ACM Future of Computing Academy | Frequently Asked Questions

I have a specific question about the ACM-FCA application form and/or the application process—whom can I contact?

Contact ACM at fca@acm.org.

What is the motivation for the Future of Computing Academy?  

ACM President Vicki Hanson described the motivation for establishing the ACM-FCA in an editorial that appeared in the January 2017 issue of Communications of the ACM http://cacm.acm.org/magazines/2017/1/211091-the-acm-future-of-computing-academy/fulltext .

Is there an age cutoff? 

There is no formal fixed age cutoff for applications to this Academy, so all applications will be considered. However, it is important to keep in mind the intent of this effort. The main impetus for the Academy is to get input into how to think about the future of professional computing societies, given changing work models. Thus, the emphasis is really on how ACM will serve the needs of future computing professionals–the next generation. 
 
Critical is the fact that membership in the Future of Computing Academy is not an award. It is an opportunity for Academy members to serve ACM and the computing community by providing their unique perspectives. Part of this service will be to inform ACM about ways in which early-career professionals work and how ACM as a professional society should be structured to meet changing needs. The most important part of the Academy application is describing what you would do to advance ACM and computing from the perspective of emerging generations of professionals. 

Given this focus on gaining this perspective, it’s natural to expect members to be in their 20’s and early 30’s. However, all applicants, regardless of age, will be considered. 

What exactly are the time commitments/responsibilities for members of the Academy?  

ACM will offer travel support to attend the inaugural meeting of the ACM-FCA on June 25, 2017 and the 50 Years of Turing Award Celebration on June 23-24, both in San Francisco. We would prefer all new members of the Academy to attend both the inaugural meeting and the Turing Celebration. Going forward, members will be expected to engage actively in the work of the Academy. The ACM-FCA itself will define the minimum level of commitment required of members, but the conveners of the Academy are recommending that active membership will require working in one core group/activity and attending at least one plenary meeting event per year. In your application, you should communicate what you would like to achieve in the ACM-FCA, the ideas and issues you would like the Academy to focus on as well as the amount of time you can devote to participation.

Will ACM accept applications from people who can’t commit to attending the meeting in San Francisco and the 50 Years of Turing Award Celebration? 

We will judge applications on their merits and not with respect to availability for these events.  
 
Do I need to be a member of ACM to become a member of the FCA?

Yes. As the FCA is an ACM-sponsored organization, membership in ACM is a prerequisite to joining the FCA. You do not need to be a member at the time of application; however, should you be selected, you must sign up as an ACM member.

If you have additional questions about the ACM-FCA that are not covered above, please contact ACM at fca@acm.org.

Applications for the ACM Future of Computing Academy Are Now Closed

ACM had accepted applications for the ACM Future of Computing Academy through March 15, 2017. Applicants supplied information about their education, current employment and professional achievements. They also provided biographical sketches, personal statements and contact information for three people willing to provide short letters of endorsement.