Call for Proposals Guide

Welcome to our brand new MozFest CFP guide! Many thanks to the folks at SRCCON for modeling such an excellent submissions guide - we hope to emulate their approach here.

This guide is a starting place for supporting your MozFest 2022 session proposal. Remember: submit your ideas here before the CFP closes on 5 November 2021.

You can find more in-depth content about facilitating at the festival in our 2022 MozFest Facilitator’s Guide, as well. That guide will go live in December 2021.

But before we get too far ahead of ourselves, let’s start with the basics:


What is MozFest?

At MozFest, in our Spaces, and during sessions we ask the internet health movement to connect, collaborate and build trustworthy AI, whether in products, policies or guidelines. We explore core issues such as bias, transparency and data stewardship through art, film, debates and workshops, bringing global perspectives to advance local issues.

If this is your first time as a MozFest Facilitator, it's important to remember that MozFest is a unique hybrid event: part art, tech and society convening, part maker festival, and the premiere gathering for activists in diverse global movements fighting for a more humane digital world.

Our 2022 virtual event will open on 7 March 2022 for 4 days of online sessions on the festival plaza. A global, rolling schedule designed for you to pick and choose when you can participate in sessions, social moments, enjoy interviews live from The Studio, or watch on-demand talks and discussions at your own pace.

At MozFest we ask the internet health movement to connect, collaborate, and build Trustworthy AI, whether in products, policies, design principles, community resources, or guidelines. Core issues felt across the internet health movement emerge as Spaces, tracks for co-creation and community building, which are hosted by our Wranglers, volunteer curators from across the Internet health movement. The Sessions are where we share our work and exchange thoughts & experiences, through discussions, workshops, art installations, films, or cultural and social moments. On 11 October, the Call for Proposals will go live and you are all invited to explore the issues of each Space through the submission of a session that seeks collaboration, engagement and co-building with others across the festival.

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Read the Save The Date announcement to learn more about the plans for MozFest 2022.

Will there be an in-person MozFest 2022?

From 25 March to 27 March 2022, we are hoping to host an in-person event live from Amsterdam, The Netherlands, called MozFest House: Amsterdam. We hosted a version of this in London from 2017-2019, and for 2022 we are reopening MozFest House across Amsterdam in venues that are easily accessible to one another. We are still in pandemic times, and our ability to travel in 2022 is still unclear. We will be adhering to local health guidelines with a local production team on the ground. This event will be a much smaller event with a lower capacity compared to previous London events, or even our virtual event.

We will support partners, allies and friends so they can host sessions, installations, workshops and talks for a local audience. If you want to help build or participate, send us an email at festival@mozilla.org as we would love to hear your ideas.

For now Virtual MozFest is the main event and MozFest House is a small experiment, in compliment to our virtual program. Who knows where this new nodal event structure could lead in 2023!


What kinds of sessions stand out at MozFest?

Outstanding MozFest sessions typically differentiate themselves from the rest in one or more of the following ways:

  • They are creative and bring together the expected and unexpected in terms of topics or activities that Participants do.
  • They are participatory, accessible, and inclusive; it’s clear that their Facilitators have spent a lot of time thinking of how to engage and include everyone in whatever they’ve planned.
  • They are valuable to both Participants and Facilitators and each group gets or learns something new from each session.

They end with a clear call to action and make a compelling invitation for Participants to stay connected with the work, the Facilitator, and one another.

Here's some examples of past sessions and proposals:


What kinds of virtual considerations should a Facilitator keep in mind?

Facilitators proposing virtual sessions should consider how they might make it as easy and stable as possible to participate in group discussions and online activities. This means paying attention to the accessibility features of the platforms we use. Facilitators also need to think about how accessible their session is to people with different devices and amounts of bandwidth, as well as other accessibility and language considerations.


How does the review process work?

Once the CFP closes on 5 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 this year and then work with their accepted Facilitators to schedule sessions and prepare for MozFest 2022.


What happens after MozFest?

After MozFest, our shared work on behalf of our local and global communities continues year-round. You can find all sorts of opportunities to stay connected and to contribute to others’ work on the MozFest community Slack.

You can also keep up with other programs dedicated to internet health and trustworthy AI like:

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