In one of my early blog posts I explained that DAC is owned by three non-profit societies: ACM, IEEE/CEDA and EDAC. While the executive committee right now is working on a successful 52nd DAC, planning for future events has already started. Future locations are usually booked years in advance as most of convention center and hotel contracts are signed at least 18 months out. The financial liability of the event lies with the three sponsors, who must therefore extend their focus beyond the current year as they steward the overall health of the conference.
|Dividing our attention between the present and future of the conference is part of looking after DAC's overall health and viability.|
Surely all of us juggle multiple responsibilities and competing priorities in our work lives; indeed, such language has been a staple of most job descriptions for years. And without a doubt we work in a great industry, one that on balance continues to make the world a better place. Still, none of us are solely defined by our myriad and demanding professional roles — engineer, executive, student, academic. Many have written about the challenge of trying to succeed in all the roles we play, in families and just as human beings tied to each other around the world in ways too numerous to count or fully comprehend.
|Image courtesy Mercy Corps, to which I'll donate $1 for relief work in Nepal for every new designer and IP track registration between now and May 5.|
I personally will pledge a dollar to Mercy Corps for relief work in Nepal for each designer and IP track registration we get for DAC until May 8. Which means that you can help by simply registering for DAC. It’s impossible to focus on many places at once but this week especially it’s important to try.