Special Event Schedule

What are special events? : Special events are sessions that take place outside the regular SIGCSE TS program and have been invited by the Symposium Chairs and/or the SIGCSE Board. These special events provide another way to engage with others at the Technical Symposium. Symposium registration is required to attend any SIGCSE TS 2021 special event. See each individual affiliated event for information on registering. For any questions related to affiliated events, please contact the organizers directly.

Improving Geographic Diversity at the SIGCSE Technical Symposium

Thursday, March 11 / 8:00 AM-12:00 PM (ET) and 8:00 PM-12:00 AM (ET)

Event organizers : Brett Becker (University College Dublin), Amber Settle (DePaul University), Rodrigo Duran (Federal Institute of Mato Grosso do Sul)

Event contact : global@sigcse2021.org

How to register : Select this event during SIGCSE TS 2021 registration through Cvent. No additional cost and open to all registered Symposium attendees. This event can be added on later by editing your registration through Cvent.

The ACM Special Interest Group on Computer Science Education (SIGCSE) is one of the oldest and largest SIGs, and the SIGCSE Technical Symposium is the oldest and largest of the four SIGCSE conferences. However, over the past decade an average of 92% of symposium attendees are from the U.S. and 96% are from North America. Because SIGCSE is an international organization with members in well over 100 countries, this lack of geographic diversity and representation is troubling for SIGCSE because it may stifle collaboration, future membership, professional development, and dissemination of research, amongst many other effects. Further, improving geographic diversity is likely to improve many other types of diversity.

The goal of this event is to solicit input from attendees from around the globe, including both those who have previously attended the symposium and those who have not yet had a chance to attend. We want to understand what barriers potential attendees may face, how the SIGCSE organization and the TS leadership can work to remove those barriers, and spread word about various ways that SIGCSE engages members living outside North America.

Department Chairs' Roundtable

Friday, March 12 and Saturday, March 13 / 1:00 PM-4:00 PM (ET) (Two-Day Event)

Event organizers : Cynthia Lester (Georgia State University) and Ran Libeskind-Hadas (Harvey Mudd College)

Event contact : hadas@cs.hmc.edu

How to register : Limited to department chairs in Computer Science (or related) departments. US$25 registration fee must be paid after selecting this event during SIGCSE TS 2021 registration through Cvent. This event can be added on later by editing your registration through Cvent.

The Chairs Roundtable will feature a diverse group of experienced Department Chairs to lead a series of discussions on topics and challenges associated with being a chair. The workshop will address three major themes: Administration, visioning, and maintaining the well-being of the chair and their faculty. The session will comprise a combination of short talks by experienced chairs, small group discussions, and further discussion by the entire group. The intended audience is new Department Chairs in Computer Science Departments or related departments.

Surprise Special Event!

Sunday, March 14 / 4:30 PM-7:30 PM (ET)

Event organizers : Yet to be revealed!

Event contact : symposium@sigcse2021.org

How to register : This event will appear as an open and free event in Pathable. SIGCSE TS 2021 registration required, but no seperate registration required.

We have a big surprise that we will be announcing soon!