When you are ready to submit your proposal, send your submission via email to emacsconf-submit@gnu.org by October 7, including at minimum these essential information:

  • Your (preferred) name;

  • the title of your talk/session;

  • your preferred talk/session format, and whether you would be flexible about your allotted time slot (whether a shorter format would also work for your talk, and if you would be okay with presenting a shorter talk if necessary, to allow more people a chance to present at EmacsConf 2020);

  • an abstract of your talk (500 words or less);

  • any potential times during the conference days in which you may be unavailable and/or unable to present; and

  • your agreement with the speaker release for EmacsConf (see below).

Please use the following template for your submission email, filling it out with information about you and your proposal:



Preferred format:



Speaker release:

  By submitting this proposal, I agree that my presentation at
  EmacsConf 2020 is subject to the following terms and conditions:

  The EmacsConf organizers may capture audio and video (a "Recording")
  of my presentation and any associated materials, which may include
  slides, notes, transcripts, and prerecording(s) of my presentation
  that I provide to the EmacsConf organizers.

  I authorize the EmacsConf organizers to distribute, reproduce,
  publicly display, and prepare derivative works of the Recording and
  any derivative works of the Recording (the "Licensed Materials")
  under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0
  International (CC BY-SA 4.0) license.

  I grant to the EmacsConf organizers permission to use my name,
  likeness, and biographic information in association with their use
  of the Licensed Materials under the above license.

  I represent that I have the authority to grant the above license to
  the EmacsConf organizers.  If my presentation incorporates any
  material owned by third parties, I represent that the material is
  sublicensable to the EmacsConf organizers or that my use of them is
  fair use.

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 speak)!