Timing your demo for DEMO
For most of you, the experience on stage at DEMOfall 2010 will be new. One of the most important things to know is that when you are on stage, there will be two large timers positioned on top of the monitors located just in front of the stage. Not only will you be able to see what is on the big screens without looking over your shoulder, you'll see the countdown timers too. The count usually begins after the music dies down and it starts at 6:00 and counts down from there to 0:00. While you are rehearsing your demo for DEMOfall 2010, you might find it easy to use an on-line countdown timer. You can use a free one here: http://www.online-stopwatch.com/full-screen-stopwatch/
I always recommend that your practice sessions have about 30 seconds remaining on the clock. The reason for this is if anything goes wrong or anything takes a little extra time on stage under the bright lights, you'll need those 30 seconds to recover. You do not want to run over on your time if you want to be considered for an award. And, there have been times in the past when the mic is shut off and the music is turned up because the demo has run way over. Please don't let this happen to you.
I look forward to seeing you at DEMO in a few weeks.