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Guidelines for Creating a SPARC Festival Lightning Talk


A lightning talk, by its nature, is brief. Hit the main points and express what matters most. Don't read a speech or essay in its entirety.  Be selective, condensing your talk to its essentials.

Time

When you submitted your proposal, you indicated your preferences for a one-hour time slot. About a week prior to the festival, you will be notified of your presentation time (15 minute window in that hour). Please arrive 5 minutes prior to your presentation time.

Format

PowerPoint slides or other computer files can be projected on a laptop computer that will be set up prior to your presentation. PowerPoint is not required. Bring your computer and bring the file with you on a flash drive or email it to yourself.

Length

Each presenter has 15 minutes, including time for questions & answers. Plan to speak no longer than 10 minutes. Please honor your time constraints in order to facilitate the presentations that precede or follow yours.

Recommendations

The most successful lightning talks show evidence of preparation, organization, enthusiasm, and confidence. Avoid speaking too rapidly or too quietly. Relax. Breathe. For best results, practice your talk and ask a friend to time you.

 
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