Lightning Talk Submission Guidelines

Date Due: Monday, October 27th, 2014
Time Due: 23:59 in Apia, Samoa (UTC+13h)
Submission Limits:
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What Is A Lightning Talk?

Lightning talks describe works in progress, new and untested ideas, or opportunities for collaborative work. The purpose of a lightning talk can be to start a discussion, find collaborators, or receive input and critique about an idea. Proposals are limited to 1 page (including a 150 word abstract). Lightning talk presentations will be 5 minutes each and given without media/slide support.

How Should The Proposal Be Formatted?

Lightning Talk proposals are to be provided in PDF format. The full proposal contains an abstract and a body that describes your Lightning Talk (as detailed below). The abstract needs to appear in two places: in the PDF proposal and in a text box on the submission page (see below). The format for the Lightning Talk proposal is as follows.

Lightning Talk Proposal Format and Contents (limited to 1 page)

  • Proposer: Include name, affiliation, address, phone and fax numbers, email address, and Website address (if applicable). This item does not count in the page limit. Lightning Talk proposals do not undergo blind review, so this information should be included. You should expect most correspondence related to the conference to arrive via email. Please check your SPAM filter if you haven’t received an expected notification because the auto-responses generated by the conference software are sometimes blocked.

  • Title: A title for the Lightning Talk.

  • Abstract: A description of the Lightning Talk. The same abstract will also need to be submitted via a text box on the submission page. Please be sure that your description is accurate and that both submitted copies (here in the Lightning Talk Proposal, and in the submission text box) are exactly the same.

  • Description: Describe your talk in more detail. It will be helpful to reviewers to know why you are excited about the topic, and why you think others will be interested too. Lightning talks are expected to explore tentative or preliminary work, or even ideas for possible work. Presentations of mature work will not be considered.

Lightning Talk Abstract (limited to 150 words)

The abstract is the description of the Lightning talk that will appear on the conference web pages. The description is limited to and must match verbatim the abstract section of the Lightning talk Proposal. The Lightning talk abstract must be submitted in plain text. The abstract for an accepted proposal may contain a URL with more information. (Abstracts of accepted Lightning talks can be edited in response to reviews.)

How Do I Submit My Proposal?

Write your proposal using the format specified above.

Convert your proposal into Adobe PDF format. Refer to our Creating Adobe PDF Documents page for assistance.

A PDF version of your submission should be uploaded using the online submission system. Submit the PDF version of your proposal using the Lightning Talk template. Recall that you will also need to cut-and-paste or type your text abstract description into a text box during the submission process. Please do not wait until the last minute to submit your documents because that is when everyone else will be connecting to our server!

Make note of the Lightning Talk ID number and password assigned to your submission. You will receive an e-mail message confirmation. Spam filters sometimes trap these automatically generated messages so you may need to check your spam trap for the confirmation and later, acceptance or rejection notification.

After receiving confirmation, go to the submission site to review your submission for accuracy.

By SIGCSE policy, at least one author of each accepted paper is required to register, attend and present the paper. See our full policy for more information.


If you have questions about anything discussed above, please contact the SIGCSE 2015 Lightning Talks Wrangler.