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Call for Lightning Talks

Although not quite as fast as lightning, these talks are designed to be quick—five minutes or less, to be exact. Inspire Esri's user community with a short Lightning Talk about your imaginative idea using GIS.

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Eligibility and requirements

Lightning Talks are open to any member of the Esri user community. Space is limited, so send us your best work. All submissions must include the following:

  • Author/presenter name(s)
  • Presentation title (10 words or less)
  • Company name
  • Complete address, phone, and email information
  • Brief presenter biography (25 words or fewer)
  • Abstract (1,200 characters or fewer, including spaces): Do not include information in your abstract that will not be in your presentation.
  • Keyword set (list only 3–5 keywords): Keywords are used to organize presentations into appropriate sessions, so choose words that clearly describe the main ideas of your work.
  • Please send a unique, fun fact about yourself that we can share with the audience when you are introduced.
  • You must submit your slides with your submission for review. This can include PowerPoint, Keynote, or Reveal slides.

The information you enter will be published on the website and the agenda. Avoid using bullets or numbering in your abstract description as they will cause formatting issues. Presentations will need to be in English. Keep in mind that Lightning Talks are not sales demonstrations or infomercials for your products and services. Your talk should be informative and educational. This is an opportunity to share your work and ideas with the goal of providing useful takeaways for the audience.

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Abstract topics

This year, we are particularly interested in the following topics:


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Frequently asked questions

Am I allowed to promote my product?

No. Product promotion is not allowed. All papers and presentations must be noncommercial. While we understand you have products and services to sell, these sessions should be inspiring, informative, and educational rather than a series of exhibit booth sales demos.

How are abstracts chosen?

Our committee will evaluate your abstract and slides. We will make selections based on topic and content. All authors will be notified after the selection process.

Lightning Talk submissions are due Tuesday, May 31.

What is provided to presenters before and during the conference?

Presenters will be provided with necessary presentation information as well as their presentation time slot and instructions. During the conference, Esri staff will help facilitate the session with you and the other presenters.

How long should my presentation be?

Lightning Talks must be five minutes or less.

Who can submit a Lightning Talk?

Lightning Talks are open to any member of the Esri user community.

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