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CCTC 2021
Catrobat Computational Thinking Conference

Virtual Conference – 24th September 2021 – conferences@catrobat.org

Smartphones have become the predominant way teenagers and children interact online, and mobile apps offer a unique way to engage this audience. Catorbats apps are used in this area, particularly for playing and creating apps and games, thus teaching basic programming skills. 

In 2020, Catrobat celebrated it's 10th anniversary!

This year we will catch up with this event with an online academic workshop/demo day on September 24 2021, and a celebration with the development team and contributors on September 25 2021 on-site at Graz University of Technology. 

Catrobat Conference is seeking submissions for Demos and Workshops that focus on visual block-based programming, Computational Thinking, and design and making in education. We welcome submissions from multiple sectors and disciplines, including but not limited to academia, industry, and education, aiming for transdisciplinary understanding. Key areas of interest are:

Key areas of interest are (but not limited to):

  • The relevance of learning to code in one’s own language.
  • Teaching programming skills, developing computational thinking, and promoting creativity.
  • The creation of games, music videos, animations, or digital designs.
  • Explorations and evaluations of visual programming languages as best practice case studies. 
  • Technological developments and advancements in technology education, including the Internet of Things, Extended Reality, Robotics, Artificial Intelligence, and Machine Learning.
  • Theoretical perspectives and concerns on societal aspects of digital technologies in the context of learning, such as more inclusive, equal and sustainable futures.

Key dates

  • Submission deadline: 30.06.2021 – 10:00 pm 
  • Notification of acceptance: 07.07.2021
  • Early registration (required for authors): 14.05.2021
  • Virtual conference: 24 – 26 September 2021

Submissions

All submissions should be uploaded via this Google Form: coming soon 

Please prepare:

  • Short description of your Workshop or Demo (max. 450 characters)
  • Objectives of your Workshop or Demo (4×100 characters)
  • Target group (who should attend your workshop) 
  • Preferred time slot: 45’ or 90’

Upon acceptance confirmation, you will be asked to submit a 2-minute teaser for your workshop or, in, including a brief introduction of the organizers and the submission. This will be uploaded to our website to promote your submission to attendees. If you propose a workshop, we’ll require a detailed agenda showing how you’re going to engage the audience to participate.

Submissions are of the following type:
DEMOS

Demos are intended to showcase, among others, new digital tools, hands-on learning platforms, construction kits applicable to education, and student projects. The demos will be showcased virtually during the conference in dedicated sessions (default: 1 hour). 

WORKSHOPS

Workshops are interactive sessions to demonstrate and discuss best practices with visual block-based language. Of particular interest are hands-on learning activities with innovative technologies. Workshops should be designed to last 1 to 2 hours and will be open to attendance by conference participants.

Submit your proposal now! (Link to Google Forms coming soon)

Organisation Committee

Wolfgang Slany

Vesna Krnjic

Michael Herold

Bernadette Spieler