What?

For three days researchers, educators, makers and enthusiasts of Snap! from all over the world will gather in the iconic Berkeley, California to share ideas, experiences, schemes and artifacts around the beauty and joy of computing. Come and join us! Engage in lively demos, discussions, talks and pitches, and prepare to mingle with actual young thinkers.

Where?

The Conference will take place at the University of California, Berkeley from Friday, July 31 to Sunday, August 2. Watch out for pre-conference activities and an evening reception on Thursday, July 30. Get ready for a Young Thinkers Night with hands-on workshops for teens on Saturday, August 1.

Why?

Computer Science and Mathematics transform how we learn, work and interact with each other. We believe that critical optimism, creative disobedience and courageous curiosity are ingredients for a rich and self-determined life in the 21st century. Programming a computer is not just a vocational skill but an act of intellectual emancipation and a medium for self-expression. In the spirit of Seymour Papert's "Mathland" analogy we invite you to join us for a celebration of creative coding.

Who?

Organized by Members of the Snap! Visual Programming Language Community, the conference welcomes contributions from all computing education enthusiasts regardless of your tool, paradigm or setting of choice. K12 Scratch teachers, informal coding club facilitators, programming language-makers, curriculum designers, college professors, MOOCistas, circuit-board solderers, digital artists, computing ethics activists: This is for you! We look forward to hearing your story.

Call for Participation

We invite participation by current or potential Snap! users, teachers, or developers. We welcome modes of participation ranging from five-minute lightning talks to panels. Scroll down to make a submission.

Topics: Anything! But especially:

  • Teaching and learning computer science.
  • Teaching and learning mathematics.
  • Teaching and learning, period.
  • Extensions to Snap!.
  • Attracting independent learners.

Registration

Early Registration is open until May 1st! Save $50 on tickets until May 1st! Scroll down to purchase your tickets.

Call for Participation

We are now accepting proposals for sessions!

You can submit proposals for Workshops, Lightning Talks, Short Talks, Posters and Demos, and Panels. The submission period is open February 21 - April 01, 2020. You have 38 days left!

Submit your proposal now

Traveling to Berkeley

Berkeley has two main airports: Oakland International (OAK), and San Francisco International (SFO).

Where to stay in Berkeley, California

We recommend the following accommodations for your visit.

Campus Housing

Campus accommodations are available in this high-rise complex, located one block from campus, on the "South Side" of Berkeley -- right in heart of excellent food and student life. It's about 15 minutes to walk from the campus housing to the classrooms and auditoriums where Snap!Con will take place. Rooms are single or double occupancy rooms.

Each room features single beds, chests of drawers, desks with chairs, closets, mirrors, a wastebasket, bookshelves, and wall lights. Each floor has one central bathroom with private toilets, shower stalls, and washbasins.

The room rate includes 3 meals per night stay at campus dining facilities, which are located about a block from the dorms.

Room Rates for 3 Nights

  • Double: $300
  • Single: $385

Airbnb

Airbnb is a service that lets you rent rooms in houses. There are rooms available around campus between $56-$150 per night.