Git Merge Lightning Talks

February 3 to February 3, 2017

Closed on Feb 2, 2017 at 06:41am PST

Event Details

Git Merge is the Git community conference, focused on contributors, source control teams, and end-users of the best open source version control system. By participating in Git Merge, you are showing your commitment to the community of users and developers of a tool that has become an integral part of all of our development workflows.

Format & Themes

Lightning talks at Git Merge feature 10 slides in 10 minutes. This fast and fun format invites members of the Git community to share concise explorations of projects and learnings. Lightning talks uncover how you're pushing Git to the limit, getting right to the heart of the story without preamble. If you have an interesting story to tell about Git, this is the perfect place to share.


300 attendees are coming from all areas of the software development community. You can expect the audience to be technical and general experts with Git. They'll come from open source projects and professional software teams at organizations large and small.

Selection process

Lightning talks will be blind reviewed by a panel of GitHub staff from a range of departments and backgrounds. Speaker information will be used in any final reviews necessary to break ties and bring a balance to the speaking line-up. Note we have extended the deadline so final selections will now be completed and alerted by January 30, 2017.

Speaker Expenses

Lightning talk speakers will receive admission to Git Merge and all regular activities, including pre-conference workshops and the afterparty. Speakers are also invited to a private reception on Thursday, Feb 2. At this time, travel expenses are not covered for lightning talk presenters.

We strive to make speaking at Git Merge as accessible as possible. If your session is selected and you need additional support, including childcare or unique accommodations, then please inform our team. If you’re considering speaking, please remember that we’re seeking a range of speakers from different backgrounds, communities, and experience.


If you’re interested in speaking at Git Merge, please first familiarize yourself with our Code of Conduct, and then complete the proposal form which includes a brief description of your proposal description (2-3 paragraphs is fine), proposal title, and speaker details.

Tips for Topics

  • Tell a story or teach something new. What are you doing to enhance the future of Git?
  • Get straight to the point. With only 10 slides and 10 minutes, there's no need for a lengthy introduction to the topic.
  • Focus on topics that are relevant to the conference theme: Git and the Git community. Because this conference is about the Git community as a whole, we are not seeking sessions that are focused on GitHub as a product or company.
  • Be innovative: Share unique knowledge, explore new use cases, expand the conversation.