Friday, September 11, 2009: Paper, Panel, Special Session, and Workshop submissions due.
Monday, November 2, 2009: Birds of a Feather, Poster, and Video submissions due.
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Birds of a Feather ("BOF") Submission Guidelines
By SIGCSE policy, the proposer and all discussion leaders are required to register for the conference and to be present for the BOF session.
Birds-of-a-Feather (BOF) Sessions provide an environment for
colleagues with similar interests to meet for informal
discussion. Proposers of BOF sessions should serve as discussion
leaders only. BOFs are not intended to be presentations.
Sometimes interesting discussion topics come up after the regular BOF
submission deadline, but before the conference itself. To present a venue
for some of these topics, we're trying something new this year: lightning
Most of the BOF sessions will be allocated as in previous years, but this
year there will also be a small number of slots reserved for Lightning BoFs.
Lightning BOFs can be submitted between December 15th and January 15th (two
and a half months after the regular BOF submission deadline). The acceptance
notifications for these lightning BOFs will be sent by January 21, 2010
(before the early registration deadline). The hope is that this will allow
people to propose BOFs based on "hot" topics of current interest.
All proposals received by the earlier deadline of November 2, 2009 will be
considered for a regular BOF slot. If your BOF is not accepted for a
regular slot, you will be given the option of resubmitting it for consideration
for a lightning BOF.
BOF proposals are to be provided in PDF format. The full
proposal contains an up to 1000-character BOF abstract (description)
which must also be entered into a text box on the submission
page. The format for the BOF proposal is as follows.
- BOF Proposal Format and Contents (limited to 1 page)
Include name, affiliation, address, phone and fax
numbers, email address, and WWW address (if applicable).
This item does not count in the page limit.
Birds of a Feather proposals do not undergo blind review,
so this information should be included. You should
expect most correspondence related to the conference to
email. Please check your SPAM filter if you haven't
received an expected notification because the
auto-responses generated by the conference software
are sometimes blocked.
- Title: A title for the BOF.
- Abstract (Description):
1000 character description of the BOF. The same abstract
will also need to be submitted via a text box on the
submission page. Please be sure that your description
is accurate and that both submitted copies (here in the
BOF Proposal, and in the submission text box) are exactly
- Significance and Relevance of the Topic:
Please include information about any trends in relation
to the topic and possibly describe (or cite) evidence
to that effect. Your objective here is to explain why
the topic is significant. You should also justify
how your BOF will engage participants in group discussion
and enhance future connections between attendees.
This information can help your proposal to be selected
if resources become an issue.
- Expected Audience:
Briefly describe the nature and size of the expected
audience. If you expect a particularly large or small
audience, please explain why. This information can help
in room assignment.
- Discussion Leader(s):
Although correspondence will be with the proposer above,
it will be the discussion leader(s) who will be
mentioned in Symposium literature. Please list any
additional such names (besides the proposer) and
affiliations here. Be certain that you have their
commitments to attend the Symposium. All discussion
leaders must register for the SIGCSE conference
and be present for the BOF session.
- Expertise of Discussion Leader(s):
Give a summary of the qualifications of the discussion
leader(s) as it relates to the BOF topic being proposed.
- Special Requirements, if any:
Because of the informal and spontaneous nature of these
sessions, A/V equipment is typically not provided.
That said, please describe any pressing needs you feel you
will have. Although we cannot guarantee that your
requested equipment will be available, we will make
every effort to let you know this well before the
- BOF Abstract (limited to 1000 characters)
The abstract is the description of the BOF that will
appear on the conference web pages. The description
is limited to 1000 characters and must match verbatim the
abstract section of the BOF Proposal.
The BOF abstract must be submitted in plain text.
The abstract for an accepted proposal may contain a URL
with more information. (Abstracts of accepted BOFs
can be edited in response to reviews.)
Here is a sample BOF Proposal:
- Write your proposal using the format specified above.
- Convert your proposal into Adobe PDF format. Refer to our
Creating Adobe PDF Documents
page for assistance.
- Submit the PDF version of your proposal using the
Birds of a Feather online submission form.
Recall that you will also need to cut-and-paste or type
your 1000-character text abstract description into a text box
during the submission process. Please do not wait until
the last minute to submit your documents because that
is when everyone else will be connecting to our server!
- Make note of the BOF ID number and password
assigned to your submission. You will receive an
e-mail message confirmation.
Spam filters sometimes trap these
automatically generated messages so you may need
to check your spam trap for the confirmation and later,
acceptance or rejection notification.
- After receiving confirmation, go to the
Author Verification Form
to review your submission for accuracy.
Send e-mail to
if there are any problems.
Warning! Several authors have reported problems viewing
their PDF files using Internet Explorer.
If you experience similar problems, it is best to
download the file and use Acrobat Reader directly.
All electronic submissions must be received
by November 2, 2009 (by January 15, 2010 for lightning
If you have questions, please contact:
Birds Of A Feather