The Programming Languages Mentoring Workshop is a fun and free event for people who want to learn about careers in programming languages (PL) research. These days, there are four PLMWs a year, held in conjunction with the Big Four SIGPLAN-sponsored conferences (POPL, PLDI, OOPSLA, and ICFP), and the next one is going to be held on August 22, in conjunction with ICFP ‘21. If you think you might like to attend, please apply by August 8th!
Like ICFP itself, this edition of PLMW will be held online. In the Before Times, PLMW paid (at least a significant chunk of) attendees’ expenses for the rest of conference attendance, including funds toward travel, lodging, and registration. For the last year and a half, though, with conferences being online, travel and lodging fees have been nonexistent and registration fees have been much lower. Of course, online conferences have lots of disadvantages compared to in-person ones, but one silver lining is that it’s been possible for us to expand access to PLMW. For example, I helped organize last year’s PLMW @ ICFP in August 2020, and it was, as far as we’re aware, the biggest PLMW ever, with 275 registered attendees hailing from 32 countries on 6 continents.1 This year, I’m once again (along with my friend José Calderón) helping organize PLMW @ ICFP 2021, and we’re hoping for another great turnout. We would love for you to join us this year!