ACCU Conference News

Session timetable swap

There has been lots of activity in ACCU organising over the last two months, but we failed to tell people the news. Our "There is a month to go" resolution is to report more news. The news of the moment is that we have swapped a couple of sessions: Eoin Woods' session "Common Webapp Vulnerabilities and What to Do About Them" has moved from Wednesday 2018-04-11T16:00+01:00 to Thursday 2018-04-12T16:00+01:00, and Florian Gilcher’s session "

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Sorry We're Late

Due to some circumstances beyond our control, but also some problems at our end, we failed to meet the posted deadlines of 2018-01-12 for notification, and 2018-01-19 for publishing the schedule. We have slipped everything by a week from today and should have everything sorted and published by 2018-01-29, but hopefully sooner. Sorry.

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First Decisions Made

So the ACCU 2018 call for session proposals ended 2017-11-17T23:59+00:00 exactly as anticipated. The committee then went through all the proposals and scored them and, if appropriate, added a comment or two. Also a number of irritants and glitches with the system were noted and added as issues to the source repository[1]. The committee met, some physically, some via video call, a couple of people had to send their apologies for absence, in Reading Saturday 2017-12-02 to review the situation, and make decisions.

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Registration is Open

Archer Yates Associates, who are the people who collaborate with ACCU to put on ACCU conferences, have opened up registration for ACCU 2018. Thus are people able to get tickets for ACCU 2018 as Winter Solstice / Christmas / whatever-your-end-of-calendar-year-holiday-is-labelled presents for themselves and/or others. True, the schedule is yet to be decided, but we do know Gen Ashley, Hadi Hariri, Seb Rose, and Lisa Lippincott will be presenting keynotes.

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The 2018 Keynotes

We are very pleased to be able to announce that the keynote speakers for ACCU 2018 will be: Gen Ashley, Hadi Hariri, Seb Rose, and Lisa Lippincott. We’re collecting titles, blurbs, and bios and will have a webpage with the details very soon now.

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Move the Conference Dinner?

A number of people at ACCU 2017 suggested that it would have been much better to have had the Conference Dinner on the Thursday and the Bloomberg Party on the Friday, instead of the other way around. The ACCU Conference Committee couldn’t see any reason why not try doing this as an experiment. However, we have no idea how many people prefer the way it is as we had no feedback that it was right the way it was.

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What's ACCU About

The previous post was to let people know about the mechanics of session proposals and their submission. It did not though set out the scope of ACCU conference content – hence this post. ACCU the organisation (https://accu.org) is a membership organisation of software developers, software engineers, programmers, coders, choose your preferred label for someone that creates software. The members are interested in programming, programming languages, testing, the tools of developing software, the process of developing software, and all related things.

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Proposals for ACCU 2018

Tomorrow (2017-10-16) at, most likely, some time around 09:01+01:00 the call for proposals for ACCU 2018 sessions will open. The call will close at 2017-11-17T23:59+00:00. The conference comprises: 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.

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Trying Out The New Submission Application

The ACCU 2108 call for session proposals isn’t actually open, but it seems wise to try the software out to try and make it usable, unlike last year. Things are still very much under development, this is alpha or perhaps beta software at this stage in the general scheme of things. If you fancy doing a source trial feel free to follow the instructions below. If you just want to try things out, I have set up https://cfp.

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Herb's Keynote

When we first asked Herb Sutter to come back to ACCU and do a keynote, he agreed, but wasn’t sure which of many things he would talk about. We ran with a meta-title and some meta-blurb so as to allow for any possibility. A week before he was due to be on stage, Herb emailed us with the title and blurb for his keynote, which by now had been scheduled as the closing event for ACCU 2017.

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And So Begins The Process To ACCU 2018

The observant may have noticed something of a change in the ACCU conference website. We have decided that #363e6d (aka Dark Midnight Blue) will be the colour for ACCU 2018. The rationale for this will not be revealed now (so as to engender a feeling of suspense) and may, or may not, be revealed sometime in the next 8 months[1]. The website has been rearranged to create a clean slate for ACCU 2018, with ACCU 2017 joining ACCU 2016 in the "

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Thanks For Getting Some Video Links In Place

Huge thanks to Ahto Truu for sending in a pull request updating the ACCU 2017 conference schedule page with links to the videos. Not all have been checked, and not all are there as yet. If you find an error, or a link not yet in place, please feel free to send in a pull request, or at least an email telling us the changes needed. Thanks again Ahto Truu for getting the "

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Herb's Keynote

The original title and blurb for Herb’s keynote closing ACCU 2017 left room for one of many actual presentations. Herb has now sent in the choice he has made. So the printed materials now have the wrong title and blurb. The selected title is: Thoughts on Metaclasses which is a link through to the blurb on the website. The website and the Web application have the correct title and blurb even if the printed materials have been overtaken by events.

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Some New Sponsors: Riverblade, SNSystems, and Steema

Three new sponsors of ACCU 2017 to note. The first is Riverblade, a company deeply committed to making software developers' lives better with good development tools. In fact Riverblade signed up as a sponsor a while back, but due to failure on the part of the wetware running this website, their logo was not added to the list of sponsors, and blog entry not posted. This is particularly bad as Riverblade have been a staunch supporter of ACCU conferences for many years.

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New schedule app

In conjunction with his talk on Elm, Austin Bingham of Sixty North AS has put together a new web-based schedule app for ACCU 2017. The app lets you search for topics and speakers, see the daily schedules, and build a personal conference agenda. Interested in Elm? You can find the project’s source and get involved in its development at the github repository.

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QBS Sponsoring ACCU

QBS has been a staunch supporter of ACCU conferences over the years, and we are very pleased that they have become a sponsor of ACCU 2017. We are sure many attenders will visit their stand to find out about their product line.

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Conan the Sponsor

Many of you will know that JFrog are now the owners of the C++ package management system Conan. Package management in C++ is likely to be as big a "thing" in the C++ community as C++17, and so very important to the development of C++ software development. We are therefore very please to announce that Conan is now a sponsor of ACCU 2017.

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New Sponsor, Ocado Technology

ACCU 2017 has another sponsor: we are delighted that Ocado Technology are sponsoring the conference. A first time sponsor of an ACCU conference, I am sure the ACCU community will make them very, very welcome.

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T-Shirt Design Competition

ACCU conferences tend to have themes. Not for the content of the sessions of the conference, obviously – content is determined entirely by the Programme Committee selecting from that that is submitted[1]. The conference themes are for the more social aspect of the conference. In particular, the conference dinner/supper (choose your preferred label here) on the Friday evening, and the t-shirts, and other bits and bobs. For reasons that are likely to become very apparent at 2017-04-26T09:31 in the Bristol Suite, we are thinking of "

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Sponsor Announcement

It appears that we put the Bloomberg logo in our sponsors logo area but failed to announce in this blog that Bloomberg had signed up as a sponsor of ACCU 2017. Very remiss. So a little later than it should have been: we are very pleased to announce that Bloomberg is a sponsor of the ACCU 2017 conference.

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