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NICAR22 Lightning Talks

Lightning Talks are quick and quirky 5-minute presentations on particular skills, tools or techniques. Pitches are submitted and voted on by #NICAR22 attendees. They have become a staple of NICAR conferences and a much-anticipated session each year.



Dec. 15 – Jan. 30: Review the contest rules and details. Submit your pitches by filling out this form.

Jan. 31 – Feb. 6: Vote for your favorite Lightning Talk Pitch.

Week of Feb. 7: Winning pitches announced on the IRE website.

Feb. 23: Virtual Lightning Talks presenters send recorded video to IRE. 

March 4: Lightning Talks presented at NICAR22 in Atlanta and virtually.


Who will give Lightning Talks at NICAR22? These 10 talks will be given. K. Sophie Will is the Lightning Talks M.C. 

What are Lightning Talks? Lightning Talks are 5-minute presentations on particular skills, tools or techniques. Pitches are submitted and voted on by NICAR22 attendees.

Who can submit pitches? Anyone who plans to attend the NICAR22 conference can submit pitches. You must be a current IRE member to attend the conference.

How does voting work? Voting will open Jan. 30 and close Feb. 6. The pitches will be put up for voting with the title and description only, without the person’s name attached, in order to encourage a more diverse group of people to submit pitches and bring more focus to the content of the talk.

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 NICAR22. The official schedule will be posted on the Lightning Talks site a couple of days after voting closes, and those whose talks are submitted will be notified directly.

What will Lightning Talks look like in the hybrid conference? All talks will either be prerecorded or done in-person. Presenters will indicate in the pitch form whether or not they prefer to do their talk at the in-person conference in Atlanta or if they would rather submit a pre-recorded video. After voting closes, everyone whose talk is chosen will receive specific instructions on how to record their talk or prepare for in-person presentations. The talks will be at 5 p.m. Eastern Time (U.S.) on Friday, March 4, as part of NICAR22.

If you have any questions about Lightning Talks, email

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