I found the perfect CS conference. A meeting where computer scientists from all its subdisciplines come together. Not with the purpose of presenting their current research and padding their CVs, but to hear about the latest ideas in the field, learn how to be stronger members of the CS community and above all network, meeting other computer scientists making connections and sharing ideas. This meeting draws a large segment of its intended audience, so popular it has to close registration. A conference that fulfills that most important conference mission: building community.
The only problem: I'm not invited to the party, the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing and its over 2000 attendees.
The Grace Hopper is a great event but why can't computer science also have such a meeting the embraces the entire CS community? Are we just too big? We could have a large meeting in January built around academic recruiting, where job candidates and hiring committees can have initial discussion and narrow the number of interviews needed later on. Many other academic fields, including mathematics and economics, follow this model.
The most important the purpose of this meeting would be for people to meet, build a strong CS community and make us feel proud to call ourselves computer scientists.