Higher Education students in Portugal can submit a proposal for a presentation at the largest and most prestigious annual conference of European academic networks (NRENs): the TNC22. Lightning Talks Challenge (LTC) has open registrations until March 9.

For several years, the Lightning Talks Challenge project has challenged students from different European countries to share their ideas and study/research projects in the field of technologies, namely IT or computer networks. Every year, the sharing takes place during TNC, which is considered the largest annual networking conference.

As in previous years, the FCCN Unit is once again collaborating with GÉANT to offer this possibility to Portuguese students. Registration is now open and the focus will be on sharing a story, a project, a demonstration or an invitation to collaborate. The maximum presentation time is 5 minutes, with GÉANT stressing that, within the limited presentation time, participants have "carte blanche" to be as creative as they wish.

Candidates selected to participate in TNC22 will have the opportunity to attend practical and interactive workshops on public speaking preparation, as well as support in creating a video presentation. This guidance, provided by GÉANT, will be customised and focused on each participant's project. On the other hand, travel and accommodation costs will also be covered by the organisation. 

The Lightning Talks Challenge is open to all students enrolled in courses in the area of IT and Networking, but also to young professionals who are starting their careers in these areas. Portuguese participations have been registered since 2017. In 2020, the students of the Higher Institute of Engineering of Porto (ISEP), Fábio Lourenço and Luís Sampaio, were selected, with a presentation on software engineering and artificial intelligence that can be viewed online.

The deadline for submitting applications is 9 March. Interested students should send their proposal to the following email address: c.imagem@fccn.pt. The proposal should be sent in English, be original and objective, and include the student's contact details. For more information about applications (requirements, deadlines, etc.), visit the page dedicated to the challenge.

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