Lightning Talks, part 2

Lightning Talks, part 2

By R Geoffrey Avery (‎rGeoffrey‎) from
Date: Thursday, 14 August 2008 16:30
Duration: 60 minutes

You can find more information on the speaker's site:


Carl Mäsak (‎masak‎) - ‎November‎
Abe Timmerman (‎abeltje‎) - ‎fixed-time‎
Andreas Hetey - ‎BBBike @ CPH - A Route Planner for Cyclists for Copenhagen‎
Salve J. Nilsen (‎sjn‎) - ‎Nordic Perl Workshop 2009‎
Philippe Bruhat (‎BooK‎) - ‎All the Perl conferences in the world‎

Alex Kapranoff (‎kappa‎) - ‎Abusing Unicode to do illustrations‎
Gabor Szabo (‎szabgab‎) - ‎Padre‎
Curtis Poe (‎Ovid‎) - ‎Test::Kit‎
Patrick Michaud (‎Pm‎) - ‎I can haz compiler?‎
Flavio Poletti (‎polettix‎) - ‎Acme::EyeDrops - Perl made Beautiful‎

Juerd Waalboer - ‎p3rl‎
Thomas Klausner (‎domm‎) - ‎Acme::ReturnValue‎
Philippe Bruhat (‎BooK‎) - ‎$_ is my bitch‎
Adam Kennedy (‎Alias‎) - ‎Lightning Talk TBA‎
Jos Boumans (‎kane‎) - ‎Lightning Talk TBA‎

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. You All Suck: Here's what is wrong with the 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.

Attended by: Andrey Shitov (‎ash‎), Thomas Klausner (‎domm‎), BinGOs, Lars Balker (‎lb‎), Anton Berezin (‎Grrrr‎), Dagfinn Ilmari Mannsåker (‎ilmari‎), Kaare Rasmussen, Barbie, Paul-Christophe Varoutas, Peter Makholm (‎brother‎), Casper Warming (‎warming‎), Imran Chaudhry (‎icjs‎), Jacob Bunk Nielsen, Salve J. Nilsen (‎sjn‎), Lars Thegler (‎tagg‎), Bartosz Jakubski (‎migo‎), Juerd Waalboer, Casiano Rodriguez-Leon (‎casiano‎), RichA, Steffen Mueller, Chisel Wright, jonasbn, Ævar Arnfjörð Bjarmason (‎avar‎), Smylers, Damian Conway (‎damian‎), Mark Keating (‎mdk‎), Lars Jorgensen, Karen Pauley, Vincent Pit (‎vincent‎), Allison Randal, Martin Schipany (‎ElCondor‎), Philippe Bruhat (‎BooK‎), Nicholas Oxhøj (‎noxhoej‎), Wendy Van Dijk (‎woolfy‎), Josh McAdams (‎jmcadams‎), Francoise Dehinbo (‎franky‎), Luis Motta Campos (‎LMC‎), Rune Mydske Nielsen (‎runeni‎), David Leadbeater (‎dg‎), Henrik Andersen (‎HEM‎), Roberto Henríquez, William Travis Holton, Erik Johansen (‎uniejo‎), Andrew Johnson, Patrick Donelan (‎patspam‎), Christian Westgaard (‎ComLock‎), Henrik Tougaard (‎htoug‎), Jason Armstrong, Patrick Michaud (‎Pm‎), Troels Liebe Bentsen (‎tlbdk‎), Stefan Hanski, Hermen Lesscher (‎hermen‎), Stan Sawa, Darius Jokilehto, Casper Andersen, Dave Cross (‎davorg‎), R Geoffrey Avery (‎rGeoffrey‎), Cecilie Fritzvold, Leo Lapworth (‎ranguard‎), Alberto Simões (‎ambs‎), Jörg Plate (‎Patterner‎), Michael Kröll (‎pepl‎), Adam Sjøgren (‎asjo‎), allan dystrup (‎ady‎), Alex Kapranoff (‎kappa‎), Salvador Fandiño (‎salva‎), Søren Lund (‎slu‎), Mårten Svantesson, Maciej Misiak (‎grizzley‎), José Castro (‎cog‎), Arne Sommer (‎Arne‎), Andreas Hetey, Stefan Hornburg (‎Racke‎), Nicholas Clark, Bart Lateur, Lars Dɪᴇᴄᴋᴏᴡ (‎daxim‎), Sébastien Aperghis-Tramoni (‎maddingue‎), mirod, Jason Tang (‎jason‎), JJ Allen, Herbert Breunung (‎lichtkind‎), Abe Timmerman (‎abeltje‎), Trond Michelsen (‎trondmm‎), Jozef Kutej (‎jozef‎), Edmund von der Burg (‎evdb‎), Roel de Cock, Matija Grabnar (‎matija‎), Christian Borup (‎borup‎), Gianni Ceccarelli (‎dakkar‎), Nuno Carvalho (‎smash‎),