SREcon21 Instructions for Presenters

Welcome to all SREcon21 speakers!


If you have questions, please contact or your Program Co-Chairs, Daria Barteneva, Frances Rees, Heidi Waterhouse, and Vanessa Yiu, at

Important Dates

  • Program materials (descriptions, bios, etc.) due from speakers: Tuesday, August 10, 2021
  • Consent form signature deadline: Monday, September 13, 2021
  • Presentation videos and slides due from speakers: Monday, September 13, 2021 Monday, September 20, 2021, 11:59 pm UTC
    • If changes are needed, you will be notified as soon as possible and will need to submit your changes within one week from that date.

To-Do List

  1. Submit your Updated Program Materials.
    Edit your accepted submission(s) in the SREcon21 HotCRP submission site, and fill out the new fields for public posting: talk title, talk abstract, speaker name, speaker affiliation, speaker bio, and headshot. Your changes will appear on the SREcon21 program page.
  2. Sign your Consent to Publish form.
    USENIX requires a signed consent form from all presenters, which allows us to publish the slides and/or video of your talk. USENIX makes these freely available to the public as part of our commitment to open access. Please review and e-sign the SREcon21 Consent Form for Talks and Panels. If your company requires that you sign its speaker release form instead, please send the completed version to
  3. Register for the conference.
    The USENIX Conference Department will contact you with instructions for registering online.
  4. Read the USENIX Event Code of Conduct and USENIX Event Guidelines for Speakers.
    Please ensure your talk follows the guidelines outlined in the USENIX Code of Conduct.
  5. Prepare and Submit Your Presentation Videos and Slides.
    For our virtual events, you are required to record a video of your talk that integrates your slides with footage of you speaking. Your video and slide deck are due via our Box upload link by Monday, September 20, 2021. This video will be played live for you by the USENIX staff during the conference at your designated time slot in the program.

Use of Images, Audio, and Video in Your Materials

It is very important that you secure permission to use copyright-protected materials in your slide deck, video, or other materials used at a conference or submitted for publication. Even when an item has a Creative Commons license, you must read and comply with the terms of the license.

USENIX receives copyright infringement notices from time to time, resulting from authors or speakers using copyright-protected materials without proper licensing or attribution. When this happens, we have to unpublish the work in question until/unless the issue is resolved. Licensing fees may be incurred, even when the work is unpublished, and USENIX will bill the author or speaker for any costs incurred. When possible, USENIX will refer the complainant directly to the author or speaker, who will be solely responsible for resolving the complaint.

Slides Specifications

  • Aspect ratio: 16:9
  • Leave sufficient space in the top-right corner for the speaker inset showing you presenting your talk.
  • Introduction slide that clearly lists the title of your talk and your name.
  • Closing slide to thank your audience and/or collaborators and to display your contact information should you wish to receive follow-up questions from attendees.
  • File format: PDF
  • File name: srecon21_slides_[speakerlastname].pdf (e.g. srecon21_slides_smith.pdf)

Video Specifications

  • Length: 12–15 minutes or 25–30 minutes, depending on the length of your talk proposal
    (Note: Q&A will occur in the virtual conference platform and will not affect the duration of your final talk recording.)
  • File format: H.264 MP4
  • Resolution: 1080p
  • Aspect ratio: 16:9
  • Max file size: 500MB
  • File name: srecon21_video_[speakerlastname].mp4 (e.g. srecon21_video_smith.mp4)
  • Clearly audible audio (headphones and headsets are permitted)
  • Fullscreen slides with a speaker inset, as shown here:
    Please ensure that your speaker inset does not cover any pertinent information on your slides.
  • Need help preparing your video? See our document, "USENIX Virtual Conferencing Video Instructions for Presenters," for step-by-step instructions, additional tips, and best practices.
  • Need a background to hide your messy office? Download one of USENIX video conference backgrounds.