Call for Participation - ACCU 2009
April 22-25, 2009. Barcelo Oxford Hotel, Oxford, UK
Submission deadline: 20th of October 2008
Highlight: Special track on patterns, please read on
Email proposals to: Giovanni Asproni, email@example.com
We would like to invite you to present a session at this leading software development conference.
Leading 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, Erlang, Haskell, 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.
In particular, this year we are going to have a special track on patterns--design, organizational, etc., as long as they are related with software development. We are interested in experience reports, techniques, lessons learned, etc.
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. This year we are going to have also some lightning talks, which are presentations of a maximum duration of 5 minutes (more information about this format at http://perl.plover.com/lt/osc2003/lightning-talks.html).
If you would like to run a session please let us know by emailing your proposals to firstname.lastname@example.org by the 20th of October 2008 at the latest.
Please include the following to support your proposal:
- Title (a working title if necessary)
- Type (tutorial, workshop, case study, etc.)
- 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 conference you may like to consult the website for previous years' editions at http://www.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 its programme, making it the highlight of the year for many attendees. Please help us make 2009 another successful event.
I'm looking forward to seeing you there,
ACCU 2009 Conference Chair
I'm hardly an impartial commentator here, being ACCU Chair and everything, but the ACCU Conference is pretty damn brilliant. Assuming you're any kind of programmer and even vaguely interested in your practice, you should think pretty hard about going. Pretty hard indeed. Better yet, you should think about presenting. You've got something worth saying, even if you don't think you have. What you do on a daily basis might seem commonplace, but it's only commonplace to you. What you say doesn't have to be brand new, or earth shattering, or surprising, it just has to be something you know. There are people who will benefit from hearing what it is.
Poke through the conference website to get an idea of the what's in play (hint: more or less anything) and make a pitch. Once you come up with a good title, you'll find the talk description writes itself. Don't worry about filling the time, because you will. In fact, you have to be more conscious of overrunning. But don't worry about that yet either. Get the title down, and then email us your pitch.