Put the Lightning Talks session on your schedule for Friday afternoon. You’ll be glad you did. It’s the session that’s planned to be unplanned. It’s cavers doing the thing they do best: showing off. Please, feel free to participate with a 5-minute (or so) presentation. Or just attend and enjoy. The atmosphere is casual and friendly.

A lightning talk can be about almost anything. Show us a cool thing you found. Tell us a little about a big project, or a lot about a little project. Regale us with a humble brag or an atrocious anecdote. It doesn’t have to be really true, but we request that you keep it pretty short. You may be on the professional speaking tour, or this may be the first time you’ve talked at an NSS Convention. Awesome! Come on down! You’ve got 5 minutes (or so). No pre-registration necessary.

How to Give a Lightning Talk

We will be doing this year’s Lightning Talks via Zoom. Have your short [5 minutes (or so)] presentation ready to go on your laptop, tablet, or smartphone so when your name is called, you can share your screen (see screenshots below) and give your talk. If you don’t have slides or photos to show, we’ll be glad to just see your face.

Lightning Talks founder and emcee, Jim Washington, will give an intro to the Talks and then pick whoever first “signs up” in the chat box. Everyone is welcome. Contact Jim washington.jim@gmail.com if they have questions or have special concerns, or, for example, if they need to be first or last or not
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The Lightning Talks will start at 4 p.m. on Friday, July 31 and run until 6 p.m. That gives you enough time to grab a bit for dinner and get back to your device to watch the NSS Awards show when it goes live at 7 p.m.

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