CPOSC 2019 - Lightning Talks Sign-Up
These Lightning Talks may be serious, funny, or both. They may be given by experienced speakers already giving full length talks or by first time speakers just starting out (this is a great way to get started if you have something to say). If you are a first time speaker you will win a tie with an experience speaker when the schedule is made if it comes to it. Today's first time speaker could be tomorrow's keynote speaker.

We will have about several Lightning Talks of 5 minutes in two sessions. Submit your talk through this form. The first deadline is one week before the conference starts and many proposals will be accepted. At least one speaking spot will be held open until the day of the talks. However if you wait for the later deadlines note that there are fewer spots available and you are less likely to be accepted so please try to submit more than a week before the conference.

In addition to the five minute Lightning Talks where you get to use your computer, slides, and any other tool, we will also have some Lightning Advertisements. These are only 30 seconds, you don't have to submit a proposal, you don't get any slides, and the only AV assistance offered is a microphone (or not as Binns is a small room). If you have a BOF to announce, an auction item to advertise or any other short message you can use the transition time that would be otherwise wasted between Lightning Talks to share your message. Just show up before we start and take a seat in the assigned seats in the front of the room.

Why Would You Want to do a Lightning Talk?

Maybe you've never given a talk before, and you'd like to start small. For a Lightning Talk, you don't need to make slides, and if you do decide to make slides, you only need to make three.

Maybe you're nervous and you're afraid you'll mess up. It's a lot easier to plan and deliver a five minute talk than it is to deliver a long talk. And if you do mess up, at least the painful part will be over quickly.

Maybe you don't have much to say. Maybe you just want to ask a question, or invite people to help you with your project, or boast about something you did, or tell a short cautionary story. These things are all interesting and worth talking about, but there might not be enough to say about them to fill up thirty minutes.

Maybe you have a lot of things to say, and you're already going to give a long talk on one of them, and you don't want to hog the spotlight. There's nothing wrong with giving several Lightning Talks. Hey, they're only five minutes.

On the other side, people might want to come to a lightning talk when they wouldn't come to a long talk on the same subject. The risk for the attendees is smaller: If the talk turns out to be dull, or if the person giving the talk turns out to be a really bad speaker, well, at least it's over in five minutes. With lightning talks, you're never stuck in some boring lecture for forty-five minutes.

Still having trouble picking a topic, here are some suggestions:

1. Why my favorite module is X.
2. I want to do cool project X. Does anyone want to help?
3. Successful Project: I did project X. It was a success. Here's how you could benefit.
4. Failed Project: I did project X. It was a failure, and here's why.
5. Heresy: People always say X, but they're wrong. Here's why.
6. Here's what is wrong with our community.
7. Call to Action: Let's all do more of X / less of X.
8. Wouldn't it be cool if X?
9. Someone needs to do X.
10. Wish List
11. Why X was a mistake.
12. Why X looks like a mistake, but isn't.
13. What it's like to do X.
14. Here's a useful technique that worked.
15. Here's a technique I thought would be useful but didn't work.
16. Why algorithm X sucks.
17. Comparison of algorithms X and Y.

Of course, you could give the talk on anything you wanted, whether or not it is on this list. If we get a full schedule of nothing but five minutes of ranting and raving on each topic, a good time will still be had by most.
Email address *
Speaker Name *
Your answer
The Fun Stuff - Tell us about your talk
Title *
Make it catchy with a few words that capture the essence of the session.
Your answer
Teaser Text
(shown in place of the Abstract until the talks happens to maintain any secret)
Your answer
Abstract *
Description of talk
Your answer
URL to Slides
Your slides do not need to currently be complete, but we need to know where to access them
Your answer
The Helpful Stuff - The next two questions have no wrong answer
This format is designed to encourage new speakers as well as to give experienced speakers another chance to get a message out. Serious talks are just as welcome as a fun talk or a full on rant. These answers are to give some hints when it comes time to sort the speakers into order to speak and will not be made public.
Speaker Level *
Level of Humor *
Totally Serious
Totally Funny or a Rant
The Important Stuff
Comments or Information you'd like the Organizers to know:
Your answer
Are there any accessibility accommodations you need?
This includes presentation things like you will have sound from the laptop and personal things like you are in a wheelchair. The earlier you let us know the easier it will be to get what you need.
Your answer
I agree to the Standards of Conduct *
This is required for all presenters at CPOSC. Found at http://cposc.org/code-of-conduct/
I agree to be recorded *
Not sure if there will even be video this year, but if it is... The video may be all the lightning talks together and you can't opt out. If the organizers are doing the extra work to post lightning talks separate we might be able to honor this request. If you absolutely positively can't be recorded please check with us before you speak.
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