Official Schedule for SIGCSE TS 2021

Last update: October 7, 2020
All times Eastern Time Zone (North America)

March 2021
Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
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Workshop Block A
1:00pm to 4:00pm
Workshop Block B
7:00pm to 10:00pm
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Workshop Block C
1:00pm to 4:00pm
Special Event!
4:30pm to 7:30pm
SIGCSE TS 2021 Opening Event and Reception
8:00pm to 10:00pm
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Block 1A: Opening Keynote
1:00pm to 2:00pm
First Timer's Session and Keynote
2:00pm to 3:00pm
Exhibit Hall and Supporter Sessions
3:00pm to 8:00pm
Networking Block 1
4:15pm to 6:45pm
Block 1B: Technical Sessions
8:00pm to 9:45pm
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Block 2A: Technical Sessions
1:00pm to 2:45pm
Exhibit Hall and Supporter Sessions
3:00pm to 8:00pm
Networking Block 2
4:15pm to 6:45pm
Block 2B: Technical Sessions
8:00pm to 9:45pm
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Block 3A: Technical Sessions
1:00pm to 2:45pm
Exhibit Hall and Supporter Sessions
3:00pm to 8:00pm
Networking Block 3
4:15pm to 6:45pm
Block 3B: SIGCSE Lifetime Achievement Award Keynote
8:00pm to 9:45pm
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Block 4A: Technical Sessions
1:00pm to 2:45pm
Exhibit Hall and Supporter Sessions
3:00pm to 8:00pm
Networking Block 4
4:15pm to 6:45pm
Block 4B: Technical Sessions
8:00pm to 9:45pm
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Block 5A: Technical Sessions
1:00pm to 2:45pm
Exhibit Hall and Supporter Sessions
3:00pm to 8:00pm
Networking Block 5
4:15pm to 6:45pm
Block 5B: Technical Sessions
8:00pm to 9:45pm
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Block 6A: Closing Keynote
1:00pm to 2:00pm
Exhibit Hall and Supporter Sessions
3:00pm to 8:00pm
Networking Block 6
4:15pm to 6:45pm
Nifty Block and SIGCSE TS Celebration!
8:00pm to 9:45pm

Session Types

(This information is subject to change after the virtual platform has been selected.)

Technical Sessions: Each Technical Session block will have eight parallel “rooms” with either paper presentations or panels/special sessions (e.g. An example block could have five paper sessions, two panels, and one special session.)

Paper Presentation Sessions: Authors will be invited to prerecord a 20 minute presentation of their work that will be made available before the Technical Symposium through the virtual platform. During the paper presentation session itself, each author will be given 20 minutes – 5 minutes for a short recap of their work with a few slides and then 15 minutes of Q&A. Five authors will present during each paper presentation session. All paper presentation sessions will be recorded and will be available on-demand through the virtual platform.

Panels and Special Sessions: Panels and Special Sessions will have the option of either prerecording their panel discussion and making it available before the Technical Symposium and then only having live Q&A and follow up discussion or doing the entire session live. All panels and special sessions will be recorded and will be available on-demand through the virtual platform.

Supporter Sessions: In between Block A and Block B’s technical content, the virtual Exhibit Hall will be open. SIGCSE sponsors will have sessions at 3:00, 4:15, 5:30, and 6:45. Sessions at 3:00 and 6:45 will be for Platinum and Gold Level supporters, while Silver Level supporters will have sessions at 4:15 and 5:30.

Networking Block: The Networking Block will be a time for Birds-of-a-Feather sessions, Q&A with Demo, Lightning Talk, and Poster authors, and open discussion forums for the community. More info on these sessions will be available after the virtual platform has been selected.

Special Events!: The Program Committee is still working on a few surprises. We will announce these as our plans are finalized!

Creating the SIGCSE TS 2021 Schedule

The Symposium and Program Chairs spent a great deal of time over the past few months attending other virtual conferences, talking with our planning company, and getting input from various parts of our community regarding possible formats and schedules for the Technical Symposium. There were many aspects of other virtual conferences that we felt could work well for the Technical Symposium. For example, ASEE’s (American Society for Engineering Education) 2020 Virtual Conference was the first conference that the chairs attended this summer that had authors upload prerecorded videos and then use the presentation time primarily for Q&A. We felt that this model would provide our community with more of what we wanted - interaction with other attendees. We plan to make the prerecorded presentations available before the conference at the same time that the papers become available in the ACM Digital Library so that attendees can watch the content when it is convenient for them and then come with questions to the paper sessions.

We also were keenly aware that most (if not all) of our colleagues would likely still be teaching during the Symposium. Some schools are still deciding if Spring Break will even happen. Also, with anticipated lower registration fees and no travel costs, we hope that more of our K-12 and community college colleagues will be able to join us. Therefore, we decided that a “normal” Symposium schedule (e.g. 10:00am-4:00pm) probably would not be best for us.

The “split band” block schedule was inspired by ICSE 2020 (International Conference on Software Engineering). However, while ICSE utilized three bands (Atlantic, Pacific, and Indian), we felt a two-band schedule would work better for us, due to the amount of content we would have and the geographic breakdown of most attendees. We placed Block B later in the evening Eastern Time so that K-12 colleagues from all North American time zones could theoretically attend that block, along with making things a bit nicer for our Australasian colleagues.

We understand that not all blocks are at optimal times for all time zones. To address this, our plan is to record all live sessions and make them available on-demand through the virtual platform throughout the Symposium and after the conclusion of the event.

The large supporter block in between the two technical sessions allows us to highlight the contributions of sponsor organizations to the SIGCSE community appropriately. We are asking our sponsors and exhibitors to create unique and informative sessions during these slots so that the SIGCSE community can have all the benefits of the exhibit hall we know and love.

Thank you all for your patience as we navigate a whole new way to run the Technical Symposium! We are very excited for the possibilities that a virtual platform gives us, even if we are still disappointed we cannot all be together in person.

Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns!

Mark Sherriff and Larry Merkle
SIGCSE TS 2021 Symposium Co-Chairs
symposium@sigcse2021.org

Pam Cutter, Alvaro Monge, and Judy Sheard
SIGCSE TS 2021 Program Co-Chairs
program@sigcse2021.org