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    Chad Sansing
    @chadsansing
    @tanzeelkhan, perhaps there is a way to simulate or problem-solve alternative channels of communication and different kinds of infrastructure (like radio, etc.) and to compare the benefits and drawbacks of other forms of communication during shutdowns? Or perhaps the audience could help brainstorm policies or campaigns to run in support of preventing shutdowns?
    Sarah Allen
    @Saallen
    Hi @jenniferdavidson great submission and looks great. I love how you thought of the journey of the participant. The only thing i would advise is ensuring it meets the criteria of what the openness space is looking for within sessions and you can find that on the website https://mozillafestival.org/spaces- Best of luck with your sibmission
    Jennifer
    @jenniferdavidson
    Thanks @Saallen!
    Tanzeel Khan
    @tanzeelkhan
    thanks @chadsansing . That's a good idea. However, I'm confused about the last question asked in the submission form. 'How will you deal with varying numbers of participants in your session? What if 30 participants attend? What if there are 3?' I don't think the session will be affected by the less or more number of participants. We'll divide the audience who could suggest ideas about what are the alternatives, what policies and campaigns need to be in place. So, can someone help me with what exactly I should write in that section. Thanks.
    Chad Sansing
    @chadsansing
    @tanzeelkhan, a goal of each session should be to include as many participants as possible in interactive discussion and activities. What strategies do you have for making sure 30 people feel a part of your session if you have a large audience? What strategies will you use if you have 3 people instead? Does that help any?
    Felix Henninger
    @FelixHenninger
    Hi everyone! I'd like to submit a proposal to the openness space for a very collaborative session to collect and curate open science resources. I'm not sure what the appropriate format would be -- I'm tending toward learning forum, because the idea is to improve and exchange ideas and existing resources, but being a hands-on activity, it might also be a shed. Could you help me make this decision?
    Sarah Allen
    @Saallen
    Hey @FelixHenninger if you are asking the participants to build something with you the the shed seems like the best place. If people will be collaborating but in conversations then learning forum is your home
    Felix Henninger
    @FelixHenninger
    Hi @Saallen, thanks for your quick and super-helpful response! Your distinction makes total sense -- I think that makes us a forum. Heading to submission now, and massively looking forward to MozFest!
    Piyush Agrawal
    @poush

    Hi everyone, I am also a newbie to MozFest and thinking to propose session on something like "The Modern art of Web Designing". In this, I would like to introduce people about the futuristic methods of web design and development like people instructing a smart assistant to create their website or let AI understand from your pencil diagram, what you want to make. I can show examples and let people explore how they are working and what kind of research is going on in it.
    I have few questions in it:

    1. I couldn't found any space that could directly support this. The closest I could find is Web Literacy. Can you help me on this?
    2. Most importantly, is this type of session good for Mozfest?

    Thanks!

    Mauricio Palma
    @Palmaswell

    Hi everyone!
    I am writing a proposal for a session at MozFest. Very late as you can see ;)
    Is there a time limit for sessions? meaning, How long can a session be?

    Thanks so much!

    Mauricio Palma
    @Palmaswell
    upps, just found it out on the page. Thanks anyway
    Tomislav Jovanovic
    @zombie
    Is there a more detailed description of session formats? I can't really distinguish between a Learning Forum and a Shed
    Oh it was literary asked yesterday ^
    That helped me, perhaps worth adding to the FAQ or something..
    RadiantIRIS
    @RadiantIRIS
    Hi All, I know the application for MozFest is due on August 1st. Does anybody know if the application closes on Aug 1st at midnight London time or another time zone?
    David Ross
    @bunnybooboo
    @RadiantIRIS the form on the MozFest website will close at 6pm PST (01:00 UTC)
    @zombie Glad you found it. This was answered via the session proposal form, which has a link to this article. Step number 3 - Understand the session categories: https://medium.com/mozilla-festival/7-steps-to-a-great-mozfest-proposal-eff4f1cee6fe
    David Ross
    @bunnybooboo
    @poush that sounds like a Web Literacy session to me too. At this late stage my suggestion would be to send it in asap. Wranglers might help you improve it if they like the general idea behind your proposal to start with. We also have the opportunity to place sessions in a more appropriate space over this month. Don't be too hung up on those technicalities.
    Piyush Agrawal
    @poush
    Thanks @bunnybooboo, I have submitted the proposal.
    Rory Byrne
    @rorymbyrne
    Hey everyone. We build an open source mobile app to help people learn about and manage digital and physical security (secfirst.org). We would love to take a chance to talk a little more about it at Mozfest, doing UI/UX testing and gather feedback ideas about content, features, code etc. Also we do a ton of work on security for NGOs, training of digitial security trainers etc. Can anyone suggest where best this might fit into the session ideas? Or is it possible to take a table/stand etc at Mozfest as a way to meet as many people as possible.\
    Tanzeel Khan
    @tanzeelkhan
    I submitted a proposal which needs major edits. Can it be deleted/edited or should I submit it again?
    David Ross
    @bunnybooboo
    @rorymbyrne perhaps Privacy and Security as your first preference, then Digital Inclusion as the second preference? The form will be made unavailable from 6pm PST TODAY (01:00 UTC)
    @tanzeelkhan please comment in your proposal's Github issue. We'll be unlikely to be able to fix it for you whilst the CFP is still open. We'll have a chance to correct it in the coming weeks. We use the GH issue and comments as the source of truth.
    Rory Byrne
    @rorymbyrne
    @bunnybooboo Thanks David! Cool we will drop it in before then! :)
    Tanzeel Khan
    @tanzeelkhan
    Okay. I have submitted the edited proposal and will share the link to that as a comment on the existing proposal. Thanks :)
    David Ross
    @bunnybooboo
    :ok: :+1:
    David Ross
    @bunnybooboo

