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Hi everyone,

Just wanted to remind you all that the deadline for the LCC7 bids is today!
Hi everyone,

This is the President of the Language Creation Society speaking again.

Just wanted to remind you again that the deadline for the LCC7 bids is today! If you want to have your proposal be considered, you must submit it to us (via lcs@conlang.org) before the end of the day.

I will be lenient, like last time, and will consider it to count as long as it's September 30 anywhere on this planet, but it would be better if you could simply ensure you send your proposals before the end of the day in your local time.

Looking forward to see all your proposals!

Fiat Lingua!

Hi everyone,

This is the President of the Language Creation Society speaking again.

Just wanted to remind you again that the deadline for the LCC7 bids is today! If you want to have your proposal be considered, you must submit it to us (via lcs@conlang.org) before the end of the day.

I will be lenient, like last time, and will consider it to count as long as it's September 30 anywhere on this planet, but it would be better if you could simply ensure you send your proposals before the end of the day in your local time.

Looking forward to see all your proposals!

Fiat Lingua!

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Here is the call for proposals for the LCC7!
Hi everyone,

This is the President of the Language Creation Society speaking :).

So, I know this took a long time coming, especially since we're reached the second half of 2016 already. On the other hand, I have repeatedly said that everyone was welcome to start working on a proposal for the next Language Creation Conference already, so this call is not so much to ask people to start working on a proposal, but more to announce when the deadline for such proposals is going to be :).

Anyway, here is the official call for local hosts and venues for the 7th Language Creation Conference. What follows is the steps you need to follow in order to submit a proposal to us. If you are already working on a proposal, feel free to ignore the steps you've already followed!

– If you're interested in organising the next LCC, please make yourself known here or by sending an email to lcs@conlang.org. Please do so even if you've already shown interest in organising it. I have somewhat kept track this time, but getting a reminder is always a good idea :).
– Then prepare a proposal for the next LCC. It will need to be a concrete proposal, with venue, possible date(s), and a cost estimate. We have a strict deadline for these proposals, and that is September 30th 2016. It's not a lot of time, but my experience from the last call is that a longer time does not necessarily results in more or better proposals. In any case, proposals received after that date will not be considered. Most of those interested in making a proposal have started to work on them already, so this should give you more than enough time to come up with a concrete proposal, which should be more than enough. Proposals should be sent to lcs@conlang.org, not via the members' list (the proposal itself can be sent within the email body, or as an attachment. PDFs are preferred, especially if you include pictures, but in principle I can read about any format you throw at me except maybe Pages).
– Once the proposals have been received, the BoD will study them and choose one. We will then make the choice known, and the chosen host will then start organising the LCC, with the LCS's support. We will make our choice known within the month of October.

To help you a bit, here are the rules, once again:
– So far, we've nearly always organised the LCC in Spring (except the LCC2 which was in July), and it's worked very well. So the LCC7 should be organised in Spring 2017. As June (and the second half of May) is out of the question (it's not a good month for the students among us to attend a conference), this means March, April or the first half of May. The beginning of July (like LCC2) may be acceptable, but you'll need a very solid proposal to support such a date.
– The LCC should be organised on a weekend, i.e. Saturday and Sunday (9AM-5PM-ish), with a meet-up on Friday.
– To help you keep track of what needs to be organised, you can check this page: http://conlang.org/language-creation-conference/, and especially the host checklist: http://conference.conlang.org/host_checklist.pdf. You don't need to have the entirety of the checklist crossed out by the time you give us a concrete proposal, but the more you have the better your proposal will look.
– Out of the checklist, two things are vitally important: lunch and refreshments (because they usually end up as one of the highest expenses, and it's one of those things that cause us lots of headaches, as local hosts have a tendency to wait until the last moment to organise that part), and multimedia equipment and Internet connectivity. I cannot emphasise enough how important the latest part is. This literally will make or break the LCC. The venue needs the best Internet connectivity you can find. Good Wi-Fi for the attendees, and a cabled connection with enough upload speed to handle HD streaming. Microphones, projectors, screens, mixing tables, etc... everything needs to work flawlessly for two days. We're going to do a viewing of the Conlanging documentary during the next LCC, so the venue needs to be able to handle that as well. Don't forget to include the costs for the multimedia equipment in your proposal!
– Oh, and since someone is sure to ask that, venue location is not going to feature strongly in our eventual choice. By that, I mean that although the LCC6 happened in Europe, this does not mean we are going to ignore proposals from Europe. Proposals from all over the world are accepted, and will be weighed according to their own merits. The situation of the venue within the location itself (easy access via public transport, for instance, closeness to hotels and restaurants, etc.), however, will be a strong factor. And, of course, costs :).
– By the way, you don't have to be an LCS member to be able to organise an LCC. I myself was not a member when I organised the LCC4. And look where it brought me! :) So don't hesitate to submit a proposal even if you are not a member of the LCS.

So, I hope to see many proposals coming our way. If you're hesitating, let me just tell you something (which I did already last time): when I organised the 4th LCC, I had never done this sort of things before, but it ended up being one of the most fun experiences I've ever had. It was a great learning experience, and an unforgettable adventure. If I, self-professed procrastinator with no talent in organisation, could manage to organise a LCC, you certainly can!

