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Crafting Conference Abstracts


Learn about developing a talk abstract for technical conference.

Estimated Total Effort

1.5 Hours

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What You'll Learn

This course will enable you to build and refine your session title and abstract for a talk session at a technical conference.

You will build a strong session title and abstract with technical depth and a strong point of view. You will also develop a clearer understanding of who your audience is.


Wanting to give a technical talk at a conference!

Course Details


1.5 Hours

Duration: 2 Chapters

Each chapter requires approximately 35 minutes to complete

Up to 60 days to complete from day of registration

Video Lectures

1 Hour

Labs & Quizzes

10 Minutes

What is the cost of an online course?

MongoDB University courses are completely free.

What do I need to take a course?

You will need access to a computer with: Operating System: Mac OS X 10.7+ 64-bit, Ubuntu 14.04+ 64-bit, or Windows 8+ (64-bit) Web Browser: Firefox 39.0+ or Chrome 43+ (Internet Explorer is currently not supported)

Do I need to be available during a certain hour of the day to watch course videos?

No. The course is self-paced and will be broken down into short pre-recorded video segments with periodic assessments to check on your progress.

What do I receive for taking this course?

You will receive a final grade but the grade won't be on your proof of completion. To receive a proof of completion, you will need to achieve 65% on graded material. There are three different types of assessments within the course: quizzes, labs, and a final exam. Quizzes don't count toward your grade but will help you check your understanding. The labs will comprise one half of your grade and the final exam/project one half of your grade. Unfortunately, due to a large number of students and in the interest of fairness, late assignments cannot be accepted.

Will I be able to get help?

For any questions about the material or our training programs, you can contact our team directly at

Receiving a Proof of Completion

Your grade for the course will depend on your performance on labs and a final exam. You will receive a proof of completion if you achieve a grade of 65% or better.

Course Agenda

Chapter 1: Create Your Session Title & Abstract

Chapter 2: Structure Your Talk


Web Browser: Firefox 60.0+ or Chrome 70+

Operating System: Mac OS X 10.7+ 64-bit, Ubuntu 14.04+ 64-bit, or Windows 8+ (64-bit)


Greg Steinbruner

Greg Steinbruner

MongoDB Course Instructor

Greg Steinbruner has worked at MongoDB for several years, focusing on public speaking and conference preparation. Before joining MongoDB, Greg taught acting at NYU.


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