Session Submission Guide

GUIDE TO SUBMITTING PROPOSALS FOR TNOC FESTIVAL

Welcome to TNOC Festival. Much of the program is crowd sourced. This is a guide for submitting proposals of all kinds, from workshops and presentations, to art, field trips, and documentary.

TNOC Festival programming is transdisciplinary, dialogue-driven, and innovative. With multiple session types, the program is designed to push the boundaries of collaborative engagement by mixing the arts, sciences, urban practice fields, and performance to draw urban thought leaders and change makers together to build better cities.

Can you submit a proposal? Yes! Read on.

The primary phase of session submissions is open now and will close on 30 November 2021 at Midnight EST. Submissions after this date will only be considered on a space available basis. We strongly encourage everyone to submit proposals on or before 30 November. We will begin communicating the results of submission reviews in early December. A full Festival program will be announced in January 2022. Anyone is welcome to submit a session. Please review this guide before submitting.

To submit a proposal, select the last button in the navigation toolbar on the left side of this page. 

IMPORTANT: You may want to prepare pre-recorded videos for field trips as soon as possible (say, because of the season).

To learn more about art at TNOC Festival, visit The Nature of Cities FREIC Collective.

For any questions please email: TNOCFestival@thenatureofcities.com


SEED SESSIONS

Session Length: 90 min
Platform: Zoom (including breakouts), or Topia (depending on the session format)
Session Tools: Pre-recorded video, video recording, break-out rooms, screen share, whiteboard tool, Miro, others TBD
Time & Date: Sessions run concurrently across global time zones. Scheduled according to preference, where possible.

Seed sessions are conversation-oriented workshops focused on ideas and actions of all kinds. They consist of multidisciplinary groups who gather to discuss more resilient, sustainable, just, and livable cities. They are designed to facilitate active participation among the attendees. All ways of knowing and modes of action are welcome, from science and art, to design, planning, and practice.

IMPORTANT: Make them dialogue-driven discussions among all participants.

Seed Sessions can start with short scene-setting talks, followed by facilitated discussion towards an output designed by the session organizers. Seed sessions are not intended to be panels of speaker presentations but interactive working sessions where groups think, imagine, create, and/or act. Think about what the output of such a session could be, so the session’s discussants can work toward that conclusion.

Seed sessions can be focused in any geographic location, and you can propose them in any language. A limited number of sessions can be translated into a second language. Apply for this service in the submission form.


SKILLS SESSIONS

Session Length: 90 min
Platform: Zoom (including breakouts), or Topia (depending on the session format)
Session Tools: Pre-recorded video, video recording, break-out rooms, screen share, whiteboard tool, Miro, others TBD
Time & Date: Sessions run concurrently across global time zones. Scheduled according to preference, where possible.

Skills sessions teach, instruct, or present skills or ideas to workshop attendees. They can be any size — with single or multiple presenters — but should focus on making learning engaging and interactive. They can be focused on any kind of skill sharing: scientific, food-related, communications, artistic, research, planning, design, etc. All ways of knowing and modes of action are welcome, from science and art, to design, planning, and practice.

Skills Sessions can start with short scene-setting talks, or involve guest presenters and panel discussions. They can include discussion and interaction among participants. You can even encourage your group to gather around a joint output after the festival.

Skills sessions can be focused in any geographic location, and you can propose them in any language. A limited number of session can be translated into a second language. Apply for this service in the submission form.


MICROTALKS

Video Length: 4 minutes (or less) recorded video talk
Platform: Published in festival platform MicroTalk gallery
Format: MP4, ensures top video and audio quality
Time & Date: The MicroTalks gallery is globally accessible online and on-demand for the duration of the festival.

MicroTalks are opportunities to share work, research, ideas, and passions with everyone else at the festival. What work do you do? What are your passions? Do you have an idea or action to share? A report, research results, or design? MicroTalks are available on-demand throughout the Festival. See MicroTalks from Festival 2021 here.

A MicroTalk is a brief talk or presentation of 4 minutes (or less) captured on video. A MicroTalk addresses a project, subject, point, or idea about cities. You use your best audio and video tools to pre-record your talk in any location you desire. Quiet outdoor locations often help make up great lighting and provide attractive scenery drawing people to your talk.

MicroTalks can be focused in any geographic location, and you can propose them in any language. Transcripts for MicroTalks must be submitted alongside video talks to allow for translation captions.

All ways of knowing and modes of action are welcome, from science and art, to design, planning, and practice.


ART HAPPENINGS

Video: A digital MPEG or MOV video file, in SD or HD resolution
Limit file size to no more than 500MB (this is a streaming web conference, please do not send us 2k/4k video)

Arts everywhere is a core philosophy of the festival. See here for more information about art at TNOC Festival: https://www.thenatureofcities.com/artistcall2022/

We welcome submissions of video files between 2 – 6 minutes (including Film, Music, Animation, Documentary, Poetry, Spoken Word, Theater, Performance, Dance, or any other genre as expressed through video). We are looking specifically for works that will nurture The Nature of Cities Festival programming with unique artistic views considering how humans and our cities can be woven together with the rest of nature.

NOTE: Art-focused proposals are welcome also in the categories of Seed Sessions, Skills Sessions, Microtalks, Documentary, and Field Trips.


VIRTUAL FIELD TRIPS 

Session Length: 45 minutes
Video Length: up to 30 minutes, played from the presenter’s computer
Video Format: MP4 preferred, ensures top video and audio quality
Platform: Zoom (including breakouts), or Topia (depending on the session format)
Session Tools: Pre-recorded video, video recording, break-out rooms, screen share, whiteboard tool, Miro, others TBD
Time & Date: Sessions run concurrently, based on timezone, scheduled by preference if possible

Virtual Field Trips are pre-recorded video tours with ambient sound, but narrated live by you during your session. They take festival goers on a journey through a part of your city you want to share with the world. All ways of knowing and modes of action are welcome, from science and art, to design, planning, and practice.

To prepare a field trip, plan your route in advance to prepare for filming. On the day you film, walk the route exactly as you would in any live tour. Capture in video the things that are interesting to see and illuminate what you want to talk about. Do not narrate the trip, but ambient sounds are fine. You will narrate the recorded video live during the session.

Seed sessions can be focused in any geographic location, and you can propose them in any language. A limited number of sessions can be translated into a second language. Apply for this service in the submission form.

IMPORTANT: The submission portal closes 30 November, but you may need to film your route before that (say, because of a changing season).


SESSION CLUSTERS

You can create a cluster of mixed session types at TNOC festival to construct a hub for your organization’s work or project.Session Cluster creation is reserved for TNOC Festival Sponsors and Partners.

Interested in partnering with TNOC Festival to create a session cluster to promote your work?

View our Partnership Package here.


DOCUMENTARY

Length / Size: Up to 10 minutes / less than 750MB
Format:
 A single MPEG or MOV video file, in SD or HD resolution

TNOC Festival will exhibit short documentaries within the main Festival lobby or garden space. Documentaries may be about any subject within the broad mission of The Nature of Cities, including but not limited to: science, design, equity, planning, community, climate, resilience, food, art, and so on. The documentaries must be 10 minutes or less in length but may be an excerpt of a longer work, if the excerpt makes sense standing alone.

NOTE: We may have screenings for longer documentary forms. If you have a long form you want us to consider, write to us at TNOCFestival@thenatureofcities.com. Do not submit videos longer than 10 minutes in the submission form; they will not be reviewed.