Keynote Speakers

The core of any conference based on submitted proposals are the submitted proposals, and we got an excellent collection of proposals this year. We think we are going to have an excellent conference based on these.

Conferences are though enhanced dramatically by having good keynote speakers, to set scenes, get questions being asked, open attenders eyes to new things, etc. We believe the ACCU 2017 keynote speakers are going to do this "in spades".

The conference will open on Wednesday with a presentation by Russ Miles supported by his colleagues Gibson and Bot. He will be telling us about microservices hell, and I suspect he will pull the Rug out from under it.

Thursday morning we have a presentation by Brad Chamberlain about how concurrency and parallelism, both local and in clusters, can be first class citizens in programming languages, e.g. Chapel, unlike in all the languages we currently use, e.g. C, C++, Java, etc.

Friday morning we will challenged by Fran Buontempo to decide what intelligence actually is, and indeed whether humans, let alone machines, display it.

As with previous ACCU conferences the first three days start with a keynote, but the last day ends with a keynote. This year we are delighted to have Herb Sutter return to ACCU. He will be telling us something new, but as no-one is entirely sure (not even Herb) what that will be, we are all left on tenterhooks. We can be certain though, that it will be a seriously great close to the conference.

The organising team is already excited, not just about Christmas 2016, but also about ACCU 2017. See you in Bristol, 2017-04-25.

Announcing Some Sponsors

Conferences like ACCU are always that much better when there are appropriate and good exhibitors and sponsors. Exhibitors and sponsors add an extra dimension to the breaks, the corridor track, and the evening activities, all of which which are important aspects of ACCU: interaction and "networking" are an integral part of the conference. Not quite as important as high quality content of the sessions, but a very important factor nonetheless.

We are currently in negotiations with a number of exhibitors and sponsors, but whilst negotiations are in progress it is right and proper to say nothing. Three sponsors have however concluded negotiations and have "signed on the dotted line". So we are very pleased to announce that JetBrains, Undo, and Mosaic are sponsors for ACCU 2017. We are very pleased to display our sponsors logos on all our pages in recognition of the sponsorship provided.

Call for Sessions Now Closed

So the Call for Sessions for ACCU 2017 is now closed. After a few initial hiccups with the website, things appear to have gone relatively smoothly. Certainly we have many more excellent session proposals than sessions we are going to be able to put on. The programme committee are busy reviewing the proposals, we will soon be having to take some very hard decisions. We have to try and avoid having multiple sessions on the same topic, and having people do more than one 90 minute session, amongst other constraints.

The submission web application has now been put into maintenance mode, it currently says it will be back shortly. This is actually a bit of a fib, it will be back sometime in 2017-10. During its apparent hiatus it will undergo significant reworking: the data model needs to change quite a lot, and the UI needs to change quite a lot. The intention is that the submission experience for ACCU 2018 will be significantly better that the last eight weeks.

However, for the moment it is down to review and selection for ACCU 2017 so to make it a really good conference, and a great experience for all attenders. Given the quality of the proposals, this is actually more or less assured. The problem is selecting from the collection of excellent proposals… hummm… this may take a while…

Herb Sutter at ACCU 2017

Whilst there is more than one Herb Sutter, there is only one who is a long standing friend of the ACCU conference, and not only knows quite a lot about the C++ language, also knows a lot about how it evolves. This unique Herb Sutter will be giving one of the keynote presentations at ACCU 2017.