This year the Outrageous
Opinions, the most important session of SIGCOMM, will take place as an "American Idol"
type of competition. Pop (or
pulp) culture could not but
affect even science. Hence, the first ACM International Scientist
competition is born. Note that
the "American" had to go, given that participants are from all over the
We encourage talanted
(or not) participants to present previously unpublished work and half
baked ideas. Topics of
interest may or may not include:
you could do if computers were invisible
applications that can change the way we think about life, the universe,
technologies: how to annoy colleagues with constant interruptions
of the main reasons of why things do not always come your way
problems you would not have if you were a millionaire
scale complaining about little things
A commitee will provide
them feedback on how they can improve their work.
may assign points, which will
most likely will not have any importance whatsoever.
The committee may select three
or more participants as winners through a vague process. The committee may also decide to award itself solely.
It is a cruel world, after all.
participants that do well will most likely get lucrative deals from
major institutions, publishing
companies, tv channels, fashion houses and NSF.
Participants are highly
encouraged to declare their intention to participate via email or personal communication to Shawn
Ostermann or Mr.
Michalis Faloutsos. On-site
registration will cost an exta
$10 payable to the OO session organizer in under-the-table cash or
gold. In case of an overwhelming response, we may have to limit the number
of participants in a first come first serve fashion.