It is with much sadness and after much consideration, that the Joint Chairs and Organisers of ACCU 2020 have decided to cancel the 2020 conference. Even though the Government has still not declared that any gatherings of size should be cancelled, we now believe that this is the correct thing to do in order to lower the risk to attenders, presenters, sponsors, and exhibitors. We would like to thank you for your support and patience while we sort out how refunds will be made and will post further information as to how to claim in the coming days, please revisit this site for information.
The Coronavirus Covid-19 situation is very fluid just now. Many are asking how this affects ACCU 2020. The official position as at 2020-03-11T18:15+00:00 is: We are obviously concerned about the impact of Coronavirus (COVID-19) on this year’s ACCU and are closely monitoring what is happening. Archer Yates, the conference event managers are in close contact with the Association of British Professional Conference Organisers – ABPCO, who are in turn liaising with the UK Government.
The cornovirus Corvid-19 situation is very fluid just now. Many are asking how this affects ACCU 2020. The official position as at 2020-03-03T20:30+00:00 is: We are obviously concerned about the impact of Coronavirus (COVID-19) on this year’s ACCU and are closely monitoring what is happening. Archer Yates, the conference event managers are in close contact with the Association of British Professional Conference Organisers – ABPCO, who are in turn liaising with the UK Government.
We published the ACCU 2020 schedule just some days ago. There is the usual disclaimer that the schedule is subject to change without notice till the end of the conference. This is intended to mean just amendments to the sessions, quickies, side events, or social events, as the keynotes are normally fixed points. This year we have such an unusual situation, again. Which means we need to swap two of the keynotes this year too: Kevlins’s Saturday closing keynote has become Thursday’s opening keynote; and Sean’s Thursday opening keynote has become Saturday’s closing keynote.
The conference programme committee is proud to announce the ACCU 2020 Schedule for the upcoming ACCU 2020 conference. We think it is a strong programme. We are happy that some speakers from years back have returned, last year speakers proposed again and that there are new speakers as well. We have decided to move from our home grown conference application to Firebird’s conferencing application. This system has successfully been used by our organizer Archer Yates Ltd.
ACCU conferences tend to have themes. Not for the content of the sessions of the conference, obviously. 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 2020-03-27T20:30 in the Bristol Suite. As is traditional we are having a competition to allow people to design the conference t-shirt based on the chosen theme.
The Call for Proposals for ACCU 2020 is now closed. We seem to have a lot of very good proposals. It is now for the Programme Committee members to review the proposals, and then select the ones to add to the schedule – which is likely to be quite hard given the seemingly high quality of the proposals. Thank you to everyone who made a (or in some cases more than one) proposal(s).
Although ACCU Autumn 2019 has not yet happened (register here), we must look forward to ACCU 2020 (to be held 2020-03-25 to 2020-03-28, with pre-conference workshops 2020-03-24, at Bristol Marriott Hotel City Centre). In particular, it is time to open the ACCU 2020 Call for Proposals (CfP). If you are new to submitting sessions for ACCU conferences, you may want to read the ACCU 2020 section on https://conference.accu.org/. It explains the types of session that can be submitted.
Extension to Call for Proposals Close Date Due to requests from some members of WG21 who wish to add proposals but for various reasons have been unable to, and also local Belfast groups who did not receive notification of the Call for Proposals in good time, I’ve decided to extend to close date until the 16th of June. This may result in a 3rd track at the conference if the quality of proposals matches those already received but I’ll separately announce that after the extension is closed and all proposals have been reviewed.
The Call for Proposals for the ACCU Autumn 2019 Conference to be held 2019-11-11 to 2019-11-12 at Hilton Hotel in Belfast is now open. Go to https://cfp.conference.accu.org to register and submit a proposal. This conference abuts the WG21 committee meeting so expect lots of C++ folk to be around.
