Heralds are the main spokesperson and speaker liaison before and during a lecture. Their primary function is to make sure the speaker is introduced, well equipped and speaks no longer than his or her allotted time.
Can I be a Herald Angel?
- Can you create a one minute introduction of speaker and session, and speak it freely?
- Do you feel comfortable doing this on the stage in front of a lot of hackers?
- Would you be able to moderate a Q&A session at the end if the speaker asks you to do that?
- Can you be on time?
- Do you speak English (ideally fluently)?
If you answered "yes" to all these questions, then we'd love to have you as a Herald!
How to Become a Herald
Herald Angels are not automatically enabled, since a special skill and orientation are involved. Herald Angels and those wishing to be Herald Angels meet during the regular Angel Meetings in the Heaven. We have a short orientation after each meeting for new Herald Angels.
Heralds need to attend an orientation and have their Engelsystem account authorized to sign up for Herald shifts. To do this, attend a meeting or get in touch with one of the Herald Archangels. One of them will be present during every regular angel meeting. You'll get a short briefing of what to do, but you should get the idea from this page as well, so read it! ;-)
For the past few events, we established a low-traffic mailing list for the heralds of the CCC events. You should sign up here to get the latest news and announcements from your fellow arch angels. :) You can put your own questions and remarks there too if you want.
The Herald is typically seen as the person who announces the speaker at the beginning of a talk/lecture/... (see Schedule). That is just the easy part of the job! Being a Herald Angel involves the following:
- Being familiar with your Speaker and their topic, enough to give a good introduction.
- Being in the room at least 15 minutes prior to your shift and making sure your speaker and all needed fellow angels are in the room.
- Making the speaker feel comfortable and taking care of any special needs.
- Being the first to react and take care of any problem.
- Watching the room and making sure the event/talk runs smoothly.
- Ensuring the speaker ends on time!
Herald Angel Briefing
- EMERGENCY/NOTRUF (112) : Medical Emergency
- SECURITY (110): Security Issues
- Speakers Room (1020): Call in case your speaker is not present!
- Heaven (1023 OR 115): Call in case your fellow Angels (Video/Audio/Raum) are not present.
- Info desk INFO (1111): Call if there is a conflict with the schedule or an attendee has a question you cannot answer.
- Have your:
- Announcements sheet (obtain from the Herald Archangels if any)
- Brief speaker introduction (make yourself familiar with your Speaker and the topic in advance!)
- Timekeeping Device
- Know the proper room and show up 15 minutes prior to the session. Identify the working Herald Angel. (Room changes happen, be prepared!)
- DECT phone handy
Before your Speaker Begins
- Make sure your speaker is in the room. If they are not, go through the call list above.
- Introduce yourself to the next Speaker. Go through the following info and questions:
- How do you properly pronounce your name?
- How would you like to be introduced?
- Do you need a special (something to) VGA adapter?
- Do you need an Audio Out for your presentation?
- How much time will you have for Q&A?
- Work out a system for notifying the speaker how much time is left. (Hand signals for 10, 5, 1, and 0 minutes left or use available cards. Make sure the speaker knows to acknowledge you with a nod of the head or other gesture so they realize how much time is left.)
- Would you like water?
- Make sure the speaker knows to repeat all questions into the microphone.
- Be sure the previous speaker, if any, ends on time.
- If there is no Herald Angel in the room, politely inform the current speaker when their time runs out. (Note: This is normally the job of the Herald Angel who introduced the speaker, but sometimes you will have to do it.)
- Ask the previous speaker to clear the stage, along with the group who has questions for them to move out of the conference room.
- Work to set up the current speaker
- Always have them connect their video first. If there is a problem, notify the Audio and Video Angels immediately.
- If there will be audio from the speaker's laptop, have the audio angel work with the speaker to set the proper laptop audio level.
- Point out places of interest to your speaker (flow controller, cameras, question mics etc...)
- Inform the Audio and Visual angels of how the talk will be handled.
- If there is a Q&A session, be sure to make sure the microphones in the audience will be turned on.
- Fill up all available seats in the room if there is an over capacity crowd
- Make any announcements prior to introducing the speaker.
- Sometimes there are changes to the schedule to announce
- Remind people to remove their trash with them, at the end of the session
- Remind people to ask questions into the microphone, since they are being broadcasted and recorded
- Introduce the speaker
- This can be as simple as, "(Speaker) will now talk about (Topic). Let's give (Him or Her) a warm round of applause!"
- Kill time if the speaker needs more time to set up
- Ask how people are enjoying the congress
During Your Speaker's Talk
- Check that the entrances/emergency exits are not blocked. Please walk around the room and ask people in front of exits and aisles to clear out. If attendees start piling up inside, ask them to find and take available seats
- There are NO SAVED SEATS once a talk begins. Fill all available seats.
- If the room is too crowded, ask attendees to go outside and watch the video stream.
- 'If you are unable to enforce emergency exit routes or other security requirements, please call 110 from your DECT'
- Be ready with a microphone or microphone stands to make sure the audience can ask questions into a microphone. (This is especially important for those watching a stream!)
- Try to have a 'personal' Microphone, which you can mute/unmute immediately without help from your Audioangel, so you can interfere in any possible situation.
- If your room is quiet/taken care of, try to sit in a place where ypu have a good view over your room and are seen by the speaker. If you find this spot before the talk, point it out to the speaker.
- Notify the speaker of how much time is left with the pre-agreed signals. Make sure they acknowledge your signals.
- Unless there is no talk following, allow ABSOLUTE maximum of 5min over time if necessary. Do everything within your power to allow speaker(s) to gracefully end their session.
- If necessary, take the mic during Q&A and say "three more questions" or "one more question"
When Your Speaker is Finished
- Take the stage and thank the Speaker Publicly. Ask for a Round of Applause.
- Remind the audience of any announcements
- Mention the next upcoming talk
- Ask the audience to please remove any trash with them as they leave
- Ask the previous speaker to clear the stage, along with the group who has questions for them to head to a breakout room.
- Stick around, fix problems if any, including setting up the next speaker if no Herald Angel is present.