ACCU 2018

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The ACCU conference schedule is published, and we assume all the presenters are busy preparing their sessions so there is no "last minute-ism" about the sessions. This year’s theme is "magical, magical, magical place", make of it what you will. Please note, we are experimenting with having the conference dinner on Thursday and the Bloomberg party on Friday. If you have not already bought your ticket, booked your accommodation and travel, and bought your conference dinner ticket, why not?

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. 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 just 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.

The call for session proposals is now open. If you have an idea for a session do submit it at 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.