Lightning Talks

Accepted Session
Long Form
Scheduled: Wednesday, June 2, 2010 from 10:00 – 11:45am in Burnside




Lightning Talks

Lightning talks are short, entertaining talks up to five minutes long. In contrast to sessions, there is no approval or review; rather, speakers are self-selected on a “who wants it most” basis.

Why should I give a lightning talk?

Lightning talks may be for you if:

  • your talk proposal got turned down
  • you left things to the last minute
  • you had a great idea on the plane
  • you had a great idea during the conference
  • you like to talk

Why should I listen to lightning talks?

See as many talks in a single session as you will at the entire conference.


Lightning talks will be held from 10:00 to 11:45 on Wednesday morning.

A signup sheet will be posted Tuesday at 5:45 PM in the hallway. Using two projectors, we should have time for at least 16 speakers, plus possible overflows. There’s no Q & A – save questions for the hallway track.

You don’t even need slides, though make them XXX by XXX if you do use them. Please come prepared to present using your laptop.


If you don’t get a chance to sign up, don’t despair – consider starting a BoF or unconference (Friday) session.

No shilling please; you are welcome to discuss how your company contributes to open source or similar topics, but this is not the space-time to advertise, recruit or jobhunt. Thanks.

For more information, see:

Speaking experience