We're starting to gear up for EmacsConf 2022, and we would love to figure out how to work with your skills, interests, and availability. Volunteering is a great way to meet fellow Emacs geeks, tinker around with interesting packages and scripts, and learn a ton.

https://emacsconf.org/2022/organizers-notebook/#overall has an overall prioritization matrix. If any of those options look like something you want to learn or help with, or if you want to make things even better than what's in the table, let us know.

Given the number of talks this year, we're going to try to see if we can pull off two tracks. We've posted a draft schedule at https://emacsconf.org/2022/draft-schedule/ and have e-mailed speakers to confirm their availability. This schedule staggers live Q&A sessions so that the person managing the streams can jump back and forth as needed. We'll figure out shifts once we've sorted out the processes and training info, but if you want to call dibs on something, feel free!

Some ideas for help wanted / upcoming projects before the conference

  • Emacs Lisp: Want to design the screens that will be displayed before and after a talk? Bonus points if you can do it in Emacs with a count-down timer until the start of the talk. See organizers-notebook.org#intro

  • Infrastructure - file upload: We would like to find a way for people to upload large files through a web-based interface, since a number of speakers had issues with FTP uploads last year. organizers-notebook.org#upload has some options to explore. Do you have any recommendations or do you want to do some research?

  • Infrastructure - streaming: Got any experience streaming with OBS or gstreamer? We're going to try to have two (or more!) streams this year, so it would be great to have more streamers on board. Definitely let us know if you have any experience using a cloud server to stream, or if you'd like to help figure it out (see organizers-notebook.org#streaming). It would be neat to have the streaming come from a VPS that different people can control.

See https://emacsconf.org/2022/organizers-notebook/ for a lot more about what's happening backstage and opportunities to help. Let us know what sorts of things you're interested in and what you'd like to learn more about. Doesn't have to be limited to this list!

Roles

Here are some of the roles that you might be able to help with. Roles have different responsibilities, and a person can have multiple roles. You can help out with one or more of the things here, or you can suggest your own ways of making EmacsConf better.

If you don't see something you want to help with here, e-mail emacsconf-org@gnu.org and let us know about the skills you have and the skills you want to develop! The mailing list is public, so, if you’d like to volunteer privately instead, you can use emacsconf-org-private@gnu.org.

Before the conference

Captioner

Do you like working with text? Do you want early access to the pre-recorded talks? Help make EmacsConf videos easier to understand and search by captioning them!

Here's what people said about how most of the EmacsConf talks were streamed with captions during the conference itself:

  • "I really appreciate the approach of doing things prerecorded and having captions."
  • "The captions for this conference have has an impressive amount of work put into them."
  • "++ to all that stuff. Great job on the captions, and the demonstrated functionality is very impressive."
  • "At first, I thought the captions would be unnecessary, but over time, understanding the accents for various individuals has been challenging, so the captions helped."

Most of the captioning work will begin once speakers submit their pre-recorded videos. If you like, you can warm up by captioning previous talks. You can use any captioning tool you want. There's even one for Emacs. Check out these captioning tips. You can start by editing autogenerated captions, or you can write captions from scratch if you want. You can work with timing, or you can send us plain text and we'll get them aligned with the videos. Videos range from 10 minutes to 40 minutes and typically take 2-6x the video time to caption once you've gotten the hang of it. Partial work is also helpful, so feel free to contribute whatever you want, whenever you want.

To volunteer as a captioner, e-mail emacsconf-org@gnu.org (or privately: emacsconf-org-private@gnu.org) and we'll help you get set up.

Documentation for caption volunteer

BigBlueButton tech-checker

Are you familiar with video-conferencing, and especially with BigBlueButton? Would you like to help speakers get set up for their live Q&A? If so, you can join the tech-checker team and help us reassure speakers that everything is going to be fine!

To volunteer as a BigBlueButton tech-checker, let us know your availability at emacsconf-org@gnu.org (or privately: emacsconf-org-private@gnu.org) and we'll schedule you in.

Infrastructure and video

Do you have an arcane cookbook filed with ffmpeg incantations? Is OBS your jam? Are you comfortable with the command-line? Do you Ansible all your servers? Do you like tweaking CSS rules to make things look good? (You don't have to say yes to all of these things - that would be quite a full stack!) We could use your help!

To volunteer for infrastructure and video, e-mail emacsconf-org@gnu.org (or privately: emacsconf-org-private@gnu.org) and we'll help you get set up.

During the conference

We'll post training material and shift schedules as the conference gets nearer. In the meantime, here are some roles you might be able to help with.

Check in

When speakers check into the IRC channel, you can direct them to the right BigBlueButton room for their Q&A session and help them make sure that their setup works perfectly. You can also give them a heads-up when it's almost time for their live Q&A session. It's just a few minutes here and there, and you get to chat with a lot of speakers along the way.

To volunteer to check in people, let us know your availability at emacsconf-org@gnu.org (or privately: emacsconf-org-private@gnu.org) and we'll schedule you in.

Documentation for check-in volunteer

Internet Relay Chat monitor

Do you like the buzz of fast-flowing discussions? Do you want to make sure that questions and interesting points don't get lost? Volunteer to copy stuff from the EmacsConf IRC channels to the Etherpad so that speakers and hosts can find them.

To volunteer as an Internet Relay Chat monitor, let us know your availability at emacsconf-org@gnu.org (or privately: emacsconf-org-private@gnu.org) and we'll schedule you in.

Documentation for IRC volunteer

Pad scribe

Do you like taking notes? Volunteer to summarize interesting points and links from the EmacsConf talks and Q&A sessions to the Etherpad so that people can review them afterwards.

To volunteer as a pad scribe, let us know your availability at emacsconf-org@gnu.org (or privately: emacsconf-org-private@gnu.org) and we'll schedule you in.

Documentation for pad volunteer

Host

As the host, you can help speakers answer questions more easily by reading the questions out loud from the pad or from IRC. That also makes sure that the questions make it into the recording.

To volunteer as a host, let us know your availability at emacsconf-org@gnu.org (or privately: emacsconf-org-private@gnu.org) and we'll schedule you in.

Documentation for host volunteer

Streamer

As the streamer, you'll use ffmpeg or OBS to share your screen with the Icecast stream so that hundreds of people can learn. You'll need a fast, reliable Internet connection and a reasonably powerful computer that ideally has a GPU.

To volunteer as a streamer, let us know your availability at emacsconf-org@gnu.org (or privately: emacsconf-org-private@gnu.org) and we'll schedule you in.

Got other ideas?

We'd love to hear from you! (or privately: emacsconf-org-private@gnu.org)

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