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Tuesday 02 October 2007 accu2008 - Call for Participation

We interrupt this website for an important announcement.

April 2-5, 2008. Paramount Oxford Hotel, Oxford, UK http://accu.org/conference

We would like to invite you to lead a session at this leading software development conference.

Presenting a session is a highly rewarding experience: the lively and highly engaged atmosphere of the event means that, even as a speaker, you are likely to greatly enhance your understanding of the topic you are exploring.

We have a long tradition of high quality sessions covering many aspects of software development, from programming languages (e.g., C, C++, Java, C#, Ruby, Groovy, Python, etc.), and technologies (libraries, frameworks, databases, etc.) to subjects about the wider development environment such as development process, design, analysis, patterns, project management, and softer aspects such as team building, communication and leadership.

Sessions may be either tutorial-based, presentations of case studies, or take the form of interactive workshops. We are always open to novel formats, so please contact us with your idea. The standard length of a session is 90 minutes, with some exceptions. In order to allow less experienced speakers to speak at the conference without the pressure of filling a full 90 minutes, we reserve a number of shorter 45 minute sessions.

If you would like to run a session please let us know on conference at accu dot org by the 15th of October 2007 at the latest.

Please include the following to support your proposal:

  • Title (a working title if necessary)
  • Duration (45/90 min)
  • Speaker name(s)
  • Speaker biography (max 150 words)
  • Description (approx 250 words)

If you are interested in knowing more about the format and style of the sessions you may like to consult the website for previous years' conferences at http://accu.org/conference for background information.

Speakers running one or more full 90 minute sessions receive a special conference attendance package including free attendance, and assistance with their travel and accommodation costs. Speakers filling a 45 minute slot qualify for free conference attendance on the day of their session.

The conference has always benefited from the strength of it's programme, making it the highlight of the year for many ACCU members and other attendees. Please help us make 2008 another successful event.

Now clearly I'm partial, what with being ACCU Chair and having attended and presented several times, but the ACCU Conference is pretty damned fantastic. You should go, assuming you're any kind of programmer and that you're remotely interested in being a slightly better programmer. Even better, you should think about presenting. You might not think that you've got anything worth saying, but you probably have. It doesn't necessarily have to be new, or world changing, or startling, it just has to be something you know.

Browse around the conference website and have a look at the past programmes to get an idea of what's in play (although you can make a case for more or less anything) and make a pitch. Start with a good title and you'll find a description just rolls out your fingers. You know you're name, so that's not a problem. Don't sweat over the author bio, they're intensely difficult and you can come back to it later anyway. Don't worry about filling the session because you will, it actually takes a conscious effort of will to run short. Just get that title, and then email us.


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