Demo Submission Guidelines

Date Due: Monday, October 27th, 2014
Time Due: 23:59 in Apia, Samoa (UTC+13h)
Submission Limits: 2 pages (including abstract of 150 words)
Presentation Length: 30 minutes (during breaks)

What Is a Demo?

Demos provide a way to showcase an educational tool or project in a live setting. Not designed to be sales pitches, demonstrations are a way for the community to see the relevance, potential and innovation of the tool and allow time for discussion with its creator. Proposals will be anonymously reviewed for acceptance, much like papers, and must specify any power, A/V equipment, space, or other needs. Demos will will occur during break periods at a designated space in the exhibition hall.

Demo Proposals undergo review but not blind review. Proposals are evaluated for relevance, anticipated interest, quality, and maturity of the tool being demoed.

How Should The Proposal Be Formatted?

Demo proposals consist of two documents: the full Demo proposal and a Demo abstract. The full proposal is used for the review process only. The abstract is the description that appears on the Symposium web site and in the Symposium program and proceedings. The format of these documents should be as follows.

Full Demo Proposal Format (2 pages)

The proposal must meet all of the criteria listed below, and must fit on no more than 2 pages total written in Times Roman, 12 pt. font. The page format is for 8 1/2 x 11 paper, 1 column, single spaced, and 1 inch margins (top, bottom, left, right). Include all of the following information, in the order given below:

  1. Demo Title

  2. Presenters

  3. Contact Person: (name; department; college, university, or other affiliation; address; telephone number; fax number; e-mail address)

  4. Other presenters: one entry for each other presenter (name; department; college, university, or other affiliation; e-mail address)

  5. Abstract (Description of the Demo): Describe your Demo in at most 150 words. This must match verbatim the abstract described below.

  6. Intended Audience: For whom is this Demo intended?

  7. Presenter(s) Background/Biography: Provide a brief biography addressing the presenter(s) qualifications for demoing the tool.

  8. Materials Provided: Describe any handouts, software or other materials that will be provided to attendees.

  9. Rough Agenda for the Demo: Timing details would be helpful here. Explain what the attendees can expect. Be sure to budget a realistic amount of time for questions from attendees.

  10. Audio/Visual and Computer Requirements: Indicate your A/V requirements, such as wireless access, wired access, extra power outlets, data projector, etc. Please note that certain A/V materials and equipment will be available for all demos. At the time of acceptance, more information about the standard vs. non-standard A/V equipment will be available.

  11. Other Critical Information: Other notes that will help to evaluate your proposal according to the evaluation criteria described above.

Demo Proposal Abstract (150 words)

The abstract is the description of the Demo that will appear in SIGCSE publications and is what participants will read on the Symposium web site to decide which Demos to attend.

The Demo proposal abstract must be submitted in plain text, and must match the abstract in the full proposal. The abstract for an accepted proposal may contain a URL with more information about the tool being demoed. (Abstracts of accepted Demos can be edited in response to reviews for the camera-ready submission.)

How Do I Submit My Proposal?

Note that you will be required to submit your proposal electronically.

Write your proposal and abstract documents using the formats specified above.

Convert the proposal document into Adobe PDF format. Refer to our Creating Adobe PDF Documents page for assistance.

A PDF version of your submission should be uploaded using the online submission system. Note that the text version of the abstract will be published in the various forms of the program and proceedings, and may be formatted and/or edited to meet their requirements. The proposal, formatted in .pdf, is for reviewers only. Please do not wait until the last minute to submit your documents because that is when everyone else will be connecting to our server!

By SIGCSE policy, at least one author of each accepted paper is required to register, attend and present the paper. See our full policy for more information.


If you have questions about anything discussed above, please contact the SIGCSE 2015 Demos Wrangler.