Looking forward to your proposals!

Cheers!
Fiat Lingua!

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Hi everyone,

This is the President of the Language Creation Society speaking :).

So, I know this took a long time coming, especially since we're reached the second half of 2016 already. On the other hand, I have repeatedly said that everyone was welcome to start working on a proposal for the next Language Creation Conference already, so this call is not so much to ask people to start working on a proposal, but more to announce when the deadline for such proposals is going to be :).

Anyway, here is the official call for local hosts and venues for the 7th Language Creation Conference. What follows is the steps you need to follow in order to submit a proposal to us. If you are already working on a proposal, feel free to ignore the steps you've already followed!

– If you're interested in organising the next LCC, please make yourself known here or by sending an email to lcs@conlang.org. Please do so even if you've already shown interest in organising it. I have somewhat kept track this time, but getting a reminder is always a good idea :).
– Then prepare a proposal for the next LCC. It will need to be a concrete proposal, with venue, possible date(s), and a cost estimate. We have a strict deadline for these proposals, and that is September 30th 2016. It's not a lot of time, but my experience from the last call is that a longer time does not necessarily results in more or better proposals. In any case, proposals received after that date will not be considered. Most of those interested in making a proposal have started to work on them already, so this should give you more than enough time to come up with a concrete proposal, which should be more than enough. Proposals should be sent to lcs@conlang.org, not via the members' list (the proposal itself can be sent within the email body, or as an attachment. PDFs are preferred, especially if you include pictures, but in principle I can read about any format you throw at me except maybe Pages).
– Once the proposals have been received, the BoD will study them and choose one. We will then make the choice known, and the chosen host will then start organising the LCC, with the LCS's support. We will make our choice known within the month of October.

To help you a bit, here are the rules, once again:
– So far, we've nearly always organised the LCC in Spring (except the LCC2 which was in July), and it's worked very well. So the LCC7 should be organised in Spring 2017. As June (and the second half of May) is out of the question (it's not a good month for the students among us to attend a conference), this means March, April or the first half of May. The beginning of July (like LCC2) may be acceptable, but you'll need a very solid proposal to support such a date.
– The LCC should be organised on a weekend, i.e. Saturday and Sunday (9AM-5PM-ish), with a meet-up on Friday.
– To help you keep track of what needs to be organised, you can check this page: http://conlang.org/language-creation-conference/, and especially the host checklist: http://conference.conlang.org/host_checklist.pdf. You don't need to have the entirety of the checklist crossed out by the time you give us a concrete proposal, but the more you have the better your proposal will look.
– Out of the checklist, two things are vitally important: lunch and refreshments (because they usually end up as one of the highest expenses, and it's one of those things that cause us lots of headaches, as local hosts have a tendency to wait until the last moment to organise that part), and multimedia equipment and Internet connectivity. I cannot emphasise enough how important the latest part is. This literally will make or break the LCC. The venue needs the best Internet connectivity you can find. Good Wi-Fi for the attendees, and a cabled connection with enough upload speed to handle HD streaming. Microphones, projectors, screens, mixing tables, etc... everything needs to work flawlessly for two days. We're going to do a viewing of the Conlanging documentary during the next LCC, so the venue needs to be able to handle that as well. Don't forget to include the costs for the multimedia equipment in your proposal!
– Oh, and since someone is sure to ask that, venue location is not going to feature strongly in our eventual choice. By that, I mean that although the LCC6 happened in Europe, this does not mean we are going to ignore proposals from Europe. Proposals from all over the world are accepted, and will be weighed according to their own merits. The situation of the venue within the location itself (easy access via public transport, for instance, closeness to hotels and restaurants, etc.), however, will be a strong factor. And, of course, costs :).
– By the way, you don't have to be an LCS member to be able to organise an LCC. I myself was not a member when I organised the LCC4. And look where it brought me! :) So don't hesitate to submit a proposal even if you are not a member of the LCS.

So, I hope to see many proposals coming our way. If you're hesitating, let me just tell you something (which I did already last time): when I organised the 4th LCC, I had never done this sort of things before, but it ended up being one of the most fun experiences I've ever had. It was a great learning experience, and an unforgettable adventure. If I, self-professed procrastinator with no talent in organisation, could manage to organise a LCC, you certainly can!

Looking forward to your proposals!

Cheers!
Fiat Lingua!

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+Conlanging: The Documentaryconlangingfilm.com/about, is a feature length documentary film about conlangers worldwide, made by +Britton Watkins  (a conlanger!) and his husband +Josh Feldman . Their previous work includes the film +sennition.

The LCS is pleased to announce, conlang.org/conlanging-film, that we are supporting the film with:
a) a direct contribution of $1000,
b) up to $2,000 more in 1:1 matching grants for LCS members’ contributions to the film’s Indiegogo fundraiser*, indiegogo.com/projects/conlanging-documentary-film; and
c) 10 high-quality conlang flags, to be offered as perks.

