Lightning Talk Rules

Lightning talks (wikipedia) are short and efficiently run talks that are useful for developers.

What Lightning Talks are not:

  • They're not a place to pitch your company
  • They're not a place to demo your product you think we should all buy
  • They're not a place for recruiting

Lightning talks should be interesting to our audience: a bunch of bright people who like to make or break stuff.

Lightning talks must fit the following requirements:
  • Talks must be <= 5 minutes
  • You will be timed, please watch your timer for hand signals.
  • You get cut off at 5 minutes. That's because knowing you'll get cut off is enough to make everyone take less than 5 minutes.
  • If your talk has slides, they must be in an open format and sent to the organizer at least 2 hours before your talk.
  • Acceptable formats are:
    • SlideShare/Scribd/etc (preferred)
    • PDF
    • HTML
    • Text

Slides are best if they're online somewhere so we can link to them for posterity.

Talks must be approved by the organizer at least 1 day prior to the start of the Lightning Talks. See the specific event page for where to signup.

How to make a good presentation:

  • Read
  • Read
  • For the meat'n'potato slides, keep in mind how many seconds you plan to spend on each slide. You need enough time to read each slide, and for the audience to read them. Usually you'll want 5 slides; 1 minute per slide.
  • The colors on your slides shouldn't be too flashy, but they should have high contrast
  • Slides work best on the video with a dark, solid background
  • If you really want to go the extra mile, wear clothing that doesn't distract. Think Steve Jobs

If you have questions, contact one of the organizers.

Rules mostly copied (with permission) from: http://superhappydevh...

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