Call for Sessions

We invite you to submit session proposals to the 5th Annual Boost Conference: BoostCon 2010 (Aspen CO, USA, May 15-20, 2011).

Session topics

Topics of interest include, but are not restricted to, the following:

  • General tutorial sessions introducing one or more Boost libraries
  • In-depth sessions on using specific Boost libraries
  • Case studies on using Boost
  • Experts panels
  • Advanced sessions on implementation techniques used within Boost libraries
  • C++0x and how it changes life for users and library writers
  • Development workshops to extend or enhance existing Boost libraries
  • Workshops on design process
  • Infrastructure workshops such as Build tools, Website, Testing
  • Concepts and Generic Programming
  • Hardware and infrastructure presentations focused on how libraries can make better use of the technology
  • Software development tools and their application to C++ and or Boost
  • Other topics likely to be of great interest to Boost users and developers

Interactive and collaborative sessions are encouraged, as this is the nature of both the on-line Boost community and the style of learning and participation that has proven most successful at such events. Sessions can be tutorial based, with an emphasis on interaction and participant involvement, or workshop based, whether hands-on programming or paper-based, discussion-driven collaborative work.

Session formats

Presentations focus on a practitioner’s ideas and experience with anything relevant to Boost and Boost users.

Panels feature three or four people presenting their ideas and experiences relating to Boost’s relevant, controversial, emerging, or unresolved issues. Panels may be conducted in several ways, such as comparative, analytic, or historic.

Tutorials are formally prepared sessions at which instructors teach conference participants specific Boost-relevant skills.

Workshops provide an active arena for advancements in Boost-relevant topics. Workshops provide the opportunity for experienced practitioners to develop new ideas about a topic of common interest and experience.

Author’s Corner Presentations were introduced at BoostCon 2008, and were a great success. They are short (30 minute) sessions, focusing on tips on usage and design. In addition, we’re looking to uncover the hidden design gems in Boost libraries.

Tool Vendor Presentations We actively encourage tool vendors and ISP’s to submit proposals for a special Tool Vendors Session Track aimed at products related to Boost and C++ (compilers, libraries, tools, etc.).

Other formats may also be of interest. Don’t hold back a proposal just because it doesn’t fit into a pigeonhole.

Submitting a proposal

Standard Sessions are 90 minutes. You may submit a proposal for fractions or multiples of 90-minutes. Fractional proposals will be grouped into 90 minute sessions covering related topics. Longer sessions, such as tutorials and classes, will be assigned 90 minute, three hour (i.e. half day), or six hour (i.e. full day) time slots.

Please include:

  • The working title
  • Type of session: presentation, panel, tutorial, workshop, authors corner, vendor track, other
  • A paragraph or two describing the topic covered, suitable for the conference web site
  • Proposed length: 10-20 minute short talks, 45 minutes, 90 minutes, half day (3 hours), full day (6 hours)
  • Alternate lengths, if you are willing to make adjustments: 10-20 minute short-talks, 45 minutes, 90 minutes, half day (3 hours), full day (6 hours)
  • Audience: users, developers, both
  • Level: basic, intermediate, advanced
  • A biography, suitable for the conference web site
  • Your contact information (will not be made public)

Submission details

All submissions must be made through the EasyChair conference management system:http://www.easychair.org/conferences/?conf=boostcon2011. If you have not already registered at EasyChair, you will need to do so in order to submit your proposal.

All submissions will go through a peer review process.

Authors are invited (but are not required) to submit PDF versions of full papers of up to 10 pages in ACM conference proceedings format (see http://www.acm.org/sigs/publications/proceedings-templates). The full papers are not required unless you want them published in the proceedings.

All accepted proposals will be made available in the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) Digital Library (approval pending). Best papers, after further reviews, will be considered to be book chapters or journal articles in a renowned journal.

The session materials go on the BoostCon website and will be available to attendees.

For general information on the BoostCon 2011 paper submission or the scope of technical papers solicited, please refer to the conference website at www.boostcon.com. For any other questions about the submission process or paper format, please contact the Program Committee at boostcon2011@easychair.com. If you have any technical problems with EasyChair, please contact EasyChair for help.

Note

Presenters must agree to grant a non-exclusive perpetual license to publish submitted materials, either electronically or in print, in any media related to BoostCon.

Important dates

Proposal submissions due: Feb 10th, 2011.

Proposals decisions sent (tentative program available): Mar 1st, 2011.

Fully scheduled program available: Mar 15th, 2011.

Session materials due: Apr 15th, 2011.

Financial Details

Like Boost itself, BoostCon is strictly non-profit. Conference organizers are not paid for their time. Any surplus money will be rolled over into the succeeding year BoostCon budget.

BoostCon provides free admission for all 90 minute and longer session presenters. This year we also hope to have enough revenue to pay presenters of longer sessions a small honorarium.

Questions?

Please contact the Program Committee Chair, Hartmut Kaiser, at hartmut.kaiser@gmail.com

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