Computing for the Social Good in Computer Science Education:

SIGCAS 2020 Mini-symposium

Date: March 11, 2020. A pre-SIGCSE Symposium event!
Time: 1:30 pm to 5:00 pm (half-day afternoon event)
Place: Meeting room: B110, Portland Convention Center.
Fees: None. This event is sponsored by SIGCAS and is free for attendees. However, we invite all attendees to join SIGCAS. Memberships is $25/year for ACM members. Join SICGAS.


The ACM Special Interest Group on Computers and Society (SIGCAS) is pleased to invite you to our annual mini-symposium on Computing for the Social Good in Education (CSG-Ed), which will take place Wednesday March 11, 2020, as part of the 51st ACM Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education (SIGCSE) pre-symposium events.

This year’s CSG-Ed mini-symposium will focus on a practical approach for conveying and integrating computing’s social relevance into existing computing curricula, regardless of the practitioner’s past experience with CSG-Ed and the resources the practitioner has available.

Drs. Mikey Goldweber, Lisa Kaczmarczyk, and Richard Blumenthal, authors of the December 2019 ACM Inroads Classroom of the Future Article, Computing for the Social Good in Education, will expand upon their vision for the future of CSG-Ed and invite attendees to share their own experiences, challenges and successes with implementing CSG-Ed in the classroom.

Topics will include:

  • applications of the CSG-Ed Taxonomy in practice (with examples from each level)
  • how to address the practical hurdles and challenges of integrating CSG-Ed projects (including the most common concerns of busy practitioners)
  • tips and tricks from CSG-Ed practitioners and
  • ways to disseminate your CSG-Ed projects: where to publish, where to share with fellow practitioners, and more

Are you a prior CSG-Ed SIGCAS Attendee?

We are excited to share our CSG-Ed progress and successes since we all gathered last winter and we know you are excited to share your successes too. This year we will be building off of last year’s work with a focus on practical steps, hurdles and where to share your CSG-ed activities and projects. We look forward to seeing you all and hearing what you have been up to in 2019 and are planning this year.

New to CSG-Ed

Do you envision a world in which your students go on to use their computing education for the improvement of society? Or perhaps you are counting on the next generation to solve problems such as global climate change, the diminishment of resources, and the ills associated with overpopulation? Do you wish you could encourage more diversity in your CS classes and graduates? Perhaps you are already implementing innovative strategies to meet these goals, or you find the thought of such preparation to be a daunting task in light of you other responsibilities.

If you answered yes to any of these questions, we invite you to join us at the March 2020 Mini-symposium where you will find like-minded professionals, who are eager to both hear about your endeavors and to share ways for you to get started without becoming even more overwhelmed by the demands of teaching.

How to Register

The mini-symposium is free to attend. However, space is limited. To reserve your spot, email We invite everyone to attend both the CSG-Ed symposium (hosted by SIGCAS in the afternoon) and the POSSE Round Up (held the morning of the mini-symposium). However, you may register for one or the other or both. If you are planning to attend both the POSSE Roundup (in the morning) and the CSG-Ed mini-symposium (in the afternoon), please sign up for both. Signing up for one will not automatically sign you up for both sessions. You may sign up for the POSSE round up here.

Questions? Want to Get Involved?

Contact Mikey Goldweber (, or Lisa Kaczmarczyk (