When you're ready to submit your proposal, send your submission via email to emacsconf-submit@gnu.org by September 30, including at minimum these essential information:

  • Your (preferred) name;

  • the title of your talk/session;

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

  • brief descriptions/outlines for all talk formats up to your maximum planned length:

    • 5-10 minutes:
    • 20 minutes:
    • 40 minutes:
  • your availability during the conference days (Nov 27 and 28) and how you'd like to handle questions (live web conference, IRC, pad, wiki, questions after the event); 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:




- 5-10 minutes: (brief description/outline)
- 20 minutes: (brief description/outline)
- 40 minutes: (brief description/outline)

Availability and preferred Q&A approach:

Speaker release:

  By submitting this proposal, I agree that my presentation at
  EmacsConf 2021 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 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, non-developers, etc.) 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.

We will continue using an anonymized submission process this year as well. Identifying information will be removed from the submissions by a conference organizer who will not participate in talk selection. The anonymized submissions will then be reviewed by a selection committee (if you would like to help review submissions as part of this committee, please let us know. 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)!