Lightning Talk Submissions | Business of Software Conference Europe 2017

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If you had the undivided attention of a roomful of software people, what would you want to say?

Would you teach them something or ask for help?

Lightning Talks are always a highlight of BoS Conferences and you can submit your idea for a chance to speak at BoS Europe today. Deadline for applications: 9th May

Lightning Talks

Follow a simple format – speakers have 15 slides and 30 seconds per slide to talk about a subject of their choice. The slides advance automatically.

Fair warning: Lightning Talks are a devilishly tricky challenge! The payoff? Lightning Talkers have a special place in the hearts of the BoS audience and many people have made the jump to more speaking gigs at BoS and other events. Lighting Talk speakers receive a free pass to the Business of Software Conference and get the chance to share an idea they care about with a live audience of their peers.

Lighting Talk Europe 2017

What some of our previous lightning talk speakers had to say about their experience:

“It was terrifying. It was awesome.” – Elizabeth Ayer

“Exhilarating and one of the most satisfying talks I have given. It helped crystalise my ideas into a 7 minute presentation. It was the best buzz ever. The BoS community were very engaged and gave constructive feedback and ideas! To have the chance to give a talk at one of the best conferences was a wonderful opportunity.” – Precious Lunga

“Taking part in the BoS Lightning talks was a brilliant experience. The BoS team supported me in the run up to the talk, the audience were great on the day of the talk and I’ve made many new connections as part of speaking at BoS Europe. Giving a BoS lightning talk is hard, but satisfying work and should be something that’s on every aspiring speaker’s bucket list. You’ll be in great company”. – Mark Dalgarno

“Giving a lightning talk at Business of Software was an intense and rewarding experience. It’s a great exercise in distilling your thoughts down to the most important elements, and figuring out a compelling way to illustrate them. It’s like giving a normal conference talk squared. The enthusiastic and supportive audience provides a great safety net, making it even more fun. I’d totally do it again if I had the chance”. – James Archer

“I’ve never ever wanted to jump out of an airplane (on purpose or by accident) alas, giving a Lightning Talk is the closest I’ve gotten! Good news: I had time to prepare for the free fall. Better news: the ground really does come up to meet you!” – Tania Katan

How to Apply

If you would like to submit a Lightning Talk, submit your application here.

  • Please note submissions from third parties including marketing departments, speaking agents etc will be ignored.We only want submissions from people that care enough to do their own stuff. This is a chance to stand up in front of a bunch of people and share an idea you love.

Need inspiration? See all of last years entries, as well as some classics in the playlist below:

Submit your application here.

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