    Only THREE hours to send us your proposal. If you're concerned it's not good enough, please consider sending it anyway! We especially want to hear from people who have never sent us anything before. We know it might not be perfect first go. We don't want perfect! https://mozillafestival.org/proposals

    These next 4 weeks our teams will try to help you shape the session to improve. Those that are successful get access to training in September. We also have a 14 week peer mentored support oportunity through Open Leaders. https://foundation.mozilla.org/opportunity/mozilla-open-leaders/

    RadiantIRIS
    @RadiantIRIS
    I was unable to submit 120 words for "What will happen in your session?" It only accepted 60 words and then when I submitted the proposal it went through. The proposal will not make sense unless I can offer all 155 words. Is there any way for me to edit or send in the full proposal? I believe it is a glitch in the submission page.
    Apologies I mean to say I have the full description at 115 words not 155. Therefore, it should have submitted with no problem, but I did not accept it until I went below 60 words.
    David Ross
    @bunnybooboo
    @RadiantIRIS please add any edits there in the comments. MozillaFestival/mozfest-program-2018#724
    RadiantIRIS
    @RadiantIRIS
    Thank you very much!
    David Ross
    @bunnybooboo
    We have around a month to get things in check. It's relatively trivial today. Glad you escalated.
    Siddhartha Rao
    @siddhartharao17
    Wow, proposals shot up in the last 3-4 days
    @bunnybooboo good to know that we have an extra time to shape the proposals further
    David Ross
    @bunnybooboo
    General roadmap:
    • August weeks 1-2: first priority spaces (aka milestone in Github) score against rubric and begin curating the schedule.
    • August week 3: we remove the milestone from those we don't wish to take. Some undecideds will remain in this period. This allows the second priority space (aka label secondary space in Github) an opportunity to take them.
    • August week 4: this is where we all get emotional. Those that have the label removed are open for any other space to take. This is also approximately where we make firm decisions on those undecided milestones. It's also where the very limited travel stipend budget means some will be unable to come no matter how awesome they are.
    • September week 1: is when the script runs to close issues without a milestone. Acceptance emails are sent. Travel stipend details are requested.
    An article I wrote right after that final script ran in 2017. You might find it insightful reading. https://medium.com/p/8da0323cd915
    Philippe Coval
    @rzr
    hi
    Lot of work head, crowdsource it ;)
    David Ross
    @bunnybooboo
    @rzr Thanks for the suggestion! A significant majority of the Mozfest curation IS already done by selected volunteers. We've been working together since March. The curation process is not a simple popularity contest. We select content from our global community with the express intention of hearing new voices across a wide number of axes. This takes nurturing and TIME for consideration of the world class event we strive to achieve.
    Mozfest also requires the amazing support of over 100 volunteers to run during event days in October. Volunteer registration opens very very soon.
    And even additional to that - Mozilla runs a 14 week support program alongside a network of scores of volunteer mentors, in Open Leaders. https://foundation.mozilla.org/opportunity/mozilla-open-leaders/
    ..put simply none of this would happen without the love and support of of global network of Mozillians - our CROWD.
    Philippe Coval
    @rzr
    I was thinking about using calling for vote:
    just to identify which talks are interesting audience, I +1'ed a few already
    David Ross
    @bunnybooboo

    Nice one. Great strategy. Facilitators are absolutely recommended to promote their sessions from now to even after the festival. Just please please please don't @ wranglers unecessarily.

    The +1's and organic conversation in the issues are a good litmus test. An additional layer of interest like this, drives not only butts on seats on the day, but gathers a community surrounding the projects itself. If projects come with their already highly engaged community it's cool. But some are real new, so the +1's etc are a phenomenal early boost of confidence.

    And to be quite honest THAT is precisely what this event is about. Increasing attention to open projects, building confidence, increasing conversations, connecting with the full stack of community through devs, designers, PMs, librarians, researchers, journalists, funders, governance, standards etc. Starting early and not scrambling to find an audience in October is a pro move.

    Philippe Coval
    @rzr
    yea I like that, mozilla is so good at communities
    David Ross
    @bunnybooboo
    as a UK volunteer myself I wholeheartedly agree :heart_eyes_cat:
    Piyush Agrawal
    @poush
    Hi, will we get any update from September first week?
    Piyush Agrawal
    @poush
    before* September