2017 Session Formats

We offer a variety of formats for both speakers and attendees to find the session that fits them best. Explore all of our options to discover which one fits your speaking style and goals.

PanelThe Social Justice Panel at GHC 16

Panels let a group of individuals convene around and discuss a particular topic. You can format your panel in a variety of ways. Formats include:

  • Opening with a short introduction followed by a moderator-led Q&A
  • Short presentations by three and four participants followed by an interactive dialogue amongst them
  • Presentations followed by an audience driven Q&A

We highly encourage diverse, cross-organizational, or interdisciplinary panels. The moderator and panelists on your submission must each be from a different organization. Your panel must have a specific core point of contention. Successful submissions will include who will take which side of that issue. Panels must have four to five speakers, including the moderator, and are held in theater-style rooms.


Are you ready to share your in depth knowledge about a particular technical topic? We would love to see your 20-minute presentation. We will group multiple presentations on similar ideas into one-hour time slots. Time includes Q&A. Presentations are only allowed one speaker and are held in a theater-style room.

The Thomson Reuters Node at GHC 16Workshop

Interactive by nature, workshops are presenter-lead, structured training followed by in-depth discussions, exercises, or problem solving. Apply to lead a workshop, and help others develop their skills. Workshops can have two to three facilitators and are held in a banquet-style room.

Student Opportunity Lab

The Student Opportunity Lab (SOL) is an interactive session where attendees can seek personalized advice. It focuses on students and the practical techniques and tools that will help them achieve their career goals. We set up the room with several tables of 10. Attendees will switch tables every 20 minutes. Each speaker will be assigned a table and a defined topic of their choice to discuss. The “mini” sessions usually combine a brief presentation with a Q&A. Topics include careers, academic paths, research, mentorship, skills, interview tips, etc. If you want to teach students just starting their career how to navigate the workforce, apply to run a table.

General Poster SessionTwo women at the GHC 16 General Poster Session

GHC hosts one of the largest technical poster sessions in the U.S. It’s the perfect opportunity to informally present your research to conference attendees and experts in your field. Designed to help you solicit constructive feedback, the poster session lends itself to those who are still exploring an idea  and have not fully developed their results into a completed paper. If you are a student, you can also choose to submit your poster to the ACM Student Research Competition.

ACM Student Research Competition

Undergraduate or graduate students submitting posters for GHC can opt to have their posters also considered for the ACM Student Research Competition (sponsored by Microsoft Research). Submissions for the research competition should describe the results of recently completed or ongoing computer science research conducted primarily by the individual student.

The ACM Student Research Competition will be held in two phases. The first round of the competition evaluates the student’s research during the General Poster Session. Finalists selected by judges during that round will give 15-minute, formal PowerPoint presentations on their research the next day. Judges will evaluate the quality and clarity of the research, the oral and visual presentation, and the significance of  their work. The winners will continue on to ACM’s Grand Finals, hosted at a later date. All accepted conference material will be published in our online conference proceedings. Topics must be technical.

Selected contestants may receive partial support from ACM to cover part of the costs of attending the conference.

Check out our Submission Requirements.