This Wikimania, we will hold a Lightning Talks Showcase to highlight samples of some of the compelling concepts and powerful thinking developing across the globe from multiple corners of the Wikimedia Movement. The talks will be delivered in innovative bursts of ideas, 5 minutes at a time, during four themed 30 minute segments.
A lightning talk is a very short presentation lasting only a few minutes, given at a conference or similar forum. Several lightning talks will usually be delivered by different speakers in a single session, sometimes called a data blitz.
Some formats of lightning talk, including PechaKucha and Ignite, involve a specific number of slides that are automatically advanced at fixed intervals. We will be using this method during the showcase.
Lightning talks are brief which require the speaker to make their point clearly and rid the presentation of non-critical information. This causes the audience to be more attentive to the speaker and gain a broader array of knowledge from the presentations given.
The idea of a lightning talk is to present an idea or a project -- it is not a finished or complete academic talk. Skip the implementation details -- tell us why your project is interesting and why we should care. Plan to present only one idea or project.