Submission deadline extended

Lightning Talks and Community Feedback Talks at the 2005 O'Reilly Open Source Convention

Lightning talks are brief (5-minute) talks that focus on a single example, idea, project, or technique. Lightning talks do not attempt to cover all aspects of their subject matter, but rather to present one facet of the idea clearly and succinctly.

A Community Feedback Talk (CFT) is just that: a request to the community for comments and discussion. Typically, the presenter will briefly discuss some software project they have been working on, and perhaps show a demo. CFT sessions will take place in a smaller room than the lightning talks and will not have a hard time limit. Presenters are requested to keep their presentations short so that everyone gets a chance to speak; they should certainly be no more than about seven minutes each.

How to Submit

Lightning Talks

To submit a proposal for a lightning talk, please send your proposed title and an abstract of up to four sentences to

If your submission is recveived, you will receive an email confirmation message within one hour. If you don't receive an email confirmation message, your submission was not received.

Submissions Extended!

The deadline for submissions has been extended to Thursday, August 4 11:35 PDT (2005-08-04 1935 UTC). To submit a talk, send a proposal as above or contact me in person at OSCON.

CFT Sessions

You do not need to submit a proposal to speak at an CFT session. We will run the session as a friendly, informal meeting, so just show up prepared to talk. If you would like to send me ( a quick note to let me know what you would like to talk about, that would be fine. If you don't send a note, that's fine too.

More information about CFT sessions.

Tenatative Schedules

Each title is annotated with its estimated start time.

Seven Dirty Words of Programming
Andy Lester (10:50)

Podcasting Perl
Josh McAdams (10:55)

Debugging the De Bruijn Sequence
Mark Dominus (11:00)

JSAN: JavaScript Archive Network
Casey West (11:05)

Tactical vs. strategic thinking
Ben Tilly (11:11)

How to make a lunch box from an O'Reilly book
Elizabeth Cortell (11:16)

Rosetta: Not Just Another Database Wrapper
Darren Duncan (11:21)

Why I hate Apache
Rich Bowen (11:25)

(Short break)

Graphics-Driven Manufacturing with Perl
Eric Wilhelm (11:33)

How to not be a Nobody
Andy Lester (11:39)

Marvin Humphrey (11:44)

Traffic Shaping with mod_perl2
Will Whittaker (11:49)

Minimal Perl
Tim Maher (11:49)

Gratuitous use of Perl prototypes
Grant McLean (11:54)

The Authentication System
Ask Bjørn Hansen (12:00)

Juggling Multiple Languages in the Enterprise Workplace
Luke Closs (12:05)

Ergonomics and Emacs
Tim Chambers


More Information about Lightning Talks.

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