Aug 16 - 19, 2023

Cape Town

Sponsored by

Welcome to the ACM SIGCAS/SIGCHI Conference on Computing and Sustainable Societies

Sponsored by the ACM Special Interest Group on Computing and Society (SIGCAS) and the ACM Special Interest Group in Computer Human Interaction (SIGCHI), and inspired by the broad agenda of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, COMPASS is an international forum for the presentation and publication of original research that supports the growth of sustainable societies worldwide, from disciplines including computer and information sciences, social sciences, environmental sciences, and engineering.


City of Cape Town, South Africa


Open Calls for Participation

COMPASS’23 offers authors many opportunities to publish and present work, interact, discuss, and learn. Please join us!

Papers provisionally accepted to the ACM Journal on Computing and Sustainable Societies by 15 June 2023 will be invited to present at the conference.

Update (12 May 2023): Deadlines for all submissions have been extended to 1 June 2023 (AoE).

Update (15 June 2023): Deadline for early registration has been extended to 7 July 2023 (AoE).


Breakwater Lodge,
Cape Town,
South Africa

Keynote Speakers

Bushra Razack

CEO of Philippi Village

Dr Mmaki Jantjies

Group Executive: Innovation & Transformation
Telkom SA

Dr Shikoh Gitau

CEO of Qhala


Below you will find the schedule of events.  Register now so you don’t miss anything! For in-person attendees, please also complete this form (https://forms.gle/yN6K9CXD6QDoR2H36) to indicate what days you plan to attend the conference.

16 August

Doctoral and Masters Consortium
W1: Natural Language Processing for African Languages

17 August

Plenary – keynote, paper sessions, panel (2 tracks)
Exhibit – demos, posters
Gala Dinner

18 AugustPlenary – keynote, paper sessions, panel
19 August

W2: Approaches to leveraging digital higher education in Africa
W3: Empowering Future Researchers: Coaching Workshop for Junior Researchers
W4: Research with Communities: Learning with Experts from Global Community Networks
Philippi Village Tour
Ocean View Cultural Heritage and Community Network Tour

9:30 – 10:30 am

October 15th

Day 2 registration
10:30 – 11:30 am

October 15th

Workshop: Top trends and predictions for content that will dominate next year

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Jerome Bell

Strategic Advisor, Shopify

Jenny Wilson

UX Designer, Glassdoor

11:30 am – 13:00 pm

October 15th

Product strategy: Defining your strategy, tactics, metrics & roadmap

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Marvin McKinney

Product Manager, Google

13:00 – 14:00 pm

October 15th

Interlude: attendee dinner
14:00 – 16:00 pm

October 15th

Panel: State of speed tooling

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Cameron Williamson

Co-Founder, Invision LTD

16:00 – 17:00 pm

October 15th

Group discussion: How to align and empower cross-team success

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Albert Flores

Principal Consultant, Twitch

Esther Howard

VP of Strategy, Stretto Inc.

17:00 – 19:00 pm

October 15th

Closing farewell party

Join our 2023 edition and enjoy Cape Town.

Early birds available until July 1st.

After that, our fees increase, so be quick!

Aug 16-19


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Organizing Committee

Melissa Densmore

General Chair, chair@compass.acm.org

Josiah Chavula

Program Co-Chair, pc@compass.acm.org

Monojit Choudhury

Program Co-Chair, pc@compass.acm.org

COMPASS 2023 sponsored by

Data Science Africa