ACM SIGCOMM 2021, virtually (online)

ACM SIGCOMM 2021 Social Events


There are various social activities being organized by students, for all participants:

Student Welcome Session

When: August 20, 2021, 10:00 am ET

Gather Room: Auditorium

Link to the Recorded Video

SIGCOMM 2021 will feature a welcoming session for students of all levels on Friday, August 20, at 10:00 am ET. After an overview of the technical program, social activities, and supporting committees and workshops, we’ll share some advice on how to plan out conference participation. We conclude the event with a Q&A session. This is a great opportunity to meet other students and learn how to make the most of your virtual conference experience. All students are welcome and encouraged to attend!


Please join the associated slack channel #sigcomm2021-students to participate during the Q&A.

SIGCOMM Trivia Session

When: August 26, 2021, 12:28 pm - 12:45 pm ET

Gather Room: Auditorium

Link to the Recorded Video

We are excited to reveal that the first SIGCOMM trivia event will be held this year. Participate and learn exciting facts about Sigcomm, history and anecdotes, famous people, revolutionary papers, and more. Please check here for the details.

The Journey: Navigating Different Stages of One’s Research Career

When: August 25, 2021, 11:45 am - 12:45 pm ET

Gather Room: Auditorium

Link to the Recorded Video  |  Summary

The panel seeks to engage and spark a discussion on the topic "The Journey: Navigating Different Stages of One's Research Career" for graduates, Ph.D. students, and postdoctoral researchers. The panel aims to offer the attendees some advice on preparing for different stages along their research journey. The panel consisting of the senior and junior faculty members, industry researchers, and senior Ph.D. students will discuss various issues/biases/questions the most of us encounter on our career paths and share their experience and knowledge with the audience.

RSVP here. For details, please see the flyer.


Moderator: Tanya Shreedhar (IIIT-Delhi)


Networking Guessing Game

When: During the SIGCOMM 2021 conference

Gather Room: Auditorium; you can also click this link to directly join our game.

Hello everyone! Our networking concept guessing game for SIGCOMM 2021 is now ready! In this game, we invited several famous people to draw some networking concepts like TCP SYN. Now we release these drawings and everyone can guess what these drawings describe and submit their guesses. At the end, we will rank attendees based on their number of correct guesses, and award and announce top guessers!

You have two approaches to join our game:

(1) Go to the SIGCOMM 2021 room on Gather, and find our whiteboard (see our "Map" below) to join our game;


(2) Click here to directly join our game without the need of going to Gather!

If you have any questions or suggestions, please do not hesitate to contact the student volunteer, Xiang Chen. Looking forward to your participation! Thank you!

Scavenger Hunt

Join your fellow SIGCOMM 2021 attendees in Gather for a scavenger hunt game! Enter the Gather space and follow the ten secret and fun clues. More information here.


Check out this people finder tool at SIGCOMM'21! We are a group of students from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign passionate about helping you get connected with others at conferences, so we built this tool called PeopleWeave to make finding people easier at the virtual conference.

Find your login link and a recommendation emails from us at your mailbox to see who to connect with. If you have any questions, feel free to find us at or

Quirky Questions

Besides asking questions during technical sessions, you can also post off-line questions anonymously using the following Google Form (the form is now closed). The authors will discuss these questions in the Slack channel of the corresponding technical session.