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Call for Proposals


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Lightning Talks

Want to give a talk, but fear you can’t fill a full talk slot? Always wanted to give a lightning talk, but felt you didn’t have enough time to prepare?

For the first time in PyCon North America’s history, we are accepting proposals for lightning talks – 5 minute presentations – during presentation days. Like the 30 or 45 minute talks, the topic is up to you.

Don’t want to prepare a proposal or enjoy the spontaneity? You can still sign up during the conference like in the past; we will have spots available for the impulsive.

How to Submit a Lightning Talk Proposal

PyCon 2013 Lightning Talks

PyCon 2012 Lightning Talks

How to Submit a Lightning Talk Proposal

What information to submit

  1. First, sign up for a new account or log in to your account.
  2. Once you are logged in; proceed to your account dashboard and create a speaker profile.
  3. At this point, you can submit lightning talk proposals. Fill in the fields as follows:


Give your lightning talk a descriptive title for the audience.


A high-level description of the lightning talk, limited to 400 characters.

Additional Notes

Any additional notes for the program committee to make a decision: past talks experience, links to projects, etc. These notes will not be made public.

Additional Requirements

Any specific needs, e.g. A/V needs, multiple microphones, audio out, etc.

Slide Deck

If you have given this presentation before or a similar, feel free to upload those slides for the program committee to review in the context of your proposal(s).

(*) denotes required fields

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