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The Coronavirus Covid-19 situation was such in early March 2020 that we decided, with great sadness, to cancel ACCU 2020. People who were going to attend, as presenters or attenders, reported they also were sad at missing ACCU 2020, but that it was the right thing to have done in the circumstances.

Planning is now underway for ACCU 2021 (2021-03-09 for pre-conference workshops and 2021-03-10 to 2021-03-13 for the conference itself at the Bristol Marriott City Centre). More details on the conference specific website.

We are also planning ACCU Autumn 2021 (2021-10-04 and 2021-10-05 at the Hilton Hotel, Belfast)

We are hoping that the Covid-19 pandemic situation will not interfere with either of these conference happening.

ACCU Conferences

Historically, ACCU conferences have 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 conferences are 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, and many other softare development tools and techniques have been the focus of sessions at ACCU conferences. The ACCU conferences look for sessions that will be interesting to people who create software.

ACCU conferences have:

  • 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.

ACCU conferences are put on by ACCU, but are 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 for an ACCU conference is open, details of the session and the presenters is submitted via the Firebird Web application. Details of the exact URL for submission will be found on the conference specific website. Each ACCU conference will have lead presenter deals. Again details will be found on the appropriate conference specific website.

The general ACCU conference latest news/blog is here – this will be news not specific to a given conference. Each conference specific website also has a latest news/blog for details see the conference specific website.

There is an ACCUConf YouTube channel which is here.

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

The ACCU conference code of conduct is here.


ACCU Conferences are organised by Archer Yates Associates Archer Yates Associates Logo
and a ACCU Conference Programme Committee (on behalf of ACCU).

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.