Welcome! We are so excited you’re considering proposing a session for MozFest 2022! Below you’ll find all the info you need to propose a session.

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The deadline for the MozFest 2022 Call for Proposals has been extended. Submit your proposal by end of day November 14th.

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About MozFest Sessions and FAQ

We welcome sessions on a wide range of topics relevant to trustworthy AI and the internet health movement, but all sessions must be participatory, accessible, and inclusive. You are welcome to submit more than one session proposal.

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Is this your first time submitting a proposal to MozFest? Learn more in our MozFest 101

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Participatory sessions engage and activate attendees from the start and gets them making and doing.

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Accessible sessions make it possible for the most people with different needs to participate.

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Inclusive sessions welcome participants of different ages, experiences, and disciplines.

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Think of Spaces at MozFest as mini-festivals. Within each Space, participants can find everything they need: interactive, community-led sessions, inspiring talks, art installations, lots of coffee, and community. Read the MozFest 2022 Space Narratives.

Who can submit?

Anyone may submit a session proposal for MozFest 2022. You don’t need any particular level of expertise to facilitate a session, as long as you have a great project, idea, or topic. However, if you are under the age of 18 (or the age of majority in your jurisdiction, if older) your parent or guardian must complete the form for you.


Are there other ways to submit my session idea?

Yes, for anyone who would like to submit using an audio or video recording, please email us at festival@mozilla.org and we will send you the full list of questions to answer.


How can I prepare a great session proposal?

Pick the right Space for your session. The MozFest Weekend experience is organized into thematic sections called “Spaces”. Each Space is a collection of sessions, art installations, and workshops exploring issues and current topics relevant to the internet health movement. Your session proposal should relate and respond to the Space you select.

You must attend one of the facilitator training sessions before the event. This is for everyone facilitating, whether brand new to the festival or someone who has previously led a session at the festival.

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To help potential facilitators submit their best possible session proposals we provide support opportunities for everyone submitting a proposal.

What kinds of sessions happen at MozFest?

While all MozFest sessions strive to provide a participatory, accessible, and inclusive experience for their Participants, how they do so differs from format to format and from session to session.


Art, Films and Podcasts

Includes art exhibits, interactive & immersive media, film & video, game or podcasts.
No time limit.


Social Moments

Sessions focused on bringing the MozFest community together in a social format. This could include a meetup, yoga session, baking classes or a games evening.
No time limit.


Discussions

Sessions that hold space for building shared understanding,  the open exchange of knowledge, or surfacing collective vision to collaboratively develop new ideas among facilitators and participants.
Time limit: 60 mins


Skill Shares / Lightning Talks

Pre-recorded learning sessions or lightning talks focused on sharing skill, research or methodology.
Time limit: 7 mins


Workshops

Sessions that hold space for participants to collaborate on specific outputs like code, steps in a project,  or collectively solving a problem. In Workshop sessions participants should be producing something together and making or creating an output.
Time limit: 60 or 90 mins


Imagine how your session might fit one of those formats or help expand our idea of what’s possible in them. And, yes, you are correct: panels are not listed among the session types!

Sessions also align with specific Spaces (or themes) at MozFest. Be sure to indicate which Space you want to submit your session to when you complete the CFP.

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The festival team have put together a list of 5 tips for designing engaging and inclusive session that will bring you and your work success.

How does the review process work?

Once the CFP closes on 14th November, our community organizers, the Wranglers, will team-up by Space (or theme) to review and select their sessions. The selection process runs from November to December 2021.

Wranglers generally look for creative sessions that emphasize participation, accessibility, and inclusion. They also review proposals for clear connections between sessions and their Spaces. Sessions should also clearly relate to internet health and trustworthy AI.

It’s also important to consider co-facilitating, especially during virtual sessions. A team of Facilitators can do a much better job of interacting with Participants and managing the technology at the same time than any single person can.

Wranglers will share their decisions towards the end of the year and then work with their accepted Facilitators to schedule sessions and prepare for MozFest 2022.


What happens after I submit a session proposal?

After submitting your proposal, your name, organisation, and session data will be displayed publicly using PreTalx (our open-source curation platform) as part of the curation process. Any sensitive information that you submit (such as your email address and accessibility requirements) are redacted from public view, and can only be seen by our programme team.


Who will come to my session?

Participants at MozFest come with a wide range of backgrounds, ages, abilities, disciplines, and levels of expertise. The diversity of the MozFest audience is what makes the festival unique. You may have anywhere from 3 to 30 participants pre-register for your session. Anyone, of any ability level, is welcome to join the session during the event.