7 Tips for Submitting Your NODES 2023 Talk

You know what’s right around the corner? The deadline to submit your talk for NODES 2023, the virtual event where developers and data scientists share their latest graph-powered projects and techniques. (Don’t worry: This blog post will make it easy to create your abstract, even if you’ve never written one before!)

This year’s talk tracks cover intelligent apps, AI/ML, and visualization – areas where we’re seeing a lot of incredible innovation and creative projects.

A week ago, we shared inspirations to help you come up with ideas for your talk. Now, with the Call for Papers deadline right around the corner (June 30!), you can use these 7 tips to finalize your idea and write your abstract.

Let’s dive right in.

Brainstorming Your Ideas:

1. Think About Your Audience

You have your basic idea. Now, consider your audience. This is key because it orients your entire session. For example, are they developers with expertise in multiple programming languages? What industries could they be coming from? Jot down a short description.

2. Outline Your Topic

Write a brief outline of the main points you’ll include in your talk. What is the problem that you’re solving? How is graph technology making this easier, faster, or otherwise better? What will you present to demonstrate that to your audience?

Writing Your Abstract:

3. Describe the Problem in Your Opener

Your opening line describes the problem that your audience is facing. Here’s an example: “Every developer needs to know how to ____.”

4. Explain What People Will Learn

In one or two sentences, describe what people will discover during your talk. This is the core of your abstract. It lets people know whether your session is for them. Use clear phrases such as “You will learn ____ and ____.” Also highlight what’s special about your session. If you’re live coding, showing a cool animation or visualization, or sharing lessons learned, let people know about it.

5. Remind People You’re a Person Too

While we do love our bots and AI, make that human connection in your abstract. Sprinkle in your name! For example, write: “In this session, Jamie will show you…”

6. Give It a Title

Write a few title options. Try a couple of straightforward titles, then try a couple of funny versions. Pick the one you think would compel your audience to attend.

7. Get Feedback

Ask a few peers to review the title and abstract. Refine it based on their feedback, then you’re ready to hit the “submit” button!

Haven’t Spoken Before? Submit a Lightning Talk.

If this is your first time speaking at an event or presenting on graph technology, consider opting for a lightning talk. Lightning talks are only 15 minutes long. You know that thing everyone comes to you for help with? That clever trick or shortcut you encountered? That problem you recently solved using graphs? Talk about that!

If you’re looking for inspiration for talk ideas, check out our blog post, 10 Ideas to Inspire Your Graph Genius at NODES 2023.

The Call for Papers deadline is June 30, so don’t delay.