Thanks to everyone who submitted a Lighting Talk idea for the 2020 NICAR Conference. Now it’s time to narrow the more than 45 ideas down to the 10 talks we’ll hear in New Orleans. Go online and vote for your favorite proposals. The polls close on Friday, Feb. 21.

What are Lightning Talks? Lightning Talks are 5-minute presentations on particular skills, tools or techniques. Pitches are submitted and voted on by NICAR20 attendees.

When are they? Friday, March 6, at 5 p.m. in New Orleans.

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 NICAR20. The official schedule will be posted on the Lightning Talks site a couple of days after voting closes.

Why can’t I see who pitched a talk? Last year, we 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.