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PLoP 2024

31st Conference on Pattern Languages of Programs, People, and Practices
October 13–16, 2024 — Skamania Lodge
Columbia River Gorge, Washington USA

Celebrating the 30th Anniversary

Conference Co-Chairs:

Rebecca Wirfs-Brock
Indu Alagarsamy

Program Co-Chairs:

Valentino Vranić – Papers (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
MaryLynn Manns – “Imagination Run Wild” (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

The Conference on Pattern Languages of Programs, People, and Practices (PLoP) was established thirty years ago by The Hillside Group. It gathers people who wish to improve the quality of life through designing and using social and technical systems in a more humane way, effectively articulating professional and other creative practices, and sharing this tacit knowledge more broadly. To achieve this, the conference promotes the use of patterns and pattern languages, as well as the underlying theory of the nature of order. Originating in the work of Christopher Alexander on building architecture, these ideas have been further developed in computer science, fundamentally changing the perception of software development. Much of the pioneering work in this area originated at this and other PLoP conferences throughout the world. Patterns and pattern languages have expanded to many other areas, including art, well-being, learning, psychology, organizational development and change, sociology, and anthropology. PLoP 2024 encourages a variety of submissions regardless of the area they target.

We're excited that this year's conference will be held at Skamania Lodge in Stevenson, Washington in the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area.

Paper Submissions

PLoP 2024 welcomes papers describing patterns and pattern languages, experience reports, essays, empirical evaluations, reflections, etc. After the initial screening by the program committee, you will get the opportunity to improve your paper under the guidance of a dedicated shepherd. If your paper is accepted at the conference, it will be discussed in a writers' workshop session with other authors and participants. Based on what you learn at writers' workshops, you will make final improvements to your paper after the conference and submit it for the proceedings.

If you have any questions about paper submissions, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Other Submissions: Let Your "Imagination Run Wild"

PLoP 2024 encourages other types of sessions too. Let your imagination run wild and propose something! For example, focus groups or workshops bring together people interested in a challenging topic to discuss it or even experience it. Lightning talks are a great opportunity to convey recent results, pose intriguing questions, or explore partially formed ideas that would benefit from a broader discussion in just five minutes plus discussion. Reports from any of these sessions may be included in the conference proceedings (subject to review).

The conference organizers are open to receiving a variety of session types and activities. If you wish to propose an activity that does not fit into any of the formats mentioned in this call, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to discuss it.

Important Dates

  • Initial Paper Submissions: June 3
  • Notification of acceptance for shepherding: June 19
  • Updated paper version for review: August 5
  • “Let your imagination run wild” submissions: August 5
  • Notification of acceptance: August 15
  • Early registration (required for the authors): August 26
  • Conference paper version: September 23
  • Proceedings paper version: February 24

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