TRAIN AI Speakers Portal

Thank you for your commitment at TRAIN AI. We are thrilled to have you join us in San Francisco in May. You will find all speaker related details on this portal.

Please be sure to check back often as we will be updating this page regularly.

Please contact:

Jessica Gulley-Ward

Project Coordinator, Kennedy Events


Important Dates

Friday, May 5, 2017

Presentation due

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Welcome Reception / 6:00pm-8:00pm, The Village

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

TRAIN AI / 8:00am, The Village
Speaker Technical Check / 8:15am – 8:45am, The Village
Cocktail Reception / 6:00pm, The Village

Check Your Information

For your convenience, we gathered your photo, title and affiliation from the internet. If you have not done so already, please check your information for accuracy, and email Jessica with any required changes. If you’d like to send a new photo, please ensure it is a jpeg at least 2 in. x 2 in. at 300 dpi.

Presentation Details

TRAIN AI provides an open-minded environment where experts in complementary fields can learn and formulate collaborative ideas. Please keep this in mind when preparing your presentation. Ideally, the talk should integrate your area of expertise and focus on making machine learning work in a human world and how AI is being applied to real business problems.

If you wish to preview your presentation on the show computer, please visit the tech table between 8:15am – 8:45am on Wednesday, May 17, 2017.

Audio/Visual Info

Each room will be supplied with a Mac computer hooked up to a projector. We will provide a slide advancer and a confidence monitor that displays current slide and presenter notes. We require that you send us your slideshow presentation no later than Monday, May 5th at 5pm PST. Please mark this date in your calendar.

When you send us your files in advance, we test it on our show computers and ensure the aspect ratio is correct, all fonts and images display correctly, and that any video plays smoothly. We can’t guarantee an error free presentation or troubleshoot ​problems if we haven’t received your file in advance.

Please send us your presentation as .pptx or Keynote file formatted for a 16:9 aspect ratio. Be sure to include all fonts used, and ensure any media files are embedded. (Read this for help on linked vs. embedded files & here’s a video on how to embed your fonts on PPT)

All embedded video files must be .mov, .mpeg, or .mp4. Do not use .wmv or any other file types. If you need to convert your files, we suggest you use VLC.

Please ZIP all your files and send via email or Google Drive to

There will be an opportunity for you to preview your presentation on the show computer on May 17. Those times will be posted when they are confirmed.

As a back-up, please bring your presentation on a flash drive. Be sure to bring a copy of all media files and fonts, even if they are embedded in your presentation. Let us know right away if you have additional A/V needs or questions.

Need a few tips on how to prepare your presentation? Here are a few:

– Use a font size of at least 30

– Do not use more than 3 font sizes per slide

– Use bullet points and keep it brief

– Use pictures

Need a little more guidance? Check out this great article by Guy Kawasaki about his 10/20/30 rule!

If you wish to preview your presentation on the show computer, please visit the tech table between 8:15am – 8:45am on Wednesday, May 17, 2017.

Arriving at the Venue

Please check in 30 minutes prior to your scheduled session to allow for enough time to have any last minute questions answered. When you arrive, please inform one of our registration volunteers you are a speaker, and they’ll direct you to the speaker green room.


TRAIN AI takes place at The Village located at 969 Market Street, San Francisco, CA. Need a place to crash? We recommend these nearby hotels:

Hotel Zetta

55 5th Street, San Francisco



55 Cyril Magnin Street, San Francisco


Hotel Zelos

12 4th Street, San Francisco



The Village is conveniently located between the Powell and Civic Center BART / Muni stations. San Francisco is eminently walkable and traffic can get bad, we strongly urge you to use public transportation.

If you plan to drive, paid parking is available at these nearby lots:

Fifth & Mission Parking Garage

833 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94103

(415) 982-8522

Priority Parking

486 Jessie Street, San Francisco, CA 94103

(415) 618-0775

If you plan to take a ride-share (ie. Lyft, Uber, etc), please note they are not allowed on Market Street. Please be prepared to walk a little.

Registering Guests

As a speaker, you are free to invite two guests to join you at Train AI free of charge. You may also share a 20% discount to your networks. Please contact Hannah Babinicz at if you need assistance with your codes.