Date Due Friday, October 21, 2016
Time Due 23:59 AoE (Baker Island, UTC-12h)
Submission Limits 1 page (including abstract of 250 words)
Duration 5 minutes
Submission Link Easy Chair
Notification to Authors Monday, November 28th, 2016
Camera-Ready Copy Sunday, December 11th
Camera-Ready Instructions @ Sheridan Publishing

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 undergo review but not blind review.

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.

The full proposal is used for the review process only. If the proposal is accepted, the abstract is the description that appears on the Symposium website and in the Symposium program and proceedings. The format for the proposal is as follows.

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

  • Proposer: Include name, affiliation, email address, and website address. 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

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.)

Sample Proposal

How Do I Submit My Proposal?

Write your submission using the format specified above.

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

Details regarding submission upload will be made available when the submission system goes online.

The opening of submissions will be announced through the SIGCSE mailing list, social media, and the front page of this website.

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By SIGCSE policy, at least one contributor is required to register, attend and present a . See our full policy for more information.


If you have questions about anything discussed above, please contact the Lightning Talks Chair.