GHCI 20 Session Formats

The Call for Submissions (CFS) is open until June 7, 10.30 p.m. IST.
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Any of the following formats can be used for the GHCI 20 submissions (except workshops and posters).
All workshops need to be submitted under the GHCI 20 Track: Tech Workshops. To make a poster submission, click on GHCI 20: Poster Session.

We offer a variety of formats for both speakers and attendees to find the sessions that fit them best. After selecting a track, explore all of our options to discover which one fits your speaking style and goals. Select a submission type below to view more information and specific requirements. Please note you are only able to submit and/or participate in one submission per session type.

  • Panel: A group of individuals convene and discuss a particular topic.
  • Presentation: A chance for you to share your in-depth knowledge about a particular topic.
  • Lightning Talk: A collection of small presentations of 15-20 minutes length, with related areas grouped under a high-level topic.

Panel

A panel is a group discussion around a particular topic and involves a moderator along with the panelists. This format provides the opportunity to discuss and share a variety of viewpoints on a topic. Panels can follow one of the two styles:

  • An opening with a short introduction followed by a moderator-led Q&A for a set of three to four (3-4) panelists.
  • A short presentations by three to four (3-4) panelists followed by an audience-driven Q&A.

Panel Submission Requirements

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 (1) moderator and three to four (3-4) panelists. No two (2) people from the same organization (company or institution) can be on the same panel submission. 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
  • Template: Use the Panel Starter Template to help you get started and build a great submission.

Panel Template – Editorial Guidelines

  • Word count: Submission abstracts should not be more than 150 words. The entire proposal should not go over three pages in word format. If the submission is selected, only the abstract gets published in the conference collaterals. Grammar and spell checks must be done by the submitter.
  • Font size: Times New Roman, Size 10
  • Titles: The titles should not exceed 10 words. Capitalize all major words in the title. Use lowercase for articles, conjunctions, and prepositions (the, a, an, and, but, for, or, nor, to, as). A general rule of thumb is to use lowercase for most words made of three or less letters.
  • Numbers: Spell out only single-digit numbers (zero through nine) and use numerals for all others. Spell out double-digit numbers only if they are the first word in the sentence.
  • Organization names: Spell out names of companies, labs, universities, etc. (e.g. Hewlett Packard; University of New Delhi, India) for the first mention in your submission, unless abbreviated versions are the official or most commonly used version (e.g. IIT).

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 one-way technical demonstrations by a speaker. A presentation can have only a single speaker on the stage at any point. There may be no more than two speakers proposed for a presentation submission. In the case of two proposed speakers, the submission must clearly specify the different areas/concepts/discussion points to be presented by each speaker. Please note that only one complimentary conference pass is given for presentations. The second speaker should buy a general attendee pass to be able to present.

Presentation Submission Requirements

  • 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 two 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.

Presentation – Editorial Guidelines

  • Word count: Submission abstracts should not be more than 150 words. The entire proposal should not go over three pages in word format. If the submission is selected, only the abstract gets published in the conference collaterals. Grammar and spell checks must be done by the submitter.
  • Font size: Times New Roman, Size 10
  • Titles: The titles should not exceed 10 words. Capitalize all major words in the title. Use lowercase for articles, conjunctions, and prepositions (the, a, an, and, but, for, or, nor, to, as). A general rule of thumb is to use lowercase for most words made of three or less letters.
  • Numbers: Spell out only single-digit numbers (zero through nine) and use numerals for all others. Spell out double-digit numbers only if they are the first word in the sentence.
  • Organization names: Spell out names of companies, labs, universities, etc. (e.g. Hewlett Packard; University of New Delhi, India) for the first mention in your submission, unless abbreviated versions are the official or most commonly used version (e.g. IIT).

Lightning Talks

The lightning talk format is a collection of short presentations. Related areas within a given high-level topic are grouped together to create a one-hour session of lightning talks, each of which is about 15-20 minutes long. 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 one hour submission. There must be a common link connecting each of the talks in the submission. Each speaker will present their view on the topic for between 15-20 minutes. A minimum of three (3) speakers and a maximum of four (4) speakers are encouraged to collaborate to create 50 minutes of distinct segments of content, followed by a 10-minute Q&A session. All speakers in an accepted lightning talk will receive a complimentary conference pass.

