Lightning Talks Round 1

Lightning Talks Round 1

By R Geoffrey Avery (‎rGeoffrey‎) from
Date: Wednesday, June 24, 2009 01:00 PM
Duration: 50 minutes
Target audience: Any

You can find more information on the speaker's site:

Accepted Lightning Talks:

* lukec - ‎Webhooks‎
* lukec - ‎$country needs YOU!‎
* Scott Walters (‎scrottie‎) - ‎Righting Inside-Out Objects‎
* Doug Bell (‎preaction‎) - ‎Vim as a Perl IDE‎
* John Beppu (‎beppu‎) - ‎A COMET server implemented with Squatting and Continuity‎

* David Bury - ‎MooseX::Documenter‎
* Jay Hannah (‎jhannah‎) - ‎MooseX::Workers‎
* Ilia Lobsanov - ‎Continuous Integration for Perl‎
* Jesse Luehrs (‎doy‎) - ‎Botting NetHack with TAEB‎

* Stephen Scaffidi (‎hercynium‎) - ‎Website testing is tedious. Automate it!‎
* Zak Zebrowski - ‎Perl && Arduino‎
* Rob Kinyon (‎robkinyon‎) - ‎Converting huge apps from Class::DBI to DBIx::Class‎
* sungo - perl5 documentation help request
* Brad Cavanagh (‎CanSpice‎) - ‎Astronomical T&A thanks to Perl‎

* Rick Scott (‎shadowspar‎) - ‎Growing the Perl Hackers of tomorrow (or, "Hook 'em while they're young")‎
* Darcy Whyte - ‎Elastic Band Powered Airplane‎
* Todd Olson - ‎Measurement Driven Life: Reversing the Health Destroying Effects of Perl Programming‎
* Matt S Trout (‎mst‎) - ‎Rum, bloggery and the lash‎
* Jeff Horwitz - ‎The LOLCAT History of Perl 6 and Parrot‎

Why Would You Want to do a Lightning Talk?

Maybe you've never given a talk before, and you'd like to start small. For a Lightning Talk, you don't need to make slides, and if you do decide to make slides, you only need to make three.

Maybe you're nervous and you're afraid you'll mess up. It's a lot easier to plan and deliver a five minute talk than it is to deliver a long talk. And if you do mess up, at least the painful part will be over quickly.

Maybe you don't have much to say. Maybe you just want to ask a question, or invite people to help you with your project, or boast about something you did, or tell a short cautionary story. These things are all interesting and worth talking about, but there might not be enough to say about them to fill up thirty minutes.

Maybe you have a lot of things to say, and you're already going to give a long talk on one of them, and you don't want to hog the spotlight. There's nothing wrong with giving several Lightning Talks. Hey, they're only five minutes.

On the other side, people might want to come to a lightning talk when they wouldn't come to a long talk on the same subject. The risk for the attendees is smaller: If the talk turns out to be dull, or if the person giving the talk turns out to be a really bad speaker, well, at least it's over in five minutes. With lightning talks, you're never stuck in some boring lecture for forty-five minutes.

Still having trouble picking a topic, here are some suggestions:

1. Why my favorite module is X.
2. I want to do cool project X. Does anyone want to help?
3. Successful Project: I did project X. It was a success. Here's how you could benefit.
4. Failed Project: I did project X. It was a failure, and here's why.
5. Heresy: People always say X, but they're wrong. Here's why.
6. You All Suck: Here's what is wrong with the our community.
7. Call to Action: Let's all do more of X / less of X.
8. Wouldn't it be cool if X?
9. Someone needs to do X.
10. Wish List
11. Why X was a mistake.
12. Why X looks like a mistake, but isn't.
13. What it's like to do X.
14. Here's a useful technique that worked.
15. Here's a technique I thought would be useful but didn't work.
16. Why algorithm X sucks.
17. Comparison of algorithms X and Y.

Of course, you could give the talk on anything you wanted, whether or not it is on this list. If we get a full schedule of nothing but five minutes of ranting and raving on each topic, a good time will still be had by most.

Attended by: Christoph Otto (‎cotto‎), Ricardo Signes (‎rjbs‎), Jessica Pavlin, Joe Cooper (‎swelljoe‎), Brock Wilcox (‎awwaiid‎), Jesse Luehrs (‎doy‎), Dave Rolsky (‎autarch‎), Kenneth Graves (‎kag‎), Lee Aylward (‎leedo‎), Stephen Scaffidi (‎hercynium‎), Patrick Michaud (‎Pm‎), Jason Switzer (‎s1n‎), Bruce Gray (‎Util‎), Shawn Moore (‎sartak‎), Andrew Rodland (‎hobbs‎), Jason May (‎jasonmay‎), Michael Canzoneri (‎mikecanz‎), Nicholas Perez (‎nperez‎), Michael Peters (‎mpeters‎), Jesse Vincent, Tatsuhiko Miyagawa (‎miyagawa‎), Rick Scott (‎shadowspar‎), Elliot Shank, Jeremy Fluhmann (‎jfluhmann‎), Dagfinn Ilmari MannsÃ¥ker (‎ilmari‎), Adam Foxson (‎Fhoxh‎), Brad Lhotsky, Douglas Sims, Todd Rinaldo (‎toddr‎), Mark Stosberg, Erik Sturcke, Brad Cavanagh (‎CanSpice‎), Robert Boone (‎rlb3‎), David H. Adler (‎dha‎), Nova Patch (‎patch‎), Nathaniel Smith (‎Nate‎), Ilia Lobsanov, Mike Greb (‎mikegrb‎), Eric Andreychek, Shana Andreychek, John Anderson (‎genehack‎), David Faler, Adri Mills, Walt Mankowski (‎waltman‎), sungo, Leonard Miller (‎olegm‎), Andrew Walker (‎Andy‎), Geoffrey Darling (‎Geoff‎), Todd McDowell, Christopher Nielsen (‎sparc‎), Lawrence Hixson (‎Larry‎), mark stout, Liam Echlin, Karsten Dahms, Duane Brown (‎duaneb‎), Jason Crome (‎CromeDome‎), Michael Graham (‎magog‎), Clinton Wolfe, Jaldhar Vyas (‎jaldhar‎), Seth Viebrock, Barbie, Victor Stevko, Josh ben Jore (‎diotalevi‎), G. Wade Johnson (‎gwadej‎), Christopher Madsen (‎cjm‎), Jeremy Stashewsky (‎stash‎), Dean Serenevy (‎duelafn‎), Sean McCune (‎pghcoder‎), Greg Alheid, Hildo Biersma, Michael Aquilina (‎aquilina‎), Joakim Lagerqvist, Dan Dascalescu (‎dandv‎), Nick, Chris Muench (‎blasto333‎), Kurt Edmiston, Doug Bell (‎preaction‎), Hans Dieter Pearcey (‎confound‎), Mike Fragassi (‎frag‎), Paul Lalli (‎MrItty‎), Michael Schwern (‎Schwern‎), James E Keenan (‎kid51‎), Packy Anderson, Josh McAdams (‎jmcadams‎), Jack Foy, Chip Salzenberg (‎Chip‎), Michael Flickinger, Michael Stroucken, Paul Makepeace (‎paulm‎), David Huggins (‎DAVIDIUS‎), Trey Harris,