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+[[!meta title="Call for Proposals - DRAFT"]]
+[[!meta copyright="Copyright © 2020, 2021 Amin Bandali, Sacha Chua, David Bremner"]]
+**This document is a draft.**
+**EmacsConf 2021 | November 28 and 29, 2020 | Online Conference**
+The Call for Proposals for EmacsConf 2020 is now open, until
+**October 7, 2020**.
+After a successful [[EmacsConf 2019|2019]], we are back again this
+year and are once again calling for your participation!
+EmacsConf is the conference about the joy of [Emacs][emacs], Emacs
+Lisp, and memorizing key sequences.
+We are holding EmacsConf 2020 as a virtual (online) conference again
+this year, especially now, given the current state of the world with
+the ongoing global pandemic. We remain fully committed to freedom,
+and we will continue using our infrastructure and streaming setup
+consisting entirely of [free software][freesw], much like the last
+We welcome speakers of **all backgrounds** and **all levels of
+experience**, including newcomers submitting a proposal to give their
+first talk!
+### Important dates
+Mark your calendars: EmacsConf 2020 will take place on November 28-29!
+We're planning for 9am to 5pm Toronto/EST (2pm-10pm UTC, 3pm-11pm
+Zurich/CET). Depending on people's availability, it might be two
+<td colspan="2" align="left">CFP opens</td>
+<td colspan="2" align="right">August 24, 2020</td>
+<td colspan="2" align="left">CFP closes</td>
+<td colspan="2" align="right">October 7, 2020 (new date)</td>
+<td colspan="2" align="left">Speaker notifications</td>
+<td colspan="2" align="right">October 14, 2020</td>
+<td colspan="2" align="left">Schedule published</td>
+<td colspan="2" align="right">November 7, 2020</td>
+<td colspan="2" align="left">EmacsConf 2020!</td>
+<td colspan="2" align="right">November 28 and 29, 2020</td>
+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 bearing with us as we all navigate these trying times.
+<a name="formats"></a>
+### Talk formats
+The following are the main formats for EmacsConf 2020 talks:
+- **10 minutes** (Lightning talk): Quickly present a cool project,
+ concept, or trick in 10 minutes or less!
+- **20 minutes** (Standard talk): Introduce the audience to a new
+ Emacs mode, concept, or just talk about something not necessarily
+ shiny and new but that you find really neat nonetheless.
+- **50 minutes** (Extended talk): Take your time going more in depth,
+ and/or do a demo! Extended talks are a great way of really
+ educating the audience about something you enjoy.
+We hope to have lots of great submissions this year, just like last
+year. In order that as many people as possible can present, it helps
+if presenters can be flexible about their time slots. So, for
+non-lightning talk submissions, please let us know besides your main
+preferred format if a shorter format would also work for your talk.
+Q&A time is **included** in the Standard and Extended time slots;
+please time your presentation accordingly. If you would like to take
+questions live, we recommend aiming for a 15-minute presentation for
+the Standard time slot, and for 40-45 minutes for the Extended time
+slot. However, as the speaker, the exact allocation of your time is
+up to you, so long as it does not exceed the allocated time slot.
+Other session formats such as tutorials, workshops, and hangouts are
+welcome as well, especially considering all that is going on around
+the world, in case you would find those other formats preferable to a
+traditional talk format. If you are interested in these or other
+session types, please get in touch with us publicly or privately; we
+will be happy to work something out with you.
+To help minimize disruptions in case of potential technical issues
+that may arise during the conference, we ask that our speakers either
+schedule a short tech-check with us, or submit a prerecording of their
+talk (especially for lightning talks, where the allotted time slot is
+rather small and any issues that cannot be resolved quickly will
+greatly detract from the presentation). We will send an email about
+this with more details further down the line.
+Keynote speaker(s) for EmacsConf 2020 will be introduced in a future
+### Topic ideas
+Not sure what to talk about? You might 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 ``
+and say hi. You can join the chat using
+[your favourite IRC client][freenode-emacsconf], or by pointing your
+web browser to [][chat] which runs our self-hosted
+instance of [The Lounge][thelounge] free software web IRC client.
+A great way to get started with writing a proposal is to start by
+exploring the programs from previous years: [[2019|2019/schedule]],
+[[2015|2015/schedule]], [[2013|2013#program]].
+### Submission
+Once you're ready to submit your proposal, the [[submit]] page has the
+instructions on how to submit your talk.
+All kinds of people use Emacs for all kinds of things. We would love
+it if EmacsConf 2020 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, and
+non-developers) might not consider themselves expert enough to share
+their thoughts. If you let them know that you value their knowledge
+and maybe even suggest something that you think others would like to
+hear more about, they may realize that they have something worth
+sharing and that we would love to hear from them.
+This year, we are experimenting with an anonymized submission process.
+Identifying information will be removed from submissions by a
+conference organizer who will not participate in talk selection. The
+anonymized submissions will then be reviewed by a selection committee.
+We hope this will help reduce bias and encourage contribution. We
+look forward to hearing from you (and the people you want to nudge to
+### Getting involved
+If you would like to get involved with the various aspects of
+organizing the conference, such as planning the sessions and helping
+with the infrastructure, see our [[planning]] page and come say hi to
+us at `#emacsconf` on ``.
+Don't forget to subscribe to our mailing list,
+[emacsconf-discuss][emacsconf-discuss], for discussion and
+announcements about the EmacsConf conference.
+We look forward to your ideas and submissions!
+[emacs]: //
+[freesw]: //
+[chat]: //
+[thelounge]: //
+[freenode-emacsconf]: ircs://
+[emacsconf-discuss]: //