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2024 Lightning Talk Program

Every narrative holds the potential to spark transformative change!

2024 Lightning Talk Program: Call for Abstracts

This year’s Summit will include a series of live, lightning-talk presentations where data storytellers in our community can share their work. We invite participants to submit abstracts or projects to be considered for the session on October 1st or 2nd 2024.



Selected lightning talks will be presented during the Summit in Boston, MA on October 1st or 2nd 2024. Abstracts will be accepted on a rolling basis, and can include written abstracts, samples of work, or audio/video recordings describing a project. 


Submitted abstracts will be accepted on a rolling basis until Friday, August 30,2024 at 11:59pm ET.


If accepted, you will be notified by email.

Data storytelling work can be research projects

This year's theme is Radical Connection and Renewal for Collective Liberation.

We are looking for presentations reporting:

1. community leadership stories, or

2. data storytelling work

that highlight efforts to reimagine, strengthen, and restore healthcare, public health, education, legal, social, and other systems to promote children’s wellbeing and prevent trauma.


Data storytelling work can be research projects, community narratives, or community advocacy work which uses data to tell a story. While community leadership stories responding to do not have specific guidelines, we encourage presenters to use visual aids such as pictures, maps, or graphs. 

Vital Village can provide technical support and guidance as you prepare your presentations. We also invite you to register for optional 1:1 office hours if you would like tailored support on your abstract preparation, project, or lightning talk. You can register for the office hours here.

Summit Registration

All presenters must register to attend the summit.

Please note that summit registration ends August 30, 2024.



Abstract Submission

All abstracts must be submitted by Friday, August 30, 2024 in order to be considered. However, we strongly encourage you to submit your abstract before the end of June 2024.

Acceptance Notification

Abstracts will be reviewed & accepted on a rolling basis until Friday, August 30, 2024 (11:59pm ET).

You will be notified of your acceptance via email no later than Friday, September 6, 2024 (5:00 pm ET).

Final Poster Upload

If you are using slides for your presentation, we ask that you please share a copy of the final presentation materials as a backup by Friday, September 27, 2024.

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