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From Shane Curcuru <>
Subject Re: [APACHECON] Question about Lightning Talks
Date Mon, 06 Jun 2016 21:06:32 GMT
As a regular LightningTalk MC at ApacheCon / Apache Big Data, we look
for a mix of talks, often focusing on the community and humor aspects.

Talks are 5 minutes, with a timer.  Slides are not allowed unless you're
Rich Bowen (or, can promise to be as informative *and* amusing as Rich is!).

Sometimes we have the "Fast Feather" track, which is the 15 minute
format William notes below; that usually focuses on Incubating projects.
 It depends on the ApacheCon program if we run that or not.

Volunteering to help review talks, work with projects to suggest
track-days, and the like can also be a big help.  Currently, Rich is the
ASF liaison to the Linux Foundation team that actually manages the whole
ApacheCon planning process.

Separately, the Podling Shark Tank sessions at the past
ApacheCon|BigData in Vancouver were popular, contact Roman if your
content would fit in that format.

ApacheCon past audio recordings (selected talks):

ApacheCon|BigData 2016 videos (keynotes only; that's all that attracted
sponsors to help fund)

- Shane

William A Rowe Jr wrote on 6/6/16 4:46 PM:
> Note that we also have held incubator lighting talks in the incubator track
> (not a single unified session in the ballroom) which are perfect for what
> you are asking.
> Historically these have been 3 sessions per hour, 15 minutes each, replete
> with slide decks. Exactly what you are thinking of, but tuned to the
> incubating, not top-level projects.
> On Jun 6, 2016 2:03 PM, "Benedikt Ritter" <> wrote:
>> William A Rowe Jr <> schrieb am Mo., 6. Juni 2016 um
>> 20:09 Uhr:
>>> Our lightning talks have ranged from the theatrical, to the silly, to the
>>> deep
>>> tech dive into the edges of the ASF.
>>> The programming is 5 minutes.  No slides are allowed (but some get away
>>> with them on the discretion of the MCs.)  Some who use them choose the
>>> auto-advance program (n seconds per slide, no control/overrides allowed.)
>> Thank you William!
>> So it's not the right platform for a "I'll show you some code example to
>> get you started with Project XYZ" kind of talk, right?
>> Benedikt
>>> On Mon, Jun 6, 2016 at 12:55 PM, Benedikt Ritter <>
>>> wrote:
>>>> Hi,
>>>> how are lightning talks organized at ApacheCon? I've seen very strict
>>>> sessions where you were not allowed to bring anything but yourself (so
>> no
>>>> slides) and less restricted ones where the only restriction was that it
>>> had
>>>> to be done in 10 Minutes.
>>>> Thank you,
>>>> Benedikt

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