Chicago Camps

Speaker Camp Atlanta

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Big Nerd Ranch – Atlanta


Speaker Camp helps you get ready to present at conferences. Spend your Saturday with us and get prepared to get on stage and show your smarts!

You don’t need to picture people in their underwear to get up on stage and share what you know. You do, however, need to have a compelling idea along with a well-written abstract and a well-structured, well-prepared presentation in order to give the talk you–and your audience–deserve.

You’ve Got A Lot To Say. People Deserve to Hear It.

Show up with 5 minutes of a presentation and learn from seasoned professionals who have seen their fair share of stages. We’ll provide you with a safe, welcoming environment and help you by providing valuable and actionable feedback that will help you level-up your presentation game.

We can help with that. Come learn with us!

Staff & Mentors


Russ Unger

Russ Unger
User Experience Designer & Researcher, Author, & Speaker

Russ Unger is an Experience Design Director in Chicago where he leads teams and projects in design and research. He is co-author of the book “A Project Guide to UX Design,” “Designing the Conversation,” and the forthcoming Speaker Camp for Peachpit Press (Voices That Matter). Russ is also working on a book on guerrilla design and research methods that is due out well, sometime.

Russ is also co-founder of Chicago Camps, which hosts low-cost, high-value technology events in the Chicago area, and he is also on the Advisory Board for the Department of Web Design and Development at Harrington College of Design. Russ has 2 daughters who both draw better than he does and are currently beginning to surpass his limited abilities in coding.

For more, keep up with Russ at or on Twitter as @russu.


Schedule & Curriculum

We’ve pulled together a great schedule for Speaker Camp, which includes brainstorming your ideas, understanding abstract structure and format, crafting your abstract, and much, much more!

Registration & Morning Beverages
  • Brainstorming Your Big Idea
  • How to Write Your Bio
  • How to Write Your Proposal & Abstract
  • Critique Proposals & Abstracts
Presentation Tips & Techniques
Trial by Fire
Presentations & Critique


Big Nerd Ranch Atlanta

Big Nerd Ranch

About Big Nerd Ranch

When Big Nerd Ranch began, they taught programming languages, and did it very well. But despite what you may have heard in grammar school, teachers don’t know everything. So they never stopped learning. Their instructors became consultants and authors (with enough books to fill the Big Nerd library and the Amazon best-sellers list).

Check out Big Nerd Ranch.

Where to Stay?

Coming from out of town? There are a lot of hotels in the surrounding area that may work well for you and we have already done the searching for you!

Chicago Sponsors Camps

  • Rosenfeld Media
  • Simplecast
  • Lead Honestly
  • Columbia College Chciago

Code of Conduct

All attendees, speakers, sponsors and volunteers at our conference are required to agree with the following code of conduct. Organizers will enforce this code throughout the event. We are expecting cooperation from all participants to help ensuring a safe environment for everybody.

The Short Version
Full Version

Our conference is dedicated to providing a harassment-free conference experience for everyone, regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, age, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, ethnicity, religion (or lack thereof), or technology choices. We do not tolerate harassment of conference participants in any form. Sexual language and imagery is not appropriate for any conference venue, including talks, workshops, parties, Twitter and other online media. Conference participants violating these rules may be sanctioned or expelled from the conference without a refund at the discretion of the conference organizers.