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+#+title: EmacsConf 2021
+#+subtitle: Online Conference
+#+date: November 27 and 28, 2021
+#+options: author:nil
+# Copyright (C) 2021 Amin Bandali, Sacha Chua, David Bremner
+The [[][Call for Proposals]] for [[][EmacsConf 2021]] is now open, until
+*September 30, 2021*.
+After a successful EmacsConf 2020, we are back again this year and are
+once again calling for your participation!
+EmacsConf is the conference about the joy of [[][Emacs]], Emacs Lisp, and
+memorizing key sequences.
+We are holding EmacsConf 2021 as a virtual (online) conference again
+this year. 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.
+We welcome speakers of *all backgrounds* and *all levels of
+experience*, including newcomers submitting a proposal to give their
+first talk! This year, we are doing more to help bring more people on
+board -- as speakers /and/ potentially as new EmacsConf organizers,
+for those interested in gaining hands-on experience with organizing a
+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
+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
+Zurich/CET). Depending on people's availability, it might be two
+| CFP opens | August 2, 2021 |
+| CFP closes | September 30, 2021 |
+| Speaker notifications | October 15, 2021 |
+| Schedule published | October 31, 2021 |
+| EmacsConf 2021! | November 27 and 28, 2021 |
+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.
+* Talk formats
+The following are the main formats for EmacsConf 2021 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
+years. 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 2021 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 [[ircs://][your favourite IRC client]], or by
+pointing your web browser to [[][]] which runs our
+self-hosted instance of [[][The Lounge]] 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: [[][2020]], [[][2019]], [[][2015]], [[][2013]].
+* 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 2021 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]], for
+discussion and announcements about the EmacsConf conference.
+We look forward to your ideas and submissions!
+* COMMENT Copyright & License
+Copyright (C) 2020, 2021 Amin Bandali, Sacha Chua, David Bremner
+The EmacsConf 2021 Call for Proposals is part of the EmacsConf wiki,
+and is dual-licensed under the terms of the Creative Commons
+Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International Public License; and the GNU
+General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation,
+either version 3 of the License, or (at your option) any later
+A copy of these two licenses is available on the EmacsConf wiki, in
+the [[][COPYING.CC-BY-SA]] and [[][COPYING.GPL]] files.
+* COMMENT How to export this file
+As of the time of writing this document (Org mode version 9.3.7), the
+Org links library (=ol.el=) does not yet recognize =ircs= link types,
+and will throw an error if you try to export a file containing them,
+such as this file.
+To work around that, you can use something along the lines of the
+Emacs Lisp code below, by either adding it to your init file, or by
+putting the point in the code block and hitting =C-c C-v e= (that is,
+hold Ctrl, then hit c followed by v, then release Ctrl, and hit e) to
+evaluate the code, working around the issue only for the current
+#+begin_src emacs-lisp :results silent
+ "ircs"
+ :export
+ (lambda (link description format)
+ "Export an ircs link.
+See `org-link-parameters' for details about LINK, DESCRIPTION and
+ (let ((desc (or description link)))
+ (pcase format
+ (`html (format "<a href=\"ircs:%s\">%s</a>" link desc))
+ (`md (format "[%s](ircs:%s)" desc link))
+ (_ nil)))))