Onward! Essays 2020
ACM SIGPLAN International Symposium on New Ideas, New Paradigms, and
Reflections on Programming and Software
Renaissance Chicago Downtown Hotel
November 15--20 2020
Part of SPLASH 2020
Systems, Programming Languages and Applications:
Software for Humanity
Onward! is a premier multidisciplinary conference focused on everything to
do with programming and software: including processes, methods, languages,
communities, applications and education.
Compared to other conferences, Onward! is more radical, more visionary, and
more open to ideas that are well-argued but not yet proven. It is not
looking for research-as-usual papers. To allow room for bigger, bolder
and/or less mature ideas, it accepts less exact methods of validation, such
as compelling arguments, exploratory implementations, and substantial
Onward! Essays is looking for clear and compelling pieces of writing about
topics important to the software community (there is also a parallel Papers
track with a seperate announcement).
An essay can be an exploration of the topic and its impact, or a story about
the circumstances of its creation; it can present a personal view of what
is, explore a terrain, or lead the reader in an act of discovery; it can be
a philosophical digression or a deep analysis. It can describe a personal
journey, perhaps the one the author took to reach an understanding of the
topic. The subject area—software, programming, and programming
languages—should be interpreted broadly and can include the relationship of
software to human endeavors, or its philosophical, sociological,
psychological, historical, or anthropological underpinnings.
Format and Selection:
Onward! essays must describe unpublished work that is not currently
submitted for publication elsewhere as described by SIGPLAN's Republication
Policy. Submitters should also be aware of ACM's Policy and Procedures on
Plagiarism. Onward! essays should use the ACM SIGPLAN Conference acmart
format. Please refer to the conference's website above for full details.
The Onward! Essays track follows a two-phase review process. Essays are
peer-reviewed in a single-blind manner. Accepted essays will appear in the
Onward! Proceedings in the ACM Digital Library, and must be presented at the
conference. Submissions will be judged on the potential impact of the ideas
and the quality of the presentation.
All deadlines are midnight, anywhere on Earth.
Essay submission: 23 May
First-round notification: 11 July
Second-round submission: 15 August
Final notification: 30 August
Conference: 15--20 November
Didier Verna, EPITA Research lab, France (Program Chair)
Anya Helene Bagge, University of Bergen, Norway
Alexandre Bergel, University of Chile
Jean Bresson, Ableton, Germany
Maxime Chevalier-Boisvert, Université de Montréal, Québec
Elisa Gonzalez Boix, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium
Hidehiko Masuhara, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan
Kent Pitman, PTC, USA
Donya Quick, Stevens Institute of Technology, USA
Gordana Rakić, University of Novi Sad, Serbia
Resistance is futile. You will be jazzimilated.
Lisp, Jazz, Aïkido: http://www.didierverna.info