CW23 - Lightning Talks


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A lightning talk gives you two minutes and one slide to discuss a subject. Lightning talks are the perfect way to introduce yourself at the workshop.

You could talk about your work, an idea, a problem, a pitch for the CW Hack Day or anything that's related to software and research, and ideally related to the CW23 theme of Sustainable Career Development: looking after your software, your career, and yourself. Alternatively you could focus on one of the sub-themes of collaborative working, data/code sharing, reproducible research or data science.

Submit your proposal for a lightning talk here!

How quick is lightning?

Lightning is pretty quick: two minutes. You will be allowed only one slide, which you will have to submit in advance if selected. You'll be presenting alongside a countdown timer, so you'll have to keep to time. However, it's amazing how much you can present in two minutes!

CW23 is a hybrid event, and the Lightning Talks will have people presenting both in-person and remotely. A professional audio/visual company will be managing the video connection between the in-person room and the associated Zoom room, and helpers from the CW23 Organising Committee will be present to assist during the session. Proposers will need to confirm if they will present in-person or remotely if accepted.

Lightning talk top tips

If you are preparing a lightning talk for CW23 please take a read of our handy tips. Remember, CW23 is going to attract people who are interested in both software and research, so tailor your talk to meet their needs.


If you have any questions, please email CW23 Chair Rachael Ainsworth at


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