New for RightsCon 2022: propose a social hour or private meeting
The dates are set for the 11th edition of RightsCon, which will take place online from June 6-10, 2022, and the Call for Proposals will officially open next week!
The RightsCon program is sourced directly from the Call for Proposals: we review hundreds of session proposals from all around the world in order to build an agenda that reflects the most urgent priorities and challenges for human rights in the digital age.
An effective session is structured around a goal, suited to the format, and designed with the participant experience in mind. Over the years, in both online and offline iterations of RightsCon, we have adapted and strengthened the different formats available to session organizers. With partners and peers, we also experimented with closed-door options and free-flow spaces, and sourced ideas from outside of the Call for Proposals.
As we head into the next decade of our Summit Series, we feel ready to introduce these pilot formats into a more open submission process. We believe expanding avenues to shape the program, while also ensuring these opportunities are accessible to the whole community, will increase the quality and diversity of the program content.
That’s why, in 2022, we are excited to formally integrate two of our formats into the Call for Proposals: private meetings and social hours.
We know from experience and have learned from past organizers that both formats fulfill a specific need for our community, and translate into flexible, collaborative spaces to advance your work. We will look for proposals that meet our core evaluation criteria (relevant, actionable, original, diverse, participatory) and achieve a set of unique requirements, detailed below.
Because of the special and exploratory nature of these formats, the RightsCon team will review these sessions internally and consult the Program Committee when necessary. (The Program Committee will continue to evaluate submitted proposals for all other formats). Once proposals are selected, as part of our session excellence process, organizers can expect tailored support, resources, and training in the lead-up to the summit.
If you’re interested in hosting a private meeting or social hour at RightsCon 2022, read on to determine which format is best suited for your work, and learn how to shape your idea into a successful proposal.