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Wednesday, June 24 • 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Lightning Talks Day 1

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Perl on a cell phone
Zachary Zebrowski

This talk will talk about running perl on an android chroot environment called termux.



Octology on GitHub and SourceForge
Pip Stuart

This talk is all about bolts of Lightning from the Perly-G8s in the Clouds. It is a detailed demonstr8ion of what new users will become capable of doing by exploring all that Octology has to offer. Enjoy!


SRCPans - a cunning plan for marketing Perl + Raku
Nigel Hamilton

Google associates search problems with solutions - it's an association engine. Search on Google for 'parse a CSV file'. Where is Perl? Where is Raku? CPAN and modules.raku.org are full of solutions! When programmers have a problem we want them to find Perl and Raku solutions.

SCRPans is a proposal for a new TPF sponsored code sharing site for Perl and Raku, powered by our community and backed by CPAN and modules.raku.org. Think .... Stackoverflow meets RosettaCode.
This talk presents a mock user interface and proposes an MVP site and next steps. Give your feedback. Leave search trails to Perl and Raku. Support SRCPans.



Yes YOU can!
Fritz Zaucker

This talk will show a few examples of how we contribute to the development of Perl/Raku and demonstrate that YOU can as well.



Competitively Min-Maxing your Diet w/Raku
Joshua Eric Turcotte

Coming out of the Code For NoVA (a Code for America member) where open sourced projects and programming training occur, an idea of mine found traction -- that being encouraging better eating/cooking habits by 'min-maxing' a recipe's statistics for cost, quality, and overall health. Throw in competition and not only may new recipes emerge that improve local health, but it might also encourage local providers to ramp up growing healthy produce rather than processed junk.
While I'm more comfortable pursuing this with perl5, a participating teacher wanted to throw his highschool students at the idea for their classwork and wanted 'in on the ground floor' with a new language, and so Raku was adopted.
Very early stages yet, but it's worth a try.



Talk to Your Duck
Kevin A. McGrail

A short introduction to the benefits of talking to ducks and how it can improve your programming.



These Lightning Talks may be serious, funny, or both. They may be given by experienced speakers already giving full length talks or by first time speakers just starting out (this is a great way to get started if you have something to say). If you are a first time speaker you will win a tie with an experience speaker when the schedule is made if it comes to it. Today's first time speaker could be tomorrow's keynote speaker.

We will have about 8-10 Lightning Talks of 5 minutes each day. Submit your talk through the submit talk link at top of this description. The first deadline is with the full length talks. The second deadline is one week before the conference starts and many proposals will be accepted. Usually at least two speaking spots on days 2 and 3 will be held open until the day before the talks to give you a chance to see something at the conference and put together a Lightning Talk response. However if you wait for the later deadlines note that there are fewer spots available and you are less likely to be accepted so please try to submit more than a week before the conference.  THIS YEAR WITH THE COMPLICATIONS OF ZOOM IT WOULD REALLY BE BEST IF YOU SUBMIT EARLY.  ALSO SEE THE BOTTOM OF THIS DESCRIPTION FOR SOME OTHER CHANGES.

In addition to the five minute Lightning Talks where you get to use your computer, slides, and any other tool, we will also have some Lightning Advertisements. These are only 30 seconds, you don't have to submit a proposal, you don't get any slides, and you don't get to share your screen. If you have a BOF to announce, an auction item to advertise or any other short message you can use the transition time that would be otherwise wasted between Lightning Talks to share your message. See below for how to give an ad this year.

Why Would You Want to do a Lightning Talk?

Maybe you've never given a talk before, and you'd like to start small. For a Lightning Talk, you don't need to make slides, and if you do decide to make slides, you only need to make three.

Maybe you're nervous and you're afraid you'll mess up. It's a lot easier to plan and deliver a five minute talk than it is to deliver a long talk. And if you do mess up, at least the painful part will be over quickly.

Maybe you don't have much to say. Maybe you just want to ask a question, or invite people to help you with your project, or boast about something you did, or tell a short cautionary story. These things are all interesting and worth talking about, but there might not be enough to say about them to fill up thirty minutes.

Maybe you have a lot of things to say, and you're already going to give a long talk on one of them, and you don't want to hog the spotlight. There's nothing wrong with giving several Lightning Talks. Hey, they're only five minutes.

On the other side, people might want to come to a lightning talk when they wouldn't come to a long talk on the same subject. The risk for the attendees is smaller: If the talk turns out to be dull, or if the person giving the talk turns out to be a really bad speaker, well, at least it's over in five minutes. With lightning talks, you're never stuck in some boring lecture for forty-five minutes.

Still having trouble picking a topic, here are some suggestions:

1. Why my favorite module is X.
2. I want to do cool project X. Does anyone want to help?
3. Successful Project: I did project X. It was a success. Here's how you could benefit.
4. Failed Project: I did project X. It was a failure, and here's why.
5. Heresy: People always say X, but they're wrong. Here's why.
6. You All Suck: Here's what is wrong with the our community.
7. Call to Action: Let's all do more of X / less of X.
8. Wouldn't it be cool if X?
9. Someone needs to do X.
10. Wish List
11. Why X was a mistake.
12. Why X looks like a mistake, but isn't.
13. What it's like to do X.
14. Here's a useful technique that worked.
15. Here's a technique I thought would be useful but didn't work.
16. Why algorithm X sucks.
17. Comparison of algorithms X and Y.

Of course, you could give the talk on anything you wanted, whether or not it is on this list. If we get a full schedule of nothing but five minutes of ranting and raving on each topic, a good time will still be had by most.

As we are in the Cloud this year we will have to make a few changes from the normal arrangement.

  • To speak you will need to be participating in the interactive Zoom version of the conference so be sure to register using the link at the top of the website.
  • Traditionally we start the conference with the first day of lightning talks full and fill the rest of the slots during the conference.  We would really like to get most speakers selected and through a quick practice session on Zoom before the conference starts to avoid technical difficulties which will be much harder to gloss over in this environment.
  • If you think you will have technical difficulties consider having a backup plan where someone else display your slides and you say when to go to the next one.  A nice firm 'ping' or 'beep' like in old AV displays in school in the pre internet era would make many in the audience think kindly of you.
  • During the week before the conference you will get a chance to display a slide or two in a Zoom session for practice and to make sure your connection and camara are all set.  Talk with rGeoffrey in Slack or responding to your acceptance email to make arrangements.  You don't need your full set of slides during the practice, but a few slides in the correct program for a fair test would help.
  • Traditionally time is marked by a bell at the one minute warning and a gong when you finish.  In Zoom you will get private messages from rGeoffrey about time.  Sounds may also happen though we are still working out the details.
  • After you are accepted you will be invited into a Slack channel for lighting talk speakers (provided you have a Slack account) and that is where you can ask the rest of your questions or see the answers from those who asked before you.
  • Traditionally advertisers just sit in the front row and speak during the time speakers are swaping laptops.  This year be in the Zoom room and chat to rGeoffrey either in Zoom or Slack and be ready to be called on between speakers.  The speakers will get their screen shared while you speak.

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rGeoffrey Avery

Programmer, Perceptyx

Wednesday June 24, 2020 5:30pm - 6:30pm EDT
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