At OMGcon, a panel is considered to be a minimum 50 minute presentation on a specific topic, with a 5 minute set up/tear down time at the beginning and end of the panel hour.
At least half of the 50 minutes must contain a structure of some sort, guided by the panelist. This could include a power point presentation, question and answer session, or other informative content. Group discussions with no structure are not considered panels, so attendees are encouraged to take advantage of the attendee lounge or other common areas for fandom meet ups.
While certainly not necessarily experts, panelists are expected to be knowledgeable about their topic. In return for your hard work, OMGcon rewards panelists working at least 3 hours of programming with free three-day badges as explained in our Comped Badge Policy below.
OMGcon reserves the right to refuse any prospective panel based on content, panelist capabilities, or past panel experiences at OMGcon. Simply submitting an application does not guarantee a panel at OMGcon 2016.
Specifically, there are often many duplicate panel ideas. In case of duplicate content in two accepted applications, OMGcon will contact both panelists and either (1) ask for the panels to be combined or (2) for each panel to cover a specific section of the topic so that they do not overlap. In case this is not possible, the panel with the most clear, well explained content will be chosen by the Programming Department.