FAQ

Attending the Conference

Q: Where can I get conference visa letters from?

To get the conference visa letters, please email the following information to the compass conference email acmcompass@ashesi.edu.gh with the subject “Request for Visa Letter _FirstName LastName”

  1. Personal information

  2. Title

  3. Name as it appears on the passport (Given First Name, Last Name)

  4. Citizenship

  5. Passport number

  6. Institution

  7. Role/Position

  8. Expected travel dates (date of arrival and departure from Ghana)

  9. Where will you be applying for the visa (Ghanaian embassy in which country)

  10. Scan of the bio page of the passport

  11. Acceptance email (optional -  if you have any paper or poster accepted in the conference)

Q:How do I check if I need a visa to travel to Ghana?

Please refer to your local consulate or embassy to evaluate the exact details for traveling to Ghana.

Q: When and how will I find out if I got the travel support for my poster submission?

You will be informed about your travels support status once the decisions have been finalized by the committee via email.


Registering for the Conference

Q: Where can I register for the conference?

The conference registration link is now available. Please register via this link


the Conference:

Q: Where is the 2019 Compass being held?

The second ACM Conference on Computing and Sustainable Societies (COMPASS 2019) will be held at the  Alisa Hotel in the North Ridge area of Accra from July 3rd to July 5th, 2019.


Q: Where do I register for the conference?

You can register for the conference via this link.


Q: How much will be the registration fee for the conference?

Student Early (Before June 15, 2019)

$200

Student Late   (After   June 15, 2019)

$225

Regular Early (Before June 15, 2019)

$300

Regular Late   (After   June 15, 2019)

$350

Regional

$155

Regional Student

$50


Q: The website says February 15th as the deadline for mentorship. What is mentorship?

To help facilitate global representativeness, COMPASS provides mentoring to support potential authors who need guidance in creating these papers. The deadline to register for the mentorship is February 15th, 2019 11:59 pm UTC.


Q: What kind of works can be submitted to Compass 2019?

The ACM Conference on Computing and Sustainable Societies (COMPASS 2019), as the name suggests, is looking for innovative solutions working towards sustainable development goals including but not limited to the sociotechnical, computing and social good fields.

COMPASS broadly includes papers from four general “areas”: Systems, HCI, Data Science/AI, and Deployment Experiences and welcomes inter-disciplinary groups to submit their socio-technical systems including sociocultural and STS analyses, field deployments, field experiences, algorithms, and AI development, data science applications, and more. Please see the Call for Papers for more details. If you have any particular questions, please feel free to reach out the organizers at acmcompass@gmail.com


For the Authors:


Q: What is the difference between the first and the second round of submissions?

The paper submission only has one round and has the deadline (March, 15th, 2019 11:59 pm UTC). Whereas the poster submission has two rounds, the first round deadline is March 15th, 2019 and second round deadline is May 15th, 2019 11:59 pm UTC.


Q: What is the paper and poster submission format for Compass 2019?

The papers and posters should be submitted using the ACM Proceedings New Master Template. The template is also available on the ACM Master Latex Download page. The two column paper format has to be followed for both papers and posters.

For other queries, they can refer to the ACM Master Template Format page.


Q: What is the difference between Papers and Posters?

Papers can be a minimum of 4 pages and a maximum of 10 pages (excluding references). Papers submitted to this track should represent polished, significant contributions. Authors are encouraged to submit a paper of length proportional to its contribution.

Whereas, the posters can be 2 pages (excluding references). However, figures, appendices, abstracts, tables, etc. all should be included in the page limit. Submissions that exceed these limits will be rejected without consideration. There will be no exceptions to this rule.


Q: What are Compass 2019 policies regarding anonymity and conflicts?

Papers and Posters will both be double-blind peer-reviewed. Authors should remove their and their institutions’ identities from the paper, including the title, header, and metadata and any relevant citations. Acknowledgment sections are better left blank during the review process. Citations to relevant previous work by the authors should be included, however, and cited in a way that obscures the authors’ relationship to it, so that reviewers can ensure that prior research has been taken into account in the current work. For example, rather than saying in our previous work, mention [1] or authors et al. mentioned in their work. The submissions without correct anonymization will be automatically rejected. Authors should mark relevant conflicts during the submission.


Q: How do I submit the papers/posters?

Please submit papers and posters to the links below.

For papers : https://compass19.hotcrp.com/

For posters : https://compass19posters.hotcrp.com/

Refer to the submission instructions for more instructions on how to submit papers and posters.


Q: Who counts as a Conflict during paper submission?

During the submission process, authors should mark conflicts with any program committee members whom they have collaborated with, in any capacity over the last two years including previous collaborators, advisors etc. Individuals with the same institutional affiliation as yours also count as a conflict.


Q: What are the paper reviewers looking for?

The paper submissions will be assessed based on relevance to the track (from the Call for Papers page) that is selected for the submission, novelty, methodological rigor, richness of contribution, and clarity of presentation. Acceptance rates have generally been 20-25% for this track in past conferences. The conference reserves the right to desk reject submissions that are obviously not viable research papers. Authors are encouraged to submit a paper of length proportional to its contribution.


Q: What are the poster reviewers looking for?

Posters submission track is for preliminary projects or late-breaking results. Posters will not be archival and are intended to allow presenters to share their latest results or get early feedback on projects. Poster submissions will be limited to 2 pages excluding references.

Posters will be assessed based on relevance to Compass, evidence that the work being described is taking a promising direction that could result in a finished research product of high quality, and clarity of presentation. Posters may be viewed as "Works in Progress". Works in Progress that are further along will not be rejected on this count!


Q: I have a question that is not covered in the FAQ. Whom do I reach to and how?

If you have any other questions, please email us your questions at  acmcompass@gmail.com Remember to add subject line “COMPASS 2019 Query” for better response time.