300 Seconds in Portland
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Why 300 Seconds?
The under-representation of women at technology and digital conferences is a well-documented phenomenon. There are many reasons for it, but two of the most common we hear are that women lack confidence in speaking, and that conference organisers tend to ask those who’ve spoken at other events, meaning we often hear from the same people.
300 Seconds aims to tackle this on both fronts. We offer new speakers the opportunity to gain confidence and improve their speaking skills in a safe, supportive environment. At the same time, we help them to develop their public profile and digital profile. This helps to build a pipeline of speakers who event organizers can approach in future.
Standing up in front of an audience for half an hour can be daunting even for professional speakers. But five minutes – just 300 seconds – is the perfect amount of time to share a perspective, that’s achievable. 300 Seconds helps to bridge the gap between attending and speaking at events, by giving people a simple, achievable first step.
But 300 Seconds isn’t just for our speakers. By providing speaking opportunities to the full diversity of experiences and opinions in our industry, we can give audiences opportunities to learn more about the personal and professional passions and grow together.