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Call for Lightning Talks

Great ideas begin with a spark. Inspire Esri’s user community with a presentation about your imaginative idea using GIS.

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Eligibility and requirements

All submissions must be in English and include the following:

  • Speaker name—For partner or distributor submissions, the end customer must be the speaker.
  • Presentation title (80 characters or fewer, including spaces)
  • Company name
  • Complete address, phone, and email information
  • Abstract (600 characters or fewer, including spaces)—Do not include information in your abstract that will not be in your Lightning Talk. This will be your published description.
  • Keyword set (list of 3–5 keywords)

The information you enter will be published on the website and agenda. Eliminate bullet points and numbering. Avoid using words in all capital letters. All Lightning Talks must be noncommercial. At no time is it permissible for speakers to use their time slot to advertise or promote a product, service, or company.

You will need an Esri account to access the submission form and submit your abstract. If you do not have an Esri account, you can create a free account.

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Abstract topics

This year we are specifically interested in the following topics.


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Frequently asked questions

Your talk should be no more than five minutes.

Our committee will evaluate each abstract and make selections based on topic, content, and time availability. All those who submit abstracts will be notified after the selection process.

Speakers will be provided with presentation information as well as their time slot and instructions. During the event, Esri staff will help facilitate the session with you and the other speakers.

Any member of the Esri user community can submit an abstract.

No, product promotion is prohibited. While we understand you have products and services to sell, we would like these sessions to be inspiring, informative, and educational rather than a series of exhibit booth sales demonstrations.

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