SIGCSE: The Next Fifty Years
SIGCSE ' 68
Zach Dodds, Harvey Mudd College
At last—we made it! I can see why SIGCSE’s never been
to LA before. What I can’t see is why 2068 was the year
to start. That was flood-fill traffic! And for a company
whose slogan is ‘Go Lyber - go free,’ that ride sure didn’t
I think they generate their slogans algorithmically, Alice.
Ugh. Like their driving. And weren’t we promised flying
cars by now? Aha—there it is, Bob: ‘ Welcome to SIGCSE
100!’ Let’s register! Who’s keynoting?
This morning? It’s Ray Kurzweil. Registration’s up there to
Ray K. again Why don’t you take in that one for the both
of us, Bob?
No problem—I’ll share the highlights.
Here we are. Good morning, Cary!
Great to see you this year, Alice! Sending the conference
program to your spex. Be sure to check out all the
hundredth-anniversary exhibits. And this year: all-day
kombucha and krullers in the exhibition hall.
Kombucha! And I love the exhibition! Which way, Bob?
Past the registration, turn into to Hall B. The kombucha’s at
the far end …
Every year, there are more exhibitors! Look at this one, Bob:
‘iEye: Captain your Career’ ...
Avast there, Alice! Have ye heard of iEye? In just the past
decade, it be told, committees’ expectations have grown
fourfold. And with iEye, you’ll increase professional
sightations by an order of magnitude.
Thanks, mate, but that’s a plank I’ve already walked. Now,
if you could help with this week’s trove of student
projects—or with any of the treasure I’m buried in from
last week, I’d be the first on board.
Aargh! Sorry, Alice. As they say, ‘Education’s free. It’s the
teaching that costs.’ Maybe try Tend2IT over there…
Hey, Alice! Do you use software gardening? With Tend2IT,
your students will raise their software and their self-
efficacy—all while helping you plow through their
projects. From sowing to growing, Tend2IT is your
In fact, we do take a software-gardening approach.
What’s more, this year I had my students spend a week
composing Python, instead of training it—just for the
old-school feel. Do you support scripting?
Whoa there—that’s not something everyone gets to try!
Using voice? Or typing!?
Yes, typing! Just for a couple of programs. Lots of them
loved it. And they said their parents loved they
were doing it. They were astonished, though, at the
slowness—and all the typos. Most don’t believe that so
much software—or anything—was ever written by hand!
And they better appreciate software’s growth mindset. After
all, humans never really ‘write’ software, Alice. They
‘nurture’ it. They ‘teach’ it.
Hmmm. Teaching software… I like it—it’s an idea worth
thinking about, Bob. Ah—here’s one of those SIG-C
history booths: ‘Experience SIGCSE 2018.’
“Ah—there it is, Bob: