SIGCOMM Planning: Site Proposal Instructions

ACM Sigcomm Site Proposal Information

Site selection for the SIGCOMM conference is based on two factors. First, there is a three-year rotation between North America, Europe, and 'wild card,' which could be anywhere in the world. The schedule for the next few years is as follows:

  • 2014: North America (Chicago)
  • 2015: Europe
  • 2016: Wild Card
  • 2017: North America
  • ...

Second, within this geographical scope, we try to balance between cost, availability of local organizers, and availabliity of conference facilities. We encourage potential organizers in the appropriate geographical scope to submit a short (2-page) preliminary application. We will select a few of these preliminary applications to gather additional information and from which the final selection will be made.

Preliminary site proposals can be just a page or two in length.  Send proposals via email to the current ACM SIGCOMM Conference Coordinator with the header: "SIGCOMM site proposal - YEAR". 

Site proposals should be submitted by September 15th of two years in advance of the event; e.g. 15 Sep. 2014 is the submission deadline for SIGCOMM 2016.

Site proposals should address the following three issues:

A: City

The city should be located near a major international airport, within 1-2 hours of regular train service and/or 45 minutes of cab/shuttle service. A major international airport should have at least two airlines with regular international service to the 4 major continents of SIGCOMM attendees: Asia, Europe, North and South America.

  1. The city should have one or more venues for over 700 attendees, including side-venues for 4-6 concurrent tutorials and/or workshops of 100 attendees each. The venue should support a single center screen or two side-by-side screens with unobstructed views. The venues should include or allow for rental of equipment for Internet connectivity for 700 attendees in the main conference hall.
  2. The city should have hotels supporting 500-800 people (attendees and their guests) within easy access (less than 15 minutes time, preferably at most 1 bus/tram) to the possible venue.
  3. The city should have potential venues for a reception and banquet dinner. A sample list of possible venues with a 1-line description addressing logistics (time to get there, need for transportation) would be useful. Transportation to these events should be less than 30 minutes each way.

B. Conference General Chair & Exec. Committee

Name and affiliation of a widely-recognized member of the SIGCOMM community based in or very close to the proposed site city who is willing to serve as general chair. The proposal may suggest up to 2 co-chairs, one of which must be local.

The names and affiliations of a few other candidates which the chair can enlist to serve on the committee, notably a local person as local arrangements chair, a publicity chair, treasurer, etc.

NOTE: the site proposal need not suggest program committee chairs; that is handled separately by the SIGCOMM Technical Steering Committee.

C. Date conflicts

The conference is typically held between August 10 and September 10. Please indicate which dates have major local conflicts, e.g., major local events, school openings, etc. that would interfere with either the proposed site or the proposed conference chair's participation.

There is no need to provide financial details or a list of hotels. Please do NOT contact possible venues regarding availability or cost. The ACM negotiates those issues directly.