Panels Chair, Ron Crocker, firstname.lastname@example.org
Submission due date: 23 MARCH 2001
Acceptance and rejection notifications: 8 MAY 2001
OOPSLA panels have always been informative and lively, and are among the best-attended events at the conference. If you would like to engage large numbers of OOPSLA attendees in debate or discussion of a current topic, we invite you to organize and submit a panel proposal.
This category can accept sessions with a variety of formats. Panels, debates, and "goldfish bowls" are among the kinds of sessions that raise important issues and encourage discussion in a variety of ways. A panel presents a varied number of viewpoints, a debate actively argues two or more opposing perspectives, and a goldfish bowl allows numerous ideas, including those from the audience, to be presented in a semi-structured format. Although these are among the kinds of formats that appear most often, OOPSLA is also looking for panels with innovative styles; game show formats and courtroom simulations have worked well in the past. We will accept proposals with traditional, as well as nontraditional, formats.
Panels should be informative and even fun. Historically, the best panels have been those where a controversial topic or opinion is thoughtfully discussed, in essence taking the audience into the thinking behind the panelists positions. The best participants include people with a variety of backgrounds and viewpoints. They do not have to be experts; valuable insights can come from "gurus" as well as from those in the trenches of daily system development.
The key to acceptance is demonstrating that the panel audience will leave smarter than when they arrived. It is not uncommon for us to push back on panel submissions, to ask people to combine their proposals or change them substantially, based on our collective experiences. Feel free to contact the panels chair at email@example.com (prior to the submission date) if you have an idea for a panel, need some input or ideas, for additional information, clarification, or other OOPSLA panel-related questions.
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