With just under four months to go until QED 2016, we’re thrilled to announce that SkeptiCamp will be returning to Manchester for the third year running. Last year’s pre-QED SkeptiCamp was an enormous success, and this year we’re aiming to make the event the best yet!
What Is SkeptiCamp?
A SkeptiCamp is a free conference that celebrates the incredible work done by grassroots skeptics and activists.
At SkeptiCamp, it’s the attendees who are responsible for the creation and delivery of the days content, and anyone is welcome to present a talk. You don’t need to be a published author, famous podcaster or professional communicator to get involved. SkeptiCamp is about providing an open and accessible platform for all members of the skeptical community to share their ideas, collaborate and discuss the topics they’re passionate about.
Here’s How It Works
If you’d like to present a talk, you’ll need to register ahead of time by clicking the link at the bottom of this page. As talks come in we’ll put together a schedule, which will be published here in the lead up to the event.
Each speaker will be allocated a fifteen-minute time slot – ten minutes to present and five minutes for questions from the audience. As with last year, we’re adopting the Ignite presentation model of “lightning talks” – presentations will be capped at ten minutes, and each slide in your presentation will be set to automatically advance after 20 seconds (you’ll need to submit your presentation roughly a week prior to the event so we can get it configured).
Ideally your talk should focus on skeptical activism, an issue that’s relevant to the community or a project that you’d like to raise awareness about.
If you’re not up for getting up on stage, there’s no pressure! The audience is as crucial a part of SkeptiCamp as the speakers – just come along prepared to listen, to be challenged and to meet new friends.
When & Where
SkeptiCamp will take place on Friday, October 14th at Mercure Piccadilly Hotel in Manchester. We will begin mid-morning, so there’s plenty of time to travel to the event. We’ll take a break in the middle of the day for lunch, and then continue through to late afternoon, giving you just enough time to change into your dancing shoes before the Friday evening mixer.
Tickets & Pricing
Thanks to the generous support of the QED organisers, SkeptiCamp Manchester will be free for everyone to attend, regardless of whether you’re planning to attend QED. There’s no need to book a ticket – you’re free to wander in and out of the event throughout the day.
To register your talk, click the button below to be taken to our registration page. We’ll be announcing more details about the event in the lead up to QED.
We look forward to seeing you at SkeptiCamp Manchester in October!