Lightning Talk Submissions

Lightning Talk submission for CppCon 2020 is not yet open.


Thanks for your interest in presenting at CppCon. In addition to the Main 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 or be a Tool Time presenters.)

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 YouTube.

If you are going to be presenting, please review our information for CppCon presenters and subscribe to the #lightning_talks channel on the CppCon Slack workspace.

When Lightning Talk submissions are open, you’ll find a submission link here so you can register for a Lightning Talk slot. Make sure to select Standard Talk Format if you would like a standard 5-minute session.

Lightning Challenge

Think you deserve more than five minutes? Or you just have that bit more to say? Or maybe you like to challenge yourself or play to the audience?

Whatever your motivation, if you’re ok with a bit of extra pressure, why not try the Lightning Challenge? Introduced for the first time last year, this year we continue the new tradition – but with some tweaks.

The general idea is that at fixed times during your talk the audience is polled to see if there is support for you getting more time. Last year you got three minutes, then an extra three, then an extra two more. This year we’re going to try a four-four split. At the end of your, guaranteed, four minute slot, we turn to the audience to see if they want hear from you for another four minutes – so make sure you leave the first half on a cliff-hanger!

If this sounds like fun, select “Lightning Challenge” when registering your lightning talk.


If you have any questions about lightning talks please send mail to the Lightning Talks email list.