Lightning Talk Submission Information

Submissions are closed.
Date Due Friday, October 8, 2021
Time Due 23:59 AoE (Anywhere on Earth, UTC-12h)
Submission Limits 1 page, 500 words maximum (including abstract of 250 words)
Notification to Authors Friday, November 5, 2021
Camera-Ready Deadline Thursday, December 15, 2021
Duration 5 minutes

Author Guidelines: Lightning Talks

Lightning talks are expected to explore tentative or preliminary work, or even ideas for possible work. Lightning Talks describe works in progress (tentative or preliminary work), new and untested ideas (ideas for possible work), or opportunities for collaborative work. Presentations of mature work will not be considered. The purpose of a Lightning Talk can be to start a discussion, find collaborators, or receive input and critique about an idea. Proposals are limited to 500 words, including the abstract of 250 words, and will be reviewed with a dual-anonymous process for acceptance. Lightning Talk presentations will be a maximum of 5 minutes each. Presenters may use slides, but these must be submitted to the Lightning Talks Track Co-Chairs a few days before the presentation.

Dual-Anonymous Review Process

Initial submissions to the Lightning Talks track are reviewed with the dual-anonymous review process, in which authors must anonymize their submissions — thus reviewers (and APCs for papers) are unaware of the author — and reviewers and APCs are anonymous to each other and to the authors. During the discussion of a submission in EasyChair, reviewers can refer to each other by their reviewer number on that submission’s review.

How Should The Proposal Be Formatted?

Lightning Talk proposals must be submitted in PDF format. The full proposal contains a title, an abstract and a description of the Lightning Talk (as detailed below). The full proposal is used for the review process only and must be anonymized. If the proposal is accepted, the title and authors appear in the printed program while the title, authors, and abstract appear in both the online program and proceedings. The format for the proposal is described in the following section.

Lightning Talk Proposal Format and Contents

The proposal is limited to 1 page, 500 words max., and should include the following:

  • Title: A title for the Lightning Talk.

  • Abstract: A summary of the Lightning Talk. The same abstract will also need to be submitted via a text box on the submission page. Please be sure that your summary is accurate and that both submitted copies (here in the Lightning Talk Proposal, and in the submission text box) are identical. Please recall that the abstract is the only part of the proposal to appear in the online program and proceedings and should thus be self-contained. Note that the abstracts of accepted Lightning Talks can be edited in response to reviews.

  • Description: Describe your talk in more detail. It will be helpful for reviewers to know why you are excited about the topic, and why you think others will be interested, too. Outline how you plan to present your topic in 5 minutes.

Supplementary Materials

The abstract for an accepted proposal when published may contain a link to a website with more information. However, you should not include such links to any supplementary materials in your initial submission, so as to respect the dual-anonymous review process.

Virtual Options

For virtual presentations, the presenter may provide a pre-recorded video of their presentation. In any case the presenter must be available to participate live in Q&A during the session either in person or online via conferencing software.

Sample Proposal

Previous Lightning Talks

How Do I Submit My Lightning Talk?

Please be aware that the submission form asks you to provide demographic information. This demographic information is being collected by ACM; they created the questions and require them to be in the submission form. Please know that the demographic information submitted is not seen (and thus cannot be used in any way) by Technical Symposium reviewers or leadership. We also have no control over the questions asked nor where they appear in the form.

SIGCSE TS 2022 is not participating in the new ACM workflow, template, and production system. MS Word Authors, please use the Interim Template. LaTeX Authors, please use the official ACM Master template with the “sigconf” format option in the documentclass.

Submissions use the English language. If you desire editing services, consider the following from the ACM.

ACM has partnered with International Science Editing (ISE) to provide language editing services to ACM authors. ISE offers a comprehensive range of services for authors including standard and premium English language editing, as well as illustration and translation services. Editing services are at author expense and do not guarantee publication of a manuscript.
  • Prepare your Lightning Talk submission using the format specified above.

  • Recall that you will also need to copy-and-paste or type your text abstract description into a text box in the submission form. Be sure that the same text appears in the submission and in the abstract text box in the submission form.

  • Be sure to choose the appropriate topic areas when submitting. Your choices help in assigning appropriate reviewers to your submission, and assist the reviewers in evaluating the paper from an appropriate perspective.

Details regarding submission upload will be made available when the submission system goes online.

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If you have questions about anything discussed above, please contact:

Demos and Lightning Talks Team


  • Carsten Kleiner
    University of Applied Sciences & Arts Hannover
  • Bedour Alshaigy