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ACCU 2019 Autumn Conference will be held in Belfast 2019-11-11 and 2019-11-12 at Hilton Hotel. Also planning is in place for the ACCU 2020 conference (aka ACCU Spring Conference) which will be in the same hotel as ACCU 2019, Bristol Marriott City Centre 2020-03-24 to 2020-03-28.

ACCU Autumn 2019

Whenever WG21 (the C++ standard committee) has a meeting in the UK, ACCU tries to ensure there is a strong association between that WG21 meeting and an ACCU conference. In past years WG21 in UK has been before or after the ACCU conference in the spring. This year however the WG21 meeting in the UK is in November. ACCU is therefore putting on a two-day ACCU Autumn conference to abut with the WG21 meeting. So we have an ACCU Autumn 2019 conference being held in Belfast (Hilton Hotel 2019-11-11 and 2019-11-12.

The conference will follow the structure of ACCU conferences, having keynotes and 90 minute sessions, with lots of break time to support the "corridor track" which is so important for actual conferring. There will also be lightning talks!

ACCU 2020

Historically, ACCU has a lot of C++ and C content, and is proud of that: ACCU is the foremost annual conference for people interested in C++ and C, at least in and around the UK. But it is not just a C++ and C conference, ACCU is about programming in whatever language people are using, with whatever tools and processes people are using: D, Chapel, Java, Kotlin, C#, F#, Groovy, Rust, Go, Python, Ruby, Lisp, to name just a few programming languages about which there have been sessions at ACCU conferences. Git, Mercurial, CMake, Meson, TDD, BDD, allthese tools and techniques have been the focus of sessions at ACCU. The ACCU Conference is looking for sessions that will be interesting to people who create software.

The ACCU conference has:

  • 90 minute sessions, either:

    • 60 minute presentation with 30 minutes questions and answers[1].

    • a workshop[2].

  • 180 minute workshops[3].

  • 20 minute sessions, 15 minute presentation and 5 minutes questions and answers.

  • full day (6 hour with breaks) pre-conference workshops

There are also lightning talk sessions, but, as ever, these are organised at the conference.

The ACCU Conference is put on by ACCU (, but is open to anyone who wishes to be there either as a presenter or an attender.

ACCU is a membership organisation for people involved in software creation. The members are interested in programming, programming languages, testing, the tools of developing software, the process of developing software, and all related things. The tag line for the organisation is Professionalism in Programming.

When the call for session proposals is open, details of the session and the presenters is submitted via the Web application at here. If you want to mull an idea over with someone before submitting, please email the conference chair. Some notes about the lead presenter deals are here.

The ACCU conference latest news/blog is here.

There is an ACCUConf YouTube channel which is here.

There is an @ACCUConf Twitter account and #ACCUConf is used as the hashtag.

The conference code of conduct is here.

1. Some people choose to structure this as 90 minutes of interactive presentation instead of 60 minutes presentation and 30 minutes Q&A, and that is fine – the point is to have interaction and dialogue. A 90 minutes one-way presentation without interaction is not really what we want.
2. A workshop is all about people doing things.
3. For the situation when 90 minutes is just too short for the activity.