Thanks to everyone who submitted a Lighting Talk idea for the 2019 CAR Conference. Now it’s time to narrow the more than 40 ideas down to the 10 talks we’ll hear in Newport Beach. Go online and vote for your favorite proposals. The polls close on Friday, Feb. 22.

What are Lightning Talks? Lightning Talks are 5-minute presentations on particular skills, tools or techniques. Pitches are submitted and voted on by NICAR19 attendees.

When are they? Friday, March 8, at 5 p.m. in Newport Beach.

How does voting work? You’ll be able to vote for as many talks as you’d like, and the 10 talks with the most votes will be a part of the Lightning Talks session at NICAR19. The official schedule will be posted on the Lightning Talks site a couple days after voting closes.

Why can’t I see who pitched a talk? For the first time, we’ve decided to make the pitching and voting process anonymous. In years past, the person’s name would be displayed alongside the pitch. Our hope was to use anonymity to encourage a more diverse group of people to submit pitches and bring more focus to the content of the talk in the voting process.