Lightning Talks Submission Requirements

  • Eligibility criteria: Subject matter experts from industry, academia, or government organizations
  • Number of presenters: One presenter on stage at any point in time. Between three to four (3-4) proposed speakers with sufficient distinction in the content to be presented.
  • Presentation time: 15-20 minutes per speaker, overall 45-50 minutes followed by audience Q&A for 10 minutes
  • Room type: Theater style seating
  • Template: Use the Lightning Talks Starter Template to help you get started and build a great submission.

Lightning Talk Template – Editorial Guidelines

  • Word count: Submission abstracts should not be more than 150 words. The entire proposal should not go over three pages in word format. If the submission is selected, only the abstract gets published in the conference collaterals. Grammar and spell checks must be done by the submitter.
  • Font size: Times New Roman, Size 10
  • Titles: The titles should not exceed 10 words. Capitalize all major words in the title. Use lowercase for articles, conjunctions, and prepositions (the, a, an, and, but, for, or, nor, to, as). A general rule of thumb is to use lowercase for most words made of three or less letters.
  • Numbers: Spell out only single-digit numbers (zero through nine) and use numerals for all others. Spell out double-digit numbers only if they are the first word in the sentence.
  • Organization names: Spell out names of companies, labs, universities, etc. (e.g. Hewlett Packard, University of New Delhi, India) for the first mention in your submission, unless abbreviated versions are the official or most commonly used version (e.g. IIT).

Tech Workshops

This is an exclusive track designed for workshops at GHCI 20. All workshop submissions have to be submitted under GHCI 20 Track: Tech Workshops.

The purpose of workshops is to provide participants with hands on experience on popular and emerging technology topics. We strongly encourage the workshop organizers to make their sessions highly interactive, enable discussions and include Q&As. The workshop session should facilitate a lively exchange of ideas and learning among the attendees.

Workshop Submission Requirements

  • The workshop should be compelling with deep insights that come from hands-on practice.
  • Along with your submission share a 2-minute video, telling us what the GHCI participants can gain from your workshop.
  • 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.
  • Keep the dependencies and hardware/software requirements for the workshop simple and practical. Please note that you would be providing any hardware/software required for the workshop to the participants
  • Number of presenters: A minimum of two subject matter experts
  • Presentation time: 60-90 minutes depending upon the content
  • Room type: Banquet style (round table seating)
  • Workshop size: The workshop should be designed to be able to accommodate 120-150 people
  • Template: Use the Workshop Starter Template to help you get started and build a great submission.

Poster Session

The goal of the poster session is to provide an opportunity for an informal discussion of one’s research with conference attendees.

Poster Session Submission Requirements

The proposal for a poster should contain the elements listed below. Your file upload must be in one of the following formats: pdf or doc.

  • Author(s): Your proposal should include as much of the following information as possible: name, address, phone numbers, email address (expect most correspondence by email), WWW address (if applicable), etc.
  • Statement of topic: A short title
  • Summary: Include a separate paragraph (maximum of 100 words) that serves as a succinct description of the project.
  • Significance and relevance of the topic: Please submit an extended abstract of up to 800 words that explains why the topic is significant. This should include:
    • Problem and motivation: Problem being addressed and explain the reasons for seeking a solution to this problem.
    • Background and related work: Specialized and relevant background necessary to appreciate the work. Include references to the literature where appropriate, and briefly explain where your work differs from that done by others. Reference lists do not count towards the limit on the length of the abstract.
    • Approach and uniqueness: Your approach in attacking the problem and how your approach is novel.
    • Results and contributions: How the results of your work contribute to technology and should explain the significance of those results. Please feel free to include figures.
  • Selection: Posters will be selected based on originality and contributions.
  • Template: Use the Poster Proposal Template to help you get started and build a great submission.

The Call for Posters is open until June 14, 10.30 p.m. IST.

The Call for Submissions (CFS) is open until June 7, 10.30 p.m. IST.
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