The Second WWW 2011 Warm Up Event

Novel Web Software Contest

Frequently Asked Questions
  1. What types of tools are appropriate for submission to the contest?

    The tools should be similar in nature and scope to what might be presented at tools/demo tracks of conferences (e.g. Developers Day/Track at WWW 2002, WWW 2003, WWW 2005, WWW 2006, WWW 2008). The tools need not be as sophisticated as a conference demo-track tool, but they must be more elaborate than typical tools submitted to hack-day-kind-of contests. One way to think about the scope of the tool is to consider whether the tool could be further developed after the contest for actual submission to the 2011 WWW tools/demo track (with submission deadlines in early 2011). The main emphasis of the tools must be in novel combination and leveraging of web-related technologies.

  2. What are the general guidelines on the contents of the abstracts?

    The abstract should describe a tool that will be evaluated in the second phase of the contest. Thus, novel ideas that will not be implemented in an actual tool that which be demonstrated are outside the scope of the contest. The abstract should briefly describe the proposed tool, emphasize its novelties and benefits, mention the prospective users that the tool targets, and discuss the use cases / scenarios. The abstract can also present the techniques and technologies underlying the tool, and contain high-level architecture or design diagrams.

    An abstract must be submitted in PDF format, and must not exceed 3 pages, including all text, references, and figures. An abstract can have multiple authors with different affiliations. The screened abstracts will be made available on the contest website.

  3. What criteria will the abstracts and tools be evaluated on?

    The evaluation criteria of an include: (1) the novelty of the proposed tool in terms of innovative use of web technologies and addressing an interesting problem; (2) the applicability of the tool in terms of the supported use cases and scenarios, and the targeted audience; (3) the relevance of the tool in addressing a problem that would be of interest to the WWW community.

  4. Do the tools have to be developed using open-source software only? Will the tools have to be submitted in some form? What about any proprietary concerns about the tools?

    There are no restrictions on whether the tools use open-source or proprietary components. The tools need not be submitted or be made publicly available; they will be evaluated over remote demo sessions. Thus, the proprietary concerns do not exceed those that might apply to any tool presented at a conference tools/demo track. The tool submitters will have the option of submitting screen-shots or screen-cam demos that can be made available on the contest website. More information on this will be provided later at the website.

  5. How will the tools be demonstrated? Do I need any special software to do the demo?

    Tools will be evaluated over remote demonstrations. We will host a conference bridge and a web-conferencing server. The tool author and the evaluation committee members will dial-in into the conference bridge, and connect to the web-conferencing server using a web browser. Depending on the browser, some plug-ins may need to be installed. After installation of these, the tool author will be able to share their desktop or the relevant application screen, and walk the evaluation committee through the tool.

    Each demo session will not exceed 30 minutes, including all questions and interaction by the evaluators. Detailed information about the demo sessions will be made available at the web site after the abstract notification.

  6. What resources would I need to conduct the remote demo?

    You will need a web browser (with possibly some additional plug-ins required to be installed), access to a high-speed internet connection, and a phone with long-distance dialing facility.

For submitting an entry, please refer to the Submissions page.


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First Warm Up Workshop Announced !
Important Dates

May 21, 2010
    WarmUp Two - Results Notification

May 10, 2010
    WarmUp Three - Author Notification

May 3 - May 18, 2010
    WarmUp Two - Tool Demo Period

April 26, 2010
    WarmUp Two - Tool Submission

March 26, 2010
    WarmUp Three - Paper Submission

March 22, 2010
    WarmUp Two - Abstract Notification

March 08, 2010 (Extended)
    WarmUp Two - Abstract Submission

December 15, 2009 [Closed]
    WarmUp One - Participant Notification

December 4, 2009 (Extended) [Closed]
    WarmUp One - Application Submission

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