GHCI 17 Session Formats

GHCI uses the following formats for submissions

Panel

A panel is a group discussion around a particular topic and involves a moderator along with panelists. This format offers to provide a variety of viewpoints on a topic. Panels can follow one of two styles –

  • An opening with a short introduction followed by a moderator-led Q&A for a set of 3 – 4 panelists
  • Short presentations by 3 – 4 panelists followed by an audience driven Q&A

Diverse, cross-organizational or interdisciplinary panels are highly encouraged. The panel must focus on a well – defined topic or concept. Submissions for this format type must specify the different viewpoints that will be addressed and which panelists will present them.

  • Eligibility criteria: Subject matter experts from industry, academia or government organizations.
  • Number of panelists: One moderator and three to four panelists. No two people (including moderator) from the same organization can be on a given panel. The submission must indicate if the moderator has had previous experience moderating a panel.
  • Presentation time: 45 – 50 minutes followed by audience Q & A for 10 minutes
  • Room type: Theater style seating
  • Template: Use the Panel Starter Template to help you get started and build a great submission

Presentation

The presentation format is well suited for a deep dive on a given topic. A presentation typically lasts between 45 – 50 minutes and includes a Q&A session at the end. Presentations are ideal for deep technical areas and original research topics. They can also be the format of choice for topics involving 1-way demonstrations by a speaker. A presentation can have only a single speaker on the stage at any point. There may be no more than 2 speakers proposed for a presentation submission. In the case of 2 speakers, clear articulation of the value brought by each speaker must be provided in the submission.

  • Eligibility criteria: Subject matter expert from industry, academia or government organizations.
  • Number of presenters: One presenter on stage at any point of time. No more than 2 proposed speakers with sufficient justification of the need.
  • Presentation Time: 45 – 50 minutes followed by audience Q & A for 10 minutes
  • Room type: Theater style seating
  • Template: Use the Presentation Starter Template to help you get started and build a great submission

Lightning Talks

The lightning talk format is a collection of short presentations, each of which is between 10 – 12 minutes long. Related areas within a given high-level topic are grouped together to create a 1-hour session of lightning talks. Submitters for lightning talks are encouraged to collaborate with their peers across organizations or across disciplines to provide detailed viewpoints through short presentations and present a combined 1 – hour submission. There must be a common link connecting each of the talks in the submission. Each speaker will present their view of the topic for between 10 -12 minutes. A minimum of 4 speakers and a maximum of 5 speakers are encouraged to collaborate to create 50 minutes of content, followed by a 10 – minute Q & A session.

  • Eligibility criteria: Subject matter experts from industry, academia or government organizations.
  • Number of presenters: One presenter on stage at any point in time. Between 4 – 5 proposed speakers with sufficient distinction in the content to be presented.
  • Presentation Time: 10 – 12 minutes per speaker, overall 45 – 50 minutes followed by audience Q & A for 10 minutes
  • Room type: Theater style seating
  • Template: Use the Starter Template (same as Presentation) to help you get started and build a great submission

Workshop

Interactive by nature, a workshop is a presenter-led, structured training with in-depth discussions and hands-on activities. Workshops are typically 90 – 120 minutes long. Workshop submissions must clearly articulate the takeaway for participants attending the session. There should be clear information on prerequisites, experience level of attendees and information on any pre-workshop preparation that participants must undergo in order to attend the workshop.

  • Eligibility criteria: Subject matter experts from industry, academia or government
  • Number of presenters: A minimum of 2 subject matter experts. Helping hands to manage logistics will be assigned by ABI.
  • Presentation Time: 90 – 120 minutes
  • Room type: Banquet style (round table seating) or Theater style – as requested
  • Template: Use the Workshop Starter Template to help you get started and build a great submission