Esri User Conference

June 27 – July 1, 2016 | San Diego Convention Center


Five lightning-fast minutes could change your career.

Monday, July 20, 4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Ballroom 20 D

When is the last time a five-minute presentation changed your way of thinking? All it takes for a great idea is a spark. Come see some of your peers share their own sparks that have turned into projects that incorporate the use of GIS. Do you have a great idea that has motivated you to use GIS technology in your projects that you would like to share? Inspire others to do the same imaginative thinking by sharing your own experience. Presenters are given five-minutes to share their awesomely imaginative ideas and concepts that have been or are in the midst of coming to fruition with the use of GIS.


  • Share one great idea — Tell a story, motivate, and of course, inspire.
  • Make it quick — Presentations must be five minutes or less.
  • No live demos — The idea must come directly from you.
  • Be creative — You can use slides, videos, or Prezi to present your talk.
  • Avoid sales pitches — Refrain from advertising products and services.
  • Hurry and sign up! — There are only 12 slots, so submit your lightning talk now.
  • Have fun! — This is your time to shine - show us your passion for your idea. For inspiration, read How to Give a Great Ignite Talk or watch a lightning talk on writing Unix daemons to see how a seemingly dull topic can be made exciting.

Submission Procedure

Lightning Talk submissions are reviewed on a first-come, first-served basis and space is most definitely limited. Email your Lightning Talk proposal to and include the following:

  • Your full name, title, organization, email address, and phone number
  • Your final Lightning Talk PowerPoint slides, Prezi, or video.
  • A short description of your talk (500 characters or less)
  • A brief, interesting fact about yourself that we can share with the Lightning Talks audience

Submission deadline is July 13th.