LISA21 Call for Lightning Talks

Sponsored by USENIX, the Advanced Computing Systems Association.

LISA21 will take place on June 1–3, 2021, as a virtual event.

Important Dates

  • Proposals due: Friday, April 9, 2021, 8:59 pm PDT
  • Notifications sent to presenters: Friday, April 16, 2021
  • Pre-recorded videos due from presenters: Wednesday, May 12, 2021
    • If edits are needed, you will be notified by Thursday, May 20, 2021 and will need to submit your changes by Tuesday, May 25, 2021.


Computer system engineering, administration, operations—whatever your organization calls it—has evolved beyond merely making systems run. Today's systems engineers design, develop, and run more complex, optimized, and distributed systems at all levels of scale. Come learn the skills and knowledge to get the most from your systems at LISA21.

LISA wants to help you share your short stories and experience. Whether you’re an infrastructure engineer, system administrator, SRE, academic, or developer, we highlight the best in systems engineering, and the people who make it all come together.

Call for Participation

LISA is soliciting lightning talks proposals for 5 or 10 minute talks.

We welcome and encourage participation from all individuals, including people that are underrepresented in, or excluded from, technology: people of color, women, LGBTQ people, people with disabilities, students, veterans, and others with unique characteristics, whether or not they are protected by law. Similarly, we welcome participants from diverse professional roles: QA testers, security teams, DBAs, network administrators, compliance experts, UX designers, government employees, and scientists. Regardless of who you are or the job title you hold, if you are a technologist who faces unique challenges, we encourage you to be a part of LISA21.

LISA only accepts vendor-neutral proposals. If you wish to promote or pitch a product at LISA, please contact the USENIX Sponsorship Department about exhibition and sponsor opportunities.


We are looking for proposals to fit into a virtual conference. All talks will be pre-recorded videos and scheduled like a normal conference for attendees to watch. More details will follow upon acceptance of your proposal in the submission system.

  • We're looking for fun and engaging talks about systems and technology! Lightning talks are a great way to try out speaking without committing to a full talk, so they're a perfect opportunity for first-time speakers!
  • Please note: Only registered attendees can present lightning talks. LISA21 registration fees are low due to the virtual format; USENIX members can attend for free or for a deeply discounted rate depending on their membership type. If the registration fee presents a hardship, please contact the USENIX conference team via
  • We will accept lightning talk proposals via the submission form.


LISA is a gathering of engineers who care deeply about all aspects of systems including design, development, optimization, and security. Our purpose is to be inclusive as we bring together ideas representative of our diverse community, whether its members are focusing on a global scale, launching new products or ideas, or pivoting their approach to united software and systems engineering. LISA challenges both those new to the profession as well as those who have been involved in the profession for years. The conference culture is built upon respectful collaboration amongst all participants through critical thought, deep technical insights, continuous improvement, and innovation.

Code of Conduct

LISA is an inclusive and equitable space that welcomes the perspectives of everyone. Our Conference Code of Conduct and Event Guidelines for Speakers specify our commitment to providing a safe and enjoyable event experience for all event participants, and a welcoming environment for free discussion of ideas. We do not tolerate harassment of event participants in any form.


The lightning talk chairs can help! Email

Lightning Talks Co-Chairs

Derek Arnold, Stark State College

Rikki Endsley, AWS