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[ANN] EmacsConf 2022 Call for Participation
[ANN] EmacsConf 2022 Call for Participation
Sun, 17 Jul 2022 20:00:01 -0400
Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/29.0.50 (gnu/linux)
Dear fellow Emacsians,
We are excitedly calling for your participation for EmacsConf 2022,
planned for December 3 and 4, 2022 (Sat-Sun)! The CFP will be open
until September 18. Please see below for details on how to send in
your proposal(s), or chat with us about them and about other ways of
participating and volunteering around EmacsConf via our main IRC
channel #emacsconf on the Libera.Chat network.
As an entirely volunteer-run conference we are always looking for more
volunteers and organizers to help with various aspects of organizing
and running the conference, including reviewing session proposals and
streaming parallel tracks. To get involved, please come by our IRC
channel or one of our public mailing lists (see below) and introduce
yourself and tell us about your interests, or contact myself or one of
the other organizers directly if you're feeling a bit shy; we hope to
hear from you! :)
P.S. please direct any replies for this message either to me or to the
emacsconf-discuss list, so as to help avoid generating extra off-topic
chatter in the other lists Cc'd on this message. Thank you.
December 3 and 4, 2022
Table of Contents
1. Call for Participation
2. Important dates
3. Talk formats
4. Preparing and submitting your proposal
5. Getting involved
6. Commitment to freedom
1 Call for Participation
[EmacsConf 2022] will be a virtual conference on *December 3 and 4,
2022 (Sat-Sun)*. If you'd like to present at the conference, please
[submit your proposal] by *September 18, 2022*.
EmacsConf 2022 is about the joy of [Emacs] and Emacs Lisp.
Come share your experiments and adventures with the Emacs text
editor / operating system / way of life! We welcome speakers of
*all backgrounds* and *all levels of experience*, including
newcomers giving their first talk. What have you found exciting
about Emacs lately? What do you wish someone had told you when you
were starting out? What part of your workflow might inspire someone
to get into Emacs or go deeper?
A great way to get started with writing a proposal is to start by
exploring the programs from previous years: , , ,
, . You might also find some neat ideas on the [ideas]
page. Feel free to add yours there too! If you're still not sure,
come by our IRC channel `#emacsconf' on `irc.libera.chat' and say
hi. You can join the chat using [your favourite IRC client], or by
visiting [chat.emacsconf.org] in your web browser.
All kinds of people use Emacs for all kinds of things. We'd love it
if EmacsConf 2022 could highlight interesting perspectives and
reflect the diversity of our community. If you know someone who
might have a good idea for a talk, please reach out to them and
encourage them to submit a proposal. Many people (especially from
underrepresented groups such as women, people of colour,
non-developers, etc.) might not consider themselves proficient
enough to share their thoughts. If you let them know that you value
their knowledge and experiences, and maybe even suggest something
that you think others would like to hear about, they may realize
that they do have something worth sharing and that we would love to
hear from them.
[EmacsConf 2022] <https://emacsconf.org/2022/>
[submit your proposal] <https://emacsconf.org/2022/cfp/>
[your favourite IRC client] <ircs://irc.libera.chat:6697/emacsconf>
2 Important dates
For EmacsConf 2022, we are planning for 9am to 5pm Toronto/EST
(2pm-10pm UTC) on December 3 and 4. Depending on people's
availability, it might be two half-days.
CFP opens July 17, 2022
CFP closes September 18, 2022
Speaker notifications September 30, 2022
Schedule published October 31, 2022
EmacsConf 2022! December 3 and 4, 2022
If you are not available during the conference itself but you have a
neat idea that you'd like to share, please propose it anyway!
You can always handle questions after the conference, and we might
even be able to coordinate with other Emacs meetups for regional
events (if you're an Emacs meetup organizer and would like to make
this happen let's [get in touch]!).
Please note that although we will try our best to stick to the above
dates in the coming months, given the current state of the world, we
may have to move things around a bit in case of unforeseen events.
Thank you for your patience and understanding.
[get in touch] <https://emacsconf.org/contact/>
3 Talk formats
We'd like EmacsConf 2022 to inspire lots of different people to
explore lots of different things in Emacs. We hope to put together
a stream of quick ideas followed by lots of conversation over IRC
and/or Q&A sessions, with occasional deep dives into topics that
many people might find interesting or useful.
