The 40th ACM Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education
March 4-7, 2009, Chattanooga, TN USA

SIGCSE 2009 has concluded!

Even so, we're leaving the bulk of the site intact, for reference.


The SIGCSE Technical Symposium addresses problems common among educators working to develop, implement and/or evaluate computing programs, curricula, and courses. The Symposium provides a forum for sharing new ideas for syllabi, laboratories, and other elements of teaching and pedagogy, at all levels of instruction. We invite those interested in computer science education and computer science education research to contribute to SIGCSE 2009.

The symposium gets an early start on Tuesday, March 3rd, with the first day of a two-day roundtable. Additional pre-symposium events and the first evening of workshops occur on Wednesday, March 4th. The last collection of workshops concludes the symposium activities on the afternoon/evening of Saturday, March 7th. The following table shows the dates of some of the major symposium activities; plan your travel accordingly:

Activities Tue 3/3 Wed 3/4 Thu 3/5 Fri 3/6 Sat 3/7
Pre-Symposium Events X X      
Workshops   X   X X
Papers and Panels     X X X

More details are provided in the Symposium Program.

Our Venue: The Chattanooga Convention Center

The Chattanooga Convention Center (1 Carter Plaza, Chattanooga, TN 37401, 1-800-962-5213) features approximately 100,000 square feet of exhibit space, 21 meeting rooms, and six ballrooms. It is within walking distance of several hotels and restaurants, and is on the free downtown electric shuttle route.

Symposium Theme:
Engaging Computer Science Education

The theme reflects our common desire to create computer science education that engages our students and facilitates learning. The theme also implies a need to engage in a discussion about the future of computer science education. In these challenging times, we need to reflect on how we interest students, how we retain students, how we make our students globally competitive, and how we lead students to succeed in the interdisciplinary settings of professional computer scientists.

Platinum Plus Corporate Supporters

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  • (Thu., Mar. 5, 2009) Several SIGCSE papers have already been added to the SIGCSE 2009 area on Google's Knol. Feel free to add yours!
  • (Thu., Feb. 26, 2009) The SIGCSE Board will be hosting a SIGCSE Members' Dialogue session specifically for discussion of the proposed amendments to the bylaws, but also for discussion of any topics that overflow from the business meeting. This new session will be held Saturday, March 7th, from 10:40-11:55 a.m. in the Marriott East/West room.
  • (Thu., Feb. 26, 2009) We are happy to announce that we will have an "Internet Cafe" available at the convention center. Please see the Attendees section of our FAQ page for location and times.
  • (Thu., Feb. 26, 2009) On-line registration has closed. You may still register for the conference; just visit the registration desk at the convention center. Hours are posted on our registration page.
  • (Tue., Feb. 24, 2009) As part of SIGCSE's celebration of its 40th year, we are pleased to recognize our longest-serving members. You may find the list of honorees here.
  • (Tue., Feb. 17, 2009) The SIGCSE symposium on-line registration site is once again available for use. Thank you for your patience.
  • (Wed., Feb. 11, 2009) Platinum Plus Supporter Sun Microsystems is teaming with exhibitor and badge-lanyard donator Pearson Education to offer a pair of pre-symposium events on Java and Open Solaris. You can learn more about them, and all of the pre-symposium sessions, by visiting our Pre-Symposium Events page.
  • (Wed., Feb. 11, 2009) The special contract symposium hotel rates for the Marriott, Sheraton, and Choo Choo have expired. New reservations made at these hotels will likely need to be made at regular hotel rates.
  • (Tue., Feb. 10, 2009) We are happy to welcome Sun Microsystems to the Platinum Plus support level! Sun has also added a third supporter session to our Saturday morning schedule. You can learn more about it and all of the supporter sessions by visiting our Supporter Sessions page.
  • (Wed., Jan. 28, 2009) Platinum-level supporter Intel has added a Tuesday pre-symposium event: "Think Parallel - Training Opportunity with Intel® Software College". You can read more about it on our Pre-Symposium Events page.
  • (Thur., Jan. 22, 2009) Microsoft, our first Platinum Plus symposium supporter, is offering a new Wednesday afternoon pre-symposium event: "From Java to C# - A Half-day Workshop on the How, What, and Why". Visit our Pre-Symposium Events page for more details.
  • (Thur., Jan. 22, 2009) Presentations on recent SIGCSE-funded Special Projects will be made on Saturday morning. See our SIGCSE Special Projects Presentations page for the program.
  • (Mon., Jan. 5, 2009) On-line symposium registration is now available! Information about all of our registration options is available on our registration page, or you may go directly to the on-line registration site.

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