Empowering the Next Generation of Computing Leaders

The ACM Future of Computing Academy (ACM-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 ACM-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 ACM-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 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 ACM-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. ACM-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 had accepted applications for the ACM Future of Computing Academy through March 15, 2017. Applications are now closed. Selections for the ACM-FCA are scheduled to be announced on April 21, 2017.

If you have questions about the ACM-FCA, please visit the ACM-FCA FAQ or 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. 

Selections for the ACM-FCA are scheduled to be announced on April 21, 2017.

If you have questions about the ACM-FCA or the applications process, please visit the ACM-FCA FAQ.

ACM-FCA FAQ

Do you have questions about the ACM Future of Computing Academy? If so, visit ACM’s FCA FAQ for answers.