Blue Sky Frequently Asked Questions
What is Blue Sky Ideas Track?
The Blue Sky Ideas Track (formerly Outrageous Challenges and Visions Tracks) is a prize-based initiative to encourage out-of-the-box thinking at computer science research conferences. The goal of this initiative is to help conference reach out beyond the usual research papers that present completed work and 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. Because a “Blue Sky Ideas” track targets not research results, but rather ideas leading to future research, submissions to this track should not present work likely to be submitted to a conference within the next year nor topics suitable for a current research proposal.
What are the goals of the Blue Sky Ideas Track?
- Stimulate out-of-the-box ideas
- Create a venue that accepts such work unlike standard conferences
- Create a buzz about these ideas at the conference itself
- Maintain a lasting presence for the session
What conferences have hosted the Blue Sky Ideas Track?
How are the winners notified and how are their prizes awarded?
Who provides the awards?
What exactly is awarded to winners?
Since papers often include multiple authors and/or contributors, who is awarded the prize money?
Can winners request cash instead of the travel reimbursement?
What types of expenses are eligible for the travel grants?
- Conference registration fees
The Computing Community Consortium (CCC), which operates under the Computing Research Association (CRA), follows standard federal travel policies (e.g.,airfare must be economy class, U.S. flag carriers, no alcohol reimbursements). In addition, we require receipts for all expenses >=$75.
If you are unsure of what is reimbursable, we prefer you to contact us BEFORE you make a purchase.
How are winners notified?
I’m a winner, how should I submit my travel reimbursement?
Does the track need to include an open call for papers with a program committee?
Should the tracks only include invited entries?
Can a winning entry be an oral presentation (or video) without a short paper in the conference proceedings?
What is the recommended length of short papers for conference proceedings?
Does the selection of winning entries require CCC input?