A slide from Jennifer LaFleur's 2016 NICAR lightning talk, "Cats and Stats." View the  full talk  or  slide deck .

A slide from Jennifer LaFleur's 2016 NICAR lightning talk, "Cats and Stats." View the full talk or slide deck.

Pitch a Lightning Talk!

We'll have an hour-long block of lightning talks at the Tacoma meetup on Saturday morning. Attendees can submit topics in advance, and we'll vote on them before the conference.

Here's a quick guide to how lightning talks work.

What is a lightning talk? 

Speakers talk about any topic for five minutes.

 

Do I have to make a slideshow?

No, although some people do.

 

Are you intimidated? So is everyone else

Many talks are stopped before they begin because speakers feel nobody will be interested and never sign up. Not true! The format of lightning talks keeps the audience engaged. Remember: the audience is on your side. 

 

What should my talk be about?

Do a cool project? Help people figure out how to do their own cool project. Pick something you're passionate about. Chances are you can talk for more than five minutes on that topic.

Some examples from past NICAR conferences include: How to Read 52 Books in 52 Weeks, Cats and Stats (explaining basic statistical concepts with cats), Self-Care for Nerds and What I Learned From Submitting the Same FOIA Request 1,000 Times.

 

Intimidated by speaking? Lightning talks are for you!

You aren't preparing for an hour-long presentation.

 

What are you waiting for? 

We'll accept submissions for lightning talk ideas once we finalize a list of attendees. Start brainstorming and keep an eye on your inbox!