ACCU 2021 News Items

ACCU 2021 Keynote Change

By Felix Petriconi

9 February 2021

Unfortunatley we have to switch one of our keynotes. Patricia Aas is very unhappy that she is not able to give her on Friday morning. Such a change is very uncommon and we want to appologize for it.

We weighted different options and we are very happy that Clare Macrae agreed to give the keynote on Friday instead.

Clare Macrae

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Friday, 2021-03-12T09:00

Clare Macrae is an independent consultant, helping teams work sustainably and efficiently to test and refactor legacy and hard-to-test code. She has worked in software development for over 30 years, and in C++ and Qt for 20 years, and is now branching out to other languages. Since 2017, Clare has used her spare time to work remotely with Llewellyn Falco on ApprovalTests to radically simplify testing of legacy code.

She has enjoyed this so much that in 2019 she set up Clare Macrae Consulting Ltd, to focus even more on helping others work with legacy code. Before this, Clare was a Principal Scientific Software Engineer at Cambridge Crystallographic Data Centre. She is the original author of their popular C++ and Qt-based 3D crystal structure visualisation program Mercury.

ACCU 2021 Volunteers Wanted

By Felix Petriconi

5 February 2021

We need you to volunteer at the conference for two days which you are free to spread across the four days of the conference. In exchange, we will compensate you with a free ticket to the conference (which doesn’t include access to the workshop sessions held on the 9th or 14th March). Please also note that while volunteering at the conference, you are allowed to attend talk sessions as long as you are still available to perform the responsibilities that are associated with your assigned role

HELP DESK - Volunteers man a help desk in Discord where they provide basic technical support and assistance to delegates and answer any questions regarding the conference and its schedule.

LOBBY - Volunteers will go around the different tables in the virtual lobby and check-in with the delegates to make sure that they aren’t having any technical or other issues and to also assist delegates in accessing talk sessions in Zoom.

EXHIBITOR HALL - Volunteers will check in with the exhibitors in the expo hall to check that their needs are being facilitated. If any exhibitor stands are empty, then you will also be encouraged to sit on them to encourage people to visit the exhibitors.

Please note that the DEADLINE for completing this registration form is the 16th of February. You will then receive an email the following day to notify you if your application has been accepted or rejected. This email will also contain instructions regarding how to attend your chosen induction session.

ACCU 2021 Schedule Announced

By Felix Petriconi

19 January 2021

The schedule for ACCU 2021 is now online!

To view the conference schedule please follow this link to the conference system used by our organizer AYA.

With up to a 50% discount on our usual fees in light of the conference being virtual, don’t delay - get your ticket here today.

Early registration discounts end at 23:59 UTC on 16th February, 2021.

ACCU 2021 Keynote Speakers

By Felix Petriconi

6 January 2021

Emily Bache

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Wednesday, 2021-03-10T09:00

Emily Bache is a Technical Agile Coach with ProAgile. She helps teams to improve their coding and testing skills, including Test-Driven Development. Emily lives in Gothenburg, Sweden, but is originally from the UK. She is the author of "The Coding Dojo Handbook" and often speaks at international conferences. twitter: @emilybache blog:

Kevlin Henney

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Thursday, 2021-03-11T09:00

Kevlin is an independent consultant, trainer, reviewer and writer. His development interests are in programming, people and practice. He has been a columnist for various magazines and web sites, a contributor to open source software and a member of more committees than is probably healthy (it has been said that "a committee is a cul-de-sac down which ideas are lured and then quietly strangled"). He is co-author of two volumes in the Pattern-Oriented Software Architecture series and editor of 97 Things Every Programmer Should Know and the forthcoming 97 Things Every Java Programmer Should Know. blog:

Patricia Aas

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Friday, 2021-03-12T09:00

Patricia is a programmer and trainer that has worked on, among other things, two browsers (Opera and Vivaldi) and embedded telepresence endpoints for Cisco. Her focus on the end user has led her work more and more toward privacy and security, and she has recently started her own company, TurtleSec, hoping to contribute positively to the infosec and C communities. She is the organizer of the Oslo C User Group and an admin in the #include<C> organization hoping to improve diversity and inclusion in the C community

Sean Parent

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Saturday, 2021-03-13T16:30

Sean Parent is a senior principal scientist and software architect for Adobe’s mobile digital imaging group and Photoshop. Sean has been at Adobe since 1993 when he joined as a senior engineer working on Photoshop and later managed Adobe’s Software Technology Lab. In 2009 Sean spent a year at Google working on Chrome OS before returning to Adobe. From 1988 through 1993 Sean worked at Apple, where he was part of the system software team that developed the technologies allowing Apple’s successful transition to PowerPC.

ACCU 2021 Registration Open

By Felix Petriconi

22 December 2020

Registration for ACCU 2021 is now open!

For any delegates who deferred their registration from 2020, we will be in touch in the New Year to discuss any adjustments to your existing booking as a result of the event being fully virtual. Thank you for your support, and we look forward to ‘seeing’ you at ACCU 2021!

ACCU 2021 Call for Papers

By Felix Petriconi

22 October 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic did not only lead to cancellation of the ACCU 2020 conference, unfortunately it forced us to run the upcoming ACCU 2021 conference completely virtual.

The ACCU 2021 conference will be from 2021-03-10 to 2021-03-13, with a pre-conference workshops on 2021-03-09.

We are starting the Call for Papers now!

If you are new to submitting sessions for ACCU conferences, you may want to read the ACCU conference section on ACCU Conference. It explains the types of session that can be submitted. It also has links to all the details about presenter deals.

Again we are using Archer Yates Associates (AYA – the people who do all the ACCU conference organising) instance of Firebird – a system for managing conferences. So in order to submit a proposal you will need to go to:

Unless you are already logged in, this takes you to the sign-up/login page. You will need to sign up first so that you can then login and start submitting proposals.

If you had a session that was accepted for 2020, then it will be available after login and you can re-submit it, if you want.

So as of 2020-10-19 until 2020-11-13 23:59 the ACCU 2021 CfP is open. As ever there will be no extension of the deadline, and we do not take late submissions.

If you have any questions or problems please do not hesitate to email the Conference Chair.

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