Lightning Talks

There will be a Lighting Talks Session on Thursday at 16:00.

Lightning talks are short talks/presentations that last no more than 10 minutes. They are a good opportunity to introduce a new project or tool and perhaps to get some experience with presenting without having to do a full talk.

The Session will be organised by Simon Lyall and Edward Murphy.

Information about Lightning Talks

If in doubt about anything here, please ask.


Please register your proposals for lightning talks. You should provide a topic name, short abstract ( or description) and the length you require. Please email them to the organisers. Priority will be given to talks registered earlier especially for talks over 5 minutes long.

Topics can be just about anything conference related such as: an introduction to a project or tool, an opinion piece, a plee for help, an ad for your LUG, a cute hack, etc. See here for some more ideas.

Please email the organisers via lightning (dot) talks (at) gmail (dot) com .

Proposed Talks

  • Simon Lyall - Welcome and Introduction - 2 minutes
  • Paul Schulz - Community Development with Ubuntu - 5 minutes
  • Lee Begg / Tim Ansell - Thousand Parsec - 5 minutes
  • Leslie Hawthorn - Google, Open Source and the Google Summer of Code program - 10 minutes
  • Jim Watson - How to participate - 5 minutes
  • Jayz Julian - RAM Doubler! : No RAM is not Cheap - 5 minutes
  • Silvia Pfeiffer - The 2007 FOMS conference - 5 minutes
  • Silvia Pfeiffer - The Audio/Video recording at LCA 2007 - 5 minutes
  • Adam Kennedy - A very hacky first attempt at monitoring the entire internet for evil in real time
  • Zak Greant - Mozilla, Firefox and That Trademark Business
  • Greg Castle - White Trash - 5 minutes
  • Sergio Ruocco - Usability Rant - 5 minutes
  • Tim Bowden - Open Geo - 5 minutes
  • Stephen Boyd - Document Utopia - 5 minutes


Slides are purely optional. To reduce delays switching from speaker to speaker slide presentations will be loaded on a single machine which all presenters will use.

Slides should be in PDF, Openoffice Present or Microsoft Powerpoint format. Other formats may not be supported by the machine available. Slides should be given to the session organiser well before the session.

Giving the talk

  • Please contact the Lightning talk organisers before the session to confirm you are ready to give your talk.
  • If you are using slides they should be on the main presentation laptop before the session starts.
  • If you are presenting then please sit at the front of the room and make the organisers aware you are here and ready.
  • If you decide to present at the last minute please come to the front and talk with the organisers.
  • You should be ready to stand up an give your talk as soon as the previous speaker's time runs out.
  • You will be given a warning when you have one minute left in your allocated time.
  • When your time finishes your should stop speaking immediately to allow the next speaker to begin their talk.
  • Due to limited time, questions during the talk from the audience are not usually a good idea.


Some proposals have included abstracts, this is not required but they are included below for your interest.

Google, Open Source and the Google Summer of Code program

  • Leslie Hawthorn from Google's Open Source Program Office will discuss the role Linux and open source software play in Google's business. She'll also talk about the results of the Google Summer of Code program.
  • Leslie Hawthorn held various roles at Google before joining the Open Source Program Office in March 2006. She co-managed the Google Summer of Code program for 2006 and has hosted several open-source community hackathons at Google's corporate headquarters in Mountain View, California, USA. Proud to be known as Google's geek herder, Leslie holds a B.A. in English Language and Literature from U.C. Berkeley. How to participate.

  • Coding skills are in high demand but there are many other ways to contribute and learn with

  • Jim Watson maintains the GNU/Linux SPARC port for . He helps users on Freenode and contributes to the Mac OSX porting effort.

LightningTalks (last edited 2007-01-29 19:09:04 by SimonLyall)

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