The goal of this initiative is to help conferences reach out beyond the usual research papers that present completed work and to seek out papers that present ideas and visions that can stimulate the research community to pursue new directions.

Papers in a “Blue Sky Ideas” track should be open-ended, possibly “outrageous” or “wacky”, and present new problems, new application domains, or new methodologies that are likely to stimulate significant new research.

Conferences may request CCC sponsorship of such tracks along with a CCC grant that provides prize money for the top 3 papers (first prize $1000, second prize $750, and third prize $500), to be awarded as travel grants. (See below for details about selecting and awarding these prizes.)

Call for Blue Sky Ideas Tracks

The CCC is seeking papers (roughly 4 pages in length), so the ideas can be referenced after the conference is over.

  • After the conference, the CCC will post links to the track papers to help disseminate the ideas broadly in the computer science research community.
  • Publication of the paper is required for CCC co-sponsorship. There needs to be a permanent, readable record of the ideas, not just a talk or a set of slides.
  • If you have any questions, please consult the FAQ or email us at