Call for Contributions

We are soliciting Research Papers, Experience Reports, and Position Papers for the International Workshop on Software Engineering Curricula for Millennials (SECM 2017), to be held in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in conjunction with the 39th International Conference on Software Engineering (ICSE 2017).

Educating the new breed of software engineering is tough. Millennials have been dominating the higher education programs for some time. This cohort has unique needs, learning styles, and skills. They are diverse, collaborative, creative, tech-savvy, and keenly interested in emerging technologies. They drive the growth of the software industry, which itself is in a constant state of flux, with new technologies, techniques, paradigms, and application domains popping up with increasing frequency. Companies quickly adjust to this shifting landscape while trying to cater to the needs of their new hires. What about educators? How should software engineering curricula and educators’ teaching styles adapt to these changes? Perspectives of students, educators, and prospective employees should be heard. Our goal in this workshop is bring together the main stakeholders through a highly interactive format to discuss the demands and challenges of training future software engineers in higher education and professional settings.


Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • software engineering education for new and emerging technologies;
  • novel approaches to designing software engineering curricula;
  • needs and expectations of Millennials aspiring to be software engineers;
  • skills and continuing education for software engineering educators;
  • classroom formats that cater to diverse learning styles;
  • teaching approaches that leverage technology-enhanced education in software engineering courses;
  • balancing teaching of soft and hard skills
  • balancing rigor and practicality;
  • experience in educating the Millennials in a software engineering program;
  • experience in being educated as a Millennial in a software engineering program;
  • experiential and hands-on learning for software engineers;
  • employees’ needs and expectations of fresh software engineering graduates in a fast changing software landscape; and
  • gaps and challenge in professional graduate software engineering programs.

Submission Categories

  • Research Papers, including case studies, are intended for original research results.
  • Experience Reports should describe experiences experiences in training Millennials in software engineering courses or curricula in higher education or professional settings with a focus on insights and lessons learned. The experiences may be based on traditional, novel, or mixed pedagogical approaches, tools, technologies, techniques, or platforms.
  • Position Papers may share the author’s insights or propose an original idea or an opinion from the student’s, employee’s or educator’s perspective. We welcome controversial topics and outside-the-box thinking. Position Papers should be single-authored and include the author’s brief biographical sketch. We will be looking for ability to clearly articulate ideas and evidence of willingness to actively participate in the workshop and contribute to workshop goals.

In all categories, we particularly encourage submissions from Millennial students. We are very interested in candid, first-hand accounts. Submissions from prospective employers of young software engineers are also welcome, focusing on industry perspective.

Submissions will be reviewed by the workshop Program Committee.

Page Limits

  • Research Papers and Experience Reports:  maximum seven pages
  • Position Papers: maximum four pages

Submission Instructions

Submissions must be in English and follow the ICSE conference proceedings format as specified here.  All submissions should be submitted electronically through the SECM2017 EasyChair online submission system. Review the submission guidelines at ICSE 2017 site. Papers, when properly formatted, must not exceed the size limits stated for the paper categories for the workshop. All papers must be original and not simultaneously submitted to another journal or conference.

Publication and Proceedings

All accepted contributions will be published in the ICSE 2017 Companion Proceedings and in both the ACM Digital Library and the IEEE Digital Library.  The official publication date of the workshop proceedings is the date the proceedings are made available in the ACM Digital Library. This date may be up to two weeks prior to the first day of ICSE 2017. The official publication date affects the deadline for any patent filings related to published work.