As you think about your talk/session, consider what you can share
- *Up to 10 minutes total:* What is the core idea? What do you want
people to do or remember? You can show just enough to get people
interested and then point them to where they can learn more
afterwards. You can answer questions over IRC, the pad, or the
wiki, and there's no limit to how long that conversation can go.
- *Up to 20 minutes total:* How would you flesh out some of the
points from your 5-10 minute presentation? How can you show the
pieces working together?
- *Up to 40 minutes total:* What would benefit from a deep dive?
How do you keep it engaging?
When writing your proposal, please write an outline of what you plan
to talk about if you have 5-10 minutes. If you'd like to propose a
longer talk, outline what you might include if you had more time to
present (up to 40 minutes, including Q&A).
Here's an example for a potentially 40-minute talk:
- 5-10 minutes: quick demo of the abc package working together with
- 20 minutes: same as above, with some customization options to
accommodate a different workflow.
- 40 minutes: all of the above, including modifying the behaviour of
the package in order to add something new.
This flexibility would help us in devising the conference schedule
so that as many people as possible could get a chance to present
their ideas, while still allowing for featuring longer deep dive
Other session formats such as tutorials, workshops, and hangouts are
welcome as well, in case you would find those other formats
preferable to a traditional talk format. If you're interested in
these or other session types, please let us know [publicly] or
[privately]. We'll be happy to work something out with you.
4 Preparing and submitting your proposal
We're aware that it can be challenging and intimidating to prepare
and submit a proposal to a conference, and we want to help make it
less so. Come say hi to us on our IRC channel `#emacsconf' on
`irc.libera.chat', and we'd be happy to try and answer any questions
or concerns you may have about writing your proposal or submitting
it. We'd also love to receive suggestions on how we can best help
you and other prospective speakers interested in giving a talk at
Once you're ready to submit your proposal, the [submit] page has the
instructions on how to submit your talk. The submissions will then
be reviewed by a selection committee (please [let us know] if you
would like to help review submissions as part of this committee).
If your talk is approved, we'd love it if you could help us make
sure the conference runs smoothly. After we email you with the time
allotted for your talk, we'll ask you to
- prepare a prerecording of your talk, or record it with our help if
that'd be easier for you; and
- schedule a short tech-check if you'd like to be able to answer
questions in a live session.
Don't forget to subscribe to our main mailing list,
[emacsconf-discuss], for discussion and announcements about the
If you'd like to propose something other than a talk, like
restreaming the conference, you can also use this CFP to share your
ideas with us.
We look forward to your ideas and submissions!
[let us know] <https://emacsconf.org/contact/>
5 Getting involved
If you would like to help with the conference (planning the
sessions, reviewing proposals, helping with infrastructure, making
sessions more accessible, editing video transcripts, etc.), see our
[planning] page and come say hi to us at `#emacsconf' on
Importantly, as EmacsConf continues to grow and receive increasingly
more talk/session proposal submissions each year, we have thought
about adding multiple parallel tracks during the conference days to
accommodate the large number of sessions. However, we're currently
a very small team and we would need your help to do it! If you're
interested in helping stream a parallel EmacsConf track and have a
reliable internet connection with decent speed and bandwidth, please
[get in touch] with us so we can help get you set up for streaming.
We'd also likely need more volunteers still for each track, for
example a host for that track to announce the next talk (this can
also be done by the streamer if the streamer is interested and able
to) and another volunteer to help check in speakers of upcoming live
If you are interested and able to help with any of the above, please
reach out to us; we'd love to have your help!
In addition to the [emacsconf-discuss] list, feel free to subscribe
to [emacsconf-org] as well, for discussions related to organizing
the conference by the EmacsConf organizers and volunteers.
We'd really appreciate your help in making EmacsConf 2022 the best
one so far!
[get in touch] <https://emacsconf.org/contact/>
6 Commitment to freedom
We remain fully committed to freedom, and we will continue using our
infrastructure and streaming setup consisting entirely of [free
software], much like previous EmacsConf conferences. Articles and
documentation about the EmacsConf infrastructure are still underway,
and will be announced on the emacsconf-discuss list when available.
If you are curious about the EmacsConf infrastructure or are
interested in working on it, please join our `#emacsconf-infra'
channel on `irc.libera.chat' and say hi!
[free software] <https://www.gnu.org/philosophy/free-sw.html>
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