Lightning Talks #2

Lightning Talks #2

By R Geoffrey Avery (‎rGeoffrey‎) from
Date: Tuesday, 4 August 2009 16:45
Duration: 40 minutes
Target audience: Corporate Perl
Tags: lt


* H.Merijn Brand (‎Tux‎) - ‎So you know about CPAN, now what‎

* Patrick Michaud (‎Pm‎) - ‎Rakudo Perl Roadmap‎
* Mark Fowler (‎Trelane‎) - ‎XML::Easy‎
* Stefan Seifert (‎Nine‎) - ‎CiderWebmail - whooping squirrelmail's butt‎
* Andrew Shitov (‎ash‎) - ‎Measuring Perl in square kilometers‎

* Emmanuel Rodriguez (‎potyl‎) - ‎Champlain - OpenStreetMaps widget‎
* Tina Müller (‎tinita‎) - ‎XSS, SQLI, CSRF, WTF?‎
* Philippe Bruhat (‎BooK‎) - ‎A decade of Perl conferences, all over the world‎
* Piers Cawley (‎pdcawley‎) - ‎Short Session about Swearing‎

More talks yesterday R Geoffrey Avery (‎rGeoffrey‎) - ‎Lightning Talks #1‎

Speakers and anyone giving a Lightning Advertisement should come down to the front of the room as soon as possible after the last of the long talks finish. The first talk is without slides and will start before all the speakers have finished setting up so please try to get to your seats quickly. Remember the front row is reserved for speakers and advertisers.

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: Philippe Bruhat (‎BooK‎), Sébastien Aperghis-Tramoni (‎Maddingue‎), Nicholas Clark, Thomas Klausner (‎domm‎), Michael Kröll (‎pepl‎), Luciano Rocha (‎Strange‎), Gianni Ceccarelli (‎dakkar‎), José Castro (‎cog‎), Stefano Rodighiero (‎larsen‎), Bernhard Schmalhofer (‎bernhard‎), Laurent Dami (‎dami‎), Léon Brocard (‎acme‎), Barbie, JJ Allen, Pedro Figueiredo (‎pfig‎), Salve J. Nilsen (‎sjn‎), Giuseppe Maxia (‎gmax‎), Dave Cross (‎davorg‎), Lars Thegler (‎tagg‎), Gabor Szabo (‎szabgab‎), Abe Timmerman (‎abeltje‎), H.Merijn Brand (‎Tux‎), Abigail, Tom Hukins, Smylers, osfameron, Enrique Nell (‎e-nell‎), Salvador Fandiño (‎salva‎), Roberto Henríquez, Marco Neves (‎themage‎), Arjen Laarhoven, David H. Adler (‎dha‎), Pedro Melo (‎melo‎), Hermen Lesscher (‎hermen‎), Joaquín Ferrero (‎explorer‎), Paula Valenca (‎phantas‎), Jordi Porta, Bálint Szilakszi (‎szbalint‎), Jesse Vincent, Søren Lund (‎slu‎), Carl Mäsak (‎masak‎), Flavio Poletti (‎polettix‎), Markus Pinkert (‎Bedivere‎), jani, Peter Stoehr, Martin Schipany (‎ElCondor‎), Henrik Tougaard (‎htoug‎), Tobias Henoeckl (‎hoeni‎), Roman Baumer (‎rba‎), Damon Davison (‎allolex‎), Elizabeth Mattijsen (‎liz‎), Andreas Hetey, Piers Cawley (‎pdcawley‎), Olivier Mengué (‎dolmen‎), Chisel Wright, Luis Motta Campos (‎LMC‎), Jörg Plate (‎Patterner‎), Florian Ragwitz (‎rafl‎), Renee Bäcker (‎reneeb‎), Damian Conway (‎damian‎), BinGOs, Aristotle, Dirk De Nijs (‎ddn123456‎), Bartosz Jakubski (‎migo‎), Peter Makholm (‎brother‎), Markus Förster, Ricardo Marques (‎ricmarques‎), Walt Mankowski (‎waltman‎), Patrick Michaud (‎Pm‎), Anders Nielsen (‎anielsen‎), Lars Holgaard, Drew Taylor (‎drewbie‎), Andrew Shitov (‎ash‎), Jan Henning Thorsen (‎batman‎), Thomas Heine, Alex Kapranoff (‎kappa‎), Bogdan Lucaciu (‎zamolxes‎), Farley Balasuriya (‎Questorian‎), Ronald Blaschke (‎rblasch‎), Edmund von der Burg (‎evdb‎), Thomas Netousek, David Faux, Karl Moens (‎CountZero‎), Ulrich Wisser (‎wisser‎), David Leadbeater (‎dg‎), Jozef Kutej (‎jozef‎), Lutz Gehlen, Lars Dɪᴇᴄᴋᴏᴡ 迪拉斯 (‎daxim‎), Marcel Grünauer (‎Marcel‎), Rosellyne Worrall (‎rozallin‎), Manuel Gomes (‎wagemage‎), Billy Abbott (‎cowfish‎), Maciej Czekay (‎Bruno‎), Herbert Breunung (‎lichtkind‎), Michele Beltrame (‎arthas‎), Ruslan Zakirov (‎ruz‎), oleber, Michael Zedeler (‎mzedeler‎), Hugo Costa, Stefan Hornburg (‎racke‎), Stig Palmquist (‎stigtsp‎), Joerg Meltzer (‎codeacrobat‎), Vincent Pit (‎vincent‎), Stan Sawa, Nicolas Mendoza (‎nicomen‎), Darius Jokilehto, Christian Westgaard (‎ComLock‎), Henrik Hald Nørgaard, James Laver (‎jjl‎), Alistair MacLeod (‎anm‎), António Martins (‎ammartins‎), Rui Patinha (‎rfp‎), Luís Mendes (‎big‎), Wendy Van Dijk (‎woolfy‎), Mário Barbosa, Lech Baczyński (‎lechu‎), Henrique Alves (‎Halves‎), Luís Miguel Braga (‎microft‎), Colin Bradford (‎cjbradford‎), Franck Cuny, Jorge Morgado, Panu Ervamaa (‎pnu‎), Francisco Lourenço (‎fml‎), Jacinta Richardson (‎jarich‎), Paul Fenwick (‎pjf‎), Pedro Frazão, Jordi Delgado (‎jdelgado‎), Alex Muntada (‎alexm‎), Petru Ratiu (‎rpetre‎), Carlos Pires (‎acmpires‎), Mark Stewart, Luis Rodrigues (‎goblin‎), Frederico Recsky (‎Frederico‎), Andrew Beech, Alexandru Nedelcu, Cosmin Budrica (‎cosmincx‎), Adrian Arnautu, Markus Wichmann (‎telemorphix‎), Thierry Douez (‎tdz‎), João Carreira, Jose Plana, Jose L. Hernandez, Sergio Arias, Stelios Gikas (‎sgikas‎), Wieland Gmeiner, Jørgen Elgaard Larsen (‎elhaard‎), Filipe Moreira, Jorge Bras, Pedro Rodrigues (‎careca‎), Sérgio Bernardino (‎smpb‎), Adam Reeks,