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Call for Lightning Talks


Not quite as fast as lightning, but these talks are designed to be quick—five-minutes to be exact. Inspire Esri’s user community with a lightning talk about your awesomely imaginative idea using GIS. 

DATE AND LOCATION
Monday, July 8, 2019 | 5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
San Diego Convention Center | Ballroom 20 D

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 (1200 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, Prezi, or Reveal slides. 

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

Questions to be answered

Submission guidelines

Frequently asked questions

How long should my presentation be?

Presentations must be five minutes or less. 

How are abstracts chosen?

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

The lightning talks are accepted on a rolling basis and will continue to be accepted until all slots are filled. There are limited slots available, so please get your submissions in as soon as possible.

What is provided to presenters before and during the conference?

Presenters will be provided with some 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. 

Am I allowed to promote my product?

No. Product promotion is not allowed. All papers and presentations must be noncommercial. At no time is it permissible for presenters to use their time slot to advertise or promote a product, service, or company.

Who can submit for a lightning talk?

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

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