ACCU Conference News

ACCU 2020 Cancelled

12 March 2020

It is with much sadness and after much consideration, that the Joint Chairs and Organisers of ACCU 2020 have decided to cancel the 2020 conference. Even though the Government has still not declared that any gatherings of size should be cancelled, we now believe that this is the correct thing to do in order to lower the risk to attenders, presenters, sponsors, and exhibitors.

We would like to thank you for your support and patience while we sort out how refunds will be made and will post further information as to how to claim in the coming days, please revisit this site for information.

In the meantime, we hope to see you in Belfast at the ACCU Autumn event – 4th–6th October 2020 at the Hilton Hotel, where there will be two days, with three tracks of sessions, covering both C++ and other languages.

SAVE THE DATE: Plans are in place to hold ACCU 2021 in Bristol 13th–17thApril 2021 – we hope to see you there. In the meantime, stay safe and well.

Felix (Co-Chair), Russel (Co-Chair), Julie and the AYA Team

The Coronavirus Covid-19 situation is very fluid just now. Many are asking how this affects ACCU 2020. The official position as at 2020-03-11T18:15+00:00 is:

We are obviously concerned about the impact of Coronavirus (COVID-19) on this year’s ACCU and are closely monitoring what is happening.

Archer Yates, the conference event managers are in close contact with the Association of British Professional Conference Organisers – ABPCO, who are in turn liaising with the UK Government.

Essentially, we see two different scenarios for the conference, depending on how the situation develops:

  1. Conference happens as planned – ideally, we are able to run the conference as normal, while ensuring measures are put in place to best protect attendees as instructed by the national and local health authorities.

  2. Conference runs locally and online – In the event there are global travel restrictions, but it is still possible to organize the conference locally, we will run the event as a local event while streaming the content to those no longer able to attend. The workshops will run remotely online. Clearly if the UK Government declares a major emergency and forbids any public events being held altogether then the whole conference will be online only.

If the conference moves to some or all online we will refund 50% of the ticket price to all who participate online. This will apply to both the workshops and the conference itself.

Clearly, we still want ACCU to be held, even if for this year it means altering the concept. We will keep everyone informed of how things develop, and we will do all we can to ensure we get through this challenge as a community.

The coronavirus Covid-19 situation is very fluid just now. Many are asking how this affects ACCU 2020. The official position as at 2020-03-03T20:30+00:00 is:

We are obviously concerned about the impact of Coronavirus (COVID-19) on this year’s ACCU and are closely monitoring what is happening.

Archer Yates, the conference event managers are in close contact with the Association of British Professional Conference Organisers – ABPCO, who are in turn liaising with the UK Government.

Essentially, we see two different scenarios for the conference, depending on how the situation develops:

  1. Conference happens as planned – ideally, we are able to run the conference as normal, while ensuring measures are put in place to best protect attendees as instructed by the national and local health authorities.

  2. Conference runs locally and online – In the event there are global travel restrictions, but it is still possible to organize the conference locally, we will run the event as a local event while streaming the content to those no longer able to attend. The workshops will run remotely online. Clearly if the UK Government declares a major emergency and forbids any public events being held altogether then the whole conference will be online only.

If the conference moves to some or all online we will refund 50% of the ticket price to all who participate online. This will apply to both the workshops and the conference itself.

Clearly, we still want ACCU to be held, even if for this year it means altering the concept. We will keep everyone informed of how things develop, and we will do all we can to ensure we get through this challenge as a community.

Keynote Switch

26 January 2020

We published the ACCU 2020 schedule just some days ago. There is the usual disclaimer that the schedule is subject to change without notice till the end of the conference. This is intended to mean just amendments to the sessions, quickies, side events, or social events, as the keynotes are normally fixed points.

This year we have such an unusual situation, again. Which means we need to swap two of the keynotes this year too: Kevlins’s Saturday closing keynote has become Thursday’s opening keynote; and Sean’s Thursday opening keynote has become Saturday’s closing keynote. Given that constraints sometimes change - what never happens in real life software projects as we all know, - this was unfortunately The Right Thing To Do™ even though it is a change to the keynotes post publication of the schedule.

The conference programme committee is proud to announce the ACCU 2020 Schedule for the upcoming ACCU 2020 conference. We think it is a strong programme. We are happy that some speakers from years back have returned, last year speakers proposed again and that there are new speakers as well.

We have decided to move from our home grown conference application to Firebird’s conferencing application. This system has successfully been used by our organizer Archer Yates Ltd. for other events.

So the actual schedule is currently been published on Firebird’s system. Later we will mirror it to https://conference.accu.org.

This year we have all pieces in place. But as soon as something changes we will update the page.

People have already started registering for the pre-conference workshops and the conference itself – registering early is always good, especially for the pre-conference workshops.