Onward! 2011

October 22–27, 2011
Portland, Oregon USA

ACM Symposium on New Ideas in Programming and Reflections on Software

Call for Workshops

The Onward! conference is dedicated to new ideas at the frontier of knowledge about software and programming. Onward! workshops are located a day's ride past the frontier. They are where groups can explore uncharted ideas. They are an ideal base for intellectual insurrections. Workshops proposals are welcome on all topics related to software and programming, especially topics unacceptable at mainstream Computer Science conferences.

Proposal Guidelines

Your proposal should include the following elements.

Main Theme and Goals

The proposal must explain the importance of the workshop theme to the SPLASH community. Goals should be clearly stated.


The proposal must include a 150-word abstract that summarizes the theme and goals of the workshop. If the workshop is accepted, this abstract will be published in the advance program and the final program.


The proposal must list the workshop organizers. Workshop organizers are responsible for advertising the workshop, reviewing potential participants' submissions, running the workshop, and collating any results of the workshop for dissemination to others. Workshop organizers should be listed, together with their contact information. The primary organizer of the workshop and a contact person should be specified (they need not be the same person). For each organizer, the proposal should describe his/her background (expertise in the area, and previous experience running workshops) and also identify his/her responsibilities for this workshop.

Anticipated Attendance

The ideal, minimum, and maximum number of participants.


Describe how you plan to advertise your workshop to ensure participation.

Participant Preparation

Your proposal should describe what preparation is expected of workshop participants.

Activities and Format

The format of the workshop should be described and a timetable given. Please state clearly if a full-day or a half-day workshop is proposed. You should consider, for example, whether there will be any introductory material, whether there will be any paper presentations, any panel discussion, debate, or focus groups, and how such groups will report back to the other participants.

Post-workshop activities

The proposal should describe what results the workshop will produce and how those will be disseminated to the wider public.

Special Requirements

Identify any special requirements.


The following questions may help focus your submission:

  • Are there at least two organizers and do they represent a reasonably varied cross-section of the community?
  • Does the proposal present a compelling case for the importance of the topic area? Is this done succinctly and completely?
  • Are the goals of the workshop expressed clearly?
  • Is the topic likely to be attractive to SPLASH attendees?
  • Is the format clearly described and does it encourage a high level of interaction between the participants?
  • Is a workshop the right forum to address the theme and goals or does the proposal fit better into another type of SPLASH event?


Please submit workshop proposal by sending them to the workshop chair, Pascal Costanza, via email ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ).

Important Dates

  • Workshop Proposal Submission: April 8, 2011
  • Workshop Proposal Notification: May 8, 2011
  • Camera-ready copy due: June 8, 2011
  • Onward! Conference: October 22-27, 2011

Workshop Chair

  • Pascal Costanza, ExaScience Lab, Intel Belgium
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For additional information, clarification, or questions please contact the workshop chair, Pascal Costanza, at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it