Empowering the Next Generation of Computing Leaders

The ACM Future of Computing Academy (FCA) is a new initiative created by ACM to support and foster the next generation of computing professionals. The Academy is a platform that enables the next generation of researchers, practitioners, educators and entrepreneurs to develop a coherent and influential voice that addresses challenging issues facing the field and society in general. The FCA will seek to harness collective action to define and launch new ACM initiatives that will carry us into the future.

It is important to note that membership in the Academy is a commitment, not an award. Members of the Academy are expected to engage in activity for the benefit of the next generation of computing professionals. They have the privilege and responsibility to become the voice of the future of the computing field at large and of ACM specifically.

The FCA will provide its members an uncommon opportunity to expand their network beyond their immediate professional environment. It is a unique chance to work with other accomplished individuals from diverse areas of computing towards the common goal of shaping the future of the computing community and society. Academy members will develop a network of like-minded individuals looking to support, drive and develop the field and profession of computing. In addition, members of the academy and ACM will be encouraged to develop an extended network of practitioner and academic mentors. 

To launch the inaugural FCA class, ACM is looking for applications from outstanding early career individuals in the field of computing with the potential to further the goals and mission of the Academy. Since the goal is to lay the foundation for future generations of computing professionals, we anticipate that members of the ACM Future of Computing Academy will typically be in their 20s and early 30s.

The inaugural meeting of the ACM Future of Computing Academy will be on June 25, 2017 in San Francisco. FCA members will also be invited to attend ACM's celebration of 50 years of the ACM Turing Award on June 23 - 24 at the Westin St. Francis. ACM will provide financial support for Academy members to attend the inaugural meeting. 

ACM is now accepting applications for the ACM Future of Computing Academy. The application deadline is March 15, 2017. 

Apply for the ACM Future of Computing Academy

ACM is accepting applications for the ACM Future of Computing Academy. As an applicant, you will be asked to supply information about your education, current employment and professional achievements. You will also be asked to provide a biographical sketch, personal statement and contact information for three people willing to provide letters of endorsement for your application. Applications close on March 15, 2017.