Lightning Talk Guidelines

  • Lightning talks last 3 or 5 minutes (time limit is specified in the description of each talk).
  • Lightning talks can be pre-recorded (video) or delivered in person.
  • Lightning talks should be entertaining.
  • Lightning talks should convey the necessary information about your project.
  • Lightning talks are limited to a max of 3 images or slide. ┬áPrerecorded talks have no such restriction but cannot exceed the time limit.
Organization Audience cannot understand presentation because there is no sequence of information. Audience has difficulty following presentation because student jumps around. Student presents information in logical sequence which audience can follow. Student presents information in logical, interesting sequence which audience can follow.
Subject Knowledge Student does not have grasp of information; student cannot answer questions about subject. Student is uncomfortable with information and is able to answer only rudimentary questions, but fails to elaborate. Student is at ease and answers most questions with explanations and some elaboration. Student demonstrates full knowledge (more than required) by answering all class questions with explanations and elaboration.
Visual Aids Student uses superfluous visual aids or no visual aids. Student occasionally uses visual aids that rarely support the presentation. Student’s visual aids relate to the presentation. Student’s visual aids explain and reinforce the presentation.
Eye Contact Student makes no eye contact and only reads from notes. Student occasionally uses eye contact, but still reads mostly from notes. Student maintains eye contact most of the time but frequently returns to notes. Student maintains eye contact with audience, seldom returning to notes.
Verbal Techniques Student mumbles, incorrectly pronounces terms, and speaks too quietly for audience in the back of class to hear. Student’s voice is low. Student incorrectly pronounces terms. Audience members have difficulty hearing presentation. Student’s voice is clear. Student pronounces most words correctly. Most audience members can hear presentation. Student uses a clear voice and correct, precise pronunciation of terms so that all audience members can hear presentation.