Education Session Presenter Resources

​On-site Logistics for Education ​​Session Presenters

Action Items a​nd Due Dates 

  • January 16, 2019Login to the Speaker Portal, Review and sign the Speaker Agreement, update your profile information, and upload a bio and photo. *We cannot guarantee edits made after this date will be reflected in published materials.
  • March 4, 2019 – Review all content on the Speaker Toolkit section of the AIHce 2019 website (
  • March 17, 2019 – If attending the conference, register for AIHce to receive the Advance Rate
  • May 20, 21, and 22, 2019 – Education Session presentation dates

Additional, detailed information for speakers can be found on the conference website, 

If you have any questions or need assistance, contact Kathryn Christoe, Program Manager, Education.

On-site Requirements

You are highly encouraged to check into the Speaker Ready Room (102A in the Minneapolis Convention Center) at least (1) hour prior to the start of your session.

You can use the Speaker Ready Room, which is staffed by audiovisual (AV) technicians and equipped with editing stations, to practice and tweak your presentations, review speaker biographies, and ensure the latest version of your PPT is loaded to the Presentation Management System.  

Speaker Ready Room Hours:

  • Friday, May 17: 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, May 18: 7:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, May 19: 7:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
  • Monday, May 20: 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, May 21: 7:00 a.m. - 5:15 p.m.
  • Wednesday, May 22: 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, May 23: 7:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Presentation Central Upload​​ing

You are REQUIRED to upload electronic copies of your presentation(s) to AIHA’s Presentation Management System. You can choose to upload prior to getting on-site (instructions were sent​ by AIHA staff on April 11th) or upload in the Speaker Ready Room on-site at the Convention Center. AIHA will provide computers in session rooms, upon which the relevant presentation(s) will already be loaded. You may not bring a personal computer as a way to avoid the upload requirement. Edits and updates can be made to the presentation until one (1) hour prior to the session start time.

AIHA recommends PowerPoint (PPT) for all presentations. Adobe Acrobat (PDF) and HTML files may also be used. Please be sure to use the AIHce 2019 PowerPoint Template when creating your presentation. Our PowerPoint template is set to 16:9 ratio. If you choose to use your own template, please ensure that it is set to this format. Be advised that if you use any other format, it will not fit the screens in our session rooms. 

NEW - Presenter View

New for 2019, AIHA will set the computers in each room to presenter view, which lets you view your presentation and notes on one computer, while the audience views the notes-free presentation on a different monitor. Speakers’ notes are shown in large, clear type so that you can use them as a script for your presentation. For more details on this feature, including an image of what this format looks like, please see the Microsoft Office Support Page​.

Session Room Set-up and Equipment

All session rooms will be provided with a standard room set that includes:

  • Laptop (set in Presenter Mode for viewing/reading notes)
  • Projector
  • Screen (sized appropriately for the room)
  • 2 wireless mics
  • 1 podium mic
  • 1 audience mic on a stand
  • 1 wireless slide advancer (for the computer provided by AV)

We cannot provide any additional materials or equipment. No exceptions will be made. 

Note: there will NOT be a head table in session rooms as in a traditional lay-out. Instead, there will be a cocktail round with three (3) chairs for presenters. This set encourages presenters to be more interactive with each other and the audience.

You are required to use the computers provided on-site by AIHA. These are Windows-based PCs equipped with Microsoft PowerPoint (Office 2010) and the latest versions of Adobe Acrobat Reader, Windows Media Player, and Quick Time for Windows. Other presentation programs will not be available.

PowerPoint files created on a Macintosh computer will open successfully on a PC/AIHce-supplied computer. However, it is recommended that you test your files in the Speaker Ready Room prior to your session to ensure the proper display of fonts, equations, pictures, and videos. Workstations, projectors, and technical staff will be available to assist.

All other audiovisual needs (including flipcharts, etc.) will be at the presenter’s expense and must be indicated below. Presenters must arrange and pay for these services with AIHce EXP’s exclusive audiovisual provider.  To place an order for addtional audiovisual, please download the order form​​.

Presentation Best Practices

Any links to outside websites, such as for audio and video files, should be embedded into the PPT presentations​. While wireless Internet will be available, we do not recommend relying on it for any portion of your presentation. Presentation rooms will NOT be hardwired with Internet. If you have video or audio files we recommend bringing back-up of the files on a flash drive, as well as embedding into the PPT file. DO NOT simply link to videos, such as on YouTube or other websites, as we cannot guarantee the Internet connection.

Please see the AV staff in the on-site Speaker Ready Room to review and test your presentation(s). The computers will be the same as those in the session rooms, and the technicians can provide advice and assistance.

Minneapolis Convention Center Rules & Regulations

Convention center staff are responsible for the setup, change, and breakdown of all activities. 

Room sets (head tables, chairs, AV, etc.) and capacities are approved in advance by the facility and the Minneapolis Fire Marshal. Room sets, once approved, must remain as indicated on approved floor plans or AIHA will incur change fees. Speakers and moderators agree they will not move any items (other than those brought by the speakers into the rooms) pre-set by the facility or AIHA.

Audiovisual equipment must be provided by AIHA’s exclusive provider, Freeman Audiovisual. Requests for AV other than that outlined to presenters in advance by AIHA must be paid for by the speaker to AIHA before equipment will be provided. Speakers may not provide audiovisual equipment of any kind in their session rooms, including handheld polling devices.

Speakers may hand carry handouts or other materials for distribution during a session (except any type of AV). No carts or dollies are permitted. If you require a cart, dolly, luggage carrier, or hand truck to carry your materials, please contact AIHA. 

If you think you will need accommodations to any of the above listed items – for any part of your session – please let AIHA staff know immediately. We are happy to work with you on a solution that will ensure success of your session AND compliance with our contract with the MCC. 

Please note: requests received after April 12 will not be accommodated.

Education Session Moderators 

If you are a session moderator, please review/download the on-site duties for your position:

If you have any questions regarding the on-site responsibilities of the session moderators, please contact Kathryn Christoe​.​

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