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[ANN] EmacsConf 2022 Second Call for Participation (extended until Sep 3

From: Amin Bandali
Subject: [ANN] EmacsConf 2022 Second Call for Participation (extended until Sep 30)
Date: Sun, 18 Sep 2022 13:29:38 -0400
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/29.0.50 (gnu/linux)

Dear fellow Emacsians,

This is the second and final Call for Participation for EmacsConf 2022
now extended until September 30, and the conference itself planned for
December 3 and 4 (Sat-Sun).  Please see the CFP 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.

If you're considering submitting a proposal but think the remaining
time may not be enough, please reach out to me off-list as soon as
possible so we could work something out.

I'll close this portion of the email with a thank you to all of the
folks who have submitted session proposals or expressed interest in
volunteering with EmacsConf.  We look forward to reading and reviewing
all of your messages and proposals, and getting back to you about them
and about the next steps soon. :-)


P.S. please direct any replies to this post either to myself 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.


                             EmacsConf 2022
                           Online Conference

                         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 30, 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: [2021], [2020], [2019],
  [2015], [2013].  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/>
[Emacs] <https://www.gnu.org/software/emacs/>
[2021] <https://emacsconf.org/2021/schedule/>
[2020] <https://emacsconf.org/2020/schedule/>
[2019] <https://emacsconf.org/2019/schedule/>
[2015] <https://emacsconf.org/2015/schedule/>
[2013] <https://emacsconf.org/2013/#program>
[ideas] <https://emacsconf.org/2022/ideas/>
[your favourite IRC client] <ircs://irc.libera.chat:6697/emacsconf>
[chat.emacsconf.org] <https://chat.emacsconf.org>

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 30, 2022     
   Speaker notifications  October 15, 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
    xyz package.
  - 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.

[publicly] <https://lists.gnu.org/mailman/listinfo/emacsconf-org>


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
  EmacsConf conference.

  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!

[submit] <https://emacsconf.org/2022/submit/>

[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!

[planning] <https://emacsconf.org/2022/planning/>

[get in touch] <https://emacsconf.org/contact/>


[emacsconf-org] <https://lists.gnu.org/mailman/listinfo/emacsconf-org>

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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