Lightning Talks Guidelines

(Adapted from Mark Fowler’s PERL article 7/30/04)
http://www.perl.com/pub/2004/07/30/lightningtalk.html

Purpose

  • Offers an opportunity for speakers to present exciting ideas and programs that do not require the length of a longer talk
  • Offers a variety of topics to a large audience without them having to change locations

Description

  • Talks should be energetic, exciting, challenging
  • The entire session will consist of no more than 5 lightning talks
  • Talks last no more than seven minutes each

Parameters

  • No more than 20 presentation slides
  • Moderator will notify speaker at specific time intervals and end session promptly after seven minutes
  • Question/Answer period, if any, must occur within the seven-minute time limit

Tips

  • Make the point and explain it quickly (though do not rush)
  • Always keep your rapport with your audience, not the computer
  • Don’t get caught up in background info (no more than one minute)
  • Only include details if they are necessary and fit within the overall scope for such a short presentation
  • Slides should show things to the audience, not help presenter remember what to talk about
  • Provide contact info on bottom of every slide (or on a handout)
  • Practice, practice, practice to fit it into seven minutes

Preparation

  • Send PowerPoint, PDF and/or other presentation materials to lightning2014@loexconference.org by May 5, 2014
  • Meet with the Lightning Talk coordinator during registration at conference to test and verify PowerPoint, web links, etc, prior to your talk
  • Give handouts (if any) to moderator prior to presentation

If Any Problems...

  • Someone from LOEX will be ready to assist, but in the main if something unexpected happens, just keep talking and move on

Conclusion

  • Encourage audience to talk with you later individually during conference
  • Remember – you have seven minutes total – that’s it!