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@@ -28,7 +28,7 @@ volunteer-run fully online conference alongside other EmacsConf
organizers (keep on reading for more on this!) -- and would love to
have you along as well.
-### Important dates
+## Important dates
Mark your calendars: EmacsConf 2021 will take place on November 27-28!
We're planning for 9am to 5pm Toronto/EST (2pm-10pm UTC, 3pm-11pm
@@ -66,7 +66,7 @@ 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
+## Talk formats
The following are the main formats for EmacsConf 2021 talks:
@@ -112,7 +112,11 @@ this with more details further down the line.
Keynote speaker(s) for EmacsConf 2021 will be introduced in a future
announcement.
-### Topic ideas
+## Office hours
+
+TODO
+
+## 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
@@ -126,7 +130,7 @@ A great way to get started with writing a proposal is to start by
exploring the programs from previous years: [[2020|2020/schedule]],
[[2019|2019/schedule]], [[2015|2015/schedule]], [[2013|2013#program]].
-### Submission
+## Submission
Once you're ready to submit your proposal, the [[submit]] page has the
instructions on how to submit your talk.
@@ -151,15 +155,46 @@ 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
speak)!
-### Getting involved
+## Getting involved
+
+We are very happy and humbled that EmacsConf has been received so well
+by Emacsians all around the world and it's been growing! Last year
+EmacsConf 2020 saw a ~30% increase in number of talks and had more
+than double the participants and viewers compared to EmacsConf 2019,
+and we are hopeful that it keeps on growing and reaching more Emacs
+users and enthusiasts.
+
+As EmacsConf keeps on growing, it would need more volunteers and
+organizers to help make it the awesome conference that it is and make
+it even better each year, and we would love to have your help for
+that!
+
+### Help review EmacsConf proposal submissions
+
+This year, we are inviting interested community members to help review
+talk proposal submissions as part of the selection committee
+previously consisting only of EmacsConf organizers. If you are
+interested in helping review this year's session proposals, please
+write to one of the [emacsconf-org][emacsconf-org] or
+[emacsconf-org-private][emacsconf-org-private] mailing lists and/or
+come say hi to us at `#emacsconf-org` on `irc.libera.chat`.
+
+### Help with planning, organizing, and other aspects of EmacsConf
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 `irc.libera.chat`.
-Don't forget to subscribe to our mailing list,
-[emacsconf-discuss][emacsconf-discuss], for discussion and
+As we strive to make EmacsConf more and more accessible each year, we
+would love to have help from stenographers and/or any volunteers who
+would be so kind to help transcribe and/or describe what is happening
+during each talk in the `#emacsconf-accessible` IRC channel. We could
+later gather these logs and post them on the EmacsConf website for
+each talk where applicable.
+
+Last but not least, please 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!
@@ -171,3 +206,5 @@ We look forward to your ideas and submissions!
[thelounge]: https://thelounge.chat
[libera-emacsconf]: ircs://irc.libera.chat:6697/emacsconf
[emacsconf-discuss]: https://lists.gnu.org/mailman/listinfo/emacsconf-discuss
+[emacsconf-org]: https://lists.gnu.org/mailman/listinfo/emacsconf-org
+[emacsconf-org-private]: https://lists.gnu.org/mailman/listinfo/emacsconf-org-private