PyCon Pittsburgh. April 15-23, 2020.

Lightning Talks

What’s a lightning talk?

Lightning talks are 5-10 minutes long, on any topic of interest to other Python people. It doesn’t have to be about something that you wrote, it can be something that you learned, or a technique you think other people will be interested in.

You know that thing at work that everyone comes to you for help with? Talk about that!

You know that thing you just learned that helped you out? Talk about that!

You know that thing you always wish you understood, but haven’t figured out yet? Talk about that!

Things people say when they think they can’t do a lightning talk:

“Everyone already knows THING_X”

“I’m not an expert at anything”

“It’s scary talking in front of people”

“I have an idea but it’s no good”

Each day we put out poster boards next to the registration desk for people to submit their ideas. At lunch-time we randomly select ‘winners’ who will be notified via email that they have a slot at that evening’s lightning talks or the following morning’s lightning talks.

Lightning Talk schedule: