?

For all talks please check in at least one hour before your talk at the registration desk. If you do not check in we may call you to ensure you are on your way.

Please pick up your badge at the speaker registration table upstairs. Please note that this is a different table from the attendee registration.

We have a staffroom in the Backspace room. This room can be used for speakers where you can prep, get any information you need for the talks and have lunch. It’s located in the back of CodeNode.

You can view this on the floor plan here – coming soon!

How should I format my presentation?

The format of your presentation is entirely up to you, you may use PDF, PowerPoint, live code or no visuals at all.

Should you choose to use a slide format, please be sure to include the DSF event cover slide (found in the media pack).

Will my session be recorded?

We will be recording the entirety of the event. These videos will be live on our site and YouTube channel.

Can I use my own laptop?

It is required that all speakers use their own laptop. If for any reason you are unable to do this, please let us know as soon as possible. Please also bring your laptop charger and any adaptors you may need.

Please note: to connect your laptops to the screen you will need a HDMI port. Please bring an adaptor if your computer does not have one, as well as a clicker if you need one.

Who will be attending the event?

There will be 600 people in total at the event. Each speaker room has a different capacity.

General Audience Experience Breakdown:

10% Student
10% C-Level Executives
50% Practising Data Scientists
30% Practising Data Engineers

Is this a single track event or will there be multiple tracks going on?

During all TBI events, there are a minimum of 4 topic tracks occurring throughout the event. We like to offer our attendees a variety of materials. We find this number of topics allows the audience to self-select the talks they attend and bring together attendees and speakers most interested in each topic.

Is this a vendor parade?

Absolutely NOT. Based on our mission statement “For the people, by the people” we strive to create an educational and networking-focused event.

What is the dress code?

There is no official dress code. Shirts and shoes are required at all times. 

Do I have to wear my badge?

All attendees, speakers, staff and sponsors are required to wear their conference badge at all times. You will be stopped by security if you are not wearing it.

Will refreshments and lunch be provided?

Please note, there will be no breakfast served at the venue.

Lunch: Lunch this year will be sponsored by Data Idols. There will be vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free options. It will be on the lower ground floor of CodeNode by the Space Bar. We will also reserve some food in the speaker room (CAPSLOCK), in case you find the main area is crowded. 

If you have any dietary requirements please let us know ahead of time so we can reserve you any specialty meals. Email this to maddie@datasciencefestival.com.

Drinks: Water is free and available at all times in the main networking area and in every session room. There will also be two coffee breaks, where free tea and coffee will be provided. Other drinks are available to purchase at the Spacebar, with alcohol available in the afternoon.

Is there WiFi?

Yes, there is free WiFi available.

Network: CodeNode
Password: EnterSpace

Can I charge my phone/laptop/tablet during the event?

Of course! All around the CodeNode building, there are outlets to charge your devices.

Is there any chance to network after the event?

Yes! Please join us from 17.00 – 18.00 PM at the Spacebar in CodeNode.

What tags shall I use for the event? 

Please mention us on any posts you make on Twitter @datasciencefest or LinkedIn @datasciencefestival and use the hashtag #twobeerideas

We will retweet and share what we can from all our speakers. It also allows people who can’t attend the opportunity to feel involved and contact you if they have questions.

What are the TBI Brand Guidelines?

TBI will provide a promotional material for the event. However, if you wish to create your own, please ensure you follow the DSF Brand Guidelines, which can be found here.

Media Pack

Please find the TBI Media Pack here. This will be updated in July, August and September 2023 as and when the final details are made live. The media pack includes the following:

– Schedule (added October 2023)
– Personalised speaker flyer
– Generic media banner
– Twitter banner
– Linkedin banner
– DSF logos
– DSF brand guidelines
– Cover holding slide

Any questions please email lizzie@datasciencefestival.com.

If you cannot make your talk time on the day for any reason please let us know as soon as you can via phone.