Call For Papers

Rapidly changing requirements in business and technology require agile and highly responsive software organizations. In order to be responsive enough for such changes, organizations invest in hiring and training skilled workforces. These processes are typically very costly and time consuming. Hence, many organizations are now exploring non-conventional employment models, alternative workforces, and product development models (such as contract workers, crowdsourcing, and open source software respectively) to address these challenges. The workshop will address the emerging engagement models, tools, and techniques required to address challenges specific to this paradigm.

In particular, we welcome submission related to the following topics:

  • Leveraging alternative workforces inside organizations and enterprises.
  • Crowdsourcing software development activities such as requirements, design, development, testing, deployment, and maintenance.
  • Confidentiality and privacy issues in crowdsourced software development.
  • Next generation software development models involving multiple workforce types.
  • Cloud development environments.
  • Crowd-funding for software development projects.
  • Open innovation and programming competitions.
  • Open source and tools for sharing and collaborating on software.
  • Mechanisms for incentivizing the number and quality of contributions to software projects including payments and gamification.
  • Empirical evaluation on the benefits of open innovation, crowdsourcing and outsourcing in software engineering.
  • Communities such as Q&A forums and Wiki pages on software techniques and tools.
  • Incorporating contributions from non-programmers towards software development.
  • Policy, labor relations, and law related to alternative workforces in software engineering.
  • The use of automation and artificial intelligence in software development.
  • Computer supported collaborative work including HCI for collaboration and software engineering.

Important Dates:

Deadline: October 18th, 2015
Notification: October 31st, 2015
Camera Ready: November 15th, 2015


Submissions must be in the form of a self-contained extended abstracts of not more than 5 pages including all figures and tables, excluding references. Works in progress and contributed talks on recently published material are welcome; please specify in the abstract with a citation of the original publication if applicable. The submission format is the same, but the proceedings will only contain a one-page abstract of the talk (see below). You are encouraged to use the IEEE dual column format. Authors may include an appendix (without page limit); such an appendix will be read at the discretion of the reviewers and will not appear in the proceedings in case of acceptance.


Accepted workshop papers will be published at CEUR-WS, which is indexed by dblp, the world’s most comprehensive open bibliographic data service in computer science. At least one author is required to register for the workshop and present the accepted paper.

To accommodate the publishing traditions of different fields, and a wide interchange of recent and ongoing work,  authors of accepted papers can ask the workshop organizers to have only a one page abstract of the paper appear in the proceedings, along with a URL pointing to the full paper. Authors should guarantee the link to be reliable for at least two years. This option is available to accommodate subsequent publication in journals that would not consider results that have been published in preliminary form in a conference proceedings.

The rules for the initial submission remain the same regardless of the final publication length.


Authors are invited to submit their manuscripts in PDF via the EasyChair link here.