* Anyone who is an LCS member at any time between July 11 and August 15, 2016 qualifies for the matching grant — even if you join after you made your contribution. (Once the fundraiser is finished, contributors will be sent information on how to claim the match.)

The film will be screened in full at the next LCC, for in person attendees. We also hope to have Britton there, presenting a talk about the journey of the film’s production and other highlights specially for conlangers.

If you have not contributed to the documentary fundraiser yet, please consider doing so. This is going to be a very important and high quality movie, which could not be in more capable hands. And any contribution LCS members make, however small, will effectively be doubled through our grant. The fundraiser perks are very nice as well. :-)

If you would like to participate in the movie, you still have until August 15: conlangingfilm.com/mysubmission/

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REMINDER: There is still time to support the Conlanging film (11 days to be exact). Its fundraiser has passed the 50% mark, but it still needs your support.

And as explained before, the LCS will match all LCS member contributions up to a maximum of $2000, added to the $1000 we are already contributing (see http://conlang.org/conlanging-film/). So your contribution counts double!

Also, new perks have been added to the fundraiser (https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/conlanging-documentary-film). Go and have a look, there may be something you'd like to have there!
+Conlanging: The Documentaryconlangingfilm.com/about, is a feature length documentary film about conlangers worldwide, made by +Britton Watkins  (a conlanger!) and his husband +Josh Feldman . Their previous work includes the film +sennition.

The LCS is pleased to announce, conlang.org/conlanging-film, that we are supporting the film with:
a) a direct contribution of $1000,
b) up to $2,000 more in 1:1 matching grants for LCS members’ contributions to the film’s Indiegogo fundraiser*, indiegogo.com/projects/conlanging-documentary-film; and
c) 10 high-quality conlang flags, to be offered as perks.

* Anyone who is an LCS member at any time between July 11 and August 15, 2016 qualifies for the matching grant — even if you join after you made your contribution. (Once the fundraiser is finished, contributors will be sent information on how to claim the match.)

The film will be screened in full at the next LCC, for in person attendees. We also hope to have Britton there, presenting a talk about the journey of the film’s production and other highlights specially for conlangers.

If you have not contributed to the documentary fundraiser yet, please consider doing so. This is going to be a very important and high quality movie, which could not be in more capable hands. And any contribution LCS members make, however small, will effectively be doubled through our grant. The fundraiser perks are very nice as well. :-)

If you would like to participate in the movie, you still have until August 15: conlangingfilm.com/mysubmission/

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+Conlanging: The Documentaryconlangingfilm.com/about, is a feature length documentary film about conlangers worldwide, made by +Britton Watkins  (a conlanger!) and his husband +Josh Feldman . Their previous work includes the film +sennition.

The LCS is pleased to announce, conlang.org/conlanging-film, that we are supporting the film with:
a) a direct contribution of $1000,
b) up to $2,000 more in 1:1 matching grants for LCS members’ contributions to the film’s Indiegogo fundraiser*, indiegogo.com/projects/conlanging-documentary-film; and
c) 10 high-quality conlang flags, to be offered as perks.

* Anyone who is an LCS member at any time between July 11 and August 15, 2016 qualifies for the matching grant — even if you join after you made your contribution. (Once the fundraiser is finished, contributors will be sent information on how to claim the match.)

The film will be screened in full at the next LCC, for in person attendees. We also hope to have Britton there, presenting a talk about the journey of the film’s production and other highlights specially for conlangers.

If you have not contributed to the documentary fundraiser yet, please consider doing so. This is going to be a very important and high quality movie, which could not be in more capable hands. And any contribution you make, however small, will effectively be doubled through our grant. The fundraiser perks are very nice as well. :-)

If you would like to participate in the movie, you still have until August 15: conlangingfilm.com/mysubmission/

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+Conlanging: The Documentaryconlangingfilm.com/about, is a feature length documentary film about conlangers worldwide, made by +Britton Watkins  (a conlanger!) and his husband +Josh Feldman . Their previous work includes the film +sennition.

The LCS is pleased to announce, conlang.org/conlanging-film, that we are supporting the film with:
a) a direct contribution of $1000,
b) up to $2,000 more in 1:1 matching grants for LCS members’ contributions to the film’s Indiegogo fundraiser*, indiegogo.com/projects/conlanging-documentary-film; and
c) 10 high-quality conlang flags, to be offered as perks.

* Anyone who is an LCS member at any time between July 11 and August 15, 2016 qualifies for the matching grant — even if you join after you made your contribution. (Once the fundraiser is finished, contributors will be sent information on how to claim the match.)

The film will be screened in full at the next LCC, for in person attendees. We also hope to have Britton there, presenting a talk about the journey of the film’s production and other highlights specially for conlangers.

If you have not contributed to the documentary fundraiser yet, please consider doing so. This is going to be a very important and high quality movie, which could not be in more capable hands. And any contribution LCS members make, however small, will effectively be doubled through our grant. The fundraiser perks are very nice as well. :-)

If you would like to participate in the movie, you still have until August 15: conlangingfilm.com/mysubmission/
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