ACM Software System Award
How to Nominate
Please note that the following change to the ACM Software System Award nomination process is currently in effect:
Nominators and endorsers for the ACM Software System Award will now be required to indicate whether they are aware of any action committed by the candidate/s that violates the ACM Code of Ethics and ACM’s Core Values.
- Technical excellence
- Education and technical advancement
- Ethical computing and technology for positive impact
- Diversity and inclusion
GENERAL ETHICAL PRINCIPLES
1.1 Contribute to society and to human well-being, acknowledging that all people are stakeholders in computing.
1.2 Avoid harm.
1.3 Be honest and trustworthy.
1.4 Be fair and take action not to discriminate.
1.5 Respect the work required to produce new ideas, inventions, creative works, and computing artifacts.
1.6 Respect privacy.
1.7 Honor confidentiality.
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The Software System Award recognizes an institution or individual(s) for developing a software system that has had a lasting influence on computing, as reflected in contributions to concepts, commercial acceptance, or both. The award is presented each June at the ACM Awards Banquet and is accompanied by a prize of $35,000 plus travel expenses to the banquet. Financial support for the award is provided by IBM.
December 15, 2021 - End of Day, Anywhere on Earth (EoD, AoE, UTC -12 hrs.)
Nominations will be reviewed for the evidence they provide of significant conceptual impact, widespread adoption and use (including open source or commercial offerings), influence on related developments, contribution to infrastructure, and effective transition from theory to practice.
Nominations for the Software System Award should be submitted using the online nomination form. Submitted materials should explain the contribution in terms understandable to a non-specialist. Each nomination involves several components:
- Name, address, phone number, and email address of nominator (person making the nomination). The most appropriate person to submit a nomination would be a recognized member of the community who is not from the same organization as the candidate and who can address the candidate’s impact on the broader community.
- Name, address, and email address of the candidate(s) (person[s] being nominated). It is ACM’s policy not to tell candidates who has nominated or endorsed them.
- Nominators will be required to indicate whether they are aware of any actions committed by the candidate/s that violates ACM's Code of Ethics or Core Values.
- Suggested citation if the system is selected. This should be a concise statement (maximum of 25 words) describing the system and its benefits that have had a lasting influence, and detailing the contributions of the individuals(s) who were responsible for its creation. Note that the final wording for awardees will be at the discretion of the Award Committee.
- Nomination statement (200-500 words in length) addressing why the system/candidate(s) should receive this award. This should draw particular attention to the contributions that merit the award.
- Copy of the candidate’s CV, listing publications, patents, honors, service contributions, etc.
- Supporting letters from at least 3, and not more than 5, endorsers. Endorsers should be chosen to represent a range of perspectives and institutions and provide additional insights or evidence of the system's/candidate’s impact. Each letter must include the name, address, and telephone number of the endorser, and should focus on the accomplishments which that endorser can attest to and place in context. The nominator should collect the letters and bundle them for submission. Please Note: Nominators will need to provide a valid email for each endorser. Endorsers will receive an email from email@example.com containing a secure link to the Code of Ethics attestation form, and will be required to indicate whether they are aware of any actions committed by the candidate that violates ACM's Code of Ethics or Core Values.
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