2018 Community Lightning Demos


Last year's PowerShell + Devops Global Summit was a roller coaster.
On one hand, I spoke for the first time - it was terrifying. Getting up in front of a local user group had helped, but it's not quite the same as a room full of PowerShell-ers, including MVPs and PowerShell team members - eek!
On the other hand, I was lucky enough to host the Community Lightning Demos. We managed to give 22 folks the chance to get up in front of the PowerShell community and give a quick, low-pressure ~10 minute demo.

How did it go?

Presumably it was a success! We got to see a variety awesome demos, folks got a taste of speaking in front of a summit crowd, and almost 10 lightning demo speakers are presenting full sessions this year.  Here's a glance from Trevor:

The demos are back again this year, with a few changes thanks to your feedback and the help of Don, Richard, and others:

  • The official Community Lightning Demos will be 120 minutes
  • We'll have more room for attendees, and no competing breakout sessions
  • A non-invasive green-yellow-red time tracker will help keep speakers on track
  • The demos are in the middle of the summit this year, leaving two days to follow up with speakers

What's the plan?

  • We'll open a call-for-demos March 1st
  • We have 12 slots for official Community Lightning Demos
  • Given that we have fewer slots, we may not get to all submissions. We'll likely prefer:
    • New speakers over breakout session speakers and 2017 demo speakers
    • New ideas or interesting variations
  • If we get enough submissions, we'll try to allocate more time (e.g. via side sessions)

So! Start thinking about what you want to demo. The specifics will change, but the gist of this bit on the 2017 Community Lightning Demos may help, including an example demo on PSDepend.

What if I don't get picked?

Seriously, don't worry about this! We'll try to work things out. Worst case scenario?

  • We might end up with space in a side session
  • Maybe we look into a post-summit unofficial online thing for community lightning demos
  • You might give someone an idea to run with based on your proposal alone! Glenn didn't get to chat about Neo4j, but his proposal lead to PSNeo4j and a session at the summit this year

Before we go, here's a quick taste of the 2017 lightning demos, documented by Michael: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22.  Some of their material is available here
Hope to see you on the stage - cheers!

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