AAC Lightning Pitch

SPECIAL SESSION at ISAAC 2018: AAC Lightning Pitch

Wednesday, July 25th @ 4 – 5:30 p.m.

We are providing an opportunity for all researchers, clinicians, family members, and people who use AAC to share their great AAC-related ideas in a special session at the 2018 ISAAC conference. The only catch is – you have just 3 minutes. This session gives you an opportunity to share your research idea or update, clinical breakthrough, or idea for new technology to a large and diverse audience. Please note that the Lightning Pitch session is not open to product pitches from established, commercial device manufacturers.

If you would like to participate your presentation will need to be as follows:

  • A single static PowerPoint slide is permitted.  The slide is to be presented from the beginning of your speech. In preparing the slide, remember that ‘less is more’. It does not have to include text.
  • Presentations are limited to 3 minutes maximum and competitors exceeding 3 minutes will be disqualified.
  • Presentations are considered to have commenced when a presenter starts their presentation through either movement or speech.
  • You may use notes to keep you on track but remember you need to excite and reach your audience.

Presentations will be judged by a panel of three experts, Susan Balandin (moderator), Lateef McLeod and Rolf Black, according to set criteria. The author of the winning pitch will receive expenses to the value of $AU500 to spend on furthering their idea over the next 12 months. There will also be an Audience Power award for the most popular presentation.

All applications must be received by Friday, July 6th. If you are interested in participating, please send an email to conference2018@isaac-online.org with your name, country, organisation (if applicable) and the title of your 3 minute presentation. Please put “lightning pitch” in the subject line of your email. If accepted we will contact you with a Dropbox link for your PowerPoint slide. Your slide will need to be submitted by Monday, July 16th.

We can only accept the first fifteen unique submissions we receive, so get your thinking caps on quickly! Please note that the Lightning Pitch session will not run with less than five submissions.

For more information, including a voting form, a scoring sheet, and general information with judging criteria, see below:

Special thanks to Deakin University, Australia, for sponsoring this session.