NYLA 2018 | Lightning Rounds

What is a Lightning Round Presentation?

Lightning Round is a presentation methodology in which 28 slides are shown for 15 seconds each (7 minutes in total).  It is an opportunity for several presenters to share information about a research problem, project, or study with many colleagues by developing slide show presentations.  Presenters may include printed materials or handouts, so long as the presentation remains under 7 minutes.  A few minutes will be designated on either side of the presentation for set-up/break-down of materials


The Lightning Round Presentations will take place at the NYLA Annual Conference in Rochester, NY on Thursday, November 8, 2018, time TBD.  Each presenter will be assigned a specific 10-minute segment during this time.

Application Process

Submit applications via our online form.

Application Deadline

The deadline for submitting an application is Tuesday, July 31.  The proposals will be reviewed by a subcommittee of the Conference Program Committee, and you will be notified of acceptance by August 30, 2018.

Lightning Round Presentation Rules

NYLA will provide the following:

  1. Presentation space including podium, microphone and display screen;
  2. Early access to the display area to enable the presentation to be set up.  Times to be conveyed as the event gets closer; and Exhibits “Fast Pass” for access to the Trade Show floor on November 9.
    Please note that this does not include Conference Registration nor will it allow access to any Conference Programs.

What you should provide:

  1. Final PowerPoint slides sent to projects@nyla.org no later than October 21, 2018; and
  2. An interesting project described with an abstract, information about the activity, results or outcomes, graphics or pictures, handouts, business cards, and a signup sheet if people want to be contacted afterward.

NYLA will NOT provide the following:

  1. Internet access
  2. Travel support for presenters

Presentation Tips

Components to include in the presentation:

  1. Title
  2. Abstract (brief)
  3. Author(s) / Presenter(s)
  4. Affiliation
  5. Problem Statement
  6. Conclusion / Summary of Findings
  7. Contact Information

For any questions regarding the Lightning Round Presentations, please contact marketing@nyla.org.