​Creating Your Virtual Lightning Talk

  • Please note that this is not a live stream (e.g. Skype) presentation.

  • Virtual Lightning Talks are 5-minute video presentations designed for presenters who are not able to be present in person at the conference, enabling participants to present and engage with colleagues from afar.

  • Your Lightning Talk should be a 5-minute video presentation. All Lightning talks are presented on our community YouTube channel.

  • Your talk can be a Lecture or PowerPoint video:

    • Lecture style is a more traditional format, with the video featuring the speaker on screen during the talk, rather than audio playing over a PowerPoint or visual aid.

    • PowerPoint style uses images or another presentation format as the feature of the video, with voice recorded over the presentation/images.

  • When sending your YouTube link, please make sure that the video is set to public view.

  • Your video should be recorded with a minimum resolution of at least 720p (HD).

  • Your final presentation should be uploaded no later than one month prior to the start date of the conference. For example, if the conference dates are 1-3 June, your final presentation must be uploaded 1 May. Any Virtual Lighting Talks received after this date will not be featured at the conference.


    Once you have uploaded your Virtual Lightning Talk, submit a support ticket with a link to the YouTube video and the proposal number. Please format the "Subject" of your email as follows, including your accepted proposal number – example: “Virtual Access – K17P0001.”

    Follow the "turning a powerpoint into a video" help guide.

    You can see previous Virtual Lightning Talks on the Common Ground YouTube Page.

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