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Call for Tutorial and Virtual Hackathon Proposals

We seek to extend the SIGCOMM experience by tutorials on selected topics given by renowned scientists and practitioners in their fields. We therefore solicit proposals for full-day or half-day tutorials on topics relevant to the SIGCOMM community. We also solicit proposals to organize virtual hackathons co-located with SIGCOMM. Keep in mind that, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, SIGCOMM 2021 will be held fully online.

Tutorials must cover advanced topics that fit the scope of SIGCOMM and are of current interest to the SIGCOMM community. Tutorials may be lectures, interactive workshops, hands-on training, or any combination of the above. Successful tutorials educate the community members on emerging methods, concepts, and tools to expand the research capabilities of the community. Cross-disciplinary topics are also welcome. Exploring diverse ways of organizing the content, delivering the tutorial, and interacting with the audience in an online format are especially encouraged.

A hackathon is an intense goal-oriented team-work activity organized in a sprint-like one-day virtual event, where members from various backgrounds and expertise come together to work towards the stated goals of the hackathon. We encourage applications from all fields that fit the interest of the SIGCOMM community. Note that hackathons co-located with SIGCOMM 2021 will be fully virtual.

Where To Submit

Tutorial and hackathon proposals should be submitted in PDF format, should not exceed three (3) pages in total, and be sent to the Tutorial/Hackathon Chairs.

Submit a Tutorial/Hackathon Proposal

Important Dates

  • April 9, 2021

    Submission deadline for Tutorial proposals

  • April 30, 2021

    Notification of acceptance


  • April 16, 2021

    Submission deadline for Hackathon proposals

  • April 30, 2021

    Notification of acceptance

Tutorial Proposals Must Include

  • A motivation for the tutorial (why this, why now, why at SIGCOMM?).

  • An outline of the tutorial content, including its tentative schedule (over a half-day or full-day).

  • The type of tutorial (e.g., lecture vs. hands-on). It is highly recommended that full-day tutorials should include a hands-on component and not be limited to only lectures. Hands-on components are well-known to be more engaging and pedagogically better in teaching for full-day events.

  • References to previous iterations of the tutorial (if applicable) including their date, venue, topics and number of participants and the motivation for the new proposal.

  • Special requirements for the online tutorial (please note that our capabilities in fulfilling unusual requests are limited). A Zoom and a dedicated Slack channel will be provided.

  • Requirements for the attendees (e.g., must bring own laptop or other hardware, familiarity with certain technologies or topics, speed of Internet connection, artifacts to download beforehand, etc.).

  • A clear indication whether or not the tutorial artifacts (slides, video, notebooks, containers/VMs, etc.) are allowed to be posted publicly at the onference website.

Hackathon Proposals Must Include

  • A motivation for the hackathon (why this, why now, why at SIGCOMM?).

  • An outline of the goals and guidelines of the hackathon, including its tentative schedule.

  • References to previous iterations of the hackathon (if applicable) including their date, venue, topics and number of participants and the motivation for the new proposal.

  • Special requirements for the the virtual hackathon (please note that our capabilities in fulfilling unusual requests are limited). A Zoom and a dedicated Slack channel will be provided.

  • Requirements for the attendees (e.g., must bring own laptop or other hardware, familiarity with certain technologies or topics, speed of Internet connection, artifacts to download beforehand, etc.).

Important Notes

  • Each tutorial and hackathon will be scheduled at a particular time slot on Monday and/or Friday on the week of the main SIGCOMM conference, possibly in parallel with the workshops. This is to foster interaction with the audience. Purely offline tutorials with pre-recorded video and no online delivery are not acceptable.

  • Preference in the acceptance decision process will be given to tutorial submissions that (1) provide hands-on experience to the attendees, (2) strive to exploit the opportunities provided by the online format (i.e., use Jupyter notebooks for hands-on material, offer preinstalled VMs/containers, etc.), and (3) build on open content that can be freely posted on the conference website.

  • It is recommended that there are up to three speakers for a full-day tutorial and up to two speakers for a half-day tutorial. It is a good idea to have another person available to feed the interactive questions from Slack channel to the presenters online.

  • Upon acceptance of a tutorial/hackathon proposal, either the Tutorial/Hackathon Co-chairs or the tutorial speakers/hackathon organizers can request a cancellation if there is clear evidence indicating low attendance by the early registration deadline.

  • Compensation to tutorial speakers and hackathon organizers will not be provided.

Contact the Tutorial/Hackathon Chairs