Call for Speakers

At AAC 2016, We want to hear your voice. Here's how you can apply to become a speaker or presenter.

Lightning and Ignite Talk

Ted-style talks

Do you have an idea you would like to share with your fellow AAC Participants? At this year’s conference, we are providing members with two distinct options to present their ideas:

  • Lightning Talk

Speakers will have a strict 5 minutes to present their ideas, accompanied by a timed slideshow (required).

  • Ignite Talk

Speakers will have 10 minutes to present their ideas.

Lightning and Ignite Talks are the best opportunity for participants to share your thoughts on any topic impacting the Afghan-American community. Tell us about a perceived community problem and give us your solution. We ask that you organize your idea into a concise and well-rounded presentation. Consider the following guidelines when choosing a topic.

Your topic should be:

  • A multidisciplinary idea
  • An engaging proposal
  • Non-polarizing and focused towards the betterment and growth of the Afghan-American Community
  • Action or solution oriented

Note: We ask that you do not submit your talk until you have received an acceptance letter via email to attend AAC.


  1. Upload your video on YouTube (either public or unlisted) and title it: “Your Name | Topic Title | AAC 2016”
  2. Upload your PowerPoint via Google Slides (public) and title it: “Your Name | Topic Title | AAC 2016”
  3. Submit your presentation's YouTube link and Google Slides link on this Google Form.
  4. If you are chosen to give a talk, our Programming Committee will work with you leading up to the conference to polish your presentation. Your success is our success!

Deadline to Submit: TUESDAY, MARCH 1 at 11:59 PM

We are excited to guide through the speaker process and are committed to assisting you with creating a powerful, one-of-a-kind talk.

TED-style Talks at AAC 2015

Watch TED-Style talks from AAC 2015 for guiding examples of what we are looking for in future conference speakers and presenters.

Facilitate a Session

If you have strong facilitation skills and are drawn to one or two of AAC's focus areas, fill out the Facilitator Application Form below. Sessions are 1 - 1.5 hours in length.
AAC discussions have a strong focus on making room for each person's viewpoint and giving all of us the opportunity to learn from one another. They are designed to encourage us to look beyond the binary and explore the complexities of how we interact with each other and with the larger society. To do this, we need skilled facilitators.

Facilitator GuidElines

  • Have a strong understanding of group dynamics and a strong commitment to maintaining equity within the group.
  • Create an inclusive and supportive space for everyone
  • Keep the discussion relevant to the topic and objective(s)
  • Engage all participants and encourage different perspectives
  • Be responsible for starting and ending on time.
  • Conduct the group in a way that allows for appropriate interactions amongst the participants. Re-direct the discussion if one or a few participants are monopolizing time.
  • We will provide norms for the start of every session. If someone chooses not to follow them, ask them to leave.
  • Remember that this is not a lecture or workshop format. Rather than making statements, limit yourself to interjecting questions to promote discussion among the group members.
  • The goal of the discussion is to promote thoughts, opinions and viewpoints amongst the participants and gives individuals the opportunity to share their own truth and experience.
  • Be as objective as possible, and hold your personal opinions at bay.

Deadline to Submit: TUESDAY, MARCH 1 at 11:59 PM

If you have any questions, please contact the Programming Committee at