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Submit a session proposal for the Lightning Talks

Lightning Talks tell the story of inspiring initiatives or strategies transforming philanthropy – in 7 minutes or less.

Key dates:
  • 17 November: Session submissions open
  • 10 January: Deadline to submit session proposals
  • 29 January: Notification of submission status
  • 15 February: Deadline to confirm participation
  • 7 March: Deadline to send final session information

For detailed information on the types of sessions you can propose, click here.

Language and accessibility:
  • Session submissions are accepted primarily in English. However, you are welcome to submit your proposal in the language that is most comfortable for you.
  • Simultaneous spoken interpretation in English/Georgian, and English closed captioning, will be available during the plenaries and Lightning Talks. Please let us know if interpretation into other languages, including sign language, would be helpful for you.
  • We will do our best to make interpretation available for Discovery Journeys upon request. Please include information about the interpretation needs of any presenters in your session submission form.
  • Please share any additional accessibility requests for presenters in your submission form. HRFN will aim to ensure locations and sessions are accessible to all participants.
Download a PDF copy of the forms here if you want to access the submission form offline. Please note session submissions must be made through the online applications here.

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Please fill out the form below to submit your session proposal.



Please enter the information below for the organization leading the session submission. This is the person HRFN will be following up with for the session proposal. Please note that there will be space to list additional collaborators below.
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If you’re collaborating with other organizations for your session, please list their respective contacts who should be included in the follow-up communications about the session. If you don't have specific contacts for an organization, you can leave the contact information blank.

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