Lightning Talk Submissions

Lightning Talk submission for CppCon 2018 is currently closed.

Thanks for your interest in presenting at CppCon. In addition to the regular program, we have two other ways to present: Lightning Talks and Open Content Sessions. These opportunities are open to anyone in the C++ community, even if you have are not registered at the conference. (You can also present a poster.)

CppCon SpeakerLightning Talks

Lightning talks are your five minutes of stardom. The format encourages a focused and often high-energy presentation about nearly anything that might be interesting to the C++ community (subject to approval by the conference). They can be of a lighter or humorous nature, but they need not be. Some titles from past years include:

– Why not Conan (part II)
– Regular Expressions Redefined in C++
– Constructor Template Argument Deduction Best Practices
– C++ Koans
– (don’t) Copy Paste All The Things

You can see some past CppCon lightning talks on our YouTube channel.

Although Lightning Talk sessions appear in the conference program, individual talks are not listed. But each talk is professionally recorded, edited, and uploaded to Channel 9 and YouTube.

If you are going to be presenting, please review our information for CppCon presenters and subscribe to the Lightning Talk mailing list.

Just go here and register for a Lightning Talk slot. Make sure to select Standard Talk Format if you would like a standard 5-minute session.

Lightning Challenge

Do you think your talk deserves more than 5-minutes? Would you prefer 8-minutes? Is pandering to the audience your style? Can you play a crowd?

Audience App

What will the audience do?

It started as a joke to “gamify” the talks. That quickly turned into a half-joking wacky ideas and now we have our first year of the Lightning Challenge.

You are guaranteed 3-minutes but if you manage to engross the audience they can grant you three more minutes. If you are on a roll and a real crowd pleaser, you can get two more minutes added to your time for a total of an 8-minute session. If you aren’t engaging enough, the audience will just elect to end the session.

Initial 3-minutes guaranteed
Additional 3-minutes 50% of audience say “Yes”
Additional 2-minutes 70% of audience say “Yes”

As the first year attempting this format, we will be accepting six total Lightning Challenge talks. Three talks for Tuesday night and three talks for Thursday night. Your slides must be provided in advance as PDF.

Ready to sign-up for the inaugural Lightning Challenge? Make sure to select Lightning Challenge Format.


If you have questions about either lighting talks or Open Content sessions, please send mail to Open Content Enquiries.