2018 Session Formats

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We offer a variety of formats for both speakers and attendees to find the sessions that fit them best. Explore all of our options to discover which one fits your speaking style and goals. Once you know what type of session you want, read our submission requirements for more information. Each format has its own requirements.

A black woman sits and talks on stage while two other female panelists listen during a GHC 17 PanelPanel

Panels let a group of individuals convene 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.

Two women smile as they show a card to the rest of their table at a GHC 17 WorkshopWorkshop

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 large, banquet-style room. Audiences can be between 300-400 people and cannot be limited by the speaker. Please design your submission accordingly.

Mentoring Circles (formerly Student Opportunity Lab)

This interactive mentoring session lets attendees seek personalized advice regarding their career or academic endeavors, in small groups. We host this event in a large room with about 50 tables, each hosted by a mentor focusing on a particular topic. Attendees choose a topic, sit at the corresponding table, and chat with a mentor for 20 minutes. Every 20 minutes, attendees switch tables and chat with another mentor on a different topic.

If you wish to be a mentor, submit a proposal where you describe the topic that you want to discuss with the participants. Your topic must be related to at least one of the following: career opportunities, job search, tools for success at work or academic paths.

Parishad Karimi, the 1st place graduate winner of the ACM Student Research Competition, stands by her poster at the GHC 17 Poster SessionPoster Session

The Grace Hopper Celebration hosts a mind-expanding technical poster session. It’s the perfect opportunity to informally present your research to GHC 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).

This competition offers a unique forum for undergraduate and graduate students to present their original research before a panel of judges. At GHC, there will be two rounds of competition. Selected contestants may receive partial support from ACM to cover part of the costs of attending GHC. Finalists will receive an award and a cash prize. Some finalists will move to ACM’s Grand Finals, hosted at a later date.

View our submission requirements for more information.

The call for participation is closed.