We published the ACCU 2019 schedule a month ago. There is the usual disclaimer that the schedule is subject to change without notice till the end of the conference – at which point the schedule is a record of the history so no further changes are possible. This usually means just amendments to the sessions, quickies, side events, or social events, as the keynotes are normally fixed points. This year an unusual situation means we need to swap two of the keynotes: Herb’s Saturday closing keynote has become Thursday’s opening keynote; and Kate’s Thursday opening keynote has become Saturday’s closing keynote.
So a few days before the deadline, but later than we (The Programme Committee) would have liked, here is the ACCU 2019 schedule. Obviously there are a few details missing, these will be filled in as the data comes in, but the schedule is in place and we believe is a very strong programme. People have already started registering for the pre-conference workshops and the conference itself – registering early is always good, especially for the pre-conference workshops.
Each ACCU conference has a t-shirt design competition to provide the design for the year’s conference t-shirt. This year is no different. This year’s conference social theme is Artificial Intelligence. The reason for this will become extremely apparent during the conference. So we want designs based on the idea of "artificial intelligence". Obviously the design will be t-shirt sized when printed so do bear this in mind when making submissions, both in terms of design and in terms of resolution of the submitted image.
Apologies to all for failing to keep the conference news updated over the last few weeks. The call for proposals is now closed. The programme committee did lots of reviewing and deciding and planning. We are thus at the stage of getting the draft schedule in place. This is a work in progress for the moment. More news soon. The important news of the moment is that the registration website is now up and running, and you can register for ACCU 2019.
The ACCU 2019 Call for Proposals is now open. It will close 2018-10-26T23:59+01:00. For further details on ACCU the organisation go to https://accu.org and for further details on ACCU the conference go to https://conference.accu.org Submission of proposals is by logging in and entering data into the submission Web application at https://cfp.conference.accu.org ACCU has a lot of C++ content, but it has much more: Python, C#, Go, Rust, Java, Kotlin, Lisp, Groovy, JRuby get a look in as programming languages.
A final reminder: the call for proposals for ACCU 2019 opens next week 2018-10-05 and is open for three weeks till 2018-10-26. ACCU is a conference about programming. Given the history of the ACCU organisation, there is a lot of C++, and some C, oriented content. However we have Python, Rust, Go, Java, Kotlin, Groovy, Lisp, Ruby indeed any programming language oriented content. Also tools and techniques of programming content: TDD, BDD, Git, Mercurial, CMake, Meson, SCons, concurrency, parallelism, continuous integration, continuous delivery, creating software-based startups, the list isn’t endless but it is big and it is flexible.
As we approach October 2018 and the Call for Proposals for ACCU 2019, a number of people have expressed some concerns about ACCU 2019 being after BrExit 2019-03-29. The issue being that post-BrExit the UK government’s apparent obsession with curtailing EU freedom of movement may lead to EU citizens having difficulties entering the UK. When UK leaves the EU on 2018-03-29, there is a two-year transition period and as such, nothing will change immediately.
OK so ACCU 2019 isn’t actually happening any time soon – it is scheduled for 2019-04-09 to 2019-04-13, but preparation and planning takes quite a long time. So this is really "Planning and Preparation for ACCU 2019 has Begun". We have a nice logo. Well, obviously, it is essentially the same logo as ever but with a numeral changed and in a different colour – continuity of brand imagery has a lot going for it.
For ACCU 2017, Austin Bingham of Sixty North created an ACCU conference schedule Web application implemented in Elm. After the conference he donated the code to the ACCU Conference. Sadly, despite lots of good intentions, it has not been developed over the year. It seems though right to have it running anyway. So the ACCU 2018 schedule Web application is at https://testconference.accu.org/schedule_app/ If you do want to get stuck in to helping to develop the Web app the master Git repository is at https://github.
A couple of people contacted us about this government document that was released 2018-03-09. It named The Marriott Hotel in Luton as having paid workers less than the national minimum wage. The people that contacted us were concerned that ACCU 2018 was being held at a Marriott Hotel (the Bristol Marriott Hotel City Centre) and they were worried that Marriott Hotels were paying people less than the minimum wage, and that ACCU should not be associated with such a hotel.